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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Passengers Sue JetBlue Over Pilot Meltdown

A group of passengers is suing JetBlue, saying they feared for their lives when a pilot had to be physically restrained during their flight in March. In a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Queens, the ten passengers claimed Jet Blue was “grossly negligent” when it allowed pilot Clayton Osbon to fly. Read more: [NY1]

Family Mourns Drowning Of 14-Year-Old In Far Rockaway

A Queens family is in mourning following the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy at a Far Rockaway beach.  Akeem Craig of South Jamaica was swimming with his friend on Tuesday. Authorities responded to a call indicating the two teens were in danger in the water. A bystander was able to pull one boy to safety. It took divers from both the FDNY and NYPD 40 minutes to find Craig’s body. Read more: [NY1]

City to roll out new wheel boot program as soon as Monday

The wheel boot, a groan-inducing sight for motorists in other cities, will hit the outer boroughs as soon as Monday, the Daily News has learned. The city is planning to boot ticket scofflaws by the end of June, a city official confirmed Wednesday. The three- to six-month pilot program will begin in Brooklyn, then Queens and Staten Island and will be eventually rolled out citywide. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Steve Piorkowski, softball coach at Bayside HS, recovers from cancer and broken neck that kept him off the field for most of 2012

Steve Piorkowski, the bouncy, long-haired softball coach at Bayside HS, is used to people approaching him on the street, thinking they know him when they really don’t. Read more: [New York Daily News]

At Queens Art Express Festival, artists tackle policy issues

A Queens art festival that kicks off on Thursday aims to show that artists can do more than perform a song-and-dance or paint a pretty picture. Queens Art Express will include three exhibitions that open the floor to 12 artists across a variety of disciplines on some of the biggest hot-button public policy issues of the day. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Mets consider ‘quiet’ section in Citi Field stands with no music and lower-volume PA announcements

Quiet please, the Mets are trying to play baseball. The Amazin’s are silently floating plans for a “designated quiet-seating section” in Citi Field. The team e-mailed a survey to fans yesterday, asking about their ballpark experience — including queries about the scoreboard, between-inning entertainment, music, and even interactions with Mr. Met. Read more: [New York Post]

Slay victim’s daughter shows compassion for killer

The daughter of an elderly Queens man who was beaten to death outside his home showed surprising compassion for his killer yesterday as the homeless veteran was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Read more: [New York Post]

Queen’s Morning Roundup


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Boy, 14, drowns

A Queens teen drowned in the treacherous waters off Far Rockaway yesterday after going to the beach with pals and jumping in the ocean to celebrate the last day of classes. One buddy tried desperately to save 14 year-old Akeem Craig after he was carried out by a wave — and is haunted by being unable to do so. Read more: [New York Post]

Elmhurst Woman Fatally Stabbed

Police are investigating the Monday night stabbing death of a woman in Elmhurst, Queens. Investigators responded to a 911 call at an apartment building on Hampton Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Read more: [NY1]

Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways get chilly reception

A plan to extend an underwater natural gas pipeline beneath a national park in the Rockaways is getting a chilly reception from environmentalists. An informational meeting on the $265 million Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is slated for Wednesday in Rockaway Park. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Bloody killer went to bodega for 2 beers and then came back to buy Band-Aids, worker says

A callous killer who bought a couple of beers after murdering his girlfriend, circled back for Band-Aids, a Queens bodega worker said. Shawqi Algahim, 33, was behind the counter shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at Jazmina Grocery on Hampton St. in Elmhurst when a man covered in gore paid for two cans of Coors Light. Read more: [New York Daily News]

New Caribbean Cultural Exhibit Spans Three City Museums

The new exhibit “Caribbean: Crossroads Of The World,” which is being presented at three city museums, is bringing four centuries of Caribbean history and culture to New Yorkers. The exhibit, which is being shown at the El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, features 500 works of Caribbean art. Read more: [NY1]

Cops bust man in alleged Queens rape

Police captured a sicko wanted for raping a woman in Queens, authorities said. Samuel Doctor, 22, allegedly approached the 64-year-old victim in Rockaway Beach about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said. He is accused of forcing her to the ground at the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 91st Street, and raping her, authorities said. Read more: [New York Post]