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Two bodies found inside Sunnyside apartment


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Cops discovered the bodies of two Sunnyside residents inside their home Tuesday morning.

Police, responding to a the report of a foul odor inside of 43-33 46th Street, entered the home around 12 p.m. yesterday and found 47-year-old Diana Rodriguez and 59-year-old Kevin Flannelly unconscious and unresponsive inside the living room, according to the NYPD.

EMS responded to the location and pronounced Rodriguez and Flannelly at the scene.

There is no apparent trauma to both individuals and medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death, said police.

 

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Grover Cleveland High School Protests Turnaround


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

Students and faculty gathered outside Grover Cleveland High School to tell the mayor not to “turn” his back on their school.

The Ridgewood high school currently sits on the list of high schools to be “turned around,” which involves the closure and immediate reopening of the school under a different name, along with the replacement of the principal and 50 percent of the teachers.

Over 200 members of the school’s community took to the streets surrounding the school, marching and brandishing signs calling for people to dial 3-1-1 to protest the school’s potential closing.

“Bloomberg doesn’t know anything about the school,” said science teacher Russ Nitchman, calling the threat of a turnaround a “political hissyfit” from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

As the protest made its way to Metropolitan Avenue, passing cars honked their support for the protest.

Senior class president Diana Rodriguez is worried about the effect the turnaround would have on the students that will remain at the school next year.

“We have such a bond with these teachers, to just ruin that, get rid of 50 percent of the staff, it’s going to have a negative effect,” she said.

“There is a sense of home, here for the kids,” said English teacher Elizabeth Clark, who graduated from the school. “The kids need that safe haven.”

A vote will be held later this year to determine the fate of the 33 schools designated for turnaround.

“This entire community is here supporting Grover Cleveland and unfortunately the mayor’s plan never takes any of that into account,” said Queens UFT representative James Vazquez. “Moving people around and playing with numbers is the only solution [the city] ever has.”