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Man burglarizes Astoria apartment for Apple products


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This guy is a bad apple.

Cops are looking for a man who entered an Astoria apartment Tuesday and stole an Apple iPhone, iPad mini, an iPod touch, and a Macbook.

After swiping the Apple tech, he then stole jewelry and an undetermined amount of money, police said, and even took a green bag that was in the apartment to carry the load of items.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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More people losing items on subways and buses: MTA


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

The amount of lost items being found on subways and buses is on the rise, according to the MTA’s website.

In 2012, MTA workers took in 24,445 lost items, up from 23,223 in 2011. The amount of items being returned to their original owners however has also increased, with 8,093 items being returned in 2012, up from 7,438 in 2011.

William Bonner, supervisor of NYC transit’s lost property unit, credited the increased number of returns to the electronic lost and found form, which can be found on the MTA’s website.

If and when filling out a form, Bonner says to be as specific as possible. “Being as specific and detailed as you can in your description is key to the attempt to reunite you with your lost item,” he said.

Bonner said electronics such as Kindles, NOOKs, iPads, and smartphones are found daily on the subway and top the list of lost items.

One of the more unusual items being found are empty animal crates, according to Bonner.

“Seems like people are taking the animals out and then walking off leaving the carrier under the seat,” he said. No animals have been found as of yet.

Bonner said a woman once lost her ring on the N-train and filled out the form on the MTA’s website, even providing a picture, and after a short time was able to reclaim it.

“That was a really happy ending,” Bonner said.

 

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MTA launches subway app with real-time countdown clocks


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The MTA has taken some of the guess work out of catching trains with a newly-launched app.

The app, named MTA Subway Time and currently only available on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, will allow straphangers to know precisely when trains are expected to arrive at stations. For now, the service is available on seven lines, the No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and S trains.

“This is what generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for. The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here,” said MTA Chair and CEO Joseph Lhota. “The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk.”

The app allows users to click on any of the 156 stations to see when the next train will be at the station. The app is synchronized with the mta.info website displaying planned service changes and real-time service disruptions.

The L train is expected to be added to the app within a year and the No. 7 line in the coming years. The other 15 subway lines signaling system must be upgraded before it can be added to the system, though the MTA is exploring other ways of providing real-time arrival time through other means.

The app is still in a test mode and the MTA is looking for feedback from users.

An app for Android and Blackberry users is expected in the near future.

 

 

Man wanted for series of subway cell phone thefts


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Police are searching for a man wanted for snatching five electronic devices over the past month on trains in Queens and Brooklyn.

Four cell phones and an iPad were stolen in the incidents that all occurred E, F, or R trains as they entered the station, according to police. The five victims were all women between the ages of 16-28.

The most recent robbery took place on December 11 as the suspect exited the R train at the 67th Avenue station. The suspect punched a 16-year-old girl in the face before taking her phone.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25-30 years old, standing 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing between 180-190 pounds.

 

 

Pope publishes first tweet


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Using the Twitter handle @Pontifex, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweet Wednesday, saying “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”

As of noon, the pope already had around 834,000 followers.

According to the Vatican, the pope used an iPad to send the message, and it was published after the blessing that concluded Wednesday’s general audience and displayed on a screen installed in the Paul VI Hall.

After sending his first tweet around 6 a.m. EST, he has posted several other messages, using the popular social media dashboard application TweetDeck.

In addition to the English @Pontifex account, he has seven other handles that each translate his tweets to another language—Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish and Arabic.

Including those accounts, the pope already has more than a million followers.

So far, his messages haven’t included hashtags or other Twitter handles.

He also won’t be following others, according to Greg Burke, a Vatican communications adviser.

Throughout the day, however, the pope will be responding to three questions from three different continents, said the Vatican.

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 42. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind 3 to 7 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: 2nd Annual Figgy Pudding Short Play Fest

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TSA screener busted for stealing iPads, laptops from luggage

TSA screeners are doing their holiday shopping in your luggage. Port Authority cops on Tuesday busted a crooked 32-year-old TSA screener for stealing iPads and laptops from checked baggage at JFK Airport as part of a sting into the increasing problem of sticky-fingered screeners. Read more: NY Post

Officials concerned about air quality in Rockaway homes

The air in the Rockaways may be dusty and taste dirty, but city officials say it is safe. “Just generally speaking, we haven’t seen an impact from Sandy,” said Carter Strickland, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Read more: NY1

Queens man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Manhattan religious institutions

A Queens man pleaded guilty in New York State Court to charges related to a plot to blow up Manhattan religious institutions, including the largest synagogue in the borough, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Read more: Queens Courier

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee arrested for allegedly entering Guatemala illegally

Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for entering the country illegally, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by police at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents. Read more: Daily News

Missing Queens man with dementia last seen boarding subway

Officials are searching for a missing man with dementia who was last seen boarding a subway train in a Queens station on Tuesday afternoon. A relative says Gary Sinclair, a 63-year-old Queens resident, was with his caretaker when he managed to slip away and board the subway at 42nd Street and Broadway around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Read more: NY1

Queens volunteer fire houses raising money for Sandy damages

These everyday heroes risked their lives battling raging fires and violent floods to rescue their neighbors in Superstorm Sandy. But volunteer firefighters in Broad Channel and the Rockaways are now working out of moldy fire houses with damaged equipment and water-logged rigs. Read more: Daily News

 

Apple reveals iPad mini


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Apple

Today, Apple introduced the iPad mini, a thinner, lighter version of its popular tablet.

At .68 pounds and 7.2 millimeters thin, it’s 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner than the third generation iPad, and has a 7.9-inch screen that features the same number of pixels as the first two iPad models.

On Tuesday Apple also revealed its fourth generation iPad, with a 9.7 inch Retina display, A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance.

Along with its smaller size, the iPad mini also comes with a smaller price. Available in black and slate or white and silver versions, the mini tablet starts at $329 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version, $429 for the 32 GB and $529 for the 64 GB. Models with Wi-Fi + Cellular start at $459 for the 16 GB.

The fourth generation iPad, available in black or white, starts at $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version and $629 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The iPad mini and fourth generation iPad will be available for pre-ordering through the Apple online store starting Friday, October 26.

The Wi-Fi only version of both iPads will be available on November 2. About two weeks later, the Wi-Fi + Cellular models will start shipping, said Apple.

 

Apple thefts increase 40 percent, says NYPD


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As New Yorkers hit the streets with their new iPhone 5s, the NYPD is warning about the increase in Apple thefts.

Data shows that between January 1 and September 23 of this year, incidents involving stolen Apple products increased 40 percent over the period from last year, exceeding the overall increase in crime. In total, there were 11,447 incidents.

Along with reminding the public to be more cautious and aware of their surroundings when carrying electronic devices, the NYPD is now registering them free of charge.

On Friday, September 21, the day the iPhone 5 went on sale, the NYPD registered and engraved the new phones at 21 stores where they were being sold, free of charge. Anyone can also bring their devices to a local police station and have them engraved with a unique serial number.

Though engraving enables the NYPD to trace and indentify stolen property more easily, a better solution may be to give cell phones International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers, so when a device is stolen, cell phone stores can permanently disable them, rendering them worthless.

This April, Senator Chuck Schumer and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that major U.S. cell phone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to set up an integrated database of IMEI numbers.

But, according to the NYPD, iPhones and iPads are not part of this agreement.

 

A public service announcement reminding people to be aware of their surroundings when carrying electronic devices on the subway. (Video courtesy of the NYPD)

End of an era in North Korea: Kim Jong Il dies after nearly two decades in power


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Graphic by Jay Lane

End of an era in North Korea: Kim Jong Il dies after nearly two decades in power

North Korea’s Communist leader Kim Jong Il, whose nearly two-decade reign of power was marked by nuclear threats against his neighbors and a stifling of freedoms for his own people, has died. North Korean television announced Sunday night that the country’s “Supreme Commander” had died in Pyongyang at the age of 69. A weeping North Korean state television announcer said Kim died on a train at 8:30 a.m. Saturday of a heart attack brought on by “physical fatigue” while touring the country’s provinces. Read More: Daily News

 

Thousands Expected At NYPD Officer Peter Figoski’s Funeral Today

Much of Babylon will come to a halt this morning as family, friends and thousands of fellow officers gather for the funeral of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, a decorated 22-year veteran who was shot and killed Dec. 12 while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn. Suffolk police issued a traffic advisory Sunday, warning motorists that Montauk Highway in Babylon will be closed Monday in both directions. Read More: Newsday

 

Police identify man who fired at pair of officers

Police have identified the man that allegedly fired at two officers earlier this month in Jackson Heights while disguised in a fake beard, trench coat, hat and dark glasses. Officers were alerted of a suspicious male on the corner of 76th Street and Roosevelt Avenue on Friday, December 2.  When the officers approached the suspect – who police say is Antonio Olmeda, 53 – and asked for identification, he pulled a gun and fired two shots, police said. The officers, who were unharmed, pursued the suspect but failed to apprehend him. The fake beard, hat and glasses were recovered during the pursuit. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Long blue line to honor ‘quiet hero’ NYPD Officer Peter Figoski 

A brotherhood of cops 10,000 strong is expected to salute the casket of Officer Peter Figoski Monday morning as it arrives at the Long Island church where the hero cop prayed for a better world. The Rev. Christopher Heller, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon, is expected to lead the funeral Mass, offering Figoski’s four bereaved daughters a source of strength in a time of turmoil. “I feel for his poor daughters,” said Charles Spencer, director of Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home in Babylon and a retired NYPD cop. “They’re going to need a lot of help in the future, not just through this funeral. Read More: Daily News

21 arrested in Queens during stolen iPhone/iPad undercover sting

Police arrested 141 individuals – 21 in Queens – purchasing what they believed was stolen electronics during an undercover operation throughout the city. Undercover officers targeted locations that were suspected of receiving stolen merchandise in the past and offered Apple iPhone 4s and iPad 2s that the merchants believed to be stolen for vast discounts, according to police. Read More: Queens Courier

Fundraising Controversy Cuts Liu’s Approval Rating, But Campaign Continues

City Comptroller John Liu was talking about the economy when he said “this has been quite a challenging year,” but he could have been discussing his political future. Liu’s potential campaign for mayor is under investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, an inquiry that has already resulted in the arrest of one of his fundraisers. The U.S. attorney is reportedly questioning other Liu donors and those who collect donations for him. When asked whether the inquiry was expanding at a holiday party in Flushing on Friday, Liu said, “You’re asking me if it’s true. How am I supposed to know if it’s true? It’s a Times story. Let’s be fair.” Read More: NY1

Delta Airlines To Add Flights Out Of LaGuardia

Delta Airlines is boosting its flights out of LaGuardia. The airline is adding routes that target business travelers as well as Delta’s competitors, American Airlines and United. “For the first time really in the history of aviation at LaGuardia Airport, we’re going to build a hub. That means we’re going to be connecting passengers and growing the number of seats and destinations in a very significant way,” said Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines. In the largest expansion at LaGuardia in 40 years, the airline is adding flights to Miami, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Charlotte. Read More: NY1

Take lid off land deal: judge

A Manhattan judge has backed state investigators who are trying to get to the bottom of a controversial deal to sell state land to an Indian community group in Queens. The organization that got the sweetheart deal, the Indian Cultural and Community Center, has stopped cooperating with detectives dispatched by state Inspector General Ellen Biben, court records show. But Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez said in a ruling last week that there is “a legitimate and reasonable basis for [the IG’s] inquiry,” and he ordered the Indian Cultural and Community Center to turn over the records requested. Read More: New York Post

City could close two Rockaway elementary schools for poor performance

The city is moving to close a struggling Far Rockaway elementary school, despite strong opposition from parents, after it received an “F” on its report card. The Department of Education recommended earlier this month that Public School 215 be phased out starting in the fall of 2012 and replaced with another school in the same building. The influential Panel for Educational Policy is to vote on the proposal on Feb. 9 Read More: Daily News

 

Fired Queens prosecutor beats her old boss with acquittal for her client on trial for murder

An ex-Queens prosecutor sacked after she blew the whistle on a TB scare scored an acquittal in a murder case against her old bosses late Tuesday. Michael McLennon was found not guilty in the fatal 2007 shooting of a former tenant after lawyer Tamara Harris claimed her client was fending off a machete attack when he clicked off three rounds from a .9-mm pistol. McLennon, 41, was convicted of possessing a weapon and tampering with evidence. He faces a minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison. Read More: Daily News

Long Island City to receive more residential housing and businesses development

Long Island City is on the rise — one tower at a time — thanks to a host of new developments, defying the bleak real estate market. About 1,250 condos and rental apartments are slated to hit the market in the western Queens community next year, said Eric Benaim, owner of the local real estate firm Modern Spaces. And that’s just the beginning of what’s planned over the next few years for the once predominantly industrial area. Read More: Daily News

 

21 arrested in Queens during stolen iPhone/iPad undercover sting


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Police arrested 141 individuals – 21 in Queens – purchasing what they believed was stolen electronics during an undercover operation throughout the city.

Undercover officers targeted locations that were suspected of receiving stolen merchandise in the past and offered Apple iPhone 4s and iPad 2s that the merchants believed to be stolen for vast discounts, according to police.

“This was a two-prong approach to apprehend both thieves and receivers of stolen property,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. “Suspects at both ends of the equation are learning the hard way that ‘victims’ and ‘sellers’ may in fact be undercover police officers.”

Convenience stores, newsstands, delis, barber shops and other commercial establishments were targeted in the sting.

In Queens arrests were made at the following locations: 

101ST PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  A Line Deli Inc (21-15 Mott Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Genesis Deli (25-11 Far Rockaway Blvd) – 1 arrest

106TH PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  TMJ Grocery (104-05 Liberty Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Liberty Avenue Deli (105-31 Liberty Avenue) – 1 arrest

108TH PRECINCT (3 arrests)

  •  Juan Grocery (64-21 Broadway) – 1 arrest
  •  El Rey Del Taco (49-06 43 Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Scorpion Bar (69-08 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest

109TH PRECINCT (2 arrests)

  •  Kingnet Technology Inc. (37-02 Main Street) – 1 arrest
  •  Main Street Computer Shop (41-46 Main Street) – 1 arrest

110TH PRECINCT (7 arrests)

  •  40-36 75 Street – 1 arrest
  •  81-14 Roosevelt Avenue – 3 arrests
  •  97-09 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest
  •  84-26 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest
  •  80-06 Roosevelt Avenue – 1 arrest

114TH PRECINCT (1 arrest, 0 prior incidents)

  •  Beauty & Nail Salon (29-25 23 Avenue) – 1 arrest

115TH PRECINCT (4 arrests

  •  Dancar (93-04B 37 Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  ABC Wireless NY Inc (37-65A 74 Street) – 1 arrest
  •  Envios a Equador (102-05 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest
  •  Livery Cab (f/o 103-17 Roosevelt Avenue) – 1 arrest

WATCH Street Talk: How will you remember Steve Jobs?


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Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, died Wednesday at the age of 56. The Queens Courier hit the streets to see how locals will remember him.

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dead at 56


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Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who helped revolutionize the digital age, died Wednesday. He was 56.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the company said in a brief statement. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Jobs battled the disease as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down this past August.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg remembered the innovator saying, “America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.”

Bloomberg added that the city’s government and everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives “harnessed Apple’s products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively.”

Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976 before being ousted by the company nine years later. Following his firing, Jobs pursued other avenues, which included purchasing Pixar, before returning to Apple in 1997 and ushering in a 15-year run where the company revolutionized personal computers, music and cell phones.

In September, Forbes Magazine estimated Jobs’ wealth at $7 billion.

Jobs is survived by his wife and four children.

South Ozone Park students using iPads


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Goodbye bulky social studies textbook. Hello slim, sleek iPad2.

Students at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park are closing their “old-fashioned” textbooks and notebooks as they enter the touch-screen world of Apple for assignments, note taking, tutorials and more.

“I’m so emotional,” said 11-year-old Katherine Duarte of South Ozone Park. “I think I’m going to be able to learn a lot more things than with a regular book because it’s interactive.”
Thirty-one students of Ricky Sosa’s sixth-grade class traded in their Mead paper notebooks for iPads last week, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Alive in Hope Foundation and Futures in Education. Additional funding was acquired through school fundraisers, increased enrollment and cost savings from the discontinued use of paper textbooks.

Principal Kevin Coyne, 32, of Rockaway Park, said this year’s sixth grade class had the greatest gain in standardized test scores, especially in the reading area. As a result, he decided to write a grant to the Alive in Hope Foundation to help students move forward with a new approach.

“Education is limited by traditional technology,” Coyne said. “With an iPad, children can access vocabulary by tapping on a word and instantly seeing the definition or explore geography with 3-D maps.”

Coyne added that with the use of an iPad, the child becomes more active in effective learning. He said although many think Catholic schools are “stuck in the 20th century,” OLCA is breaking boundaries by becoming the first school in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens to introduce iPads to students.

“I wanted to do this not because it’s the ‘cool thing’ but because this is going to be a tool that will maximize a student’s learning experience,” he said. “We’re bringing kids to the present.”

Priscilla Uy of Futures in Education, an organization providing tuition assistance and program support to students of Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, said the introduction of the iPad to the classroom is priceless.

“It’s going to help kids keep up with the world and be up-to-date with technology,” said Uy, 30, of Oakwood in Staten Island. “It’s a great gift of education. We’re giving a lot of kids in this neighborhood an opportunity they might not otherwise have.”

Children in Sosa’s class will ditch their heavy textbooks and opt for iBooks, which will enable them to highlight, take notes, and even look up words in a built-in dictionary. The iPad even has the ability to read back to them.

“These students have the tools right in front of them,” said Sosa, 26, of Kew Garden Hills. “You’re presenting the information and letting them explore it themselves.”

However, there will be restrictions as to what his students can access. Educational-based applications in geography, science, math and anatomy are all acceptable but students do not have access to the Apple App Store and the iPads can only be used in the classroom.

But what about hard-copy textbooks? Sosa said the class isn’t completely exiling books, pens and notebooks from the classroom, but that the iPad is simply an additional tool that will be integrated in the curriculum to help students on a more personal level.

“If a student has a question about a word or something they don’t understand, they have the ability to go on Google and look it up themselves,” Sosa said. “We do the research together and learn together.”

Ananda Persaud, 40, mother of 11-year-old Kayla, who received an iPad, has mixed feelings toward the new technology being introduced to her daughter.

“I’m a little wary because I wonder, what about manuals and textbooks,” said the mother of three from Ozone Park. “But my kids know a lot about technology, they even teach me, so I’m supportive.

Sebastian Araya, 11, of South Ozone Park, admitted he would probably take fewer notes with a pen and paper but that the iPad would still do more good than harm for him.

“I need more help in math, so I can use the iPad to play math games,” Araya said. “It’s different because I’ m learning in a fun way.”