Queens Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Clear skies, mostly sunny. High of 66. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 50.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the Queens Botanical Garden

Give mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or garden! Visit the QBG Store for an assortment of blooms. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own.

Dismembered body found buried in backyard of missing Queens man

A dismembered body was found buried Tuesday in the backyard of a Queens man who has been missing for more than a week, police sources and witnesses said. Cops made the grisly discovery behind the Putnam Ave. home of Frank Soucie, 60, who vanished April 22. Read More: NY Daily News

School 244 in Flushing, Queens, becomes first public school in nation to serve only vegetarian meals

Public School 244 in Flushing is the first public school in the nation to serve all-vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch, according to city education officials. Chefs at the Active Learning Elementary School have swapped chicken, turkey and ham for black beans, tofu and falafel, and kids are digging in with delight. Read More: NY Daily News

Family to claim Boston bomber suspect’s body, Uncle says

Relatives of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said. The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, has been at the medical examiner’s office in Massachusetts since he died after a gunfight with authorities more than a week ago. Read More: NBC New York

Forensic officials search for human remains at 9/11 debris site

Workers for the medical examiner’s office began sifting soil Monday for possible human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a chunk of airplane debris believed to have come from one of the 9/11 hijacked jetliners was found. Read More: NBC New York

NYC rent board proposes hikes of 3 to 6 percent

The Rent Guidelines Board has proposed raising New York City’s rent-stabilized apartment rents between 3.25% and 6.25% on 1-year leases. The board will settle on a final figure before approving the hike at a June 20 meeting. Read More: Fox NY