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September 20, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) apologized Tuesday for calling New York City government "a culture of waste" and for saying the nation would not "bail out the habits that have made New York so extraordinarily expensive." He called New York "a great city," told Republican Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani that he is sorry and said: "I misspoke myself. I spoke too broadly and too sloppily."
August 28, 1986 | United Press International
A former senior official, the first to go on trial in a city corruption scandal, was cleared Wednesday of bribery charges, but was convicted of stealing $4,200 from the heiress to the Maytag fortune. "Their substantive charges and the hysterical charges against me were totally rejected," said John McLaughlin, a lawyer and former president of the city's Health and Hospitals Corp., which oversees New York's sprawling health system.
December 28, 2002 | From Associated Press
The city fired the head of its customer service office after he admitted calling New Yorkers "whining" and "stupid" in an essay on the Internet. "I take painkillers, sleep a lot and think about killing every citizen and employee of New York City every minute I'm awake," Fletcher Vredenburgh, the former director of the Mayor's Action Center, wrote in an essay on the "FightLikeApes" Web site.
June 1, 2001
Joel Wachs is not going to have City Hall to kick around anymore. The 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Council announced this week that he will resign in October to take a job with an arts foundation in New York. City government will lose one of its chief critics and Los Angeles one of its most intriquing public figures. A self-styled populist with an independent streak, Wachs made his reputation as a fiscal watchdog.
September 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Hurricane Emily blew boats out of the water, flipped cars and tore off roofs Friday, injuring at least 16 people with its gusts of up to 112 m.p.h. as it raced across Bermuda and into the Atlantic. Forecasters were stunned that Emily gained strength even as it picked up forward speed. No deaths or serious injuries were reported, said Bryan Darby, Bermuda government spokesman. "We've been very lucky," Darby said. "It was a swift, sharp punch."
November 19, 1994 | From Associated Press
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, sending the strongest signal yet of White House plans to propose tax relief next year, said Friday a middle-class tax cut is desirable so long as it doesn't worsen the federal deficit. "We agree on the desirability of a tax cut for middle-income Americans, but something of that nature must be properly paid for," said Bentsen, the Clinton Administration's chief spokesman on economic matters.
February 1, 1989 | SCOT J. PALTROW, Times Staff Writer
The damage that Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. may suffer from criminal charges began to spread Tuesday as New Jersey gaming officials asked the state's Casino Control Commission to bar the investment firm at least temporarily from doing business with Atlantic City casinos. Drexel estimates that it has provided 70% of the long-term financing for the New Jersey gaming industry since casino gambling started in Atlantic City in 1979.
In their first major confrontation over welfare reform, the Wilson and Clinton administrations are locked in a dispute over the rights of welfare recipients to be paid the minimum wage for government-sponsored work.
January 14, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
A second snowstorm hit the East Coast on Friday as it was still digging out from the last blizzard, causing widespread new disruptions but sparing the region the harsh battering originally predicted. "It's a fast-moving storm and it will probably be out of the entire region by midnight or so," said Mike Palmerino, senior meteorologist at Weather Services in Lexington, Mass. Much of the East Coast closed down anew, fearing a repeat of last weekend's blizzard with its snowfalls of up to 30 inches.
Residents of the southernmost borough of New York City already have made one small but poignant sacrifice in the days after the World Trade Center catastrophe. They have reopened their landfill. To understand what that means in Staten Island, consider that people here have spent generations fighting to close the oddly named Fresh Kills landfill, the largest dump in the world. They sued the city. They tried to secede. And this year, they finally prevailed.
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