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Politicians Mark 7th Anniversary of Attacks

Thursday, September 11, 2008

BLOOMBERG: Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day our world was broken.

REPORTER: Those were the words Mayor Bloomberg used at the start of the annual reading of the names of those who died in the World Trade Center when terrorists struck in 2001.

Family members, ...

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Council Eyes New Radio Rating System

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New technology aimed at better gauging a radio station's listenership is drawing fire from some minority run stations who say it undercuts their ratings. They say the new "People Meters," made by the company Arbitron, aren't given to enough minorities.

In testimony before the City Council, ...

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Reflections on 'Man on Wire'

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Twin Towers are on the minds of many New Yorkers today. But they made such a strong impact on one man, Phillipe Petit, that in 1974 he illegally strung a wire between the World Trade Towers. Then, for 45 minutes in the early morning ...

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Bloomberg Says WTC Redevelopment is Too Slow

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says the redevelopment of the World Trade Center is going too slowly...and he's asking Governor Paterson to dismantle the Lower Manhattan Development Authority, and give its tasks to the city.

He says the LMDC may have been a good idea at the time....

BLOOMBERG: And ...

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New Sounds

Post Chamber Rock

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Brooklyn-based Slow Six makes new electroacoustic music with amplified violins, viola, cello, electric guitars, fender rhodes, piano, and software instruments and it's hard to describe: Post-rock, post-chamber? Hear some of their new record, "Nor'easter" on this edition of New Sounds. Also, there's music inspired by the inner journey of Mahatma ...

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Heavy Security Expected For Candidates Appearances

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is still working out logistics for this Thursday's visit from presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain. The candidates have pledged to suspend campaigning while they take part in September 11th ceremonies. The Mayor says that's a good idea.

BLOOMBERG: ...

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Primary Elections Unusually Competitive

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It's primary day. New Yorkers head to the polls to select their party's candidates for State Senate, State Assembly, and Congress. WNYC's Isaac Davy-Aronson has more.

REPORTER: There's an unusual number of competitive primaries in the city this year, which some poll watchers expect could lead ...

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Camera Phones Give Tipsters New Ammo

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Potholes. Trash-filled vacant lots. Hit and run accidents. Crimes in progress. These are some of the things Mayor Bloomberg wants pedestrians to snap with their cell phones or cameras and send into the city, via the 311 and 911 systems. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

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Pilot Program to Teach 9/11 History

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The foundation in charge of raising money for the Sept. 11 memorial has launched a program to help teachers instruct students on the terrorist attacks.

The lesson plans include a video of survivors and witnesses recounting their memories of that day.

Joe Daniel, President of The National ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Father Mychal Judge of the FDNY

Monday, September 08, 2008

Franciscan priest Father Mychal Judge, who worked with the FDNY, is listed as the first official casualty of 9/11. Michael Daly’s new biography of him is The Book of Mychal: The Surprising Life and Heroic Death of Father Mychal Judge.

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Michael Daly will be signing books

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The End of Astroland?

Friday, September 05, 2008

Astroland, Coney Island's nearly half-century-old amusement park looks as if it's closing for good this weekend. The owner says she can't renew her lease to the developer to whom she sold the land.

REPORTER: If it seems like you've heard this before, you have. Astroland owner ...

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Councilman Drafts Bill to Extend Term Limits

Friday, September 05, 2008

After weeks of hypothetical discussions about repealing term limits, a New York City lawmaker is getting the ball rolling. Bronx councilman Oliver Koppell has asked lawyers to draft a bill that would extend the current two terms to three. He says, as it stands, the ...

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City Launches 9/11 Health Campaign

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the city is launching a new effort to reach more people who may be sick from toxic debris. City officials say there could be tens of thousands of people who need to be treated for effects ranging from respiratory ...

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Local Republicans Cheer on McCain

Friday, September 05, 2008

As John McCain accepted the GOP presidential nomination last night, more than 150 New Yorkers gathered to listen at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side.

There were lots of McCain signs, and one booster wore a T-shirt that read, "Thank you President Bush." ...

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Prosecutors Expected to Drop Charges Against Critical Mass Biker

Friday, September 05, 2008

Prosecutors are expected to drop charges today against a cyclist who was pushed off his bike by a police officer during a Critical Mass bike ride in July.

Christopher Long was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arresting officer said Long had ...

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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

ZUCKER: ...

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Councilman Koppell Promises Term Limits Bill

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bronx City Councilman Oliver Koppell says if Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't move on term limits, he'll to introduce a bill to change them.

Koppell says the current two term limit "robs the public of a choice," and he wants the city's elected officials to be ...

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Local Republicans React to Palin's Speech

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New York Republicans gathered in the Flatiron district to watch the convention coverage. Marion Drayfus of the Upper West Side said she was not disappointed by the spirited speech by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

DRAYFUS: I thought it was nine innings, and I thought she ...

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Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year ...

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Columbia Expansion Enters Final Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem is entering its final stage. The state's economic development agency began holding hearings last night on whether it should invoke eminent domain to take possession of properties the university doesn't own.

It's not enough to argue that Columbia's expansion will ...

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