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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 67. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 46F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Zimriyah Israel Independence Day Celebration

Please join the Forest Hills Jewish Center for its annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut Zimriyah, on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The annual program is sponsored by the Avidor family in loving memory of Arie Avidor, and will feature a tribute to the music of Arik Einstein. The program will begin with evening prayer services and will include Israeli-style café foods. This program is free of charge. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ex-NYPD cop from Queens arrested for Brooklyn anti-Semitic graffiti

A Queens man, who reportedly once worked as an NYPD officer, has been arrested for allegedly leaving anti-Semitic graffiti on buildings and vehicles in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Read more: The Queens Courier

Mayor de Blasio to announce affordable housing plan

New Yorkers are set to hear how Mayor de Blasio plans to achieve an ambitious goal: building or preserving 200,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years. Read more: NBC New York

Schumer calls for powdered alcohol ban

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prevent a powdered alcohol from reaching store shelves this fall, saying that it would become “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.” Read more: Fox New York

Norwegian cruise ship tugged to pier after docking trouble in Manhattan

It is not the way you want to wrap up your vacation – in the hallways of a cruise ship hearing the captain saying that there are technical problems and strong currents. Read more: ABC New York

Former Knick World Peace wants legal battle against ex in Queens

Former Knick Metta World Peace wants to bring the legal battle against his ex over tuition for their son’s private school to his home court. Read more: New York Post

Carmelo Anthony directs youth basketball camp at Queens College


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

When Carmelo Anthony was a child he didn’t have a chance to attend a camp and meet an NBA star.

It’s for this reason the Knicks star likes to host youth basketball camps and have fun with young players.

“I like to be in an intimate setting with my campers,” Anthony said. “Show some humor with them, show some personality with them. This is a moment that they would never forget. I wish I had this when I was young.”

Anthony directed his Melo Camp youth basketball event on August 3 and 4 at Queens College to help inspire more than 640 registered children.

The special event was organized by youth sports camp operator ProCamp, which also directs camps for NBA stars James Harden, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade among other professional athletes.

Last year Anthony taught his first New York City Melo Camp at St. John’s University, but he has hosted the event with ProCamp since his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets in 2003. This year they choose Queens College, because of its large gym– Maurice Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

Lucky pro-basketball hopefuls at the two-day event took pictures, asked questions and of course played basketball with Anthony.

“He was a kid once so it’s very inspiring,” said ProCamp CEO Gregg Darbyshire. “It shows them that it’s real.”

The boys and girls, who were from grades 1 through 12, learned the fundamentals of the game and then split into teams for five-on-five half-court matches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children that participated in the camp received Anthony’s autograph, a team photo with him, a ProCamp T-Shirt, and a camper goodie bag among other gifts.

“My son was really excited,” said Ridgewood resident Daniel Ayala, about meeting Anthony. “He can’t wait to go back to summer camp to tell all his friends. It’s something that he didn’t think he would be able to do.”

 

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Kids: Shoot hoops with Carmelo Anthony at Queens College


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Photo courtesy of Queens College

In sports it’s good to be trained by the best.

And lucky pro-basketball hopefuls will have a chance to do just that when Knicks star Carmelo Anthony visits Queens College on August 3 and 4 to instruct young players at his basketball camp, Citi Camp Melo.

Anthony will join local coaches to talk about the fundamentals of the game at the two-day event. The basketball camp is open to boys and girls from grades 1 through 12 and children that participate in the camp will receive Anthony’s autograph, a photo with him, a ProCamp T-Shirt, a camper goodie bag among other prizes.

Spots are still available for the camp, which costs $249 a player. For more information and to register, visit www.CampMelo.com.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 12. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 32F with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Disco Inferno

The disco phenomenon affected the life styles, fashion trends and musical tastes of a generation. Resorts World Casino will boogie down memory lane with Disco Inferno, featuring a live concert by The Trammps, the amazing France Joli, Carol Douglas, Disco Unlimited and DJ NIcky G. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

7-Year-old fatally struck crossing Queens street

Police say a 7-year-old boy crossing a street in Queens was struck and killed by an SUV. Read more: NBC New York

Rockaway group miffed over being denied money from the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief

For a Rockaway-based volunteer group, the much-ballyhooed 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief hasn’t been music to the ears. Read more: New York Daily News

Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement

A troubling oversight has been found within New York State’s sweeping new gun laws. Read more: ABC New York

Thompson says he wouldn’t raise taxes if elected mayor

Differentiating himself from his likely Democratic rivals in the mayoral race, William C. Thompson Jr. vowed on Thursday that he would not raise taxes if elected. Read more: New York Times

Commission on utility performance during Sandy holds second hearing

When the lights went out in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy, residents said it was Long Island Power Authority that left them in the dark. Read more: NY1

Knicks put on a jolly good show in London

Weekday afternoon basketball is usually limited to the Summer Olympics, which made for a familiar feeling when the Knicks and Pistons tipped off in their transatlantic road trip on Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Gun restrictions have widespread public support: poll

About three-quarters of Americans surveyed support proposals to ban the sale of automatic weapons, ban high-capacity ammunition clips and expand background checks on all gun buyers, according to an online Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Queens natives design sports tees


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

These guys don’t thread lightly.

Queens natives who are die-hard sports fans have started printing their own T-shirts. But this team gear is a little different than what you find at a chain store, and can only be purchased online.

On the last day of the 2009 season, lifelong Mets fan Darren Meenan of Little Neck made a shirt that highlighted the team’s turmoils over the last few years, sandwiched by “I survived” and “Let’s Go Mets 2010.”

He officially started his brand, The 7 Line, on opening day of the 2010 season. It has grown to be a fan favorite, with some of the company’s popular shirts visible at Citi Field and across the country.

The key to making the merchandise unique, Meenan said, is social networking and keeping up with the team, but most of all, knowing what the people like.

“The common bond would be you’re either a fan of our Facebook page or our Twitter account and you interact with each other because you’re a die-hard fan,” he said. “The die-hard fans are so loyal it doesn’t matter if [the Mets are] 10 games up or 10 games back.”

The 7 Line, which is staffed by Meenan and fellow Little Neck native Lizy Saroyan, has even become popular with Mets players. On opening day this year, starting pitcher Johan Santana appeared before reporters after the game in a 7 Line T-shirt with the number 8 on its front that memorialized the late Gary Carter, who passed away before the season’s start.

“One of the biggest names in pitching and baseball wearing the shirt that came from here, it was pretty crazy,” Meenan said.

Another startup, We Bleed Blue, designs and prints Rangers T-shirts out of a Glendale basement.

When news broke that Rick Nash was traded to the Rangers on July 23, co-founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo said they instantly began brainstorming about making T-shirts of the skater.

Fans wanted something with the phrase “Nashty,” the founders and designers said, and they put several concepts on Facebook and Twitter to get feedback. The final product was completely from fan opinion, they said.

“We would never put something out there that we wouldn’t wear ourselves,” the founders said. “Some of our designs come from fan feedback, others come straight from our own imagination.”

We Bleed Blue has even made T-shirts at the request of players or their families.

Gebert and Rizzo said defenseman Marc Staal’s wife contacted them about making a shirt for him. The result, they said, was one that read “Our Staal Is Better Than Yours,” which is a reference to the Carolina Hurricanes, where two of Staal’s brothers play.

“We are very happy with the design and we look forward to wearing it when the Rangers play the Carolina Hurricanes this upcoming season,” the partners said.

The duo said they plan on extending their football line, as they’re both devout Giants fans. They said an expanded Giants line should be ready by the Super Bowl champs’ opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 5.

Check out the shirts at http://www.webleedblue.com/ and http://the7line.com/

Queens Knicks fans react to Jeremy Lin’s departure


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Knicks fans are saying the team’s decision to end Linsanity is pure insanity.

“I’m disappointed,” said Arthur Garfinkel, a business owner in Bayside. “I think one of the key pieces is to have a great point guard. In his stint he [Lin] actually dominated in the league. Now they’ve replaced him with Raymond Felton, who is 20 pounds overweight. Without Lin I think they have no chance, but with him they had a chance.”

The New York Knicks chose not to match the Houston Rockets offer sheet  that is worth more than $25 million and contained the “poison pill” third year worth nearly $15 million.  The team had until midnight to make a decision after the offer sheet was delivered this weekend.

“It’s disappointing, because it was a nice, little run when he was plugged into the line-up and it brought excitement to New York and the Garden,” said Whitestone local Chris Evans. “We’ll see what he [James Dolan] has up his sleeves. He always seems to hurt the team rather than help.”

Linsanity took over New York City and spread throughout the country during February as Lin led the Knicks on a winning streak upon entering the starting lineup.  Lin’s run landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated back-to-back issues as well as being named one of Time‘s “100 Most Influential People.”

Jeremy Lin signed onto Twitter shortly after the move became official to thank Knicks fans.

“Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life ‪#ForeverGrateful‬.”

In 25 games as a starter Lin averaged 18.2 points per game and 7.7 assists.

With the Knicks likely to be over the salary cap during Lin’s third year, his salary would have cost the team more than $40 million due to the luxury tax.

Nearly 15,000 fans signed a petition urging management to keep Lin in New York.

“Jeremy Lin is the best thing that has happened to New York Knicks basketball in the last 20 years,” the petition reads.  “Don’t let Jeremy Lin go — match the Rockets’ offer.”

Some fans realized this is just the industry at work.

“It’s a little upsetting, but money talks,” said Queens resident Scott B. “It’s the nature of the business.”

— Additional reporting by Liam La Guerre

Knicks End Playoff Futility With 89-87 Win Over Heat At Garden


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Their backs against the wall, the New York Knicks edged the Miami Heat 89-87 at Madison Square Garden Sunday night to end their playoff losing streak and extend their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series. Carmelo Anthony had 41 points for New York, including a three-pointer that gave the Knicks the lead with 54 seconds remaining, to send the series back to Miami for Game 5. The win allowed the Knicks to avoid a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven series, and halted their playoff losing streak at 13 games, an NBA record. Read More: NY1

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Liu’s former campaign treasurer pleads not guilty to fraud

The lawyer for New York City Comptroller John Liu says his client may seek to be tried separately from her codefendant. Attorney Gerald Lefcourt notified a judge of the possibility Tuesday as his client, Jia ‘Jenny’ Hou , pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. Her name was added last week to an indictment returned against a New Jersey man. The man was arrested several months ago on charges he conspired to funnel illegal contributions donated by an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. He too pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Read More: New York Post

 

Knicks shattered over Amar’e injury

Steve Novak was crushed about Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire’s lacerated left hand, explaining he thinks Stoudemire never realized the danger when he punched the glass case of a fire extinguisher after last night’s Game 2 loss to the Heat. “I feel awful for [Stoudemire] because he plays with emotion,” Novak told The Post. “And you’re walking in a hallway, and I don’t think he ever thought for a second that it was going to be glass, that it was going to shatter.” Novak said he “was right behind [Stoudemire],” though he cautioned, “but I didn’t actually see his hand. Read More: New York Post
Department of Education Outlines Social Media Policy For Teachers

The city has introduced its first guidelines for the use of social media by teachers. The Department of Education says teachers should refuse friend requests from students on their personal accounts on sites like Facebook and Twitter. They’re also being warned that their activity may be monitored and should have no expectation of privacy. Teachers will be given training sessions on the new guidelines. Education officials may also ask parents to sign consent forms before their children participate in social media activities or post their work online. Read More: NY1

 

 

Rent Guidelines Board Holds Preliminary Vote Tonight

Tenants and building owners will once again be squabbling over annual rent hikes for the city’s rent-regulated apartments as the Rent Guidelines Board holds a preliminary vote this evening at Cooper Union. Last year, the board hiked rents 3.75 percent on one-year leases and 7.25 percent on two-year leases. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public, but officials say any noisemakers that can be used to disrupt the proceedings are prohibited. Tenants rights groups and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators plan to hold a protest outside the meeting. The board’s final vote is on June 21. Read More: NY1

 

Cops probe death of baby girl on Staten Island

Police are investigating the death of baby girl on Staten Island, NYPD sources said Tuesday. Six-month-old Genesis Monge wasn’t breathing and had a 105-degree fever when her foster mother called 911 just past 10:15 p.m. Monday, sources said. Genesis was rushed from her home on Steuben St. to Staten Island University Hospital North, where doctors told police she had marks consistent with past trauma, sources said. Genesis died at 11:15 p.m. Read More: Daily News

 

Google knew Street View collected emails, passwords, personal information from millions worldwide

Google Street View had an eye on more than just city streets — it also once collected emails, passwords, Internet search histories, medical records and more from millions of people around the world, new documents show. An FCC report released Friday reveals Google spent over two years between 2008 and 2010 quietly capturing a mountain of personal information by tapping into unsecured wireless networks through its Street View cars, which drive around capturing snapshots to populate the search giant’s massive map database. Read More: Daily News

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Gillibrand Wants Geese Roundup In Wake Of Bird Strikes

In the wake of a pair of recent bird strikes involving planes in the New York area, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to rein in the flying nuisance responsible. She’s proposing a new measure that would make it easier for the Department of Agriculture to round up and kill Canada geese on federal land at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near Kennedy Airport. Wildlife advocates oppose the idea. The birds can shatter windshields, dent fuselages and ruin engines. Read More: NY1

 

 

Jackson Heights BID Delivers On Promise, Merchants Say

The Jackson Heights shopping strip is looking a lot prettier these days with news trees, benches and cleaner streets. It’s a far cry from what the 82nd Street business improvement district or BID used to look like. Now it’s got a new look, new leadership and a new name. It’s now called the 82nd Street partnership and business owners appear to like it. Retail businesses are members of the BID and many of the store owners had complained to local leaders that under the old Business Improvement District there wasn’t a lot of improvement. Read More: NY1

 

 

Power line from Quebec to Astoria draws mixed reviews

A proposal to create a $2.2 billion power transmission line to bring wind and hydroelectric power from Quebec to Astoria is pitting environmentalists and against each another and creating some unusual alliances. The Champlain Hudson Power Express project would bring up to 1,000 megawatts of Canadian power into the city through a roughly 333-mile underground, and at times underwater, cable. Read More: Daily News

 

Judge clears crane magnate James Lomma of manslaughter in deaths

Manhattan crane czar James Lomma was acquitted Thursday of the deaths of two hardhats who were killed when one of his giant machines collapsed on them. Lomma, who was charged with manslaughter in the deadly May 2008 accident at an E. 91st St. construction site, sat stoically as Judge Daniel Conviser handed down his verdict in Manhattan Supreme Court. Lomma faced up to 15 years in prison for the deaths of Donald Leo, 30, and Ramadan Kurtaj, 27. The two were killed when the crane cab plunged 200 feet down into the street. Read More: Daily News

 

Knicks’ Lin beats Lakers’ Bryant in NBA jersey sales

Jeremy Lin outsold Kobe Bryant in official jersey sales over the past year, the NBA revealed Thursday, despite the Knicks phenom only emerging to prominence in February. Fans rushed to get the former undrafted D-Leaguer’s name on their back at an unprecedented rate when “Linsanity” took hold little more than two months ago as his breakthrough performances captured global attention. The mass demand meant only Bulls guard Derrick Rose sold more jerseys than Lin last year. It is the first time the Chicago star, who was boosted by last season’s MVP title, has topped the annual list. Read More: New York Post

Camera catches prostitute accused of stealing $500K worth of diamonds

This is the savvy prostitute who allegedly swiped half a million dollars worth of uncut diamonds from a hapless gem trader — caught on surveillance video as she made her barefoot getaway from a Manhattan hotel, police say. Erika Cooper, 34 — a k a Bianca Williams — is now the target of an NYPD manhunt for allegedly pulling off the April 17 heist at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where she waited until her john Kurt Kaiser fell asleep before she fled with his loot. Her big mistake was giving Kaiser her real phone number, which cops have used to identify her and dig up mug shots from an earlier prostitution bust, a police source said. Read More: New York Post

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Crews Battle Lower East Side High-Rise Fire

Members of the New York City Fire Department at this hour are battling a high-rise fire on the Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Heavy smoke is pouring out of the top floors of 89 Columbia Street. So far, no injuries have been reported. A cause is not yet known. Read More: NY1

 

Queens couple busted after allegedly locking up and abusing disabled woman, taking her money for over a year

A Queens couple was arrested for locking a partially paralyzed woman in a room from hell for more than a year, denied her food and a took advantage of her financially, said prosecutors. Patrick Donovan, 42 and Mae Washington, 63, were charged for convincing Maureen Murray, 58, to move out of her assisted living facility to save her some money, but instead of giving her a safe place to live they abused her and out of fear, she gave them power of attorney over her finances. Read More: New York Post

Jury announces it is deadlocked on rape chargers against ex-cop Michael Pena

On its fifth day of deliberations, a Manhattan jury has deadlocked on the question of whether drunken, now-ex-cop Michael Pena actually raped a terrified schoolteacher during a random gunpoint attack in Inwood last summer. “It’s a deadlock note,” defense lawyer Ephraim Savitt told reporters shortly after noon. The trial judge, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers, has already repeatedly admonished the jury to keep trying, and is expected to release them due to their note. Read More: New York Post

Zimmerman ‘distraught’ over Trayvon shooting: report

The Florida man who blew away an unarmed black teen is “distraught” over the incident and has been praying non-stop for the victim, according to a close family friend. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been in hiding ever since he gunned down defenseless Trayvon Martin, 17, on the streets of a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. The killing has touched off a heated national dialogue on guns, Florida’s self-defense laws, race and hooded sweatshirts. Read More: New York Post

Knicks say Stoudemire won’t need surgery; out 2-4 weeks

The Knicks have given a timetable for Amar’e Stoudemire, and they expect their star forward to return in 2-4 weeks from the bulging disk in his back. After a second opinion agreed with the Knicks original diagnosis, Stoudemire will undergo non-surgical treatment that will include an epidural steroid injection for the injury he suffered in the win over the Pistons on Saturday. The Knicks also announced that Jeremy Lin would not play on Wednesday against the Magic because of soreness in his left knee. It is the second straight game the point guard will miss. Read More: New York Post

 

Knicks’ Lin meets ex-ESPN worker who wrote offensive headline

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin sat down to lunch with the ESPN employee who was fired last month for posting the infamous “Chink in the Armor” headline on the network’s website. According to Newsday, Lin ate with 28-year-old Anthony Federico Tuesday on the team’s off day. Though the Knicks said Wednesday Lin does not want to publicly discuss the meeting, Federico effusively praised the Asian-American star, calling him “a wonderful, humble person.” Read More: New York Post

Mega Millions soars to record $476M jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to a record $476 million ahead of Friday’s drawing after no one claimed the grand prize Tuesday night. No one has managed to match all six numbers in the multi-state lottery game since January 24, when a Georgia woman collected the $72 million prize. The near half-billion figure dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey. Read More: New York Post

Nike sues Reebok over ‘unauthorized’ Tebow gear

A trademark suit made public today charges Reebok with illegally cashing in on Tebowmania by peddling unauthorized Jets gear bearing the name of the team’s new celebrity quarterback. Nike, which signed Tim Tebow to an exclusive licensing deal in 2010, says Reebok did an end run around around that agreement to capitalize on the “vociferous demand for Tebow Jets products.” Reebok is allegedly “in the process of shipping large volumes of Tebow-identified apparel products” that are expected to hit stores this week. Read More: New York Post

Knicks Head Coach D’Antoni Resigns


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Knicks Head Coach D’Antoni Resigns

Yahoo Sports and WFAN are reporting this afternoon that New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni is resigning. The Knicks have had good runs this season, especially after the emergence of Jeremy Lin.However, the chemistry was interrupted when Carmelo Anthony returned from an injury, and the Knicks have now lost six in a row. D’Antoni was named Knicks coach before the 2008-09 season. The Knicks made the playoffs last season and were expected to make noise this season, but have under performed. The team will host Portland tonight at 7:30 p.m. Read More: NY1

 

Brooklyn Teacher’s Aide Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges

A Brooklyn teacher’s aide pled not guilty Wednesday to child molestation and pornography charges. Taleek Brooks, 41, was arraigned and remains in custody. He faces a dozen counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and possessing and distributing explicit videos. Brooks has worked at PS 243 in Crown Heights since 1995. FBI agents arrested him in January after allegedly uncovering the videos on his computer. Authorities also seized cell phones, digital cameras and other computer equipment. Read More: NY1

 

Brooklyn teacher gets an A for life-saving effort 

The three R’s now include resuscitation. A Brooklyn fourth-grade teacher interrupted her Wednesday lunch break to successfully perform CPR on a drug overdose victim in a restaurant bathroom. “She looked dead,” said Cassandra Byrd-Scolaro, 34, of Public School. 17. “She had no pulse. I immediately began giving her compressions.” The hero teacher had just ordered a chicken Caesar wrap to go from S & B Restaurant and was heading to use the bathroom when she noticed a commotion. Read More: Daily News

 

Lindsay Lohan in alleged hit and run: report

Lindsay Lohan stands accused of a hit and run, in a report that seems straight out of 2007. According to the websites TMZ and Radar Online, Lohan was exiting the Sayers Club in Hollywood after midnight last night in a black Porsche. When paparazzi and patrons from the nearby Hookah Lounge reportedly got in the way of her car, Lohan attempted a U-turn, almost swiping the car of the Hookah Lounge’s manager. Sources say that the manager exited his car and approached Lohan’s vehicle. In the hubbub, sources claim that Lohan grazed the manager’s knee while peeling out of the parking lot. Read More: New York Post

Russ Gompers has the pros in ‘stitches’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Steve Mosco

Russ Gompers is a lifelong Mets fan. He’s seen the highs, the lows and the mediocrity in between. He was there when the team reached baseball’s peak in 1969, then again in 1986. He was also there when the Mets closed Shea Stadium with a collapse in the standings in 2008.

But beyond the usual fandom stories that roll off the tongue of many Queens residents wearing orange and blue glasses, Gompers has a special connection with New York’s National League team. One might say that he’s been on the field with them for the last 18 years.

Owner of Stitches in Whitestone, Gompers does all of the official stitching for the New York Mets. And recently, he was given a very special assignment.

After Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away, Mets officials declared that all team jerseys in 2012 would feature a commemorative patch honoring the player known as “The Kid.” And on February 28, Gompers received the delivery — all of the Mets players’ jerseys, along with the Carter patch, a black home plate reading “KID 8.”

“I remember watching Monday Night Football and they announced the Mets got Carter. I said at the time that he was the final piece,” said Gompers. “Everyone should play the game as he played it — as the Kid had fun and played hard all the time.”

Gompers has no problem relating to that nickname himself, as his office resembles the fantasy of every young sports fan: wall-to-wall memorabilia, much of it personalized. A signed picture of Dwight Gooden sits on one end of the cramped space, right across from one of Mike Piazza. And right above a Mets recliner hangs a framed and signed Bobby Valentine jersey featuring three September 11 patches designed by Gompers.

His office above the Stitches warehouse is more than a shrine to his favorite teams — which inexplicably includes the Miami Dolphins — the office is also a tangible memory bank, a place where Gompers recalls standout moments in a sporting life.

It was October 1986. His father had passed away weeks prior and Gompers found himself at game six of the World Series with the Mets about to be eliminated by the Boston Red Sox. With two outs and Gary Carter at the plate, Gompers looked to the heavens and said, “Me and you dad. One more time.” With that, Carter got the hit that kept the inning alive and started one of the most famous comebacks in baseball history.

To find himself now overseeing the placement of these patches on his favorite team’s jersey is almost too much for Gompers to believe.

“It’s really amazing,” he said. “To end up doing work for the teams I grew up rooting for — it’s a dream come true.”

Besides the Mets, Stitches also does work for the New York Islanders, New York Knicks and a host of Little League, high school and college teams. Much of the enjoyment Gompers gets from his job is seeing the faces of young players when they see their jerseys for the first time.

“I tell coaches when they come in — I make them look good, but you have to make them play good,” he said. “But when they’re dressed like pros, it adds a little pep in their step.”

And it adds more recollections — high, low or mediocre — to the sports memory bank of this Bayside man living his dream.

To find out more about Stitches, visit www.stitchesny.com or call Russ Gompers at 718-747-6444.

 

Queens Teaching Aide Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Six Female Students


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Queens Teaching Aide Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Six Female Students

A full-time paraprofessional working in an art class at P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens, Queens has been arrested and charged with sexual conduct with six female students. Brett Picou, 30, who worked as a teacher’s aide and a substitute at P.S. 52 since 2008, was awaiting arraignment Thursday on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, seven counts of forcible touching, one count of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Read More: NY1

 

11 people, including 3 kids, escape from house fires in Queens and Manhattan

Eleven people, including three children, escaped two separate blazes in Queens and downtown Manhattan early Thursday — and one may have been the result of a firebomb. The first fire ignited in a Rockaway Blvd. apartment in South Jamaica just before 3 a.m., and the flames trapped the residents inside their homes. Witnesses later told fire investigators that a Molotov cocktail was tossed near the apartment, setting the home ablaze, sources said. Six people on the second floor suffered minor injuries along with three firefighters who were taken to Jamaica Hospital Center for evaluation, officials said. Read More: Daily News

 

Disgraced former Governor returning to national politics with fund-raiser

The Love Gov is climbing back into bed — with lawmakers. For the first time since a tawdry hooker scandal trashed his political career, Eliot Spitzer is holding a fund-raiser for a politician looking to make a national splash. The former governor is hosting the event at his Fifth Avenue home for Washington state gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee on March 5. Inslee, currently a Democrat in the House of Representatives, shares many of Spitzer’s left-leaning political stances. Insiders believe Spitzer’s soiree shows he’s trying to become a political mover and shaker once again — this time as a national kingmaker. Read More: New York Post

 

Not-so-Finest moment as cop caught napping on F train

A hero cop has been disciplined for catching Z’s on the F rain while armed and in uniform. Officer Matthew Sobota, 43, was caught snoozing on the subway by a straphanger, who snapped photos with his cell phone camera and emailed them to NYPD brass. “I thought maybe a teenager could take (Sobota’s) gun and sell it or use it. I felt like it was a potentially unsafe thing,” said Martin Bisi, 51, of Brooklyn, who took the photos of the sleepy cop on Feb. 16. Read More: Daily News

 

Knicks lose to Heat; Lin plays poorly

Jeremy Lin finally met his match last night, and it was ugly. In by far his worst performance during this 12-game surreal surge, Lin fell apart under the South Beach spotlight and the Knicks caved with him in a disappointing 102-88 loss to the mighty Heat last night at rabid AmericanAirlines Arena. “He can’t be Peter Pan every night,’’ Mike D’Antoni said. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and point guard Mario Chalmers made sure Linsanity calmed down as the Heat (27-7) won their eighth straight game by 12 or more points — one short of an NBA record. Read More: New York Post
19K taxi drivers accused of ripping off passengers won’t face charges

It was one of the biggest scandals in the taxi industry’s history, but nearly 90 percent of the 21,819 cabbies accused of ripping off passengers with inflated fares will get off scot-free, The Post has learned. In a stunning move, the Taxi & Limousine Commission is giving a free ride to 19,515 yellow-cab drivers caught setting their meters to the higher, out-of-town rate while traveling around the city. Overall, officials estimated that unwary passengers were fleeced for $1.1 million between 2008 and 2010. Of that, $238,854 in overcharges was attributed to the cabbies who will escape penalties. Read More: New York Post

Jimmy Fallon sings ode to Knicks guard Jeremy Lin on Late Night

Jeremy Lin’s game has spoken so loudly that comic Jimmy Fallon performed a Pearl Jam parody to honor the Knicks point guard. With a scraggly wig on his head, Fallon sang a tribute to the Harvard grad to the tune of the band’s 1992 hit “Jeremy.” “At home, shooting free throws and three point shots, waiting for a job/name not yet a pun/Carmelo injury,” he croons. “Came out of nowhere like an Asian Tebow.” Read More: Daily News

 

5 injured in Long Island house fire

Authorities on Long Island are investigating an early morning house fire in which five people were injured. Nassau County arson bomb squad detectives say the fire broke out at the Levittown house on Prentice Lane at 12:30 a.m. today. The four occupants — a 46-year-old woman and three 11-year-old children — managed to get out of the house quickly. They suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to a hospital for treatment. Read More: New York Post

Boy Scouts ordered to release secret sex abuse files


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Boy Scouts ordered to release secret sex abuse files

A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader in 2007 has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation. The Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge said last month that the Irving, Texas-based organization must turn over the last 20 years’ worth of records by Feb. 24, with victims’ names removed, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The files will not be made public. Read More: Daily News
Sadistic ‘shooter’ husband

The young pregnant wife shot by her jilted, estranged husband outside a Brooklyn school said yesterday that she was recovering from the ambush. “I’m feeling a little better today,” victim Daisy Torres, 26, told The Post. Torres split from hubby Juan Torres Collazo, 62, months before the dismissal-time attack at PS 384 in Bushwick, but the scorned man wouldn’t let it go. “We’ve been together for eight months,” said Torres’ new beau, Hector Reyes, “and he kept harassing her and harassing her. Read More: New York Post

 

Lin fairy tale getting ‘real’ interesting for Knicks

We can stop dealing in the abstract, cease the comparisons to Joe Hardy and Roy Hobbs and Jimmy Chitwood. This isn’t fantasy. This isn’t a Hollywood script. We can shelve the superlatives and move on to two emerging truths: Jeremy Lin is real. And because of that, the Knicks are for real. Read More: New York Post

Monaco royal hurt, fomer  club owner charged in celebs’ NYC bar brawl

A vicious fight involving vodka and supermodels at a Meatpacking District nightclub sparked a royal beatdown that landed Monaco’s Prince Pierre Casiraghi in the hospital, The Post has learned. The attack on the 24-year-old son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly came during a late-night confrontation between the prince and his playboy pals and former Manhattan club owner Adam Hock at trendy Double Seven on Saturday, witnesses and law-enforcement sources said. Read More: New York Post

Jeremy Lin headline slur was ‘honest mistake,’ fired ESPN editor Anthony Federico claims

The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using “chink in the armor” in a headline about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin said the racial slur never crossed his mind – and he was devastated when he realized his mistake. “This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,” Anthony Federico told the Daily News. “I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.” Read More: Daily News

MSG and Time Warner Cable reach agreement


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Is there anything Jeremy Lin can’t do?

After more than a month of millions of Knicks and Rangers fans being blacked out, Time Warner Cable and MSG have resolved their dispute, meaning fans can again watch the surging Knicks and first place Rangers.

Politicians put on the full court press, forcing the companies to reach a pact.  Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently sent a letter to the companies requesting they come to an agreement or face public hearings.  What pushed Quinn to the edge was her case, like many fellow New Yorkers, of Linsanity.

When the agreement was announced on Friday afternoon, Quinn tweeted, “I want to thank Time Warner Cable and MSG for coming to a deal that will put the Knicks and the Rangers back on TV.  Now, a million more New Yorkers will be able to go Linsane in the privacy of their own living room.”

Quinn also thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo — who assisted in talks this week — and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“Our office has worked diligently with Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks over the last month to bring about a resolution to their dispute,” Schneiderman said. “We are pleased that both parties have reached an agreement that will finally allow Knicks, Rangers, and Sabres fans to enjoy the rest of this season’s games.”

Despite not being shown in more than one million area homes, MSG has scored season-high ratings since Lin has entered the starting lineup and Wednesday’s game was the highest rated since Carmelo Anthony’s first game nearly a year ago.

The dispute was over licensing fees that cable companies pay networks for the right to carry their channel.

The Knicks play the New Orleans Hornets tonight on MSG at 8 p.m.