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Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who ...

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New MoMA Chief Picked

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's one of the most prestigious jobs in the modern art world -- chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Today MoMa announced that they'd filled the position after a six month search.

They're promoting from within — Ann Temkin is ...

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Pataki Backs McCain, Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York's former governor, George Pataki, took a shot at Barack Obama and bolstered support for the McCain-Palin ticket, during a breakfast with the Ohio delegation. Reporter Karen DeWitt has more from the Republican National Convention.

DEWITT: Pataki told the Ohio delegates that McCain and V.P. ...

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NYC Transit Cracks Down on Fare Evasion on Buses

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

NYC Transit officials are cracking down on people who board buses without paying the fare.

Officials have identified the worst routes and bus stops and they plan to crack down on them starting as early as next week.

Police officers will be part of the new enforcement, ...

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City Takes New Swing at School Bullies

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The city's taking a swing at bullies in schools, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Council Speaker Christine Quinn announcing a set of initiatives they hope will curb mean girls and rough boys.

Schools will be required to track and monitor all bias ...

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Decision on Indian Point Delayed Until 2010

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have succeeded in delaying a decision on whether to re-license the plant, which is about 35 miles north of New York City.

Officials now say there will be no final judgment on re-licensing until August of 2010 at ...

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New Sounds

John Zorn

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

For this edition of New Sounds, hear music more music by John Zorn. The MacArthur Fellow, sax player, composer, and record label founder is one of the central figures on the New York "downtown scene." Today is his birthday. We'll hear some Masada chamber music, something from the Filmworks series, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Photos from 1960s and 70s NYC

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

New York photographer Oscar Abolafia took over 300,000 photographs that captured the city in the 1960s and 70s. He's worked for 35 years as a photographer for Time, People and Look magazines.

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WNYC News

Steel Raised for 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Nine days before the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, construction workers raised the first piece of steel for the Sept. 11 memorial.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there.

REPORTER: For a milestone at Ground Zero, this one had less pomp and ...

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Bloomberg Supporters Push for Mayoral Control of Schools

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Allies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg are hoping to renew a 2002 state law that gave the mayor control of the city's public schools. The law is set to expire next June.

The New York Times reports that the mayor's supporters have founded a group to raise ...

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Work Begins on September 11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The first steel column for the September 11 memorial will be put into place this afternoon, according to officials.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, as the complex is officially known, is one of several building projects at Ground Zero ...

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Lawmakers Push Bloomberg to Answer Term Limits Question

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

While preparing to celebrate yesterday's West Indian American Day Parade, City Comptroller Bill Thompson tried to get Mayor Bloomberg to answer once and for all if he would indeed support a change in law allowing elected officials to serve a third term.

Thompson accused the mayor ...

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New Sounds

Instrumental Crossovers

Monday, September 01, 2008

On this edition of New Sounds, the string quartet Ethel plays "Nepomuk’s Dances" by Marcelo Zarvos from their recent release "Light." It's a work with a Latin-American flavor, snappy crisp pizzicatos, fiery fast passages and a (literally) foot-stomping final movement. Also, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo play their own instrumental ...

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Caribbean Culture Celebrated in Brooklyn Parade

Monday, September 01, 2008

The 41st annual West Indian American Day Parade is making its way down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this afternoon. Thousands of people are in the parade, wearing lavish costumes and riding colorful floats. One of them is Dwaine Wilson, a Harlem resident and a native ...

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Thompson Seeks Answers on Mayor's Term Limits Plan

Monday, September 01, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson is demanding that Mayor Bloomberg tell voters whether he plans to seek a change in the city's term limits law and seek a third term.

THOMPSON: Nothing has been on the record and the mayor has sidestepped the issue.

REPORTER: Thompson is a ...

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August 2008 New Releases

Friday, August 29, 2008

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show. He'll sort through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs which have come across his new clutter-free desk over the past month ...

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New Yorkers React to McCain VP Choice

Friday, August 29, 2008

The news that John McCain has named Sarah Palin - the 44 year old conservative Governor of Alaska as his choice for vice president is being met with skepticism by some in the city.

Brooklyn's Martha Llamas she's ticked off by the "oneupmanship" of McCain's selection.

LLAMAS: ...

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Obama Supporters Unmoved by McCain Pick

Friday, August 29, 2008

Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate may get some Independents and even Democrats to look again at his candidacy.

But many New Yorkers who support Barack Obama say their vote won't change. Connie Johnson, an African-American bank ...

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FAA Puts Newark Flight Auction on Hold

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will hold off on a planned auction of a take-off and landing slot at Newark Airport.

The FAA says the auctions would reduce air congestion, but the agency agreed to put them on hold until an independent FAA office looks ...

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Soundcheck

Summer's Last Strains

Thursday, August 28, 2008

For some, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, but there's still great music to be enjoyed in the final days of the sunny-weather concert season. Music writer Mike Wolf joins us for an overview.

Mike Wolf's picks for end-of-summer music:

Xiu Xiu + Evangelista
Bowery Ballroom, tonight

Oneida ...

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