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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 53. Winds light and variable. Wednesday night: Cloudy. Low 46. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Someone Once Called Me A Sound Man

The Chocolate Factory concludes its Fall 2013 season with Jon Kinzel’s dance piece, which integrates kinetic, auditory and visual elements while also exploring broader social issues related to identity, gender, language, culture and history. Wednesday, December 4- Saturday, December 7. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cop charged with extorting Astoria restaurant owner

An NYPD officer and two people were arrested and charged with Hobbs Act extortion of $24,000, attempted Hobbs Act extortion and brandishing a firearm against a Astoria restaurant owner. Read more: The Queens Courier

Police: Man caught with stolen cash register on LIRR train 

Police arrested a man acting suspiciously on a Long Island Rail Road train Tuesday, and discovered he was carrying a stolen cash register. Read more: CBS New York

Mayor, Chancellor tout improved SAT and AP scores

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott were in Brooklyn Tuesday to highlight improving Regents, SAT and AP test scores among high school students. Read more: CBS New York

DOH turns up volume on loud headphone risks

The city Department of Health is warning New Yorkers about the risk of hearing loss when listening to loud music on headphones. Read more: NY1

Billy Joel to play open-ended run at Madison Square Garden

Exactly how much Billy Joel does New York want? We’ll soon find out since Joel and the Garden announced Tuesday that, starting in January, The Piano Man will begin playing one show a month, for “as long as the audience demands,” the star said. Read more: New York Daily News 

Obama launches strategy to move past health care woes

Seeking to regroup from his health care law’s disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST  Thursday: Partly sunny with a breeze. High of 68. Winds from west at 13 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 52. Winds from west at 3 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Galactic Drive-In

As part of the multimedia installation and outdoor theater presented by the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In, celebrate campy science fiction and do-it-yourself merrymaking led by Captain Riterleff and the Flux Factory, a nonprofit Queens art organization. The evening’s featured film will be “Planet Nine from Outer Space.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill 

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. Read more: Reuters 

Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Read more: Fox New York 

Woman Sought for Questioning in Disappearance, Death of Queens College Student: NYPD 

Police are looking for an unidentified woman who was spotted on surveillance tape with a college student woman whose body washed up on a Queens beach in February. Read more: NBC New York 

‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel plays benefit show 

The Piano Man returned to play on his home turf. Billy Joel performed a benefit show Wednesday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington. The Long Island native raised money for Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read more: Fox New York

Gamblers get free ride to Queens racino 

On Wednesday, the racino, which includes a race track, will be rolling out 12 buses that will run from Monday though Sunday from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M. every 30 to 45 minutes from central destinations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and several hotels. They will run continuously between Manhattan and Queens. Read more: Crain’s 

  

Heejun Han survives the bottom three on American Idol


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Michael Becker / FOX

Queens’ Heejun Han found himself in American Idol’s bottom three vote getters for the first time this season, but survived to advance to the show’s top 9 and keep his Idol dream alive.

Han was joined by DeAndre Brackensick and Erika Van Pelt as the bottom three vote getters with Van Pelt being sent home.

After being saved Han tweeted to his followers, “Thank you so much for giving me another chance.”

Han has now advanced as far as fellow Queens crooner Pia Toscano made it on last year’s show.

This week, the Idol top 10 tackled the songs of Billy Joel. Han previously performed Joel’s “New York State of Mind” last month in his final performance before the judges chose the top 24 semifinalists.

This time, the Flushing-native sang “My Life,” but not before starting with something “much too slow.”

Han entered the stage in a tuxedo seemingly to perform a ballad, but as the piano began, Han ripped off his tuxedo and requested something he could dance to.

In a seeming preemptive to the judge’s criticism, Han sang “I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life,” during his “My Life” performance.

“I love that you brought a little fun to tonight, that was a breath of fresh air,” said Jennifer Lopez, but added that she did not think he hit the vocal as well as he can.

Steven Tyler told Han he has to take his singing a little more seriously.

“There were still some vocal problems, but as much as you were entertaining I was just happy to see you have a good time,” Jackson said. “We’ve become to know you as a funny dude. I loved that part of it.”

The top 9 will perform again next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox 5.

 

Heejun Han performs Billy Joel’s “My Life” on American Idol


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Michael Becker / FOX

Queens’ Heejun Han lit up the American Idol stage with the bright personality he has become known for, though the judges felt his vocals were lacking luster.

This week, the Idol top 10 tackled the songs of Billy Joel. Han previously performed Joel’s “New York State of Mind” last month in his final performance before the judges chose the top 24 semifinalists.

READ HEEJUN HAN’S INTERVIEW WITH THE QUEENS COURIER

This time, the Flushing-native sang “My Life,” but not before starting with something “much too slow.”

Han entered the stage in a tuxedo seemingly to perform a ballad, but as the piano began, he ripped off his tuxedo and requested something he could dance to.

In a seeming preemptive to the judge’s criticism, Han sang “I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life,” during his “My Life” performance.

“I love that you brought a little fun to tonight, that was a breath of fresh air,” said Jennifer Lopez, but added that she did not think he hit the vocal as well as he can.

Steven Tyler told Han he has to take his singing a little more seriously.

“There were still some vocal problems, but as much as you were entertaining I was just happy to see you have a good time,” Jackson said. “We’ve become to know you as a funny dud. I loved that part of it.”

Viewer votes will choose the Idol hopeful who will be sent home tonight on Fox 5 at 8 p.m.