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Stanford Study Says NYC Charter Schools Improving

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A new study by Stanford researchers finds students who attend New York City charter schools for both elementary and middle grades are closing the achievement gap with suburban students.

On average, a student who attended a charter for grades K through 8 would close 86 percent ...

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President Obama in NYC for Four Days

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The president is in town, and New Yorkers know what that means -- street closures, barricades, and lots of cops. Get used to it, he's for a few days. Marianne McCune has more.

He came Monday and did the Late Show with David Letterman and he's ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Door to Door: Public Policy and Your Commute

Monday, September 21, 2009

The WNYC Culture Department has launched a new series, Door To Door exploring the way we commute. Robert "Buzz" Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College, will guide the discussion throughout the month and help you redesign your commute.

Today: How ...

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Next up for Obama: David Letterman

Monday, September 21, 2009

The countdown has started for President Barack Obama's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. This is the seventh TV gig in 48 hours for the president as he tries to bring his message on health care to the nation's living rooms. Eager ...

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Bernie’s Lessons for the SEC

Monday, September 21, 2009

A New Jersey Prosecutor says the Securities and Exchange Commission needs to act more prosecutorial to catch the next mega-fraud. Guest: Robert Mintz, former assistant US attorney in New Jersey and head of the government investigations and white collar criminal defense practice at McCarter & ...

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NYC Imam Held Without Bail on Terrorism Charge

Monday, September 21, 2009

A New York City imam accused of lying to officials investigating a terrorism plot has been ordered held without bail.

Ahmad Afzali, an imam at a mosque in Queens and a former NYPD informant, is accused of lying to authorities about tipping off terror suspect Najibullah ...

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Teacher Union: Overcrowding Worse Than Estimated

Monday, September 21, 2009

The teachers union now says overcrowding in the public schools is even worse than estimated last week. More than 7,400 classes are above the contractual limit, according to an annual survey by the United Federation of Teachers. The union says that's almost 2,000 more classes ...

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47th New York Film Festival

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 47th New York Film Festival kicks off this Friday in the renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The 26 films being screened are from a variety of filmmakers, both familiar and unknown. And this year, ticketing will be handled differently -- 50 rush ...

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Rick Lazio Announces Gubernatorial Bid

Monday, September 21, 2009

As New York State Democrats and the Obama Administration try and sort out who should run for governor for their party next year the Republican field is already starting to take shape. Former Republican Congressman Rick Lazio came to Times Square to announce his candidacy ...

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Queens Man Arrested in Terrorism Probe

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A man from Flushing, Queens is among those taken into custody in an ongoing investigation of a possible terrorist plot that might have targeted New York City. Ahmad Wais Afzali was arrested Saturday night, as were lead suspect Najibullah Zazi of Denver and his father. ...

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Teachers Union: 30 Percent More Schools Overcrowded

Friday, September 18, 2009

Roughly 7200 New York City public school classrooms are overcrowded - an increase of more than 30 percent over last year, according to the teachers union. The United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew claims at least 175 kindergartens have more than the limit of ...

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Does Retraining Workers Help?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thomas Bailey of Teachers College says yes, if they go into nursing.

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Two Housing Developments to Get Surveillance Cameras

Friday, September 18, 2009

Two public housing developments are about to get surveillance cameras installed at 14 buildings. Tenants at the Tilden and Brownsville Houses in Brooklyn say crime in their developments is getting out of control. Karrie Scarborough lives at the Brownsville Houses and says in the last ...

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What Jed Said

Friday, September 18, 2009

Judge Jed Rakoff’s rebuke of the SEC over its proposed settlement with Bank of America. Guest: Greg David of Crain’s New York Business.

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Paterson Endorses Thompson, Planned Parenthood Endorses Bloomberg

Friday, September 18, 2009

Governor Paterson is endorsing City Comptroller Bill Thompson in the New York mayor's race. He says Thompson has the guts and ability to lead the city in difficult times, but he also says he's motivated along party lines.

THOMPSON: It will be of major significance that ...

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Atlantic Yards Project Timeline Questioned

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Opponents of the Atlantic Yards development project are saying that a new agreement makes it impossible for developer Bruce Ratner to finish the entire project in 10 years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Ratner maintains he can build the project in 10 years, and the state's ...

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NY State Revenue Millions Off July Projections

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New York State's revenue projections are even worse than predicted from as recently as six weeks ago. Tax receipts are nearly a half billion dollars off projections made on July 31st, and $5 billion less than in the same period last year, according to State ...

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Conceptual Artists Gather in NYC Public Space for Conflux Festival

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This weekend, over a hundred conceptual artists will use the city's public space as their canvas -- creating projects that hope to inspire civic engagement and new perspectives on city life.

It's part of the three-day "Conflux festival." NYU professor David Darts is a co-chair of ...

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How a Community Activist Defeated Incumbent Councilman

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twenty-four City Council members faced challengers in this year’s primary elections. In lower Manhattan, Margaret Chin was among those who succeeded in ousting an incumbent who voted in favor of changing the city's term limits law. She defeated two-term City Councilman Alan Gerson with close ...

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Firefighters Union Endorses Thompson for Mayor

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The City's Uniformed Firefighters Union is endorsing Bill Thompson for Mayor. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: On his first day of being the Democratic mayoral candidate, Comptroller Bill Thompson accomplished something that eluded Fernando Ferrer, the 2005 Democratic standard bearer. Thompson got the 20,000-member Firefighters ...

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