Mourners Gather for Father Berrigan’s Funeral

The funeral of Father Daniel Berrigan was held today Friends and supporters of the famous activist celebrated his life with a peace march- starting at the lower east side and culminating at St Francis Xavier Church at West 16th street. There was a band – people sang and danced while holding signs that read peace and love.

But As Jephie Bernard reports the atmosphere was anything but somber.

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The Black (and Grey) Market of Street Vendor Permits

You’ve seen vendors on the streets of NYC.. selling everything from food to books to cell phone covers. But the number of these vendors is strictly limited. In order to sell that kind of general merchandise – vendors need a special license and there are only 853 total throughout the entire city. To make things even more complicated the city sets aside certain areas just for military veterans. Between the limited number of licenses and the vet’s special access – an usual type of business arrangement has evolved – But as Jephie Bernard reports this is a black market with some grey areas.

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Why the Smart Meters – Coming To NYC – May Save You Money On Your Energy Bill

Last week, New York Public Service Commission approved a plan put out by ConEd — the largest utility company in the state — to distribute new high-tech meters to more than four million customers within the next few years. Reporter Jephie Bernard says these new meters are supposed to get New Yorkers thinking about their electrical use more than just when they pay their monthly bill.

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Rolling Stones Rock Cuba

Several hours from now, the Rolling Stones will take the stage – in Havana, Cuba. It will be the biggest rock show the country’s seen since communists took over in 1959. More than a half-million people are expected to attend and it’ll be projected on 10 jumbo screens. All a big deal in a country that once banned Rock ‘n Roll. The concert marks the end of a historic week for U.S.- Cuba relations. Tim Padgett covers Latin America for WLRN, a public radio station in Miami. He just got back from Cuba.

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