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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low near 30. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Best of Tango 

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the most popular tango and milongo classics in music, song and dance. Show starts on Friday, Jan. 31 lasts until March 23 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $30 to $35. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Convicted criminal who escaped from Queens psychiatric facility caught in Tennessee

A convicted killer who escaped from a Queens Village psychiatric facility by swapping clothes with a friend was captured in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio to weigh in on ‘independent’ cop monitor

The investigator nominated by Mayor de Blasio to keep the city government in check revealed Thursday that Hizzoner will have a big say in appointing what’s meant to be an “independent” NYPD watchdog. Read more: New York Post 

Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl

New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Read more: AP

Food safety inspections in NY lagging, staffing below recommended levels: audit

New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

Record numbers, heightened security at NYC Marathon


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Photos courtesy of New York Road Runners

The safest place in the country may have been the route of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday.

NYPD officers trolled the race, guarding runners and spectators alike, because of terrorism concerns caused by the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, in which three people died and hundreds were injured.

A record 50,740 runners from around the world competed in this year’s ING Marathon, which was cancelled last year due to tremendous damage by Superstorm Sandy.

“My point of view is you can’t live like that,” said Joseph Gordon, a Queens Village resident who ran the marathon for the first time. “Living in New York it’s dangerous just to step outside my house. The NYRR [New York Road Runners] did a good job being careful and improving security.”

The marathon, which travels 26.2 miles around the five boroughs, featured more police officers along the course than previous years, some with bomb-sniffing dogs. Officers also checked spectators’ bags at certain locations, among various other reported counter-terrorism tactics.

As a result the race proceeded safely and featured fierce competition, dominated by Kenyan runners.

In the men’s race, Geoffrey Mutai defended his NYC Marathon 2011 crown with another win. He finished with an official time of 2:08:24. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s division with a time of 2:25:07.

Gordon said the return of the race brings the city a little bit closer to normalcy.

“I think it’s really important to New York, the fact that it’s in all the boroughs and a lot of people were affected [by Sandy],” he said. “It’s not something that New York needs, but that the people of New York needed. It’s like a morale booster.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 64. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Author Alanna Cooper to speak about her book on Bukharian Jewry

Cultural historian Alanna Cooper, who teaches Anthropology and Cultural History at Boston University, will discuss the long history of Bukharan Jews, their diaspora in the United States and in Israel, and their sense of themselves at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man slashed in neck after traffic dispute

Just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, a man was slashed in the neck after a traffic dispute in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Queens on hunt for another alleged sex attacker

There has been yet another sex assault in Queens, but investigators are telling Eyewitness News that the alleged attack is not connected to the ones involving young girls in nearby South Ozone Park. However, residents in the area are still on edge. Read more: ABC New York

Report: Over $150,000 worth of cleanse drinks stolen from Queens facility

Police on Sunday were in search of a thief whole stole over $150,000 worth of cleanse drinks from the BluePrint juice facility in Long Island City, Queens, according to a published report. Read more: CBS New York

Cyclist in Five Boro Bike Tour dies after suffering heart attack crossing Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

A cyclist in the Five Boro Bike Tour has died after going into cardiac arrest crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Sunday, cops said. Read more: New York Daily News

17-Year cicadas set to arrive by the end of the month

New Yorkers haven’t heard the noisy buzzing of cicadas in springtime in 17 years, but get ready, because they’re coming again. Read more: CBS New York

Finding burial plot for bomb suspect a struggle 

A funeral director trying to find a cemetery to take the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is going next to the city where Tsarnaev lived, but will run into another obstacle: It doesn’t want him. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 59. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 52. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Queens Slur at Alewife

It’s the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let us know what you think. Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow” minded people? The Slur is your opportunity – free and open to everyone. Alewife will be extending their happy hour draft and wine specials for our Slur, as well as offering a $16 Burger ‘N Beer special. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

M.E. to begin searching for human remains near WTC site where landing gear was found

The New York City medical examiner’s office is expected to begin searching for human remains this week near the World Trade Center site after a piece of landing gear believed to be from a Sept. 11 hijacked plane was found. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens high school students injured in Ohio bus crash

Several children and adults suffered minor injuries after a charter bus carrying students from a Queens High School overturned in central Ohio. Read more: NBC  New York

Focus of Boston Marathon bomb investigation shifts to suspects’ mother

The focus of the Boston Marathon bombings investigation has shifted to the suspects’ mother, who was apparently recorded by Russian intelligence talking on the phone with one of her sons and discussing jihad last year.  Read more: ABC New York

Schumer: FBI ‘may have messed up’ in handling 2011 Tsarnaev investigation

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Congressional leaders were demanding answers Sunday, saying the FBI should have done a better job in sharing information about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Designer working on horseless carriage for NYC

A car designer is building a prototype of an electric “horseless carriage” that animal advocates hope will replace New York City’s horse-drawn carriages. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Mississippi man to appear in federal court in ricin letters case

A Mississippi martial arts instructor is expected to appear in a federal court on Monday to face charges in connection with the mailing of letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: An Evening with Choreographers Rich + Tone

Discovered by Michael Jackson’s choreographer while freestyling at a California club, the brothers Rich + Tone Taluega are two of the most successful choreographers in the business. They have also worked with Madonna, JLo, Usher, Chris Brown, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Black Eyed Peas. Rich + Tone will present some highlights from their body of work and give a live demonstration of their choreography at the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Boston Marathon bombing suspect moved from hospital to prison

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from the hospital to the Federal Medical Center Devens, a federal prison for inmates requiring long-term medical care, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday. Read more: ABC New York

Senate passes bill to ease FAA furloughs; House vote expected as early as Friday

With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Whitestone home burglarized, family bound and robbed at gunpoint

Four gun-toting goons crept into a Queens home and yanked a family out of their beds during a terrifying middle-of-the-night robbery Thursday, police sources said. Read more: New York Daily News

Ex-Marine says cops beat him in Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct: suit

The Queens district attorney’s office is investigating a former Marine’s claim that he was punched and kicked in the face by cops as they ejected him from the 103rd Precinct stationhouse, where he had gone to retrieve a friend’s personal property. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo wants credit bureaus to reconsider Sandy victims’ scores

Last October, as Hurricane Sandy tore through Staten Island, Allison Puglisi’s home was severely damaged. Read more: NY1

Tight security at NFL Draft

NYPD Hercules teams stood with guns at the ready. Nearby, bomb-sniffing dogs were on the prowl. Welcome, to the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Read more: Fox New York

LaGuardia Airport evacuated due to suspicious device


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THE COURIER/File photo

LaGuardia Airport was evacuated Tuesday morning when a suspicious device was spotted on the third level of its central terminal building, according to a Port Authority spokesperson.

After an object with wires protruding out of it was reported around 1o:30 a.m., the area was cleared and the New York City bomb squad was sent in to investigate.

The bomb squad quickly determined it was part of a fluorescent light fixture and was non-threatening, said the spokesperson.

Passengers were allowed back in the airport about 45 minutes after the suspicious device was first reported.

Following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the New York City Police Department said it was “stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg also urged New Yorkers to “remain vigilant” and report anything that seems suspicious.

 

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