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Lessons For London From Newark

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In 1967, police arrested an African-American cab driver in Newark, N.J. setting off six days of rioting. Last week, the police fatally shot black Briton Mark Duggan; an event that many are calling the spark that ignited four days (to date) of rioting in the U.K. But do the similarities end there? Many would argue that the underlying causes of the 1967 Newark riots — rampant joblessness, alienation and racial disparity — are the same as those that incited riots in the U.K. this week, as well as the riots that overtook America's cities in the late 1960's.

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WNYC News

Morning Headlines

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.

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Features

Titan Books to Publish Mickey Spillane Crime Novels

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gumshoe fans got some good news this week. Titan Books has plans to publish three unfinished Mickey Spillane crime novels, all of them starring the hard-boiled vigilante P.I. Mike Hammer.

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Features

Newark Institutions Lead NJ Arts Council Grantees

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts doled out $15.8 million in Fiscal Year 2011-12 funding to arts groups. The three groups that got the most funding are all based in Newark.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Schools Commissioner

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Jersey Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf discusses education policy in his state.

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Features

NEA Says US Cultural Sectors Primed the Pump by $278 Billion

Friday, July 22, 2011

The report, "Arts and the GDP: Value Added by Selected Cultural Industries," drew on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and looked at the performing arts, museum, sports, motion picture, sound recording and publishing industries.

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WNYC News

Christie Plans to Restore $139M to Distressed NJ Cities

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie plans to restore $139 million in aid to New Jersey's financially distressed cities.

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Features

Rapper Ja Rule Sentenced to Prison Time for Tax Evasion

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jeffrey Atkins, better-known as the 35-year-old rapper Ja Rule, was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Monday after admitting to not filing tax returns for five years. The Saddle River, New Jersey native was also ordered to pay over $1.1 million in unpaid taxes on record royalties and live performances.

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WNYC News

Caylee's Law Aims to Toughen Penalties for Failure to Report Missing Kids

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Some New Jersey lawmakers want to toughen the penalties for failure to report a missing or deceased child by making them crimes felonies in the wake of the high-profile Casey Anthony case.

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The Empire

City and state econs continue to improve Fed says

Friday, July 15, 2011

Your morning economic check-in!

The New York Federal Reserve's release of the latest economic snapshot show New York City and State continuing to improve from our recession lows. The Fed shows that New Jersey's economy, on the other hand, continues to be stuck in a rut.

The Fed's most recent analysis is for May 2011 data. You can read more about here.

Lasted Fed report shows NY improving.

(Courtesy of the NY Federal Reserve)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mann v. Ford

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Co-directors Maro Chermayeff and Micah Fink discuss their documentary “Mann v. Ford,” about one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States, which was located just 19 miles from New York City. This toxic Superfund site is at the former home of the Ford Motor Plant in Mahwah, NJ, where thousands of cars were produced, along with toxic paint sludge, which was dumped on nearby Ramapough Mountain Indian land. This film tells the story of Wayne Mann, the leader of a small Native American community, who stands up to Ford. “Mann Vs Ford” is playing July 18 at 9 pm on HBO.

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Features

Christie's New Jersey Budget Has Some Arts Organizations Reeling

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Governor Christie's budget stipulates that three arts organizations — the Old Barracks, the Battleship New Jersey and the Newark Museum — will have to apply for grants from the State Arts Council and the New Jersey Historical commission.

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WNYC News

12 Wounded, One Dead In Three Newark Shootings

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says two of the three shootings that left a 15-year-old dead and a dozen others wounded on Monday night in Newark are related to a deadly feud between rival drug sellers. The shooting in which the twelfth person was wounded was unrelated to the other two.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: pow wow!

Friday, July 08, 2011

New Jersey brothers Eddie and Jeff Nazareno have been writing and playing music for 14 years. But they didn’t combine their musical powers to form pow wow! until 2005. The band has a pretty upbeat and jangly pop sound.

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WNYC News

Jury Begins Deliberations in Case Against Ex-NJ Mayor Brought Down in Sting

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The corruption case against former Secaucus, New Jersey Mayor Dennis Elwell is now in the hands of a jury, following closing arguments on Tuesday. Elwell was arrested, along with dozens of others, in a 2009 sting, and resigned from his mayoralty soon after.

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It's A Free Country ®

Christie's Cuts: How NJ Budget Affects State, Fall Elections

Friday, July 01, 2011

This was a pretty smart one; he hasn't disrupted things too much. Even the school cuts, probably the biggest ones of the budget, were already struck for the fall, and their tax bills are already going out. It's not like this was money that's going to lead to yet more layoffs in the schools.

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

New Jersey Continues Fight to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Same-sex couples in New Jersey are fighting for equal recognition in their state less than a week after New York legalized same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group Garden State Equality and seven couples who say civil unions are separate, but not equal.

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WNYC News

New Jersey Groups File Suit on Behalf of Marriage Equality

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two civil rights groups in New Jersey are trying to keep the momentum going, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York last week.

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It's A Free Country ®

Christie on the Pension Deal, NJN and Xanadu

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fresh off his legislative victory curbing state worker benefits, New Jersey governor Chris Christie talks about his bi-partisan strategy to put the deal together, the future of the state's public broadcasting assets and the stalled Xanadu mall project.

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WNYC News

New Jersey Assembly Passes Pension Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A bill requiring New Jersey public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits passed the New Jersey Assembly on Thursday evening.

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