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City Tries to Get Library Card to More Kids

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The city council and education officials hope a new measure will get more kids to visit the library.

REPORTER: Queens Councilman James Van Bramer says he was motivated to draft a bill when he learned the majority of city kids don't have library cards.

VAN BRAMER: We ...

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Parks Officials Consider Cuts to Public Pools

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New York City's Parks Department may have to close pools and shorten the season, even as tough times increase the demand for access. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Parks Department must find $40 million in cuts for the budget year that starts July 1st. ...

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Cyclone Opens for Another Season

Sunday, March 28, 2010

In another sign of Spring, the Cyclone roller coaster opens for another season Sunday. WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports.

REPORTER: The customary cracking of an egg cream on the first car of the coaster will usher in the 83rd season of the Cyclone. The Hungry Marching Band ...

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Crews Right Crane That Hit Lower Manhattan Building

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mechanics and engineers have righted a crane that was poised precariously after it tilted and hit a 25-story building near Wall Street Saturday night, showering debris to the ground, rerouting traffic and causing evacuations.

There were no injuries reported after the crane hit a ledge near ...

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After 19 Years, Released From Prison Under the Rockefeller Drug-Law Reforms

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Last year, New York State overhauled what many saw as the overly severe Rockefeller drug laws. The changes eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offenses, expanded drug treatment alternatives, and reduced some penalties. But what about the people still in prison under the old ...

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Harrison, a New Jersey Town with Deep Soccer Roots, Welcomes Red Bulls

Saturday, March 20, 2010

When Giants Stadium in New Jersey was torn down, three teams lost their home field. The New York Giants and Jets will simply move to the adjacent Meadowlands Stadium, their new home for the 2010 season. And the New York Red Bulls will move ten ...

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Plaintiffs and City to Return to the Bargaining Table After 9/11 Settlement Falls Through

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A federal judge has rejected a legal settlement that would have given over half a billion dollars to 10,000 ground zero workers sickened by ash and dust.

REPORTER: US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the proposed sum --between about $550 and $650 million -– is not ...

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Monserrate Loses Bid to Keep Senate Seat

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the state senate, has lost his bid to get his seat back. He lost to Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta in a special election in Queens last night. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: It wasn't even close. The unofficial returns gave ...

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WNYC News

Rain and High Winds Knock Out Power

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Utility crews around the metro area have been working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses after rain and high winds downed power lines over the weekend. More than 80,000 Con Edison customers are still without power. In Westchester 59,830 people are in ...

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Some Plaintiffs Say They'll Vote No on Ground Zero Health Settlement

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thousands of rescue workers who claim they were sickened after the 9/11 attacks could share up to $657 million in compensation, under a tentative settlement between lawyers for the city and the plaintiffs.

REPORTER: The deal would end years of litigation. But it needs to be ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FoodNYC

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Brooklyn community organizer and food justice advocate Mark Winston Griffith discuss the crisis of “food deserts” – local communities where it’s hard to get fresh, healthy food – and what’s being done to improve the way New Yorkers eat.

You can view Scott ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Subway Crunch Quiz

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

With the ongoing MTA budget crunch, New Yorkers can expect significant changes to their commute. WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman and Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign break down the latest.

Plus: test your knowledge in the subway-news-quiz!

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WNYC News

UN Extends Domestic Partnership Benefits to American Employees

Sunday, March 07, 2010

American employees of the United Nations have won domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples.

REPORTER: The UN has long deferred to employees’ native countries, so only workers from a handful of places such as Sweden and Spain have had benefits. But this week, the US State ...

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WNYC News

Paterson Pardons Chinese Immigrant Facing Deportation

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Governor Paterson has pardoned a Chinese immigrant from New York City who faced deportation for robberies he committed as a teenager. Qing Hong Wu served three years in a reformatory, where he earned his GED. Since his release, he's pursued a successful career in information ...

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Cablevision Switched Off Just Before Oscars

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Cablevision's 3.1 million customers in New York will likely be unable to watch Sunday night's the Academy Awards show after ABC's parent company switched off access in a dispute over payments. Cablevision and The Walt Disney Co. failed to settle their disagreements to end their ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Electric Cars

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

More electric cars are on their way to New York metro area, which means the city is going to have to make some major infrastructure changes. We’ll examine the advantages and disadvantages of more electric autos in the city, with Neal Parikh, Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor’s office of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Moving Along

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan talks about her agenda for Mayor Bloomberg's third term and the status of projects from Times Square to bike lanes in Brooklyn.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York Politics: Rangel, Ford, Paterson

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Senior editor at the Village Voice, Wayne Barrett, talks about Charles Rangel's stepping down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; the shifting field of candidates for the New York's Senate seat; and the continuing shake up in Albany.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics and the Suburbs: Collaboration and Contention

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The February weekly series on life and politics in the suburbs continues with Lawrence Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. Today's topic: The collaborative and contentious relationship between cities and suburbs.

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WNYC News

Paterson Suspends Aide, Calls for Probe

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says he's suspended a close aide and asked for an investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The request follows an article in today's New York Times which raises questions about the governor and state police intervening in a domestic abuse case involving the ...

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