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April 18, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton
Investment banker Steven Rattner came to Washington in February to help the Obama administration bail out General Motors Corp. and Chrysler -- and maybe even find a larger role in government for himself. But any larger ambitions are now clouded by a pay-for-play scandal that links the New York state pension fund, a low-budget movie called "Chooch" and Rattner's former private-equity firm. There are no allegations of wrongdoing by Rattner or his former company, Quadrangle Group.
April 2, 2009
For more than 30 years, New York's draconian drug laws have been among the toughest in the nation, requiring sentences of 15 years to life even for nonviolent first-time offenders. Worse, New York's early example was followed by states across the country, furthering a flawed strategy that was as harmful to society, in many ways, as drug use itself. The result has been wasted law enforcement resources -- as if police could arrest away drug addiction -- and a national incarceration crisis.
April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The two candidates in a New York congressional race that focused on President Obama's economic policies are separated by only 65 votes with all the precincts reporting and more than 150,000 votes counted. Democrat Scott Murphy, 38, holds the slim lead over Republican Jim Tedisco, 58. The race will come down to roughly 10,000 absentee ballots, none of which were to be counted on election night, officials said.
March 31, 2009 | James Oliphant
On a rain-spitting Sunday in Lake Placid, Republican Jim Tedisco was out fanning the flames of voter outrage. Tedisco is running for an open congressional seat here and has combined the hot-button issues of the day -- executive bonuses, the economic stimulus package, Wall Street bailouts -- into a drum-pounding campaign message against the Democrats. "The last thing we need [in Washington] is a rubber stamp," he said. "It's been kind of a shopping spree, it seems."
January 25, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
As he always does on Sept. 11, Ed Casso spent much of the day last year in his living room watching the solemn memorials on television. It had been precisely seven years since terrorists hijacked commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Casso, 34, could feel the passage of time taking its toll. "Every year there's a little less coverage," he said. "Every year there's a little less feeling."
January 4, 2009
Chazz Palminteri is back on the road, touring in "A Bronx Tale," the one-man show that made him famous. In 1993 he wrote and starred in the play about his growing up in a tough, gangster-ridden part of the Bronx. It caught the attention of another famous Italian American actor, Robert De Niro, who produced, directed and acted alongside Palminteri in the big-screen version. The play had a two-week run at the Wadsworth Theatre last fall and the Ruskin Group Theatre Co.
December 16, 2008 | Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan, Barabak and Finnegan are Times staff writers.
Caroline Kennedy launched a full-bore campaign Monday to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, calling New York's governor and other key Democrats to press her desire to extend the family dynasty. Kennedy reached Gov. David A. Paterson on Monday afternoon as he toured weather-battered portions of upstate New York. "She'd like at some point to sit down and tell me what she thinks her qualifications are," said Paterson, who will choose Clinton's successor.
December 6, 2008 | Associated Press
Caroline Kennedy is interested in the Senate seat that would open if Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of State, according to a close relative who says the powerful Kennedy clan is fully behind her rising to the office previously held by her uncle. "I know she's interested," Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. "She spent a lot of her life balancing public service with obligations to her family.
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