Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Shades of Louima Haunt Current Police Brutality Case

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In a series of events that recall the Abner Louima brutality case, 11 years ago, an officer was accused of sodomizing a Brooklyn man on October 15. And two other officers are charged with a cover up. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has this report.

HYNES: At approximately ...

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The Lost Tunnel of New York

Monday, December 08, 2008

If you stood in front of the Trader Joe's in Brooklyn yesterday, you might've seen dozens of locals mysteriously descend into a manhole on Atlantic Avenue. WNYC's Arun Venugopal joined them underground for a glimpse of "The Lost Tunnel of New York."

DIAMOND: This tunnel was ...

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Religious Leaders Stand Against Mumbai Violence

Monday, December 01, 2008

Dozens of religious leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall today, calling for interfaith harmony in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

For some Islamic leaders, it was a chance to denounce the extremism that has become associated with their faith.

Doctor Khurshid ...

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Paterson Questions Senate Republican Plan

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Governor Paterson is questioning the plan by State Senate Republicans to offer committee chairmen more funding and power. The plan could help lure Democrats who haven't pledged support for a new Senate Majority Leader.

PATERSON: Is this reform of government where we would try to diminish ...

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NYC Comptroller Proposes Fee Increases for Vehicle Registrations

Monday, November 24, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has a plan for plugging the MTA's budget hole: make car and truck owners pay hundreds of dollars more in vehicle registration fees. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Comptroller Thompson's payment structure is based on weight: if you own a tiny ...

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New York Falls Short in First-Ever Pro Soccer Championship Appearance

Monday, November 24, 2008

SOCCER FANS: We all hate the yellow football team, the yellow football team, the yellow football team...

REPORTER: That hated, yellow football team would be Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, and they beat the New York Red Bulls in the championship game yesterday, leaving these fans ...

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Celebrating Obama Win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MoveOn says its members raised $88 million towards Barack Obama's win.

Now it intends to maintain the momentum. MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, says tonight's gatherings will help set the progressive agenda.

PARISER: The parties are going to be a launching pad for what we hope is ...

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The Triborough Bridge Renamed after RFK

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A day before what would have been his 83rd birthday, New York paid a huge tribute to the late senator, Robert F. Kennedy, in concrete and steel. The Triborough Bridge was renamed after the slain senator, in a ceremony at a Queens park at its ...

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Council Criticizes Rollback of $400 Homeowner Rebates

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Plenty of attitude was in the air as members of the City Council faced off against Mayor Bloomberg's budget director at a council finance hearing yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The hearing was meant to be about the city's looming budget deficit, but Council ...

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Once Again, Commuter Tax Pondered

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's been nine years since the state legislature put an end to the tax on out-of-towners, but could the commuter tax have a second life? That was a question posed by the council finance committee yesterday.

Here's how the mayor's budget director, Mark Page responded.

PAGE: I ...

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Pull Up Your Pants

Monday, November 17, 2008

Brothers should pull up their pants. That's the advice of President-elect Barack Obama who was recently asked by MTV how he felt about the style favored by some young African-Americans of wearing their pants well below the waist. WNYC's Arun Venugopal headed out to Fulton ...

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Council Asks Mayor to Keep Tax Rebate Check

Monday, November 17, 2008

Plenty of attitude was in the air as members of the City Council faced off against Mayor Bloomberg's budget director at a council finance hearing today. Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The hearing was meant to be about the city's looming budget deficit, but council members ...

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Two Charged in Election Night Assault

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two Staten Island men have been charged with hate-crimes after allegedly beating a young African man in the hours following Barack Obama's election. The Staten Island District Attorney claims the two assaulted the victim Ali Kamara with a pipe and baton because they wanted to ...

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New Yorkers Travel to India to Introduce "Community Lawyering"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Five New York City lawyers and other legal professionals arrived in the city of Pune, India Saturday, hoping to expand access to the courts for those who can't afford lawyers.

REPORTER: The initiative was established by the Community Legal Resource Network, or CLRN, based at CUNY. ...

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Exodus of Wealth?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Governor Paterson has said he's reluctant to raise taxes on the wealthy because it might cause them to pack up and leave.

But at least one member of that tax bracket takes issue with his logic, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

BLOOMBERG: I can only tell you, among my ...

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NYC Cracks Down Employment Agency Scams

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The city's department of consumer affairs has shut down three employment agencies and issued fines to others after conducting an 18-month-long investigation into what it calls "predatory practices." Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says people seeking employment should beware.

MINTZ: If you're going to sign a ...

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Stopping Term Limit Law

Monday, November 10, 2008

This time, they're filing their lawsuit in federal court, claiming the mayor and speaker Christine Quinn acted illegally when they changed the term limits law by legislation, and not a voter referendum.

Attorney Norman Siegel says legal precedent supports their case, that elected officials cannot act ...

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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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Fewer Minority Students in Gifted & Talented Programs

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Two City Council members are demanding changes in the city's new admissions policy for gifted and talented programs in its public schools, following news that the change did not bring more students in, or make the programs more ethnically and racially diverse.

Councilman Lew Fidler says ...

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Mayor Extends Term Limits

Monday, November 03, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg signed his term limits bill into law, allowing himself and City Council members to run for a third term.

However, before the mayor signed, he got an earful from during the four-hour long public testimony. Several speakers praised the mayor, saying his financial skills ...

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