Ailsa Chang

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Five Gang Members Charged in Bronx Shooting

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Police say five members of the Bloods street gang, face attempted murder charges in a Bronx shooting that caught a high school girl in the crossfire. The accused shooter is a 16-year-old boy. The others are 18 through 23. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior, ...

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Gay Marriage Vote Delayed By Budget Stalemate

Monday, November 16, 2009

Governor Paterson says he doesn’t expect to see any progress by the end of Tuesday on closing the state’s $3.2 billion deficit, and people watching the gay marriage bill say that means any vote on same-sex marriage is going to ...

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Advocates Optimistic About a Yes Vote on Same Sex Marriage

Monday, November 16, 2009

Governor Paterson is calling state senators back to Albany today, and same sex marriage is on the agenda. Many observers are convinced the bill will never reach the floor this session. But WNYC’s Ailsa Chang sat down with one gay rights activist who says this ...

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Kerik Pleads Guilty, Faces Up To 33 Months in Jail

Friday, November 06, 2009

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik could be looking at 2-3 years in prison, after pleading guilty to eight felonies in federal court yesterday. The plea agreement resolves all three federal trials that were pending against him. With us to talk about the ...

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Kerik's Guilty Plea Explained

Friday, November 06, 2009

Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik could be looking at two to three years in prison after pleading guilty to eight felonies in federal court yesterday. The plea agreement resolves all three federal trials that were pending against him. WNYC's Soterios Johnson speaks with ...

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Kerik Pleads Guilty to Eight Charges

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felonies in federal court in White Plains this morning. Prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to between 27 and 33 months in jail. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: Kerik was dressed in a dark ...

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NY Voters Approve Proposal to Allow Prisoners Work for Nonprofits

Thursday, November 05, 2009

New York voters approved Proposition 2 this week, by a large margin.

The measure allows the state legislature to draft a law letting prisoners do work for non-profits. Some prisoner advocates say the proposition will force inmates to work for meager wages. Others say it will ...

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Council Approves MoMA Expansion

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The City Council has approved the Museum of Modern Art's expansion plans in midtown. The proposal includes a 1,000 foot tall building that will contain museum space, private residences and a hotel. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the plan, even though her local ...

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Fellow Democrat Seeks Monserrate's Senate Seat

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Embattled Queens State Senator Hiram Monserrate's political life just got more complicated. Fellow Democrat, Assemblyman Jose Peralta, says he'll officially announce tonight that he's running for Monserrate's seat in next year's statewide elections.

Monserrate was convicted earlier this month of misdemeanor assault and the Senate is ...

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Council Revs Up Fines For Running Cars Left Unattended

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Yorkers who leave their cars unattended with the engine running will not only risk getting them stolen, they'll now face the possibility of a bigger fine. The City Council approved hiking the fine from $5 to $250. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says five dollars ...

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Yankee Stadium Falls Short of Neighborhood Promises

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baseball's World Series is set to kick off tonight, pitting the New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. The first two games of the World Series will be played in the new Y...

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Main Street NYC Returns to 161st Street in The Bronx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The first World Series in the new Yankee Stadium begins today. In the third part of our Main Street series, WNYC returns to the shopkeepers on 161st in the Bronx.

They’ve seen their businesses suffer in the shadow of the new stadium, and the playoffs didn’t ...

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Return to Main Street: 161st Street

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photos by Ailsa Chang

Photos by Ailsa Chang

The Yankees will play their first World Series in their new stadium this week . In the third installment of our Main Street series, WNYC returns to the shopkeepers on 161st Street in the Bronx, where many ...

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Committee to Investigate Monserrate Case

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A special state senate committee will investigate whether senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled, censured or sanctioned for his misdemeanor assault conviction last week. The committee will consider precedent and senate rules before making its recommendation.

Democratic Senator Eric Schneiderman will chair the 9-person committee, which ...

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Inside the Monserrate Verdict

Thursday, October 15, 2009

State Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault for causing injury to his girlfriend by dragging her through the lobby of his apartment building.

WNYC's Amy Eddings and Ailsa Chang discuss the verdict.

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Verdict Due Thursday for Monserrate Trial

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The verdict in the domestic violence trial of state senator Hiram Monserrate is expected to be delivered tomorrow. WNYC's Ailsa Chang sat in on closing arguments yesterday and has this report.

REPORTER: After nearly six hours of closing arguments, it's now up to Justice William Erlbaum ...

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Testimony Ends in Monserrate Trial

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The domestic abuse trial of Queens State Senator Hiram Monserrate is drawing to a close. Both sides made their closing arguments before a judge, who will deliver his verdict Thursday on whether Monserrate intentionally slashed Karla Giraldo with a broken glass or whether it was ...

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Poll: Docs Question ERs Preparedness for Swine Flu

Monday, October 12, 2009

A new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows nine out of ten ER doctors don't think their departments are fully prepared to care for a surge in swine flu patients.

Doctor Stuart Weiss, the organization's Chairman of Disaster Medicine, says people with regular ...

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Bloomberg Defends Integrity of School Grades

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is once again taking on Mayor Bloomberg on education. Thompson stood outside Public School 147 yesterday to repeat his position that Bloomberg pressures administrators to change grades and promote students.

The Queens school is under investigation for allegedly inflating grades. Mayor ...

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Judge Dismisses Two Counts Against Monserrate

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The defense continues bringing witnesses to the stand today in the domestic violence trial of New York State senator Hiram Monserrate. Monserrate's lawyers began presenting his case yesterday, and WNYC's Ailsa Chang was there.

REPORTER: The first witness up was a Jackson Heights lawyer named Jesus ...

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