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Suspects attack man, 70, after asking if he is Muslim or Hindu


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corona assault

Six days after a Muslim was stabbed while opening his local mosque, another religion-based attack took place less than four miles away.

Two suspects approached a 70-year-old man in Corona on Saturday, November 24 at 5:20 a.m. and asked him if he was Muslim or Hindu before proceeding to assault him, according to police.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his face and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. He is in stable condition.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s with dark hair.

On Sunday, November 19, Masjid Al-Saaliheen was stabbed as he opened his mosque at 4:45 a.m. Police are investigating the assault as a hate crime.

Police descriptions of the suspects from the two attacks do not match.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Controversial anti-jihad ads go up in New York City subways


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A controversial anti-jihad ad is scheduled to be placed in subway stations around New York on Monday after an unsuccessful attempt by the MTA to have it blocked.

The poster from the American Freedom Defense Initiative reads, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.  Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”

The ad comes as protests rage overseas over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

The MTA originally refused to run the ad calling it demeaning, but were overruled in U.S. District Court in July when Judge Paul Engelmayer determined it was protected under the First Amendment.

“Our hands are tied. The MTA is subject to a court ordered injunction that prohibits application of the MTA’s existing no-demeaning ad standard. That standard restricted publication of ads that demean people on the basis of their race, sex, religion, national origin or other group classification. The judge recognized our intention but found our attempt to be constitutionally deficient. As a result, under our existing ad standards as modified by the injunction, the MTA is required to run the ad,” said an MTA spokesperson.

San Francisco, which had the ad run earlier this month, placed a disclaimer on their buses condemning describing any group as savages.

OpEd: ‘Disgraceful Killings of American Diplomats’


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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has condemned the “disgraceful” killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.

Below is the statement of CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad:

We condemn the disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation’s diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic.

We agree with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said that “violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith.” The extremists who carried out these attacks deserve punishment, and the extremists who produced and promoted an intentionally inflammatory film deserve condemnation.

Islamic traditions include a number of instances in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had the opportunity to retaliate against those who abused him, but refrained from doing so.

One tradition, or hadith, states: “You [Muhammad] do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Muslims are also taught the tradition of the woman who would regularly throw trash on the prophet as he walked down a particular path. The prophet never responded in kind to the woman’s abuse. Instead, when she one day failed to attack him, he went to her home to inquire about her condition.

In another tradition, the prophet was offered the opportunity to have God punish the people of a town near Mecca who refused the message of Islam and attacked him with stones. Again, the prophet did not choose to respond in kind to the abuse.

We must not let extremists control the political or religious discourse. That means that people of all beliefs should repudiate those who would commit acts of violence in response to intentional provocations and repudiate those whose only goal is offending religious sentiments.

CAIR called on Muslims in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the “trashy” anti-Islam film, clips of which are circulating online, that resulted in the attacks in Libya and Egypt.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

NYPD seeking armed bandit in two Queens stickups


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Graphic by Jay Lane

NYPD seeking armed bandit in two Queens stickups

Police are hunting for a gun-toting bandit, who was caught on camera during a stickup at a convenience store in Queens. The bandit, dressed in a gray baseball cap and blue hooded sweatshirt was caught on camera as he calmly strolled up to the counter at the 7-Eleven store on Corona Avenue near 108th Street in Corona, shortly after 7 a.m. on Feb. 26. He can be seen pulling a silver pistol from his pocket and brandishing it. Read More: Daily News

Matchmaker and alleged ‘Madam’ partner could turn herself in by next week

The gorgeous alleged partner of accused millionaire madam Anna Gristina has lawyered up, and is negotiating possibly turning herself in as early as next week, The Post has learned. Jaynie Mae Baker, 30, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is accused of helping run Gristina’s alleged millionaires-only, $2,000-a-visit call-girl ring, which prosecutors say was operated out of Gristina’s 200-acre Monroe County pig farm and the cramped one-bedroom “brothel” she rented on East 78th Street. Read More: New York Post

Mob suicide snitch’s ‘aide’ charged in payback whack

In a stunning twist to the case of the guilt-ridden mob rat, officials yesterday busted a Mafia hanger-on nicknamed “Lucky” for helping the turncoat wiseguy kill an old enemy before he committed suicide last month. The FBI and local prosecutors believe José Luis “Lucky” Rivera served as “muscle” and a possible lookout when Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli blew away Joker Poker machine peddler Joseph Rossi Sr. on Feb. 24, sources said. Read More: New York Post

Jets ‘kiss and make up’ with QB Sanchez after missing out on Peyton Manning

Sometime before or during his Peyton Across America March Madness Tour across America — starting in Denver, then on to Arizona and Miami, but not Florham Park, N.J. — Peyton Manning told the Jets thanks but no thanks, to the lure of New York, to sharing the greatest city in the world with his little brother, to embark on the gargantuan challenge of carrying a tortured franchise to its first championship in 43 years. Read More: New York Post
Cops hunting brute caught on video beating, abducting woman outside Ronkonkoma LIRR station

Cops are hunting this brute who beat down and abducted a woman outside the Long Island Rail Road Ronkonkoma station Sunday morning, in a sickening assault that was caught on video. The man slugged the woman just after she got off the train at 7:40 a.m., knocking her down. Later, the suspect confronts the woman in the station’s taxi office, drags her outside and strikes her again. Read More: New York Post

 

NYPD Commissioner Meets With Muslim Leaders Amid Growing Surveillance Controversy

Muslim leaders met with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at NYPD headquarters Friday afternoon, the same day that the Associated Press reported that police kept secret files on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans of Muslim faith as part of the department’s counter-terrorism program. “The Muslim community feels under siege,” Mohammed Nurhussein of the United African Congress told NY1. “And that issue has to be addressed.” Read More: NY1

“Suspicious” Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Business


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Graphic by Jay Lane

“Suspicious” Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Brooklyn Business

Investigators are looking into what they are calling a suspicious four-alarm fire in Brooklyn that gutted one business and injured at least one person. The New York City Fire Department says flames broke out around 4:15 a.m. and quickly spread inside a one story commercial building located at 1716 West 6th Street in Gravesend. At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the building as flames filled the entire structure, causing the roof to collapse. Witnesses at the scene tell NY1 the building houses Dalmazio event planners, a family-owned business that’s been around for at least 10 years. Read More: NY1

 

Local Muslim Leaders Discuss NYPD Surveillance With Police Commissioner Kelly

Amid ongoing tensions over the New York City Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim communities in the Northeast, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly met Tuesday with local Muslim leaders who praised the surveillance programs’ effects on security. Saying to represent all five boroughs, the half-dozen Muslims who met with Kelly said the police commissioner plans to further reach out to local Muslims and will visit mosques across the city. Read More: NY1

 

 

Channel 4 booting anchorwoman Sue Simmons after 32 years

After more than three decades, WNBC/Channel 4 is tossing anchorwoman Sue Simmons overboard. Last week, the station gave her the bad news that her contract would not be renewed — and come June, she’s history. Simmons, who has won four Emmys since starting at Channel 4 in 1980 and is the top-paid anchorwoman at any local station in the country, would happily have stayed. It was entirely NBC’s decision to break up the city’s best-known local anchor pair, Simmons and Chuck Scarborough. Read More: New York Post

Call girl says Manhattan ‘madam’s’ law-enforcement sources tipped her off about busts

A call girl who once worked for Manhattan “Madam” Anna Gristina said her boss had well-placed law-enforcement sources tipping her off about upcoming brothel busts, which is how the operation remained up and running for so long. Irma Nici, who has previously claimed to have slept with David Beckham and Eliot Spitzer, worked for Gristina for six months in 2002 and told The Post that the mother of four “laughed” when other escort services went down. Read More: New York Post

Gov. Cuomo wants Aqueduct racino to serve as 3.8 million square foot convention center


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Graphic by Jay Lane

NYC Firebombing Suspect Charged with Hate Crime

A New York man suspected of five New York City fire bombings was arrested today and charged with a hate crime. Ray Lazier Lengend, 40, was charged with one count of arson as a hate crime and four counts of arson in connection with the Sunday attacks that targeted an Islamic center, a Hindu temple, a bodega and two private homes. Lengend was arrested by cops who staked out a vehicle overnight awaiting the return of the vehicle’s owner. According to law enforcement officials, Lengend made statements that appear to implicate him in at least some of the bombings, but stopped short of a confession in the first rounds of interrogation. Detectives, relying on statements from witnesses and grainy surveillance video, determined the suspected bomber drove a late model car with Virginia license plates. Read More: ABC News

Gov. Cuomo wants Aqueduct racino to serve as 3.8 million square foot convention center

Governor Cuomo wants to up the ante on the future of the Aqueduct racino in Queens and make it home to the country’s largest convention center, the Daily News has learned. The planned project will be highlighted as part of the economic development agenda Cuomo will outline in his State of the State address Wednesday, two sources told The News. “The notion is that (Cuomo) is going to put the project on the fast-track to get it done,” one source said. “They need a couple of big economic development initiatives to announce.” Read More: Daily News

Pol, residents demand DOT repair broken curbs

Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program. Read More: Queens Courier

Transit advocates oppose plan to turn defunct railroad into QueensWay park 

A plan to transform an abandoned rail line into a park in southern Queens is generating a lot of buzz, but a group of transit advocates has another vision. They believe the tracks, which have sat idle for five decades, should be reactivated to give southern Queens residents an easier commute to Manhattan. The Long Island Rail Road operated the line, which once ran from Rockaway, up through Ozone Park and Forest Park to Rego Park. It was discontinued in the early 1960s and the property is currently owned by the city. A growing group of supporters is pushing for a High Line-type park to be known as the QueensWay. Read More: Daily News

Lobbyist Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

Richard J. Lipsky, a prominent New York lobbyist who was charged in the bribery conspiracy case that also ensnared State Senator Carl Kruger, is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, a person briefed on the matter said Tuesday. Mr. Lipsky’s plea would come just two weeks after Kruger resigned from the Senate and pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the broad conspiracy case that has been seen as reflecting corruption in Albany. Mr. Kruger faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced in April by Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Read More: New York Times

Officials Condemn Queens Firebomb Attacks

Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with religious leaders Tuesday morning in a strong show of support after Molotov cocktails hit an Islamic cultural center, a Hindu house of worship, and two other locations in Queens this weekend. “Whether it was senseless violence or a hate crime will be determined down the road. But in either case we’re just not going to tolerate it in this city. And fortunately the number of incidents like this are very low, but one is one too many,” Bloomberg said. Read More: NY1

TSA: Pre-Check Screenings Coming To JFK

The screening process is getting faster and easier for some passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Federal officials announced Tuesday that the Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check Program will be enacted at the airport early this year. Eligible American Airlines passengers as well as members of the Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs will go through an expedited screening process which does not require taking off shoes, a jacket or belt. Read More: NY1