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The Afternoon Roundup

Makeshift military ordnance found near Queens school

The NYPD says a makeshift military ordnance has been found next to a school in Queens. Police are taking it to the Rodman’s Neck police firing range to determine if it’s live. There are no injuries. The school, P.S. 68 at 60th Street and St. Felix Avenue, was not evacuated. It wasn’t immediately known what kind of device it was. Police say the device was found at 7:40 a.m. Monday. They say it was leaning against a light pole next to the school. Read More: New York Post

 

Aide’s wife: John Edwards knew about money

The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards’ mistress. Testifying at Edwards’ campaign corruption trial, Cheri Young said she had doubts about taking the money and depositing it into an account controlled by her and her husband, Andrew Young, but she did it anyway to help out the campaign. She said she insisted on speaking to Edwards about the money. Read More: New York Post

 

Council Living Wage Bill Up For Vote Today

The City Council is expected to vote today on its living wage bill. The bill requires companies getting a million dollars or more in city subsidies to pay their workers at least 10 dollars an hour. The measure is expected to pass. Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls the bill a job killer and has threatened to veto it. The mayor has already vetoed a prevailing wage bill that would pay higher wages to service workers in buildings which the city subsidizes or where it’s a major tenant. Read More: NY1

 

Bronx Parkway’s Safety Questioned Following Deadly SUV Plummet

One Bronx official is calling for closer scrutiny of the Bronx River Parkway following yesterday’s horrific crash that killed seven members of the same family. Police say a Honda Pilot traveling southbound struck the center barrier, careened across three lanes of traffic and launched over a four-foot high guardrail. The SUV then plunged nearly 60 feet into a private area of the Bronx Zoo. All the passengers, including three children, died at the scene. Read More: NY1

 

Occupy Wall Street plans mass May Day demonstration to shut down NYC

The NYPD is bracing for an attempt by Occupy Wall Street protesters to shut down traffic at arteries across the city during a mass demonstration Tuesday. Using websites and pamphlets, OWS organizers are urging people to help block traffic at bridge and tunnel ports to slow people going to work on May Day. Protesters — who also plan action in front of several financial buildings — are using the date to strengthen their numbers since the labor movement traditionally holds rallies that day. Read More: Daily News

 

Citizenship NOW! launches immigration hotline

Citizenship NOW!, the call-in program that offers free immigration information to thousands of Daily News readers annually, returns Monday. The partnership between The News and the City University of New York, which has grown to become the largest call-in of its kind in the country, is marking two milestones. “We celebrate assisting over 100,000 people with their immigration questions, and that it’s the 10th time we do it,” said Daily News columnist and CUNY Citizenship Now! Director Allan Wernick. “This is a special year for the Citizenship NOW! program.” Starting Monday and continuing through Friday, an army of more than 400 volunteers will answer readers’ questions from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Read More: Daily News