Queens’ Morning Roundup

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with rain showers. Fog early. High of 54. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.7 in. possible. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with rain showers. Low of 41. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Whine & Cheese Comedy Show

Every Tuesday, at 9 p.m., at Rèst-âü-Ránt in Long Island City, check out the Whine & Cheese Comedy Show featuring comics from NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Panel votes to phase out two Queens schools, may still truncate third

A panel voted early Tuesday morning to close two New York City public schools and phase out 22 more, including two Queens high schools, according to reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Video released of suspect wanted for groping girl at Woodside station

Police have released the video of a suspect wanted in connection with forcibly touching a 12-year-old girl on Friday, March 8. Read more: The Queens Courier

Flushing Commons construction to start this fall 

Construction on the much-anticipated $850 million Flushing Commons project will start in the fall, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Ed Koch’s will leaves bulk of estate to sister

Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York who died last month at age 88, left the majority of his estate to his sister. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Queens gets upgraded medical facility for 9/11 responders

Money from the long-stalled Zadroga Bill has trickled down to Queens. North Shore-LIJ officials unveiled a new treatment center in Rego Park on Monday that will cater specifically to those who volunteered or worked at Ground Zero following 9/11. Read more: New York Daily News 

Cardinals celebrate Mass before entering conclave

Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. Read more: AP