Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast. High of 45. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast with ice pellets and rain, then ice pellets and rain after midnight. Low of 36. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90% .

EVENT OF THE DAY: NYC Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week has started in NYC. From now until February 9 (Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional) participating restaurants have special prix-fixe menus with a three-course lunch for $25 and dinner for $38. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

School bus strike officially announced, will begin Wednesday

Local 1181 representatives announced a strike will begin among school bus drivers on Wednesday, January 16. Read more: Queens Courier

Sandy aid bill moves toward House vote amid gridlock

Area lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package through the House face roadblocks by fiscal conservatives seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts as well as funding cuts for projects they say are unrelated to the Oct. 29 storm. Read more: ABC New York

NY passes toughest gun control law in nation

New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and now dare other states and Washington to follow. Read more: Fox New York

NYC train operators told by union to slow down, MTA disapproves

Subway trains are entering stations more slowly after the transit workers union put out advisory signs instructing drivers to take greater caution, but the MTA says the move throws off subway schedules and is counterproductive to straphanger safety. Read more: NBC New York

NYC to hold off on oversized sugary drink fines for 3 months

Soda sellers are set to get a three-month grace period from fines for violating New York City’s upcoming crackdown on supersized sugary drinks, but a size limit still is set to take effect as planned in March, officials said Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Public takes its shots at Armstrong after reported admission to Oprah

The court of public opinion weighed in decidedly against Lance Armstrong after he reportedly admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to push his cycling career into high gear. Read more: CNN