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The Afternoon Roundup

Cops storm Queens apartment after mentally ill parents kidnap child from Staten Island

Cops today broke down the door of a Queens apartment to rescue an 18-month-boy who’d been kidnapped by his mentally ill parents, witnesses and police sources said. Rick English and Shaniqua Shaunders, the toddler’s parents, grabbed the child around 6 a.m. from the Staten Island apartment where they lived with English’s mother. “God is not going to forgive me for this,” Rick English said as he beat his mother before he and his girlfriend ran off with their little boy. Read More: New York Post

Gingrich to end campaign next Tuesday, aides say

Newt Gingrich will formally suspend or end his campaign next Tuesday, senior aides to the former House speaker told FOX News Channel. A source said Gingrich will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney at that time. The news comes a day after Romney swept Republican primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Gingrich, who had said he needed a win in Delaware to continue his campaign, will make his scheduled events in North Carolina this week a “goodbye tour” for friends and supporters, FOX reported. Read More: New York Post

Police Commissioner Kelly, MTA Head Discuss Recent Spike In Subway Crime

Subway crime is on the agenda today as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and MTA Chief Joe Lhota meet to discuss the recent spike in crime underground. Lhota has already met with all five district attorneys looking for ways reduce subway crime, which is up 20 percent over the first quarter of the year. The meeting comes as police search for two men wanted for separate lewd incidents on the subway. Read More: NY1

 

 

Lend Lease Construction Agrees To $56.6M Fraud Settlement

Lend Lease, formerly known as Bovis Lend Lease, reached a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s office Tuesday in one of the biggest construction fraud cases in the city’s history. The company admitted it overbilled clients for more than 10 years on several projects throughout the city, including the Federal Court House in Brooklyn. It also promised to use firms owned by women and minorities, but then never followed through. Read More: NY1

 

 

Grace Meng accepted campaign cash from family friend with checkered history

A congressional hopeful accepted a $300 campaign contribution from a family friend whose fundraising shenanigans tarnished her father’s political career. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, running in a Democratic primary in the re-drawn 6th Congressional District in Queens, accepted the contribution from her father’s one-time administrative aide, Simon Ting. Read More: Daily News

Ben Bratton, gold medal-winning U.S. fencing champion, hails from Richmond Hill, Queens 

Standing on a podium in Kiev, Ukraine, as the Star Spangled Banner played through a loudspeaker is a moment Queens native Ben Bratton will never forget. There, 5,000 miles from home, the 26-year-old fencer realized his dream of propelling the U.S. national team to the number one spot in the world. “Kids from Ukraine were asking for our autographs,” he said. “It brought it home a little bit that we were the best team in the world.” Read More: Daily News