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U.N. Tribute to Slavery Victims

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

That's United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon banging on a ceremonial drum from Cameroon.

He was at the U.N. marking its annual day of remembrance for the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It's also a day when the organization tries to draw attention to modern-day ...

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Bloomberg and Weingarten Lobby for Education

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

As state lawmakers meet on the budget, Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union president Randi Weingarten went to Albany today to lobby for education money. The two met with the governor, as well as Assembly and Senate leaders.

Weingarten called school aid a "lifeline" to city students ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Yo Miss!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Judith Sloan of the arts group Earsay talks about the project, "Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through The Arts" which takes place at the International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. John Starkey is a former teacher at the school; Madeha Kwaja and Stephanie Saint-Val are students participating ...

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Mayor Bloomberg: Not Warm and Fuzzy but Efficient

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Despite budget problems, and his successful, but hard-fought, bid to extend term limits so he can run again, voters still like Mayor Bloomberg. The latest Quinnipiace Universtiy poll shows the mayor with an approval rating of 64 percent. But it also found that 55 percent ...

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Paterson Orders Layoffs of 8,900

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As state tax revenues continue to decline and state unions stand firm on their contracts, Governor Paterson says he has no choice but to lay off almost 9,000 state workers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: A spokesman for the state's Division of Budget says the ...

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Report: NY Mistreats Drug-Addicted Inmates

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A human rights group says New York State's prisons engage in cruel and inhuman punishment when it comes to their drug-addicted inmates. Human Rights Watch says inmates found with drugs are put in disciplinary segregation, known as the "box," for 23 hours a day for ...

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Two NYC Spelling Bee Contenders

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thirteen year olds Talia Weisberg and Thomas Harkins, New York City eighth graders, spelled their way to trophies this week. The New York City spelling bee champions competed against 88 other students from all five boroughs, ranging from fifth to eighth grade. The two-day competition ...

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State Government Debate $120-Billion Budget

Monday, March 23, 2009

Governor Paterson says he and other government leaders continue to struggle over his proposed $120-billion budget. Along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Paterson said crucial issues like health care cuts, property tax rebates and how to apply stimulus money ...

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300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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Business Group Says Mayoral Control Helps Graduates

Friday, March 20, 2009

The president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City says mayoral control has improved the public schools. Kathryn Wylde testified at the city's final state assembly education committee hearing on the matter today. She says employers now have more faith in city graduates. Wylde ...

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Dept of Investigation Challenges Budget Cuts

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Commissioner for the City's Department of Investigation is warning that planned budget cuts to the watchdog agency leave the City vulnerable to fraud and corruption. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told the City Council that the latest cuts would hamper DOI's ...

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Comptroller Supports Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 20, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he supports keeping mayoral control of the schools when the law expires in June. But at the last in a series of hearings on the matter by the assembly's education committee, Thompson called for changing the selection process for members ...

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery

Friday, March 20, 2009

All so-called Main Streets are not alike. In Manhattan, main thoroughfares like Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street have gone through massive changes- yet they maintain anchor tenants that bring people back over and over. So it is with the Bowery. In the third installment ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ravitch Recommends

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Richard Ravitch, former chairman of the MTA and the head of the commission charged with advising Governor Paterson, talks about the latest proposals in Albany and the future of NYC transit.

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Why Do New Yorkers Pay Sky High Electric Rates?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HOST: New Yorkers pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation – 45 percent higher than the national average. Critics say there's something funny with the way electricity is bought and sold.

MCCULLOUGH: If you walked into the local grocery store and you found ...

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Bank of America Must Reveal Bonus Info

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A judge is ordering Bank of America to disclose information about bonuses given to employees at Merrill Lynch, just before B of A bought the brokerage company. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and B of A have been sparring over the release of the ...

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Should the Mayor Control NYC Schools?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This June, the state legislature will decide whether to renew the 2002 law that put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in charge of the city’s schools. It’s a controversial subject, with supporters and critics of the law each mounting fierce campaigns. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, there ...

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More Public High School Students Enter CUNY

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A new report says there's been a 70 percent surge in the number of public high school graduates entering the City's Community College system over the past seven years. Mayor Bloomberg also points to a 37 percent growth in enrollment at CUNY's four-year colleges, and ...

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Persian New Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This weekend marks the start of the Persian New Year and New York's Iranian community is getting ready to celebrate. It's made up of Iranian Muslims, Iranian Jews, people who came here because of the Islamic revolution in 1979, and young people who grew up ...

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Weiner Returns Campaign Funds

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The City Campaign Finance Board confirms that Congressman Anthony Weiner has returned more than $61,000 dollars of donations to his campaign for mayor. The contributions were from several companies linked to developers who gave thousands of dollars through different corporate entities. Those kinds of contributions ...

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