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Statue of Liberty

Morning Brief: October 2

by Jeff Coltin
Phoenix playing live

AnotherChrisSullivan, flickr

Did you know Brooklyn alone has more than 1 million more residents than Phoenix, Arizona?  French dance rock foursome Phoenix (the band) will defend the right of Phoenixes everywhere tonight at the Barclays Center. They visited WFUV in spring and talked words and music with Rita Houston.

Morning Brief: October 1

by Jeff Coltin
The Statue of Liberty from the torch

StatueLibrtyNPS, flickr

The Senate and House couldn’t reach agreement on a spending bill before midnight, so the federal government’s going into a partial shutdown—the first since 1995.  The Statue of Liberty will be closed until a new spending bill is passed, and WNYC has a handy explainer saying what else will be affected.

NY Senator: New Statue of Liberty Security Risky

by Associated Press

murphydean, flickr

New security plans for the Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable when the island reopens July Fourth, New York officials said Monday.

Sen. Charles Schumer and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called for the National Park Service to reverse its plan to move security screening to nearby Ellis Island.

"The NYPD and the Park Service have differences over how to best protect visitors from a potential terrorist attack," said Kelly, adding that he has written to the secretary of the interior about the issue.

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