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Queens Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST  

Wednesday: Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 24. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Clear skies. Low near 15. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Peter Schumann: The Shatterer

Opening as part of the first season in the Queens Museum’s newly expanded galleries, Peter Schumann: The Shatterer is the first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theater founder and director Peter Schumann. The exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the Bread and Puppet Theater and features a largely unseen body of work by “one of the most independent, prolific, and complex artists of our time,” according to the museum. Through March 30.

NYC sees 33% spike in murders, fewer guns seized

As his first month as police commissioner under Mayor de Blasio winds down, Bill Bratton is already facing some sobering news — a 33 percent spike in murders across the city. Read more: New York Post

President Obama vows to flex presidential powers in State of the Union address

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor. Read more: AP

Alternate parking rules suspended in NYC

Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended in New York City due to snow overnight. Read more: Fox New York

New NY law requires newborns be checked for congenital heart defects before leaving hospital

A new law requires all New York hospitals to screen newborns for heart defects before they’re allowed to leave. Read more: AP/CBS New York

Super Bowl Boulevard set to open in Midtown

Workers are putting the finishing touches on Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown Manhattan, which opens to the public on Wednesday. Read more: ABC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of rain. High near 50. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low 12. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Anthony Cekay Organ Trio, Sam Minae, Matthew Snow Band at LIC Bar

The Anthony Cekay Organ Trio, Sam Minae, Matthew Snow Band will all perform at LIC Bar, located at 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Deep freeze coming to tri-state area this week

You might have been able to go around without your scarf and hat on Sunday, and a lighter jacket might even be warranted Monday morning. Read more: CBS New York/AP

New York set to allow limited use of medical marijuana

New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil this week. Read more: NBC New York

Wave of lawsuits over deadly Metro-North derailment

A good Samaritan who tried to help an injured stranger on the ill-fated Metro-North train is one of the more than 30 new people who plan to sue after last month’s deadly derailment, The Post has learned. Read more: New York Post 

ASPCA closes storied enforcement unit in NYC

For 147 years, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has served as the primary law enforcement agency for animal abuse laws in New York City. Read more: NBC New York

Report: Most NYC murder victims in 2013 knew their killers

Of the 334 murders in New York City in 2013, it appears only 29 victims did not know their killer. Read more: CBS New York

 

No respect for life


| letters@queenscourier.com

It seems that in today’s society, the act of committing very serious crimes just continues to worsen.

Perhaps we should eliminate all of these vicious criminals who have committed murder, rape and child molestation by placing all of them in a huge arena, with hippos and Nile crocodiles imported from Africa.

Within 15 minutes, those criminals would be history. The hippos and crocodiles would have a field day, and society would be rid of the people who committed those heinous and dastardly crimes. Something needs to be done. There is no more respect for human life. Society is in very serious trouble. There is no respect for laws or for people anymore.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

 

This Morning’s Headlines


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Cops roust Occupy crowd from Union Square

Cops shut down Union Square and kicked out a large crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters last night, arresting one demonstrator just days after larger clashes at the group’s former encampment downtown. Police surrounded the historic park with metal barricades just after midnight, citing a longstanding — but apparently often unenforced — rule that the park be closed in the overnight hours, as a crowd of more than 100 taunted officers. Read More: New York Post

 

Feds say Queens super wanted to sell guns to terror group Hezbollah

A Queens super attempted to sell guns to the terror group Hezbollah because he “long dreamed of making big money” as an arms dealer, a Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Monday. Patrick Nayyar was thwarted only because the man he arranged the deal with was an FBI informant, prosecutor Stephen Ritchin told jurors. Read More: Daily News
 

Two die in bloody day of violence in Brooklyn

Two people were killed and three others wounded during a wave of violence in Brooklyn yesterday. A gunman shot a 21-year-old man several times at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene at about 8:20 p.m. — possibly for retribution for a shooting in the housing development two years ago. About an hour earlier, an 18-year-old woman was shot in East New York, authorities said. She was in stable condition. Read More: New York Post

 

Bullets fly in chase

A suspected car thief led cops on a wild, Hollywood-style chase through the streets of Brooklyn yesterday, dodging roadblocks and gunfire before he was finally cornered. Officials said patrol officers from the 75th Precinct stopped a black Mercedes-Benz on Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York shortly before 9:30 a.m. because they suspected the car was stolen. Read More: New York Post

 

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal Staten Island Stabbing

A suspect wanted in the deadly stabbing of a Staten Island groom-to-be over the weekend was in police custody on Tuesday. Redinel Dervishaj, a 35-year-old waiter, was picked up by U.S. Marshals at his aunt’s house in a suburb of Chicago, according to sources. Antonio Lacertosa, 27, was stabbed in the torso early Saturday morning outside the Espana Restaurant in Annadale. Investigators say Lacertosa was celebrating his engagement to his high school sweetheart at the restaurant. Read More: NY1

 

Liu backs $$ gal

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu sprang to the defense of his indicted campaign treasurer and defiantly insisted his staff did everything it could to make sure donations were legal, despite federal charges against the treasurer and a key fund-raiser. “I don’t believe it’s our campaign’s responsibility or any campaign’s responsibility to verify the home address, to verify the work address, to essentially run a credit check on any donor,” Liu said in response to allegations that his campaign made use of straw donors who funneled illegal contributions from wealthy individuals into the campaign. “Do we operate differently than other campaigns? Absolutely not.” Read More: New York Post

 

Cop rips punk in hero brother’s gun death

The police-officer brother of a Queens man fatally shot defending his father from a crew of housebreakers stared down the thug who set up the robbery yesterday, calling him a “drug addict, coward, savage.” Geraldo Antoniello was shot in the head Sept. 9, 2009, by one of four punks savagely beating his dad, the owner of a popular pizzeria in Howard Beach. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Brooklyn Gym Teacher Charged With Groping Student

A Brooklyn physical education teacher was arrested and awaiting arraignment Tuesday on charges he inappropriately touched one of his teenage students. Police say Esran Boothe, 49, is charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. The city Department of Education says Boothe was re-assigned from his position at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment on Classon Avenue in Crown Heights and is now on administrative leave. Read More: NY1

 

Far Rockaway Playground Under Construction Receives Major Damage

Looking at the broken plastic, mangled metal and bent iron at the Beach 29th street playground in Far Rockaway, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said the facility’s June opening might be delayed and the damage will cost the city tens of thousands of dollars. “We know that we lost a number of the slides, the platforms, some of the fencing, the climbing apparatuses have been damaged,” said Lewandowski. Parks Department officials said an excavator did the damage. The contractor says someone cut through a nearby chain link fence to get onto the property. Read More: NY1