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Daughter of Malcolm X visits southeast Queens school

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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s death, his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz commemorated his life by teaching children valuable lessons that she learned from her father.

“Malcolm X was one of the world’s greatest leaders for human rights of all people,” Shabazz said of her father, one of the most compelling civil rights leaders of his generation before his 1965 assassination.

Shabazz used readings from her books about her father to get her message across. Stories of her father in her children’s book, “Malcolm Little,” were like mini parables for teaching the children at Merrick Academy, who attended the event, ways to live their lives. Shabazz and her father, sisters and mother lived in East Elmhurst at the time of his death.

In one snippet of the book, Shabazz told a story of her father learning some lessons in his mother’s garden. His mother taught him to love each individual living creature the same, no matter how beautiful or ugly it was, Shabazz read. “The garden was a testament to true unconditional brotherhood from the earth on up to the sky. Each individual creature had a story, a purpose, a reason for being and a beauty of its own.”

She told the children to always believe in themselves and that they could accomplish any goal if their mind was set to it, something that Congressman Gregory Meeks echoed during the event.

“There probably would not be a Gregory Meeks if there was not a Malcolm X,” he said. “He is a part of not only black history, but American history too.”

Meeks said seeing Malcolm X speak firsthand was an experience that no one can ever take away from him. He mentioned that when watching Malcolm’s speeches, he realized that he should be proud to be a black man in America.

Shabazz was an infant when her father was assassinated in uptown Manhattan while speaking at the Audobon Ballroom in 1965. Just months earlier, his East Elmhurst home had been firebombed. The family escaped unhurt.

Along with her children’s book, she unveiled her new book on her father called “X.” This takes the reader through her father’s years as a human rights leader. Before his death at 39, Malcolm X, a Muslim, had returned from a trip to Mecca where he prayed alongside people of different races and cultures, and came back with a new, more hopeful message.

According to his estate’s official biography, “He returned to the United States with a new outlook on integration and a new hope for the future. This time when Malcolm spoke, instead of just preaching to African-Americans, he had a message for all races.”

“I can’t believe it has been 50 years,” said Meeks, as he recalled seeing his father cry for the first time on that day. “He was our black shining prince. He taught us that we are all equal.”


Councilmember Eric Ulrich, wife welcome daughter

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Eric Ulrich

Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his wife, Yadira, welcomed their first-born daughter to the world last night.

Lily Ulrich was born at 7:42 p.m. last night weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

“This Halloween I received the sweetest treat, a beautiful baby girl. Please welcome Lily into the world,” Ulrich tweeted last night.

Mother and child are doing fine, Ulrich said.

9 year old allegedly stabbed by mother

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Photo by Robert Stridiron

A nine-year-old girl remains in stable but guarded condition after she was allegedly stabbed by her own mother.

The incident happened on Tuesday, May 29 in a Springfield Gardens home where the pair, from Suffolk County, had been visiting.

“We’re still trying to sort out the facts, the reason why this happened,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly reportedly said at a press conference.

The girl was stabbed in the head and back. Reportedly, a man intervened to stop the attack. The woman, 44, was arrested on the scene and cops reportedly recovered a knife.

Queens man kills wife in front of daughter

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens man kills wife in front of daughter

A Queens man fatally slit his estranged wife’s throat in front of her terrified young daughter — and was nabbed after cops tracked his bloody trail for three blocks, law-enforcement sources said today. “My stepfather stabbed my mom,” the stricken 9-year-old daughter of victim Diane Sharma told cops at their home on 117th Street in Jamaica. Sources said Sharma, a 32-year-old mother of three whose two younger children also were at home at the time, had had an order of protection against her Ukrainian husband. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been arrested Sept. 2 for allegedly assaulting and choking his wife, who then took out the restraint against him. Read More: New York Post

Perv pol lands Queens lobbyist gig

Disgraced ex-Councilman Dennis Gallagher now works with a Queens consultant who’s under attack for trying to strong-arm GOP candidates into hiring him, The Post has learned. Gallagher, who stepped down in 2008 after pleading guilty to sexual-abuse charges stemming from accusations that he raped a woman in his Middle Village office, is listed on a city government database as an “additional lobbyist” with GSP Consulting, a Sunnyside-based firm run by Jay Golub, a dentist. Gallagher, a Republican, confirmed that he does consulting work with Golub and that he’s done consulting for Councilman Peter Koo (R-Queens) but said he hasn’t done any work for Republicans in Queens “on a paid basis.” Read More: New York Post

Gas kills 2 in Queens

A man and his father were found dead from an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at their Queens home yesterday. Aaron Chen, 29, and Kuo-Kuang Chen, 66, were found at their home on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park after the father didn’t show up to babysit his 12-year-old granddaughter. “He doted on her,” said his daughter, Marien Chen. Fearing the worst, she went to their house to check on them. “I crawled through the window. I was thinking, ‘please let them be OK.’ “My father was in his bed and my brother was lying on the floor. It looked like he was trying to get out,” Chen, 33, said. Read More: New York Post

Vallone Helps Astoria Clean Up Its Own “Flatiron Building”

A Queens lawmaker is behind an effort to spruce up the borough’s mini version of the Flatiron Building. Sitting at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard, 21st Street and 27th Avenue, historians say the triangle-shaped building was once the commercial center of Astoria. In recent years, the century-old neighborhood landmark had fallen into disrepair and been covered with graffiti. Last summer, Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. started working with the NYPD and the New Hampshire owners of the building to wipe away the graffiti and repaint the property. Read More: NY1

Dead Body Discovered On Queens Beach

Police are investigating after a body was found on a Queens beach. Officers were called to the shoreline near Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway just before 8 a.m. Saturday. When the officers arrived, they found a woman unconscious and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say it appears the woman was in her 40s. Read More: NY1

TSA Collected Nearly $47,000 In Loose Change At JFK In 2011

The Transportation Security Administration is raking in some pretty pennies. TSA officials say agents collected more than $409,000 in loose change left by airline passengers last year. John F. Kennedy International Airport netted the most amount of money with nearly $47,000 left behind. TSA officials say says most of the money comes from people rushing through security or foreign travelers who don’t want to take it home with them. Read More: NY1

Cruise ship disaster death toll hits 6; Captain blamed for ‘judgment errors’ in Costa Concordia tragedy

The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia “seems to have made judgment errors with grave consequences,” the owners of the boat said Sunday — and prosecutors say he may purposely have sailed close to shore to greet a friend with a blast of the ship’s horn. Captain Francesco Schettino drove the 10-story ship into the rocky Tuscan island of Giglio, ripping a catastrophic 160-foot gash in its hull that sent the boat tumbling onto its side. At least six people were killed. “There was someone in particular that wanted to be signalled from the ship,” said prosecutor Franco Verusio. “We are looking into the possible responsibility of other people in this hazardous maneuver,” he told Italian TV. Read More: Daily News

City heroin ring smashed by arrests after yearlong probe, authorities say

Well-to-do suburbanites turned the Long Island Expressway into “Heroin Highway,” copping highs at bargain prices from pushers in Brooklyn and Queens, prosecutors said Friday. A yearlong investigation led to the arrest over the past week of eight alleged members of a drug ring who arranged for the sale of high-quality South American heroin at hotels, diners and electronic stores in Brooklyn and Queens, authorities said. More than 120 other suspects — most from eastern Long Island — have been nabbed over the past year traveling into the city to buy up heroin at a discount. All the buyers used the drug themselves, and some also resold the smack to pals, authorities said. Read More: Daily News