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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Cloudy with light rain developing this afternoon. High 58. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 43. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: An Evening with Groucho

Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his highly acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at Queens Theatre. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs, such as “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” March 29 shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 30 show at 3 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two fatally shot inside Ridgewood home

A man and a woman were shot to death inside a Ridgewood home Thursday night, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

MTA bus crashes into dump truck

An MTA bus driver rear-ended a dump truck on the 59th Street Ed Koch Bridge Thursday, tying up traffic during rush hour, authorities said. Read more: New York Post

Longer 911 response times bring dismay to pols at City Council

City ambulances are taking nine and a half minutes to get to the scene of life-threatening emergencies, new data show. Read more: New York Daily News

Sources: State lawmakers reach deal with demands on city for charter schools

The battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over charter schools has led to a tentative deal on a reform package from state lawmakers, sources told CBS 2 News. Read more: CBS New York

Poll: More Catholics say church is in touch since Pope Francis

Catholics appear to be feeling more of a connection to the church since the beginning of Pope Francis’ papacy, according to a new CBS News poll. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Rain. High 46. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Tuesday night: Cloudy and damp with rain early…then becoming partly cloudy. Low around 35. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

Check out the winners of the 2013 annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, including the first prize-winning image Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom) by freelance photographer Wim van Egmond of The Netherlands at the New York Hall of Science. Through Feb. 23.

De Blasio, Dolan want Pope Francis to visit

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York’s Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, are joining forces to ask Pope Francis to visit the nation’s largest city. Read more: AP

Elderly wrong-way driver forces brief shutdown of Long Island Parkway

An elderly Queens man caused a brief scare on a Long Island parkway Sunday when he drove the wrong way, forcing police to block off a portion of the road as they tried to stop him, according to authorities. Read more: NBC New York

Mayor’s team mum on lavish transition spending

Mayor de Blasio’s office refuses to explain several lavish expenses incurred during his transition. Read more: New York Post

Legislators cite flaws in New York Health Exchange

Lost insurance coverage, higher premiums and confusion were among the problems New Yorkers have faced in trying to sign up for health care under the new federal law, state lawmakers said Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

“Seinfeld” comes to life: Jerry, George Spotted outside Tom’s

“Seinfeld” came to life again Monday in Manhattan, where Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were spotted outside Tom’s Restaurant, their characters’ beloved hangout on the show. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Clear. High of 77. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 64. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Viva la Comida!

Viva la Comida!, an outdoor festival in Jackson Heights from 4 to 10 p.m., combines the best food trucks in the city, live music, interactive art, dancing, a market and more. Free to attend. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

EMTs stole $320,000 from ambulance nonprofit: prosecutors

Three volunteer EMTs pumped more than $320,000 from a nonprofit Queens ambulance corps into their own bank accounts, prosecutors say. Read more: NBC New York

Cops: Ga.-to-NYC gun scheme used pie tins, mail

Packing guns in pie tins and socks, a Georgia man supplied more than a dozen illegal weapons for sale in New York simply by sending them via express mail, police and prosecutors said Thursday. Read more: AP

City councilman proposes measure to halt ‘crazy’ cost of runoff elections

A New York City Councilman has proposed doing away with pricey runoff elections. Read more: CBS New York

Sources: Shootings up in New York City since stop-and-frisk ruling

There has been a spike in shootings across New York City since a federal judge ruled against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, according to new crime statistics. Read more: CBS New York

Pope: Obsession with gays, abortion hurting church

Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Read more: NBC New York

 

 

Queens Argentinians proud of new pope


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Photo courtesy The New York Daily News

BY MAGGIE HAYES AND ANGY ALTAMARINO

The world has been watching Pope Francis, from the moment he was chosen to head the Catholic Church, to his first Sunday mass and the day of his first tweet.

“Popes not only head the church, but they are a moral compass for the world at large,” said Dr. Patrick McNamara from the American Catholic League. “They are the blanket moral leader of the world. People of all religions recognize that.”

When the papal conclave chose Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Latin Americans around the world rejoiced. Latin America represents roughly half of the world’s Catholic population, and Queens residents hope that he can bring a new leadership to the church.

“I speak with my Argentinian heart when I say that God has blessed the whole world with Pope Francis, a being of light and so necessary for these difficult times the world is going through,” said Ivonne Sigaud, a Buenos Aires native living in College Point.

Many hope that Pope Francis can bring trust back to a church long plagued by scandal, while being a progressive leader that can conform with the modern times.

“I long for an urgent change in the [church], we need it in order to continue believing in it,” said Monica Insaurralde of Corona, also a Buenos Aires native. “I believe, hope, that this pope is the change.”

Also the first Jesuit pope, the Catholic community is wondering whether he will bring Jesuit attributes to his papacy. Typically seen as educators, Jesuits are known for open-mindedness when approaching everyday life.

“Jesuits were supposed to serve the pope, they weren’t supposed to become the pope,” said McNamara.“For a long time, [they] were seen as somewhat liberal. But I think he combines the best elements of progressive and traditional.”

Also the first pope of his name, Catholics around the world speculate he will draw inspiration from Francis of Assisi, a simple man known to empathize with and help the poor.

“[Pope Francis] was always a person who kept a low profile, a good man who was always on the side of humble,” said Hector Alberto Andrada from Buenos Aires, now living in College Point. “He walked the streets of Buenos Aires just like another citizen.”

Pope Francis reportedly never lived like the other Cardinals in Buenos Aires, but instead resided in his own apartment, took public transportation and actively worked with the people of Argentina.

“We are happy to know that they have trusted such a large mission to a simple man, recognized for his spirit of service,” said Fatima San Martin, a native of Misiones, Argentina. “They have put their eyes on South America, and specifically our Argentina.”

-With additional reporting by Anthony O’Reilly

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 32. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 30% .

EVENT OF THE DAY: Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D at NYSCI

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in 3-D. Wreck-It Ralph longs to be a hero. So when a new game arrives, he sneaks into it with a plan to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Playing at the New York Hall of Science Friday, March 15 and Friday, March 22 at 5 p.m. $9 adults/$7 children, seniors and students with ID. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man charged in Queens murders, brush fire due in court

A Brooklyn man is due in court Friday in the murders of two men whose bodies were found in a burning brush fire in Queens. Read more: AP/ABC New York

Census records show more people are moving to NYC

The entrances to the Big Apple are now busier than the exits. For the first time in half a century, more people are moving into the city than moving out, helping to swell the population to a record of 8,336,697, according to Census data released yesterday. Read more: New York Post

Former New York Gov. Pataki endorses John Catsimatidis for NYC mayor

Billionaire mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis on Thursday picked up his biggest endorsement yet: former Gov. George Pataki. Read more: New York Daily News

David Wright wants to rejoin U.S. Lineup; sore ribs a concern for Mets

David Wright was scratched from the World Baseball Classic game Thursday against the Dominican Republic because of sore ribs, and U.S. manager Joe Torre isn’t expecting him to rejoin the lineup. Read more: CBS New York

Critics wave knives and hockey stick at U.S. air safety hearing

The top U.S. transportation security official on Thursday defended his controversial move to allow small knives to be carried onto airplanes, despite protests from flight attendants and lawmakers who say it will endanger the flying public. Read more: Reuters

How will Pope Francis deal with church sex abuse scandal?

The election of a new pope could help heal the wounds left by a Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis that has savaged the church’s reputation worldwide. For alleged victims, much depends on whether Pope Francis disciplines the priests and the hierarchy that protected them. Read more: AP/ABC New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 41. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 16. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Totem by Cirque du Soleil

Totem by Cirque du Soleil traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage with an international cast of 52 from 19 different countries. At Citi Field from March 14 to April 7. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man arrested in Queens stun gun sex assault case

A Greek man has been arrested on charges he used a stun gun to subdue his ex-girlfriend and sexually assault her in her Queens apartment. Read more: NBC New York

Fake community board website stirs up touchy issues in western Queens

A website masquerading as a Queens community board’s online page is dredging up touchy topics among Astoria residents. Read more: New York Daily News

Parks Department finds new operator for Patrizia’s of Bayside

Patrizia’s of Bayside, the former site of Caffe on the Green and Valentino’s on the Green, has found a new operator, according to Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City’s appeal of soda ban ruling to be heard in June

The legal battle over New York City’s ban of large sugary drinks is set to continue in early June, after a New York appellate court agreed on Wednesday to hear the city’s appeal of a ruling that struck down the new law. Read more: Reuters

Argentinians in New York proud of new pope

Latin America is bursting with pride over the announcement that one of their own is now pope, and so are Argentinians in New York City. Read more: ABC New York

Pope Francis’ humility: stops by hotel to get bags

Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and praying like a pilgrim before a beloved shrine in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican. Read more: AP