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Kamikaze Ground Crew & Members

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Up on this New Sounds, there's brand new music from one of New York's all-star music groups - the Kamikaze Ground Crew. We'll hear selections from their latest release of skewed habaneras and extended widescreen compositions, called "Postcards from the Highwire." Also, individual projects from the various Crew members including ...

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Local Republicans React to Dems in Denver

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Local Democrats aren't the only ones following the Convention in Denver. Several New York State delegates to next week's Republican Convention say they're tuning in -- to see what the competitions up to, and get a sense of what they can expect next week in ...

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Live in New York, it's Michael Phelps

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just back from the Olympics, Michael Phelps showed up in Manhattan Thursday. The star swimmer says he's glad to be back on American soil after winning 8 Olympic gold medals in Beijing.

Last night he spent some time with golf star Tiger Woods. Today, his portrait ...

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The Festive and Serious Sides of the Convention

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's been a raucous, event-filled week at the Democratic National Convention as thousands of delegates and other convention goers essentially have taken over downtown Denver. WNYC's Elaine Rivera joins me to talk about the conversations she's been having with delegates, from what parties to attend ...

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Unemployment Way Up in New York State

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Unemployment has shot up in New York State as the economy has cooled down. And a new analysis by the Fiscal Policy Institute finds New York is doing a poor job of helping the unemployed.

The Institute's James Parrott says the state hasn't made a cost-of-living ...

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New Yorkers Unsure About Term Limit Roll Backs

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Most City Council members may have told the New York Times they want to roll back term limits, but some New Yorkers we talked to aren't so sure. Regina Pearsall of Staten Island was taking her lunch break at City Hall Park today.

PEARSALL: I like ...

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Paterson Reflects on Progress of African Americans

Thursday, August 28, 2008

As Democrats prepare to hear the acceptance speech of their historic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, Gov. David Paterson reflected at a meeting with delegates on how far African Americans have come in his lifetime. Karen DeWitt reports.

Holding signs saying "We love our Gov," Gov. David ...

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Paterson Casts Roll Call Vote for Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democrats are getting ready for a pivotal moment tonight at their National Convention -- the roll call of states, where Hillary Clinton's name is to be formally entered into nomination along with Barack Obama's.

Gov. David Paterson, a Clinton supporter, was asked if he would be ...

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Mayor Blasts Critics of Kindergarten Testing

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed back against criticism of the city's plan to test its youngest students. The Department of Education is encouraging principals to administer standardized tests to children in kindergarten through second grade. The mayor says the tests are essential to learning a child's ...

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Slight Drop in NYC Poverty Rate

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New numbers released by the Census Bureau show poverty in New York City dipped slightly in 2007.

The federal data show the drop is less than one percent, or about 39,000 people.

Citywide, about 1.5 million people live below the poverty line. Pete Jones, who lives at ...

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Corzine Urges N.J. Delegates to Back Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to release her delegates later today.

Even after last night's speech, questions still remain about whether her delegates will ultimately support Sen. Barack Obama. During the primaries, Clinton received overwhelming support from New Jersey's delegation, including Gov. Jon Corzine. But now, ...

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From Sacramento, a New Charter School for Harlem

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New York City has 18 new charter schools, each with a distinct personality. But only one has a story that spans almost 3,000 miles, from Sacramento, Calif., to 134th Street in Harlem. This charter school's story includes sports, politics, the historic Boys Choir of Harlem, ...

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More New Yorkers Getting HIV Than Previously Thought

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More New York residents are contracting HIV than previously thought, according to new city Health Department figures. New federal calculation guidelines have increased the estimated number of new infections by about 25 percent.

The new counting technique is believed to be both more accurate and produce ...

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New Path Opens in Highbridge Park

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of community activists were on hand this morning in Upper Manhattan to cut a green ribbon on a bike and pedestrian path in Highbridge Park.

The three-quarter mile paved route leads to the High Bridge, a former aqueduct over the Harlem ...

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City Eyes Car-Free Prospect Park

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A car-free Prospect Park in Brooklyn? Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll ask his transportation commissioner to look into the idea, a perennial one proposed by the group, Transportation Alternatives. It wants the city to try closing the park to traffic for three months next summer. ...

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Paterson Bemoans Budget Woes

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton gets another chance to publicly — and prominently — urge her die-hard supporters to get behind Barack Obama. Clinton addresses delegates tonight in prime time.

Other New York politicians are getting their chance today in the convention spotlight. Gov. David Paterson is speaking ...

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Local Businesses Look for Olympic Gold

Monday, August 25, 2008

Athletes weren't the only ones seeking gold at the 29th Olympiad. As WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, some small New York-area businesses also had a stake in the games.

Think of a corporate brand you associate with the Olympics: McDonald's, Coke, Visa.

"Win" sports detergent?

ADVERTISEMENT: Reaching your goal. ...

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Public Housing Residents Worry About Elevator Safety

Monday, August 25, 2008

A week after a 5-year-old Brooklyn boy died falling into a public housing elevator, residents are asking questions about the safety of elevators in their public housing buildings.

Anne Washington says it's hard to keep track of the elevator breakdowns in her complex — the Grant ...

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City Airports Lose Flight Routes

Monday, August 25, 2008

New York City is losing nonstop airplane connections to 25 domestic and international destinations this fall.

One of them is Daytona Beach, where the Continental flights into Newark Liberty regularly traveled at 85 to 90 percent capacity, according to Stephen Cooke, the director of business development ...

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Flight Cutbacks Put in Context

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fewer flights will be taking off from New York's airports this fall, with some cities losing direct service entirely, according to research first reported in Crain's New York Business.

Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, which analyzed fall flight schedules, says high fuel costs are the main ...

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