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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Cloudy skies. High around 35. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 27. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Astoria St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl 

It’s time to get shamrocked! Come out to Astoria for a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Guinness withdraws St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsorship

The makers of Guinness, the popular Irish beer, announced Sunday that they have withdrawn sponsorship of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, citing the event’s “policy of exclusion.” Read more: NBC New York

More NY drivers lose licenses in state tax payback scheme

Licenses of 8,900 New York motorists have been suspended for failing to pay back taxes, Gov. Cuomo said. Read more: New York Post 

Schumer: Deny visas for countries who don’t check for stolen passports

If Sen. Charles Schumer gets his way, countries who don’t check an Interpol database for missing or stolen passports can forget about having their citizens obtain visas in the United States. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD spends $200K to upgrade bomb-squad robots

The NYPD is shelling out $200,000 to upgrade two of its bomb-squad robots to make them even better than the ones used in the Oscar-winning movie “The Hurt Locker.’’ Read more: New York Post

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai wins 2014 NYC Half

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, the defending New York City Marathon champion, was the winner of Sunday’s NYC Half. Read more: ABC New York

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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