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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 95. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 82F with a heat index of 93. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook

At 7:30 p.m come to Cunningham Park for Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook to enjoy a wonderful evening of free music. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Businessman enters NYC mayor’s race as independent

A millionaire tech businessman on Wednesday entered the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the current group of candidates would take the city backward. Read more: NBC New York

Schneiderman: some nonprofits holding storm donations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that many nonprofits are withholding donations from the very people they are supposed to be helping. Read more: Fox New York

Mayor Bloomberg to obese NYers: Take the stairs

After nudging New Yorkers to stop smoking and cut out large sodas, Mayor Bloomberg now want them to move more. Read more: NBC New York

US court ruling in NY favors anti-terror law

A federal appeals court in Manhattan has revived enforcement of a law that permits the indefinite detention of people suspected of supporting terrorists, saying a lower court mistakenly ruled for plaintiffs who opposed it. Read more: AP

Rolling Stone Magazine under fire for putting Boston bomb suspect on cover

Rolling Stone, the iconic New York-based magazine that positions itself as an arbiter of things cool and tastemakers in the world of rock & roll, has sparked outrage by putting Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its new issue. Read more: CBS New York

Mayor: Police stop too many whites, not enough minorities


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Flickr /Photo by Spencer T Tucker

Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered critics of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy by saying the NYPD doesn’t stop enough people of color and stops too many whites.

Less than one day after the City Council approved major legislation to change up management of the police department against the mayor’s wishes, Bloomberg made the controversial remark about the stop-and-frisk policy on his morning radio show on June 28.

“One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders,” Bloomberg said referring to crime statistics that show the police stop much more minorities than whites.

He added, “In that case, incidentally, I think, we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course, or a logic course.”

Some mayoral candidates already criticized Bloomberg’s comments.

“To turn around after communities in the city of New York– black and Latino communities– that the inappropriate use, the improper use, the misuse of stop-and-frisk that has caused so much pain and so many problems and then to turn around and say ‘I’m sorry I didn’t stop enough people’– that’s the outrageous part,” said Bill Thompson, the only black candidate running for mayor. “His comments weren’t worthy of any elected official, much less the mayor of the city of New York.”

The City Council passed the Community Safety Act on Thursday. The legislation has two bills, one that creates an inspector general to oversee the police department with the commissioner, and the other which makes it easier for people to sue the police over racial profiling cases. The second bill was pushed in part because some legislators thought the police department abused the power of stop-and-frisk.

Bloomberg has vowed to veto the bills.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the WSW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Woodhaven Poetry Society

Read and discuss the written word of some of our most favorite poets. Write your own poetry from various topics as we expand our poetry horizons. It is FREE to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Search warrant executed in Boston Marathon bombings that killed 3, wounded at least 145

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.Read more: ABC New York/AP

Bloomberg: No specific NYC security concerns in wake of Boston bombings

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said authorities aren’t aware of any specific concerns about a potential attack in New York City after the explosions at the Boston Marathon, but stressed the city is taking precautions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Two more people arrested in so-called ‘Cannibal Cop’ case

Two more people are under arrest in connection with the so-called “Cannibal Cop”, Gilberto Valle, the ex-NYPD officer convicted of conspiring to cook and eat women. Read more: ABC New York

Mets offices suffer damage in Citi Field blaze

Further evidence that the New York Mets are on fire — their ballpark was damaged in an early morning blaze on Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

Former Rep. Weiner looks back at Twitter sex scandal as he weighs mayoral run

After nearly two years of keeping quiet, former Rep. Anthony Weiner is speaking out. Read more: NY1

State pumps money into salt marsh restoration at Jamaica Bay

In a move designed to protect southern Queens against future storms and improve the eco-system of Jamaica Bay, the state is giving local groups $645,000 to help rebuild 28 acres of salt marshes, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News 

Health organizations throw legal support behind soda ban appeal


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr/Photo by Spencer T Tucker

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

The tension between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the courts over the proposed soda ban are continuing to fizz.

The Mayor’s Office announced that the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and National Association of Local Boards of Health have filed an amicus brief in support of the ban, citing links between the consumption of soft drinks and obesity.

An amicus (literally, friend of the court) is when an outside party files to give their legal opinion on any legal matter.

The first amicus, led by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health argues the scientific link between soft drink consumption and chronic diseases such as obesity, specifically focusing on how it affects underprivileged communities.

The second amicus argues the legality of the soda ban and will be led by the National Association of Local Boards of Health.

“The compelling amicus briefs being submitted [Thursday] further confirm the significant support this important health initiative has among the medical community as well as the community at large,” said Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo of the New York City Law Department. “We believe that the appellate court will find that the Board of Health’s authority to adopt initiatives such as the portion cap rule for the protection of the health of New Yorkers is supported by decades of case law and explicit text in the New York City Charter.”

The two now join Comunilife, Montefiore Medical Center, Harlem Health Promotion Center, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., New York Chapter, ChangeLab Solutions, Rudd Center, Public Health Association of New York City and Public Health Law Center as outside parties supporting the ban.

“The organizations and individuals who have joined these amicus briefs understand the toll that obesity is taking on communities here in New York City and across the nation,” said Bloomberg. “Our plan to limit the portion size of sugary drinks is a sensible step that has won increasing levels of support from the public health community, and these two amicus briefs will help us make our case to the court.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with rain. High of 41. Windy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow after midnight. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 27. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: BubbleMania 

From March 25 to March 31, at the New York Hall of Science, enjoy the humor and spectacular science of comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Spring storm heads towards New Jersey, Long Island

A spring storm that buried parts of the midwest in snow is now dropping a sloppy mix on part of our area. Read more: ABC New York

N.Y. State Senate Holds Sunday Session To Advance Budget Bill

New York state lawmakers were expected Sunday to take much of the week to pass the $135 billion budget they negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. CBSNewYork/AP

LIRR resumes normal service after derailment, but broken rail suspends branch

The Long Island Rail Road has resumed normal service Monday after a week of disruptions due to a derailed freight train and a broken rail that suspended service on the Port Washington branch. Read more: ABC New York

Hundreds rally for gay rights at Washington Square Park

Elected officials joined hundreds of demonstrators in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon for a march and rally for gay marriage rights. Read more: CBS New York

Ellis Island Museum not likely to reopen in 2013

The National Park Service says the Ellis Island Immigration Museum “will not likely be open in 2013″ as damage from Hurricane Sandy is repaired. Read more: NBC New York

NY Mayor Bloomberg predicts success for expanded gun checks

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicted on Sunday that pressure from the American public would eventually force the Congress to expand background checks for gun buyers, even though the measure faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. Read more: Reuters 

Street Talk: What do you think about Bloomberg’s plan to keep cigarettes out of sight?


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BY ADJANI SHAH

I think it’s bad and if they enforce the ban [people] can get it somehow, even if they buy it from someone on the street. I don’t think it will work out very well.
Alberto Melendez

I don’t smoke; I think that’s probably fine…I think it’s not good for kids to smoke. I’m for that.
Len Rubin

I don’t smoke. I think it’s a good plan, but at the same time it’s a privilege for people.
Ivan Valin

I’m not a cigarette smoker so I guess it’s good. I don’t agree with him trying to get rid of large sodas.
Lenny Patel

There’s no way of stopping any kind of smuggling…He wants more control of the health issues in the city. I’m against it because I’m a smoker.
Byron Deleon

I think he should stop meddling with people and their rights; some people can make their own decisions.
Fred Quinones

I think it’s a great idea. Cigarettes are a health hazard and people should be encouraged to smoke less.
Anthony Sierra

I think it’s good.
Andrew Goldstein

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Clear. High of 41. Breezy. Winds from the West at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow after midnight. Low of 32. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Venus & Mona at the Chain Theatre

Venus & Mona are twins. Two young, strong, hard-edged women that are trapped on the roof of their mother’s double-wide mobile home. Their mother is at death’s door but the sisters can’t help but continue to wage war on one another.  Meanwhile a demon circles the doublewide waiting for one of the combatants to slip and fall in his clutches. Part fantasy/part cruel reality and inspired by the writing of American mythologist Joseph Campbell; Venus and Mona asks questions about the war we wage with ourselves and each other, and when and if we ever figure out when it’s time to grow up.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall asks city to spare senior and kids in budget cuts

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is asking the city to restore millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts that will devastate programs serving children and seniors in the borough. Read more: New York Daily News

Bodegas fuming over Mike cig-display ban

Butt out, Mayor Bloomberg! The head of the 14,000-member Bodega Association of the United States vowed to launch a campaign to kill Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban the display of tobacco products in retail stores. Read more: New York Post

City closes Queens stables temporarily after six horses die over six months

A popular urban stable in Queens is being temporarily shuttered after city officials said an “alarming” number of horses died at the site, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Lawmakers reach deal for NYPD inspector general

A newly proposed watchdog that would monitor the New York Police Department likely will set the stage for a showdown between city lawmakers, who have pushed for such oversight, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration says it is unnecessary. Read more: ABC New York/AP

‘Jeopardy!’ devotes entire category to Queens

If you live in a certain outer borough, you might have felt an extra sense of pride Tuesday night. Read more: CBS New York

‘Bowled’ over by $2M sale

A New York family scored a huge payday when this small bowl, which they bought at a garage sale for $3, turned out to be a 1,000-year old Chinese piece that sold for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s yesterday. The family bought the rare bowl at the secondhand sale in 2007, and kept it sitting on their mantle for years, the auction house said. Read more: New York Post

Barack Obama in Israel for first trip as president

President Barack Obama is opening his first trip to Israel since taking office. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Bloomberg ‘Tobacco Product Display’ bill gets mixed reaction


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A week after a judge struck down his sugary drink ban, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going on another health crusade — this time targeting cigarettes.

The mayor, who spearheaded banning smoking in bars, restaurants, beaches and parks, is proposing a bill that would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight except during purchases or restocking, Bloomberg announced on Monday, March 18.

But not everyone is happy with the mayor’s latest health initiative that could once again affect businesses.

“Bloomberg killed business since he came into office. It’s going to hurt sales even more because customers won’t be able to see the different brands,” said Raj Sawlani, an employee at Bayside Smoke Shop.

Sawlani said the store, which has been around for 30 years, has had a 90 percent drop in sales since Bloomberg came into office.

“He keeps adding taxes,” he said.

The mayor and other supporters of the law believe that like high cigarette prices, hiding tobacco products at stores will deter smokers, specifically younger ones.

“New York City has dramatically lowered our smoking rate, but even one new smoker is one too many – especially when it’s a young person,” said Bloomberg. “Young people are targets of marketing and the availability of cigarettes and this legislation will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking.”

According to Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, “New York City’s comprehensive smoking prevention program has led to a decrease in the smoking rate in adults from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.8 percent in 2011.” But “smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in New Yorkers, killing thousands per year, and youth smoking rates have remained flat at 8.5 percent since 2007.”

Young people exposed to tobacco product displays are 2.5 times more likely to start smoking than those who have less exposure, the mayor’s office said in a release.

The 2011 Retail Advertising Tobacco Survey found that 80 percent of the city’s tobacco retailers have “the majority of the area behind the checkout counter devoted to tobacco display.”

The law would allow retail stores to display tobacco advertising.

Other countries, including Canada, England and Australia, have already implemented laws on concealing tobacco products.

According to the AP, last year, the Village of Haverstraw in Rockland County dropped a similar measure after only four months because of a costly lawsuit brought by convenience stores and tobacco companies.

-With additional reporting by Adjani Shah

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 46. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the NW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 30. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Game Night at Z Hotel

The Z Hotel in LIC is the ultimate game night with the opportunity to eat, drink and mingle with friends while partaking in a little competitive fun. Details include game night cocktails, light bites from the new tapas menu at buy one, get the second half off, backgammon, chess, Monopoly, competitive Karaoke with prizes, the option to book accommodations for the evening at a special rate and free transportation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

11 LIRR trains canceled due to derailment

The Long Island Rail Road has canceled 11 trains for the morning commute after a freight train derailed Monday night west of Jamaica. Read more: CBS New York

Icy roads of death: One dead, 7 hurt in city crashes

At least one person was killed and seven injured last night after the city’s highways and roads were hit by a blast of snow and ice, officials said. Read more: New York Post

Land use review for Willets Point development kicks off

The city kicked off its formal review process of the mega development at Willets Point on Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

Mayor Bloomberg knows who he wants as his successor, and it’s … a secret

With the mayoral election eight months away, Mayor Bloomberg says he’s already decided who he’s voting for — but he’s not telling. Read more: New York Daily News

Pope Francis celebrated at installation Mass

Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Decades after terrorizing New York City, the ‘Son Of Sam’ seeks to make amends

More than three and half decades after the “Son of Sam” horrified New York City, he has spoken in an interview with author Scott Bonn. Read more: CBS New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with snow, then rain in the afternoon. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 21F. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 70% . Thursday night: Overcast with snow and rain, then snow after midnight. Low of 32 with a windchill as low as 21. Windy. Winds from the North at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of snow 80% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World premiere of Robert Wuhl’s Hit-Lit

At the Queens Theatre on Thursday, March 7, world famous playwright Robert Wuhl debuts HIT-LIT, a mistaken-identity screwball comedy about an ambitious young editor who is searching for the next best seller. Runs until March 17. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Broken Muni-Meters are giving Queens drivers more headaches

Finding a parking spot in some Queens neighborhoods is a tough enough task. But now drivers say they are battling testy Muni-Meters that cheat them out of precious minutes and reject their coins and credit cards. Read more: New York Daily News

Sandy-damaged coastal communities prepare for flooding as winter storm approaches tri-state

Already-battered Tri-State Area coastal communities are dealing with another hit in the form of a winter storm packing rain, snow and high winds. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD sitting on cash for surveillance cameras in Rockaways, stakeholders charge 

A plan to install extra sets of police eyes in the Rockaways has been blinded by red tape, local stakeholders say. Read more: New York Daily News

Cranked-up earbuds next on Mayor Bloomberg’s health hit list

After launching campaigns against the Big Gulp, “big” salt and “big” junk food, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is embarking on a new target. Read more: CBS New York

Police suspect flying object spotted near JFK was model plane 

As the FBI continues to look into a report of an unmanned aircraft spotted near JFK Airport on Monday, police think it may have been a model plane. Read more NY1

NY police eye return of crash suspect held in Pa.

Police in New York were awaiting the return of a man arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with a gruesome car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 19. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 32F with a windchill as low as 23. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Northern Boulevard in the Footsteps of Gatsby at the Greater Astoria Historical Society

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is wrapping up the latest remake of The Great Gatsby starting Leonardo DiCaprio. Set in NYC during the 1920s Jazz Age, this is the first serious drama attempting to render a major city in 3-D. The evening’s lecture starts with a brief history of Northern Boulevard and pictures from the time that the fictional Gatsby would have seen as he took his legendary drive through the borough. The program’s second half shows the film’s interpretation of locations based on the actual images sent to the production team. (The Greater Astoria Historical Society is credited as historical adviser to the movie production.) Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Body discovered near Forest Park

A man walking his dog near Forest Park found a man unconscious and unresponsive. Read more: Queens Courier

Mayor Bloomberg booed at St. Patrick’s Day parade through the Rockaways

Mayor Bloomberg was dogged by jeers as he marched in a St. Patrick’s Day parade through the Rockaways, booed by some residents frustrated with the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy. Read more: New York Daily News

United Way donating $5M to Sandy communities

The United Way of New York City is distributing $5 million in aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more: Fox New York/AP

MTA tries new sterilization method to control rat population: report

Transit officials are ready to try a new sterilization method to limit the amount of rodents infesting New York City’s subways, according to a published report. Read more: NBC New York

Grieving mother still waiting for change five years after son was killed on Queens Blvd.

Lizi Rahman still visits the white “ghost” bike on Queens Blvd. to occasionally swap out fresh flowers at the memorial for her son, Asif. Read more: New York Daily News

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings amid scandal

Cardinals from around the world gathered Monday inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI’s decision to retire. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast. High of 43. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 39. Windy. Winds from the East at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images of Hope

Starting at 5:30 p.m. learn about African-American and Jewish poetry at the Langston Hughes Library. Actress and author Sherry Reiter and spoken-word artist and performer Barbara Bethea will recite and discuss poetry from the two different cultures.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens Hindu senior center founder charged in fraud scheme

The founder of the United Hindu Cultural Council Senior Center was arrested Monday and charged with stealing more than $50,000, allegedly by filing false invoices for lunches that were never served. Read more: CBS New York

Wife testifies in NYPD officer’s cannibalism plot

A New York City police officer’s bizarre Internet discussion of cannibalism – what he claims was harmless fantasy – was instead a serious plot to abduct, torture and eat “very real women,” a federal prosecutor said Monday at the officer’s kidnapping conspiracy trial. Read more: ABC New York

Bloomberg: Ban on large sodas should go statewide

The city’s big-soda ban should spill over the entire state, Mayor Bloomberg said Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

NY marks 20th anniversary of World Trade bombing

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Read more: AP

Trayvon Martin family in NYC on anniversary

Trayvon Martin’s family is marking the 1-year anniversary of his shooting death with a candlelight vigil in New York City. Read more: Fox New York

Group releases list of tri-state’s most dangerous roads for walking

A transportation group has released its list of the Tri-State area’s most dangerous roads for walking. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 14F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Friday night: Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 34 with a windchill as low as 28F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Black History Month Celebration of the African and Latin Influence on Jazz

On February 22 at 8 p.m., there will be a Black History Month Celebration of the African and Latin Influence on Jazz at the York College Performing Arts Center featuring the band 23rd Son with special guests Camille Thurman and Catarina dos Santos. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Councilman wants parking meter rules suspended for all holidays

When alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended on holidays in New York city, drivers still have to pay the meter. Read more: Fox New York

Chaotic ‘Harlem Shake’ at Queens high school leads to arrest of student

A Harlem Shake flash mob has left a Queens teenager with a court date. Read more: CBS New York

Arrest in threats towards Cuomo and Bloomberg

Police have accused a man of making death threats on Facebook against the governor of New York, the mayor of New York City and several members of Congress. Read more: ABC New York

NYC to crack down on food delivery cyclists

New York City is preparing to crack down on bicycle delivery drivers who ride unsafely through the streets while on the job. Read more: NBC New York

Parks Department displays first plans for new Rockaway Boardwalk Buildings

The Parks Department offered Rockaway residents a first look at new buildings planned along the area’s boardwalk, which was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Quinn proposes lower fines for street food vendors

Mayor Bloomberg says it is one of the stupidest things he has ever heard. He’s talking about a plan to lower fines on food vendors on city streets. Read more: ABC New York

Three die in shooting, fiery crash on Las Vegas Strip

Three people died in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip early on Thursday when one or more gunmen in a Range Rover sport utility vehicle opened fire on a Maserati, killing the driver and touching off a fiery multi-car crash. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 18. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Skimming the Surface

Dance Entropy presents a special performance featuring repertory favorites alongside premiere works in celebration of the modern dance company’s 15th anniversary season. The action centers around a table and 24 knives. Feb. 21-23, 8 p.m.; Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Burglar swipes electronics from Long Island City church

An unholy burglar broke into a Long Island City church Monday, stealing some of its electronics. Read more: Queens Courier

Man killed by Queens cop car responding to emergency  

A man is dead after a patrol car struck him at a Long Island City intersection Thursday, according to police. Read more: Queens Courier

Final budget dance for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Hall

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is taking her final spin in the annual budget dance with City Hall. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg administration urges judge not to delay ban on large sugary beverages set to take effect March 12

The Bloomberg administration Wednesday urged a judge not to delay the start of the planned March 12 launch of the mayor’s ban on large sugary drinks, saying the lives of New Yorkers were at stake. Read more: New York Daily News

School bus drivers back on the job, but not some matrons

New York City school bus drivers who serve more than 150,000 children have returned to work after a month-long strike. Read more: ABC New York

Obama weighs stepping in on gay marriage case

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage – a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night: Clear. Low of 36. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Indians in the Caribbean

A photographic exhibition of arts, culture and nation building (1900-1950) at the Rajkumari Cultural Center in Richmond Hill, Indians in the Caribbean shows the life of arts and culture, scholarship and commerce, politics and civics in countries like Guyana, Suriname and Caribbean Islands like Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rockaway beaches to open Memorial Day weekend: officials
Residents in the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways packed into a community board meeting Tuesday night to discuss the future of their wrecked boardwalk. Read more: NBC New York

Park advocates slam U.S. Tennis Association expansion plan

Park advocates aren’t showing much love to a plan for a $500 million expansion of a premiere tennis center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo to press for wider curbs on gun access

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons. Read more: New York Times 

Quinn brushes off report that Bloomberg is eyeing other mayoral candidates

For some time now, it was unquestioned that New York City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would have the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But that’s not a sure thing, according to a report. Read more: CBS New York 

More anti-Muslim ads go up in NYC subways

The group that equated Muslim radicals with savages in advertisements last year has put up another set of provocative ads in dozens of New York City subway stations. Read more: Wall Street Journal 

Brooklyn Nets player questioned in Philly sex assault claim

Philadelphia police are investigating reports of a sexual assault that may have involved a Brooklyn Nets team member. Read more: NY1 

2012 was hottest year on record in U.S., climate agency says

The year 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, beating the previous record by a full degree in temperature, a government climate agency said on Tuesday. Read more: Reuters