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Local Senators Vote in Favor of Bailout Plan

Thursday, October 02, 2008

All 6 senators from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut voted in favor of the $700 billion financial bailout plan that passed the Senate last night.

New York Senator Charles Schumer told CNN after the vote that he thinks Americans are starting to understand that the ...

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Council Speaker Quinn is OK With Changing Term Limit Law

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is introducing a bill in the City Council to extend term limits for another four years. He announced his intentions during a packed news conference in the City Hall Blue Room today.

If passed, the measure would also extend the terms of city council ...

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Police Lieutenant Involved in Taser Death Found Dead

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The police lieutenant who ordered the use of a Taser stun gun that led to the death of a Brooklyn man last week is dead of an apparent suicide.

Lieutenant Michael Pigott was found at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn early this morning dead of an ...

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WTC Redevelopment Moves Forward

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Port Authority will be announcing a new timetable this morning for the construction they're responsible for at the World Trade Center site. At the helm is the agency's Executive Director Chris Ward. Appointed by Governor Paterson, he's been tasked to revise and create a ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Ready for Third Term

Thursday, October 02, 2008

In announcing his push for a third term, a somber Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he is motivated by a looming global financial meltdown that could have dire consequences for New York City.

He said the pending 700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout bill was no silver ...

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Port Authority Releases New Budget & Time Table on WTC Site

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward says he is giving priority to the 8 acre memorial.

In fact, he says the authority will absorb $75 million in extra costs to enable at least part of the memorial plaza to open by the 10th anniversary of the ...

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Dance Performance Debuets On Performance Center

Thursday, October 02, 2008

LaFrance is known for dance performances she's staged in unique places around New York City, like a 12 story stairwell, a parking garage and even in the abandoned McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.

The new dance, called 'Rapture,' places five performers on Bard's sleek, metallic building, ...

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Subway Cars Covered in Advertising... Literally

Thursday, October 02, 2008

One shuttle on the 42nd street line has been covered from top to bottom in ads for a show on the History Channel. Ads will also start appearing on turnstiles, stairs and inside train tunnels.

MTA Chief Elliot Sander says it's a way to help fill ...

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Artists Talk Funding Alternatives

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

While lawmakers try to find a solution for Wall Street's financial crisis,local artists are bracing for a dip in the corporate dollars that support some of their work.

REPORTER: The non-profit arts advocacy group The Field hosted close to 100 local artists at Joe's Pub for ...

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Local Politicians Weigh in on Term Limits

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's reported plans to extend term limits and run again are getting mixed reviews from the people hoping to take his place. Queens Councilman Tony Avella calls the idea shameful. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says he may step out of the mayor's race ...

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Young People Going Back to the Farm

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Kaycee Wimbish discovered her love of farming when she moved to New York City.

WIMBISH: I got increasingly interested in food and where the food was coming from....loved the green markets, shopped at the farmer's markets all the time, joined a CSA for the first time.

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How Relevant Is The Stock Market During Financial Crisis

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Many of us are probably watching the stock market to track the financial crisis. But economists often look at more obscure numbers - to assess the confidence among banks and investors.

WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

There's the interest rates on US Treasuries which have been near zero. ...

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New Bike Racks on Astor Place

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bike riders have a new place to park in the city. On Astor Place, officials have installed 10 colorful and geometric bike racks to encourage more cycling. Paul Steely White from Transportation Alternatives praised the effort.

STEELY WHITE: These new racks, particularly if they're installed in ...

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Bloomberg Expected to Seek a Third Term

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

In a move that promises to alter the city's political landscape, Mayor Bloomberg is expected to go for a third term. After dangling the possibility before the media for months now, people who've been briefed by the mayor say he'll make his intentions known tomorrow. ...

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Financial History vs. Reality

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wall Street zigzagged through a relatively calm session, closing with modest losses as financial markets uneasily awaited a Senate vote on the government's banking sector bailout.

Columbia University's Professor Sharyn O'Halloran is a political economist. She explains how today's situation is NOT like the Great Depression.

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NYPD Will Keep Its Tasers

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A week after an emotionally-disturbed Brooklyn man died from a fall, after being stunned by a police officer's Taser, Commissioner Ray Kelly says the police department has no plans to change the training or the rules of engagement for officers dealing with the mentally ill.

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A Disappointing Send Off for Shea

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fans left Shea Stadium for the last time yesterday, dejected over the Mets' second straight last-day-of-the-season season-ending-loss, but they were also wistful for the team's finer moments at the stadium.

At the top of the list was the 1986 World Series championship. Bobby Fischetti took some ...

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Life and Work of Mahmoud Darwish Remembered

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died in August, was considered the most distinguished literary voice of his community. So much so, in fact, that he received a state funeral from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Last week Darwish's New York admirers got together to ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Saying Good-Bye to Shea Stadium

Friday, September 26, 2008

Listener memories of Shea Stadium as the final home game approaches. What's your top Shea memory? Comment below!

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Community Concerned Over Taser Death

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and police officials are trying to placate concerns that the NYPD is not equipped to deal with the mentally ill. It follows the death of a man who fell from a ledge outside his apartment building after an officer used a stun gun ...

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