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New crane horror: Worker dies in W. Side collapse at subway pit

A construction worker was killed and three of his colleagues were injured last night when a crane collapsed at the No. 7 train subway-extension construction site on the West Side, authorities said. The accident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue when two pieces of the crane — 80- and 40-foot sections — became dislodged and fell into the below-ground site and onto the workers, officials said. Read More: New York Post

French Academic Found Dead In His Midtown Hotel Room

Police were investigating late Tuesday the death of prominent French academic found inside a Midtown hotel room. Richard Descoings, 54, was discovered in his bed at the Michelangelo Hotel on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say hotel security went to his room after he did not check out. Sources say Descoings was found naked and his computer and phone were thrown from the seventh floor window. They also say police are looking for people who may have come into his room during the overnight hours. Read More: NY1


Off-Duty School Safety Agent Awaits Arraignment On Rape, Weapons Charges

An off-duty school safety agent was awaiting arraignment Monday after being arrested on rape charges in Queens. The New York City Police Department says Tommy Johnson, 28, is also charged with criminal weapons possession, menacing and assault. Sources say Johnson raped his ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn over the weekendJohnson currently lives in Ridgewood, Queens, where neighbors say he resides with his mother. Read More: NY1


Woman Dies Following Cooking Accident In Jackson Heights Home

A woman died Monday following an apparent cooking accident in her apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. The New York City Fire Department says they responded to a 911 call Monday morning for a woman in cardiac arrest. Fire officials believe the woman was severely burned when her sleeve caught on fire while cooking. They say she then went into the hallway, where she went into cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More: NY1


Key approval is won for Willets Point project

The city has won a key approval for its massive Willets Point redevelopment, dealing a blow to local property owners who hoped to delay or even halt the project. The Federal Highway Administration ruled that ramps proposed for the Van Wyck Expressway would have “no significant impact” on the surrounding area, according to a letter sent to the state Department of Transportation late last month and released Monday by city officials. Read More: Crain’s New York Business


NYPD investigating image on Al Qaeda forums as possible threat to New York City

A graphic featuring the New York skyline and posted on terrorism websites blares a chilling message in bold letters: “Al Qaeda coming soon again in New York.” The NYPD and the FBI are scrambling to locate the source of the message and trying to figure out whether it’s a credible threat or a sick taunt. The 3-D images spotted on Al Qaeda Internet forums Monday show the letters scrawled across a city street, as a father and son stroll by in amazement. Read More: Daily News


Authorities still looking for motive in Oakland shooting rampage at small Christian college that left seven dead

One wounded woman cowered in the bushes after the gunman opened fire on the campus of a small Christian university. One student hid in a locked classroom as the shooter banged on the door. Another heard the shots and ran to safety. All within an hour Monday, police said, a 43-year-old former student named One L. Goh walked into Oikos University, and began a rampage that left seven people dead and three people wounded, trapped some in the building and forced others to flee for their lives. Read More: Daily News



‘Rape’ victim dad’s anguish

Don’t let your daughters move to New York City. That’s the heart-wrenching advice of the father of a city schoolteacher who is still devastated after being sexually assaulted at gunpoint by an off-duty cop last summer. “It’s a dangerous city,” said the dad, whose name and location are being withheld to protect the identity of his 25-year-old daughter. “When things like this happen, it just makes you think twice,” the dad told The Post from his small, out-of-state farm. Read More: New York Post



Handyman Convicted Of Murder Of Manhattan Building Cleaner

A handyman accused of killing a Manhattan building cleaner and hiding her body in an air-conditioning duct was convicted of second-degree murder Monday. After deliberating for two days, jurors also found Joseph Pabon, 27, guilty of first-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors say Pabon smothered 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez with industrial tape in July 2009. Read More: NY1


Boy, 10, shot in Williamsburg

A 10-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in Williamsburg late last night, police said. The child was with his father below the elevated subway tracks on Broadway near the Hewes Street station at around 10:55 p.m., when teens down the block began arguing, cops and witnesses said. “Ten or 15 people [were] fighting. I called 911 when I heard the gunshots, two or three shots,” said Baruch Bing, 23, who lives near the shooting scene. Read More: New York Post

Koch endorses Queens House pol

Ed Koch’s legendary clout with Jewish voters is about to be tested again. Hoping to repeat his kingmaker role from a closely watched congressional race six months ago, the outspoken ex-mayor yesterday threw his support behind Assemblyman Rory Lancman in a three-way race for the Democratic Party nomination in Queens’ 6th Congressional District. He called Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley “first rate” but said he preferred Lancman’s position on Israel. Read More: New York Post

Prosecutors want ‘Millionaire Madam’ lawyers to zip it 

A Manhattan judge is weighing prosecutors’ demand to bar lawyers for accused “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina from publicly discussing some of the most sensational evidence in the case. Gristina, a 44-year-old soccer mom who is being held on $2 million bail, was not in court Monday as officials asked for a “protective order” to keep their evidence secret. Read More: Daily News

Queens cooks with Emeril

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Lia LoBello and Amy Hattemer have learned how to “bam” from the best.

The two Queens residents appeared in recent episodes of expert chef Emeril Lagasse’s new cooking show, “Emeril’s Table.”

“I was super pumped up when I found out I was going to be on the show,” said LoBello. “I am a fan of his and I’m trying to get better at cooking, so it was a cool way to kill two birds with one stone.”

The show, which premiered on September 26 at 11 a.m. on the Hallmark Channel, combines an educative cooking experience with the personal touch of a dinner party.

Each episode, Lagasse reserves five seats at his “table” for a select group of diners to join him and experience the nuances of cooking with a particular ingredient. He also fields questions from his guests, allowing viewers at home to learn along with the panel.

LoBello, a food blogger from Astoria, appeared on the Wild Mushrooms episode on September 27 at 11 a.m., during which the culinary craftsman prepared his original wild mushroom ragout over creamy stone ground grits and a porcini risotto with truffle oil.

“I was happy to be on the mushroom show because mushrooms are kind of a mystery to me with regards to how to cook them,” LoBello said. “I think a large part of the show was to take something you’re not familiar with and have Emeril teach you how to make it in an easy way.”

Hattemer, a Sunnyside resident who manages Joe, a coffee shop in Grand Central Station, was a guest during Coffee: Sneaky Flavor Enhancer in Savory Dishes, which aired on September 27 at 11:30 a.m. Among the dishes Lagasse added coffee to were short ribs with parmesan polenta and flank steak with a blood orange and plum salad.

“It was really cool to watch how Emeril used coffee in all these different ways,” said Hattemer. “It’s a great cooking ingredient, and you can definitely taste it. Emeril is just an amazing cook, so anything he put in front of us was going to be delicious. But it was especially interesting that coffee was a part of it.”

The experience on set was equally appreciated by the master and his apprentices.

“I have truly enjoyed filming this special series,” said Lagasse. “Some of my most fulfilling memories have been in the kitchen preparing a meal with my family and friends, and ‘Emeril’s Table’ creates that same kind of connection. Food brings us all a little closer together and I hope that as we’re gathering around my table each day everyone will invite us in to their kitchens and be inspired to cook along.”

Both LoBello and Hattemer believe they left the show as better cooks, and said they were calmed by Lagasse’s fun-loving and friendly nature.

“It was a little nerve-racking at first, but Emeril made it a very nice and comfortable atmosphere,” said LoBello. “We were all encouraged to ask questions while he was cooking, and I got the sense that he really enjoyed being the teacher, because during the breaks he would come and ask if we understood and how things tasted. I think he really wanted us to walk away having learned something.”