Forest Hills second-grader to represent city in national kids chess championship


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy U.S. Chess National

Seven-year-old Amelie Phung is headed to California with her father Tam this weekend when she will play in a national chess tournament. If she makes the right moves on the chess board, Amelie could win a chance to represent the USA at the World Chess Championship in Greece.

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Cleaning woman held against will and tortured by Bayside employers: police


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

A cleaning woman was kidnapped, beaten and burned by the Bayside couple she worked for as they accused her of stealing money and jewels from their home and threatened to kill her if she didn’t return the goods, police said.

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Steve Piorkowski, energetic Bayside coach, dies from cancer at 54


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Photo courtesy of Steve Piorkowski's family

Steve Piorkowski, a Bayside High School softball and basketball coach known throughout the athletic league for his winning teams and his determination to fight a life-threatening disease, died at 54 after struggling with cancer for three years.

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Community leaders urge BP to focus on creating new schools throughout Queens


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THE COURIER/Angy Altamirano

Community leaders from across the borough urged Borough President Melinda Katz to push for school expansions during a budget meeting on Monday. Katz is in the process of developing the Queens budget for 2016, and she invited the public to comment on what mattered to them and their priorities for 2016.

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Hundreds pay respect to legendary football coach Vince O’Connor


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

As students, family and former players for Vince O’Connor flocked to St Francis Prep for his funeral service on Thursday, they remembered the legendary football coach and devoted family man with messages of gratitude for all he had done for others in his life.

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This Lunar New Year serves as stage for Flushing’s economic and cultural strength


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

This Lunar New Year is more than just the Year of the Sheep; it’s Flushing’s year to show off the economic and cultural strength of a burgeoning Asian-American community.

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Queens is the borough with the most roads and the most potholes


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Queens isn’t just the “World’s Borough.” It’s also the borough with the city’s most tire-wrecking potholes — a total of 20,000 that have been filled by city crews so far in 2015.

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City focuses on reducing pedestrian deaths in Queens


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THE COURIER/File Photo

City officials have chosen Queens to launch the first borough-wide traffic safety crackdown in the city as part of a long-range effort to reduce the number of deaths from auto accidents, police and transportation officials announced at a press conference in Jamaica on Tuesday.

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