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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: What’s New in LIC?

Come take a tour of Long Island City with historian Jack Eichenbaum. The tour will span from Queens Plaza to the East River waterfront. After the tour, enjoy restaurants and Long Island City Arts Open events in the nearby Vernon/Jackson area. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sources: Union leader’s son charged in connection with iPad theft from Sandy-damaged school

Sources tell NY1 that the son of a construction union vice president became on Thursday the sixth suspect arrested in connection with the alleged stealing of iPads from a Queens school badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Hofstra student, suspect shot dead

A female Hofstra University student has been shot and killed during a robbery in Uniondale, Long Island, said police. Read more: Fox New York 

NY cigarette-smuggling ring may have terror link

A cigarette smuggling scheme that cost New York state millions of dollars in sales tax revenue may have raised funds for militant groups, authorities said. Read more: CNN

Health code violations common at NYC day care centers: report

Lawmakers want to make New York City day care centers more accountable for health code violations following an investigation that found centers in the five boroughs have racked up nearly 26,000 violations since 2010. Read more: NBC New York

Aqueduct racino surpasses $1 billion in revenues since opening in 2011

Resorts World Casino has hit the jackpot since opening in 2011, surpassing $1 billion in total revenue, the operator said Thursday. Read more: New York Daily News

House committee to grill ousted IRS chief

Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service as Congress holds its first hearing on the tougher scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Read more: AP

 

Hofstra University hosts presidential debate


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THE COURIER?Photo by Billy Rennison

Four years after “Joe the Plumber” rose to prominence during a Hofstra debate, the presidential candidates again descended on the Long Island university for their second matchup ahead of the November election.

A carnival-like atmosphere enveloped the campus prior to the town hall-style debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney with giveaways, chants and marching bands.

Students were generally excited to be part of the process in deciding the country’s next president, though some seemed annoyed by the mayhem.

“It’s great that [Obama and Romney] are here, but the campus feels shut down,” said junior Nathan Glenn regarding the closing of roads and heavy police presence.

Others remained unfazed.

“I’m just grabbing dinner, then heading back to study. Typical Tuesday for me,” said Cory Shelton, a sophomore.

See photos from the Hofstra debate

As the debate neared, those who were not among the lucky few that won a lottery allowing them to attend the event made their way to the numerous viewing parties scattered around the campus.

Hundreds packed one such gathering in Netherlands Café, donning red, white and blue hats and brandishing signs and ready to watch the debate on a large projection screen, as this is first presidential election most of the students are able to vote in.

“I feel a responsibility to make an informed choice and not just rely on Fox or MSNBC to make my decision,” said Cole Barker.

With a Yankees playoff game being played simultaneously some students had a different decision to make.

“I guess politics is bigger than baseball,” said Ryan Butler, who was wearing a Yankees sweatshirt at the debate viewing party.

Most students said they wanted to hear the candidates discuss job creation and how they will aid students in debt.

Cheers were interspersed with laughs as the candidates clashed on taxes, immigration, the deficit, energy independence and health care.

The confrontation on Libya drew the loudest reaction of the night, with many saying that exchange gave the decision to Obama.

“Romney wasn’t as commanding as [in the] last debate. Obama made him look foolish on the Libya answer,” said senior Nick Kearney.

Post debate, students poured back out onto the campus, ready to discuss the night.

“Obama was much more animated this time, he was ready to respond to whatever Romney had to say,” said freshman Tracy Reynolds.

“It seems disrespectful for them to interrupt each other, but it definitely makes the debate more interesting,” said junior Brendan Mortell.

The excitement of the past couple of days will fade away as the TV cameras depart and campus life returns to normal.

“It was fun while it lasted, but now I’ve got a paper to write,” said James Cowan.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/18/2011: Deadly Woodside House Fire


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Deadly Woodside House Fire

A fire that broke out inside a house in Woodside early Friday morning claimed the life of one woman and injured four other people. The FDNY says the fire was reported at 1:15 a.m. at a two and one-half story house on 61st Street between Woodside Avenue and 43rd Avenue. Read More: Fox News

Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk set  to invade streets of Astoria

When hundreds of zombies take to the streets of Astoria this weekend to feed on the flesh of human victims, it won’t be an apocalypse as much as a fantasy come to life. The first annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk on Saturday is just the latest crawl to capitalize on the growing craze for everything undead and supernatural. Read More: Daily News

Queens Singer Sues Management Company for Defamation

A Queens singer who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears has filed an $18 million lawsuit against her management company for allegedly trashing her as a racist trollop. In her Manhattan Supreme Court suit, Annet Artani says that instead of furthering her career, SWAP Management portrayed her as a lazy bimbo whose “constant offerings of sexual favors for a recording contract caused her to lose much credibility with some of the music community.” Read More: New York Post

St. John’s And Hofstra Renew Queens-Long Island Rivalry On Friday

St. John’s will take to the road for the first time this season on Friday as it travels just a half an hour east on the LIE to face in-state opponent, Hofstra. St. John’s and Hofstra have not played each other since 2005, but Friday’s contest is the 15th game between the two schools. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex. Read More: Red Storm Sports

News from the Occupy Movement – 200 Are Arrested as Protesters Clash With the Police

Thousands of protesters across the country flooded streets, squares, bridges and banks on Thursday, snarling traffic and often clashing with the police in a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, two months to the day after the demonstration began. In Lower Manhattan, protesters tossed aside metal barricades to converge again on Zuccotti Park after failing in an attempt to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. Read More: New York Times

Flushing resident dies in Long Island Hit and Run

 

Authorities say a Long Island man is charged with hit-and-run following an accident that killed a bicyclist from Stony Brook University. The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Stony Brook. Suffolk County police identified the victim as 21-year-old Seong Hoon Baek of Flushing. Read More: Wall Street Journal