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Longtime Yankees Announcer Bob Sheppard Dies

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The New York Yankees say longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was 99. His death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday by team spokesman Jason Zillo. Zillo didn't immediately have additional details, but said the team would release them later ...

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Most State AG Candidates Oppose Retaining Stop-and-Frisk Data of Those Not Arrested

Saturday, July 10, 2010

 

Most of the candidates running for New York State Attorney General say they oppose the NYPD's practice of retaining personal information on hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are stopped and frisked, but not arrested.

Democratic Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries says he believes ...

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Colombians Vote for el Presidente in NYC

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Colombians vote in a run-off election Sunday and ex-pats can in New York can cast their votes in Queens and three other locations in the metro-area. In the first-round of the Presidential election in May, 15,000 Colombians in the New York area voted.

In recent weeks, ...

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Federal Suit Seeks to Block Cap on Arts Vendors in Parks

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two New York street artists have filed a free-speech lawsuit to block new regulations that cap the number of art vendors in Manhattan's busiest parks. One of the plaintiffs, Robert Lederman, filed a similar lawsuit in 2001 against the administration of then-mayor Rudy Giuliani, winning ...

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Justice Sotomayor Speaks at Hostos Graduation

Saturday, June 05, 2010

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told graduates of Hostos Community College in the Bronx that the school played a big role in her family's success.

REPORTER: She said her Puerto Rican-born mother had put off going to college, and by the time she was raising ...

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A New Route for the M Line

Friday, May 28, 2010

The MTA is cutting subway and bus service in a number of places--but a mile-long subway tunnel on the Lower East Side is actually being revived.

The tunnel will be used to weld together the eastern branch of the M line and the V line. The ...

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Napolitano: NY Sitting on $275M in Security Funding

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Members of New York's Congressional delegation blasted the Obama administration this week for cutting city security funding, but Washington says hundreds of millions already sent to the region remains unspent.

In a letter from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Rep. Peter King ...

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Taxi Commission Looks to Revoke Licenses of 633 Cabbies

Friday, May 14, 2010

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission says it's gotten to the bottom of the cab meter overcharging scam. WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports that some 13,000 fewer drivers intentionally overcharged passengers than originally thought.

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Bloomberg Plans to Spend $200 million on "Ring of Steel"

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg plans to visit London this week to observe its security camera network. In spite of budget woes here in New York, Bloomberg wants to spend $200 million on a similar network for Lower Manhattan, and eventually one in Midtown. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has ...

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Many New Yorkers Use Transit, But Few Commute, Study Shows

Sunday, May 09, 2010

A new report shows New York and San Francisco are the only two metropolitan areas in the country where more than a quarter of the population usess transit. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: The report by the Brookings institution shows that nationally, more than three ...

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Reports of Suspicious Packages Up Since Failed Times Square Bombing

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Things appear to be back to normal in Times Square, after police shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic for about an hour Fridayafternoon. An NYPD bomb squad checked out a suspicious cooler just a block from where a failed car bomb was found last weekend. ...

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Quinn Says Manslaughter Verdict in Sucuzhanay Killing Sets a Bad Precedent

Saturday, May 08, 2010

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's disappointed about this week's manslaughter conviction of one of two men charged in the killing of Jose Sucuzhanay.

REPORTER: The Ecuadorean immigrant was beaten to death after walking arm in arm with his brother in Brooklyn in December, 2008. ...

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Investigations Continue After Car Bomb Found in Times Square

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Authorities are continuing their investigation after New York City police found a potentially powerful bomb in a sport utility vehicle in Times Square.

A T-shirt vendor and a handbag vendor alerted police at about 6:30 p.m Saturday, pointing out that smoke was coming from the back ...

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MTA Revises Spending Plan

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The MTA has trimmed $2 billion from its five-year capital spending plan. A state board rejected an earlier version of the plan last year, saying it didn't explain where all the money would come from. WNYC's Mattthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The proposed capital plan ...

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MTA, Looking to Cut Further, Finds $40M in Savings

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The MTA says it'll have to reduce its expenses by $378 million, above and beyond the nearly $400 million in service cuts and layoffs already announced. Once again, the agency attributes the problem to a shortfall in the payroll tax and state budget cuts.

MTA officials ...

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Easter Parade Features Creative Haberdashery

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Easter holiday is an occasion that often inspires creative haberdashery.

REPORTER: Many New Yorkers will wear their spring-like hats to church. Others will don them at the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet festival along 5th Avenue. Marla Cook, Manager of The Hat Shop on Thomposn ...

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NYC Creates Barter Exchange for Time, Talent

Sunday, April 04, 2010

New York City has started a time-banking initiative that allows people to barter their talents, time, and energy. Members will be able to pick up someone's prescriptions, for example, in exchange for an hour of Spanish lessons. Each hour of service that members provide gets ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The New York Metropolitan Flora Project

Friday, April 02, 2010

Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and coordinator of the New York Metropolitan Flora project, discusses the first definitive findings that New York is losing native plants and many are being replaced with new plants, many from the South. The New York Metropolitan ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Green and Gay, Flora and Fructose

Friday, April 02, 2010

On today’s show, Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. Find out why some environmental groups have come out in favor of policies that some say harm the environment more than protect it. Then, we’ll get the latest on the science of same-sex animal attraction. Also, we’ll take a look ...

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WNYC News

JetBlue Swaps Slots with American Airlines

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A week after JetBlue announced it will stay in New York City, and build new headquarters in Queens, the carrier says it's reducing its presence at New York City airports. American Airlines will take over 12 of JetBlue's takeoff and landing slots at Kennedy Airport. ...

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