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City High School Graduation Rates Up

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lauding some new success in high school graduation rates which have reached a new 52.2 percent on average, that number goes up some if you count August graduates, too.

Education advocates, including the teachers union, agreed that the modest increases are promising.

United ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hot Horticulture

Friday, August 08, 2008

New York’s gardeners often have to get creative with limited space, making the best of fire escapes, roofs, and tiny spaces that get little sun or wind. Horticulturist Gerard Lordahl of the CENYC’s Open Space Greening Program answers your questions about gardening in the New York area. Leave ...

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City's Homeless Plan Falling Short, Report Says

Thursday, August 07, 2008

An ambitious plan to bring down the level of homelessness in New York City is falling short, according to an assessment issued today by the Independent Budget Office.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set a goal of reducing homelessness by 2/3 as of 2009. While the city has ...

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City Readies For Summer Streets

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.

AMBI: Chinese music

It's not easy ...

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Democrats Vie for Staten Island Congressional Seat

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton will endorse Democrat Mike McMahon today in the congressional seat that encompasses Staten Island and part of Brooklyn

Republican congressman Vito Fossella resigned his seat in the wake of a marital scandal, and now Democrats believe they have their best chance yet to reclaim ...

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Report: More People Choose the Emergency Room

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More and more people are turning to the emergency room for medical care, up 32 percent from a decade ago, according to a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Stephen Pitts was the lead author of the new report. He ...

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Excitement as "Hair" Readies to Open

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Public Theater's 40th anniversary presentation of the musical, "HAIR," opens Thursday night, but it's already creating quite a buzz. The line for tonight's preview performance was five blocks long. Dan O'Brian was near the end of that line, but he didn't want to leave, ...

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Theft of City’s Metal Recyclables on Rise

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Recycling in New York City has always taken two different paths: the official one, where the city picks up the metal cans, plastic bottles, glass containers and paper you've set on the curb...and the unofficial one, where fellow New Yorkers grab material before the sanitation ...

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NYCLU Wants Cop Shooting Stats

Monday, August 04, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the New York Police Department is refusing to release any statical data on the race of people shot by its officers.

The group filed a lawsuit today demanding the police change their policy.

It claims the NYPD used to release ...

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Councilmen Float Rules for Abandoned Barges

Monday, August 04, 2008

City councilmembers say a construction company has been using New York Harbor as a dumping ground for old barges, and they're proposing legislation requiring companies to register and label their barges.

An investigation by Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky found 180 abandoned barges in the city's waters ...

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Port Authority Moves Against Feds' Flight Auction Plan

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Port Authority is trying to block the federal government from auctioning off landing and departure slots at New York's three major airports.

The agency, which owns and operates LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty, formally proposed rules that would not allow any flights if they got ...

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Bloomberg Throws Bash for Clinton

Monday, August 04, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton will be the guest of honor tonight at Gracie Mansion, at a party Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing her to celebrate her historic Democratic presidential campaign.

BLOOMBERG: She has worked very hard on everything that I have pointed out is a New York ...

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American Airlines Baggage System Back Up at JFK

Thursday, July 31, 2008

American Airlines' baggage handling system at Kennedy Airport is up and running again a day after a software glitch caused dozens of delays, some cancellations, and a luggage pileup at ticket counters.

American had canceled six flights scheduled to depart from JFK this morning.

The malfunction led ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arts in the Parks

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

We look into where free, large-scale performing arts festivals are happening in New York – and whether underserved communities are getting their fair share of them. Leonard talks to David Rivel, executive director of the City Parks Foundation. Also here is bachata music star Toby Love, who will ...

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Grant for Businesses Displaced in 125th St. Rezoning

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help is available for Mom and Pop businesses displaced by the contentious rezoning of 125th Street.

REPORTER: The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone today announced a $750,000 fund to aid small businesses. Hope Knight, CEO of the Empowerment Zone explained why the loans are being offered.

KNIGHT: Essentially ...

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Luggage Glitch Delays Flights at JFK

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flights have been delayed and luggage piling up at ticket counters at JFK's Terminal 8 today, after a computer software glitch crippled the baggage handling system.

A spokesman for American Airlines, which uses the terminal, said about 20 flights were delayed by 60 to 90 minutes. ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars ...

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State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...

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Film, Food and Fun Celebrate Queens at Socrates Park

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maybe a movie from southeast Asia about a mutant lizard sounds like it's been done before, but the 2006 film The Host, by director Bong Joon-ho, is one of the most popular films ever in South Korea. It will make an outdoor splash on the ...

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