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Subway slay suspect says he heard voices before shoving Queens father to his death

The vagrant charged with killing a Queens father said he heard voices in his head just moments before the horrific crime. “I heard, ‘Naeem, he’s coming again. He’s coming again. You gotta do something.’ I kept hearing voices like that,” Naeem Davis told The Post yesterday in a jailhouse interview at Rikers Island. Davis claims he was harassed and threatened by Ki Suk Han before Monday’s violence erupted on the platform of the 49th Street station — and that he was high when he pushed Han to his death. NYPost

Queens teen pleads guilty to stabbing half-brother to death over cellphone

A Queens teen who stabbed her half-brother to death during a bloody fight over a cellphone pleaded guilty yesterday during an emotional courtroom appearance — and will get only five years for the crime. Yocairis Diaz, 17, admitted that she plunged a knife into 20-year-old Frank Fortuna’s neck as they argued on Sept. 7 in their Woodhaven home. Prosecutor Debra Pomodore said this was “the most just outcome” after meeting with Diaz, defense attorney Spiro Ferris and family members who had “asked for leniency.” NYPost

Group helps Rockaway residents with mold problems

Volunteers are fanning out through the Rockaways to help homeowners deal with mold as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. A group called World Cares Center is going into homes in the Rockaways to remove mold from the walls. The group has 11 years of disaster experience behind it. It’s been training and dispatching volunteers as part of its “Operation Muck Out” effort. NY1

Cyclist killed near Aqueduct Racetrack

An Aqueduct Racetrack employee riding a bicycle was killed Friday night when a horse trailer hit him in a track parking lot, police and sources said. The 37-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified, was struck at the 150th Ave. and 114th St. lot in Queens about 5:20 p.m. as the massive vehicle was making a turn, cops and sources said. NYDailyNews 

Heroic straphanger saves two men from oncoming subway train

It was double the trouble and terror — with twice the reward. Tiny Doreen Winkler miraculously helped yank two men from the path of an oncoming subway train on Thursday night after things went bad for a good Samaritan in the Bowling Green subway station. “Thank you, I thought I was going to die,” one of the death-defying duo told Winkler as they hugged on the platform after the near-miss. NYDailyNews 

Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone


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Homes that withstood Sandy’s rushing water and brutal winds may now be susceptible to another hazard — mold.

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) flood-damaged homes may have already seen extensive mold growth located under floor tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has plans to raze roughly 200 homes in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island that were damaged during the storm, reports said. According to a DOB spokesperson, while the decision to condemn badly damaged houses is based on structural issues, dangerous mold growth is not being taken into consideration.

“[The DOB is] evaluating the structure and stability of buildings,” said the spokesperson. “Mold is a health issue.”

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, who has remained outspoken about the lack of government resources sent to badly damaged areas, called for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the DOHMH to perform daily air and water quality tests throughout those regions to ensure there are no chance of health risks to the community.

According to Goldfeder, residents have expressed concern over the harmful side effects associated with exposure to mold, sewage leaks and air pollutants.

Retired firefighter Steve Orr’s home was inundated by three feet of water during the storm. Busy assisting residents in Breezy Point and the Rockaways, Orr did not begin repairs on the soaked walls of his home until this past Sunday.

“I didn’t think the mold issue was that big for me, but friends kept saying I needed to take care of it,” said Orr. “The more I heard, the more worried I became.”

Orr, who called the extent of the mold damage in his home is a “seven on a scale of one to 10,” said the government should test for possibly dangerous molds and other threats.

Dr. Robert Mittman, an allergist from Bayside, said mold spores can cause a plethora of sinus issues, including allergies and asthma that could grow uncontrollable. Those not allergic to mold are still at risk for pneumonia and other respiratory conditions like COPD.

Those with illnesses such as cancer and the AIDS virus whose immune systems are diminished and unable fight off infections, are at an incredibly high risk.

“It’s a toxic, toxic issue and [mold] is very hard to get rid of,” said Mittman.

Eradicating mold and salvaging an infiltrated structure requires dehumidification within the first 24 to 48 hours, said Mittman, something very few residents were able to accomplish.

“It’s very hard to get rid of mold at this time,” said Mittman. “The best case scenario is not moving back there and to have the house ripped down completely and rebuilt.”

Chunk of Queensboro Bridge falls on Mercedes


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Chunk of Queensboro Bridge falls on Mercedes

A New Jersey man was driving to Queens Tuesday evening when he got an unexpected surprise — a piece of the Queensboro Bridge crashed through his Mercedes Benz. Andrew Campbell, 40, of Bergenfield, was heading to an indoor soccer game in Jackson Heights when he said a large screw and a piece of metal shattered the windshield of his white luxury car about 7 p.m. on the bridge’s lower level. Read More: New York Post

Playmate strips NY of $1.2M

Busty former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams was awarded $1.2 million yesterday after a Manhattan civil jury ruled she was the victim of excessive force by the NYPD. “I waited six years for this,” an emotional Adams said after the jury gave her $350,000 more than her lawyer had asked for from the 2006 run-in with cops, which was sparked when a cabby told cops the first openly lesbian Playmate threatened to shoot him — even though she sat in the back of his cab in a skimpy, skintight outfit that could barely conceal a cigarette lighter. Read More: New York Post

 

Mets strike out Kosher-dog vendor

Religious Jews attending Mets games at Citi Field on the Sabbath will have to stick to peanuts and Cracker Jacks. A judge yesterday ruled against a vendor who made a federal case out of the team’s order that it not peddle kosher hot dogs on Friday nights and Saturdays. Internal memos showed that team officials felt that Sabbath hot-dog sales did not cut the mustard under Jewish law and feared offending observant Jews. Read More: New York Post

New Agreement Could Bring 440-Seat Public School To Woodside

According to officials, a new 440-seat public school is coming to a lot at 57th Street and 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens, and it will ideally provide some relief to the overcrowded PS 11. Read More: NY1

 

Queens Woman Claims Mold Drove Her From Home

A Queens woman says she’s struggling to find a new place to live after her apartment was recently overtaken by mold. Patrina Smith says she first noticed the problem in her bathroom last year. She asked her landlord to fix it, and a contractor came to clean it up but the mold came back just days later. Now, after months of back and forth, the mold has spread throughout her home. Smith says it’s taking a toll on her health. Read More: NY1