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Penn. Voter Drive on Over Drive

Monday, October 06, 2008

Today is the last day for voter registration in Pennsylvania. Over the weekend, hundreds of New Yorkers headed out to the battleground state. WNYC's Arun Venugopal tagged along to North Philadelphia with some Obama volunteers.

REPORTER: The bus empties out in the 11th Ward of Philadelphia, ...

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World Wide Financial Markets & Wall Street

Monday, October 06, 2008

Despair about a weakening global economy swept over Wall Street.

Here with some analysis of the day’s financial news is BusinessWeek's Financial Editor Adrienne Carter.

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Who's Really to Blame for Financial Crisis? Clinton Says Not the Left

Monday, October 06, 2008

As Republicans and Democrats blame one another for the roots of the current financial crisis, Senator Hillary Clinton is defending a 1977 law that was strengthened by her husband, President Clinton, that expanded home mortgages to low-income families.

Some conservatives are blaming the 'Community Reinvestment Act' ...

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Council Members Debate Term Limits

Monday, October 06, 2008

Several Council members heading into this afternoon's Democratic caucus said they were still undecided about how to vote on repealing term limits without going back to voters that have twice cast ballots to keep them in place.

Even City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has yet to ...

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Only 1 in 3 Public Clinics Provide Emergency Contraception

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Health and Hospitals Corporation, which runs most of the clinics, says the medication known as "the morning after pill" is widely available. They claim the problem is mis-information provided by phone operators.

Public Advocate Betsey Gotbaum's staff compiled the report after calling them anonymously.

HHC pledges ...

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Former Lehman CEO Gets Grilled By Congress

Monday, October 06, 2008

Congreesmembers cited documents indicating Lehman steered millions of dollars to executives as the company was nearing bankruptcy.

One of two Republicans on the panel, Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays, says he shares Americans' disbelief about the size of some executive pay packages.

SHAYS: To those of us on ...

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Councilmembers Seek Referendum on Proposed Term Limit Repeal

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's effort to repeal term limits is meeting with some opposition from the city council.

REPORTER: On the steps of City Hall Saturday, councilmembers Bill De Blasio and Letitia James introduced legislation that would put the mayor's propsoal to the voters. DeBlasio told WNYC that ...

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Schumer Wants Federal Direct Loans for Small Businesses

Sunday, October 05, 2008

New York Senator Charles Schumer says he wants the Small Business Administration to make short-term loans available to companies that are hurting.

SCHUMER: Because the banks are frozen in what they're doing, it hurts small business that depend on these daily and weekly lines of credit.

REPORTER: ...

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More Youth Lured by Local Agriculture

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Ever notice all those young people helping you with your produce purchases at your local farmer's market? More young people, inspired by the city's growing locavore movement, see farming as a viable career choice. WNYC's Amy Eddings has more.

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Ready or Not, 9/11 Memorial to Open by 10th Anniversary

Friday, October 03, 2008

The new schedule for the World Trade Center's redevelopment calls for the memorial to be open on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks - September 11, 2011. But that doesn't mean it'll be open after that date. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Gov. David Paterson ...

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Affordable Housing Slows Down

Friday, October 03, 2008

A local nonprofit says the credit crisis created a slow down in the number of subsidized apartments bought by developers and converted into market rate apartments.

Each year the Community Service Society puts out an annual tally of how many low rent subsidized apartments were lost. ...

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Economic Downturn and Weak Dollar Slow Remittances

Friday, October 03, 2008

Analysts predict that 2008 will be the first year in a decade that immigrants will send less wealth back to South America and the Caribbean. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Ever since 2000, analysts at the Inter-American Development Bank have seen double digit increases in remittances ...

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Manhattan Real Estate Prices Flatten: Report

Friday, October 03, 2008

As the rest of the country saw falling housing prices, Manhattan's kept going up. Not anymore. Real estate prices are starting to flatten, according to reports by three big real estate firms. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: The price of a typical apartment this summer was ...

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Why Bloomberg Wants to Run Again

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the term limits law changed so he can have a third term and shepherd New York through the financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly speaks to Dan Blumberg about the ramifications of Bloomberg's move.

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New Yorkers React to V.P. Debate

Friday, October 03, 2008

People gathered in groups large and small to watch the Palin-Biden showdown last night.

Twenty-six-year-old Paul Banister thought Sarah Palin held her own.

PALIN: I actually think she didn't have a lot of specifics but she didn't fail. I had a lot of people texting me, saying, ...

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Wall Street's Reaction to the $700 Billion Rescue Plan

Friday, October 03, 2008

Stocks turned lower and credit markets remained strained after the House approved a $700 billion financial rescue plan.

Here with a reaction to the markets and the House rescue measure is Robert Shroeder, a reporter at Market Watch.

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Finding Opera in New York

Friday, October 03, 2008

New York City Opera is known as a cheap and accessible venue for opera-goers. But its home at Lincoln Center is being renovated this season, and the company will essentially be closed. Without its roughly 120 performances, audiences and singers will have to look elsewhere.

WNYC’s ...

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Helping NYPD Officers Cope

Friday, October 03, 2008

Posters around NYPD headquarters warn that suicide is all too frequent among officers, and that those who need help should call a hotline, offered by a police support group.

There's a widespread perception that cops are more prone to take their own lives, due in part ...

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New Jersey Congressman Explains Why He Changed His Bailout Vote

Friday, October 03, 2008

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

Congressmembers put that adage into action and passed the financial industry bailout plan in a vote of 263 to 171, a reversal of Monday's stunning defeat.

Among those who changed their minds is New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, ...

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New York City Parents Sound Off on Crowded Classrooms

Friday, October 03, 2008

Autumn in New York brings cooler days and a new school year. But it also brings angry parents who say the city's public schools suffer from chronic overcrowding.

The city council's education committee held a hearing about crowded schools today. Parent Irene Kaufman says that's why ...

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