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Entries by Matt Sledge from 09/2011

New York's Dismal Unemployment Numbers Mean 1 In 7 Out Of Work

Posted 09.02.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The state, and particularly the city, of New York may be doing well compared to the rest of the country, but nearly two years after the Gr...

Verizon Declares Post-Hurricane Irene Emergency In New York After All

Posted 09.02.2011 | New York

The union says it's because of public pressure. The phone giant says it's a "fairly standard" move done because the "timing was right." Whatever the r...

Exxon Headquarters Near Houston To Get New Road Despite State Budget Shortfalls

Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

Texas faces a transportation funding gap of $315 billion over the next 20 years, according to the state's transportation commission. Ten of its top 20...

9/11 Widows Deena Burnett-Bailey, Kristen Breitweiser: No One Can Speak For All Victims

Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

In the midst of the 2004 presidential election, two women widowed by al Qaeda found themselves on opposing sides of a rancorous debate over national s...

9/11 Memorial Plaza: The Kind Of Place You Can Take A Date?

Posted 09.09.2011 | New York

The old World Trade Center towers sat on a barren, windswept plaza that cut off the city's street grid. That plaza was not a good setting to spark a r...

Janet Napolitano On 9/11 Anniversary Terror Threat: 'Let's Go About Our Business'

Posted 09.10.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- Speaking at a conference for 9/11 victims' family members on Saturday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said New Yorkers shoul...

9/11 Anniversary: Two Sides Of New York's 'Frozen Zone'

Posted 09.11.2011 | New York

Much of Lower Manhattan on Sunday was a "frozen zone," with barricades thrown up for blocks around the World Trade Center, police officers with binocu...

Anthony Chai Lawsuit Against Netfirms.com Involves Interrogation At LAX McDonald's By Thai Police

Posted 09.14.2011 | Los Angeles

It all started with a few comments on the Internet. Anthony Chai, who owns a computer store in Long Beach, Calif., wrote remarks on Manusaya.com -- a ...

Warren Buffett's Daughter Susie Is Taking On Early Childhood Education And Gangs

Posted 09.15.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- By just about any measure, Susie Buffett and Latron Louis have a remarkable friendship. Both are from Omaha, but Buffett is well-off and w...

True High-Speed Rail Projects Unlikely To Be Fast-Tracked By Jobs Bill Funds

Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

When President Obama revealed his jobs bill last week, you could almost hear the high-fives from transportation advocates across the country. If th...

Nassau County Rushes To Privatize Buses And Sewer System To Fix Budget

Posted 09.20.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- Angela Davis is worried. Four or five times a month, whenever the 58 year old with cerebral palsy needs to visit her doctor or shop at a s...

China High-Speed Rail Offers Few Lessons For U.S. Beyond Growth Potential

Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics

President Obama's trip to the Brent Spence Bridge on Thursday points to the difficulties inherent in getting specific about infrastructure spending: n...

Offshore Drilling: House Republicans Offer Old Idea As New Infrastructure Solution

Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Responding to President Obama's call in the American Jobs Act for increased infrastructure spending, House Republicans are offering up a...

NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street

Posted 09.29.2011 | New York

New York City labor unions are preparing to back the unwieldy grassroots band occupying a park in Lower Manhattan, in a move that could mark a signifi...

Shovel-Ready Projects: They Exist, And We May Need Them For A Long Time

Posted 09.30.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As President Barack Obama pushes for his American Jobs Act, some on the right and in the press have claimed there are no "shovel-ready" pr...