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Friends, Family Remember Whitney Houston at NJ Funeral

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Throngs of grief-stricken family members and friends remembered  iconic songstress Whitney Houston during a private funeral on Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J, the church that she sang in the choir as a young girl.

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Christie struggles with gay marriage and an increasingly-popular Obama, while Cuomo brokers another compromise. Whose week looks better on a 2016 presidential résumé?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whitney Houston and New Jersey Flags

Friday, February 17, 2012

David Cruz, reporter for NJTV, talks about Whitney Houston's ties to New Jersey and Gov. Christie's decision to fly flags at half-staff in tribute to her. What do you think? Did the Governor make the right call in flying flags at half-staff? Let us know!

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: GOP, Linsanity, Whitney Houston

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Jeremy Lin story only gets more amazing this week, as the most unlikely sports hero of the past decade. Also this week, the tragedy of Whitney Houston. Michigan becomes the next battleground in the GOP primary. We look back at this week's stories with our panel. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogs for our co-producer WNYC's It's a Free Country. Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com.

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WNYC News

Whitney Houston Funeral to Be Streamed Online

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fans worldwide who want to bid Whitney Houston farewell will be able to watch her private funeral on the World Wide Web.

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WNYC News

NJ Hometown Remembers Whitney Houston

Monday, February 13, 2012

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Pop star Whitney Houston's funeral service will be held Saturday in the New Jersey church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.

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The Empire

Congressman Ed Towns' homage to Whitney Houston

Monday, February 13, 2012

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, longevity has its place and certainly the quality of one’s life is more important.  We all want to live to a ripe old age and one of the more trying aspects of growing older is having to witness people passing on from this life.  As I age, I find myself going to more and more funerals.  This is just a reality of growing older.

The most difficult thing in all of this is saying goodbye to relatively young people.  No parent wants to attend the funeral of their child.  For them, it is a heart-wrenching experience to know that your beloved daughter or son’s life has been cut short.  So when I learned of the death of Whitney Houston my mind and heart immediately went to Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: President's Infrastructure-Heavy Budget, Impromptu Whitney Houston Subway Tribute

Monday, February 13, 2012

Top stories on TN:
Former Governor David Paterson: Port Authority Problems No Secret (Link)
New York Republicans May Defect on Transportation Bill (Link)
Undaunted by Redistricting, John Mica Declares He’s Staying Put (Link)
Watch Out Lovers: 7th Avenue Subway Line Shuts Down Overnights Week of February 13th (Link)
Photos: Take BART to Rural California (Link)

Metrolink train (photo by LAWad via Flickr)

President Obama's 2013 budget includes hundreds of billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure. (Wall Street Journal, Marketplace)

Two bills proposing federal safety standards for subways and light rail systems will go before the House and Senate this week. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, Metrolink -- Southern California's commuter rail system --  is forging ahead with the most sophisticated collision avoidance system in the country... (Los Angeles Times)

...despite efforts in Congress to relax requirements to install the crash-avoidance technology nationwide. (Los Angeles Times editorial)

New York Daily News editorial: The Port Authority audit "blamed a bureaucracy that everyone loves to hate while turning a blind eye to the truth that the governors of New York and New Jersey were in control through the debacle."

Officials wary about mounting costs plan to scale back the first segment of work for New York's future Moynihan Station. (Wall Street Journal)

The warmer-than-average winter is extending ferry service in Lake Superior, but depriving locals of a favorite seasonal ice road. (Duluth News Tribune)

Impromptu Whitney Houston tribute on the #2 subway: a group of riders sang "I Will Always Love You." (Gothamist)

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The Takeaway

The Life and Legacy of Whitney Houston

Monday, February 13, 2012

One of the music industry’s brightest stars was missing as the country’s top recording artists gathered at last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The tragic death of pop powerhouse Whitney Houston on Saturday, at the age of 48, shocked the music industry and the world. Houston brought gospel tones to mainstream R&B. Her vibrant voice and unparalleled range made her a mainstay of pop superstardom throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Features

Watch | Videos from Whitney Houston's Debut Album

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album was part of the soundtrack for many girls going to elementary and middle school in America during the 1980s. Watch videos from the 1985 hit album Whitney Houston.

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Soundcheck

Whitney Houston, A Bright Star Gone Out

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. Soundcheck Host John Schaefer recalls the pervasive reach Houston had during her heyday in the late '80s and '90s.

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