Oakland Gardens man pleads guilty to setting fire to pal’s Little Neck apartment


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Ezra Barashy, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson Tuesday for setting fire to his friend’s Little Neck basement apartment this summer, according to the district attorney’s office. In his plea, he admitted to intentionally tossing a Molotov cocktail at the home of his pal.

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Oakland Gardens resident from Baruch College dies in fraternity pledge ritual


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A  Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens died Monday after he was severely injured in a fraternity hazing ritual in Pennsylvania, cops said. Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, was one of four pledges who were staying with more than 30 members of the national fraternity Pi Delta Psi in a home in the Poconos over the weekend, police said. Deng […]

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QM3 bus hits, kills woman in Oakland Gardens


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A 55-year-old woman is dead after a Queens bus struck her Thursday evening, according to police. Around 7:30 p.m., a QM3 bus was traveling westbound on 73rd Avenue, making a left hand turn to travel southbound on Springfield Boulevard when, with the rear portion of the bus, it struck the victim. She was taken to […]

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Two women accused of abusing young exchange students at Little Neck tutoring academy


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Two women have been charged with endangering the welfare of four Korean exchange students in a private tutoring academy in Little Neck, prosecutors said.

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Health Department to treat areas of Queens against West Nile this week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Health

On Wednesday, Aug. 6 there will be West Nile spraying in parts of Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease.

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Assemblyman Braunstein to introduce law to ban fake clothing drop-off bins


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Under a new bill, clothing bins that are not operated by organizations recognized as proper nonprofits by the IRS will be banned and the city will be able to remove the bins immediately. First-time offenders will be fined $250, and then $500 for every additional one during a calendar year.

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John Messer stops bid for state Senate


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Oakland Gardens lawyer John Messer is dropping his third bid to unseat 14-year veteran state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky in District 16, which includes Flushing, Bayside, Forest Hills and Fresh Meadows, among other areas.

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Restaurants & Bars 2014 winners


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

You voted, they won. Best of the Boro Restaurants & Bars 2014 winners  BEST AMERICAN/CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT Winner Crescent Grill 38-40 Crescent St. Long Island City, NY 11101 718-729-4040 Runner Up Veranda Restaurant & Cafe 20801 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11361 718-281-2233 BEST APPETIZERS Winner Donovan’s of Bayside 214-16 41st Ave. Bayside, NY 11361 718-423-5178 Runner Up […]

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Rep. Meng works to bring family members of teen crash victims to US


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Photo by Vic Nicastro

Family members of the two teens killed last month in a tragic car crash are working with Congressmember Grace Meng to fly from China to Queens to grieve.

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