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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High around 45. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Cloudy skies. Low 39. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Trumpeters of Queens Part II

Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry were all masters of the trumpet who lived in Queens. This series at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m., continues with Ron Horton’s Sextet and Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police: No more missing in rubble of explosion, death toll stands at 8

Police said early Friday that no one else is missing in the smoldering rubble of two buildings that were leveled by a gas explosion in upper Manhattan two days ago, killing eight people and injuring more than 70 others. Read more: NBC New York

MTA workers’ personal information found on CD that was sold

he Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 15,000 New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers has appeared on a CD inside a refurbished CD drive sold by a retailer, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Charter schools are here to stay: Cuomo

The war over charter schools shifted from City Hall to Albany Thursday as Gov. Cuomo pledged to protect the besieged schools and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blasted charters as tools of “Wall Street billionaires.” Read more: New York Post

Dems hit back after House Speaker Boehner accuses N.Y. and other states of ‘cheating’ food stamp rules

New York Democrats lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner Thursday after he accused New York and four other states of “cheating” and “fraud” for sidestepping billions of dollars in federal food stamp cuts. Read more: New York Daily News

Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Cloudy with occasional light rain during the afternoon. High 54. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Rain…changing to light snow overnight. Low 24. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Learn How to Build and Cultivate Relationships with Individual Donors

Queens Council on the Arts invites you to learn how to build and cultivate relationships with individual donors. Good fundraising is all about cultivating relationships to build deep connections. This two-part interactive workshop with fundraising consultant Dara Silverman is designed to help participants learn how to strengthen and grow their base of individual relationships for themselves, their arts organization, or art project – today and for years to come. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cops arrest Ridgewood and Middle Village graffiti vandals

The next thing these vandals could be drawing is punishment.. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Mayor Bill De Blasio touts crime drop since he took office

Mayor Bill de Blasio is crowing about the city’s drop in crime under his leadership. Read more: CBS New York

Public Advocate Letitia James wants all NYC public school kids to receive free lunch

All public school kids should get free lunch, Public Advocate Letitia James said Tuesday — even those whose families can afford to pay. Read more: New York Daily News

Black & Hispanic pass rates drop in elite high school exams

More black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials said Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

Obama in NYC, joins Clinton ally to raise money for DNC debt

Melding 2014 needs with 2016 hopes, President Barack Obama teamed up Tuesday with an ally and fundraiser of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help the Democratic Party erase a worrisome debt. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 29. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low around 20F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Gamin-Wind & Stone

Flushing Town Hall is holding a Gamin-Wind & Stone event at 8 p.m. Gamin is one of the most celebrated piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument) players today. Wind & Stone is a World Music project by Gamin and Satoshi Takeishi (drummer, percussionist, and arranger) presenting both traditional and contemporary sounds of Korean music. Admission is $15 for members and $10 for students. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

LIRR’s largest union votes to approve strike

Long Island Rail Road’s largest union has unanimously voted to strike, with a walkout possible as soon as March. Read more: NBC New York

Secret Service warning about fake $100 bills

The U.S. Secret Service New York Field is warning banks, merchants, and consumers to be on the lookout for fake $100 bills. Three styles of the $100 bill are in circulation, but one in particular has been counterfeited a lot. Read more: Fox New York

NYPD testing Google Glass as potential crime fighting tool

The NYPD is taking a page out of the RoboCop playbook — outfitting cops with Google Glass so a suspect’s life story can flash right before their eyes, law enforcement sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post

Family, friends begin to say goodbyes to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Two of the three suspects arrested amid the investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death were out of jail Thursday night as friends and family began to say their final goodbyes to the Oscar-winning actor. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Obama: No ‘icy’ relationship with Putin

President Barack Obama on Thursday denied having an “icy” relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said the leader’s tough guy demeanor is likely just part of his “shtick.” Read more: NBC News

Nelson Mandela dies at 95


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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons/South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

HEATHER CHIN, MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela had died on Thursday at 8:50 p.m. South African Standard Time (1:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the world renowned civil rights activist went on to become South Africa’s first black president as well as a major mover in the fight to end the South African apartheid regime. His efforts and continuous activism earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Mandela was hospitalized in April 2013 for 18 days due to a lung infection. He had previously been treated for gall stones in December 2012. His last public appearance was in July 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa.

Following Mandela’s passing, national and local leaders offered their condolences and spoke of his legacy.

“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said President Obama. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-staff in Mandela’s honor.

“When I presented Nelson Mandela with the Key to the City in 2005, he spoke passionately about the work of his foundation and his ongoing efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic and many other important issues. He devoted his life to building a more just, equal and compassionate world, and we are all better for it, said Bloomberg. “On behalf of the people of the City of New York, I offer my sincere condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa.”

 

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine and a few clouds. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mainly clear skies. Low 27. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Full-ish Deck

The Secret Theatre and the Queen’s Secret Improv Club present a roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams, including Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers, Petting Zoo (musical), Sister Sex Wolf, Funkle Todd, Mercury and Goose. Six sets featuring two shows each run every hour until 10:30 pm. $7 for as many shows as desired. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Port Authority toll hike Sunday for EZ Pass drivers

Starting this Sunday, the Port Authority will 75 cents to the EZ Pass toll for all of its bridges and tunnels. Read more: ABC New York

ObamaCare to put 300,000 NYers on Medicaid

ObamaCare is going to push 300,000 additional New Yorkers onto the Medicaid rolls by next year — a hefty 7.3 percent increase, Gov. Cuomo’s budget office predicts. Read more: New York Post

Report: City to take down signs reminding people to pick up after dogs 

The city has decided to take down the signs warning dog owners not to leave their pets’ feces lying behind, and will not be replacing them, according to a published report. Read more: CBS New York

NBA fines Kidd $50,000 for spilling drink on court

Jason Kidd dropped more than a soda in an attempt to delay a game. He ended up dropping $50,000 for the stunt. Read more: NBC New York

President Obama: ‘Nowhere to go but up’

Despite facing a disastrous rollout of his health care plan, criticism over his policies and approval ratings that have plunged to an all-time low, President Obama said he remains confident that his signature health care law will be an important part of his legacy and things can only get better. Read more: ABC News 

Obama acknowledges issues with healthcare website


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Screenshot via YouTube/The Whitehouse

Although it was created to solve problems, Obamacare has been through a rough couple of weeks following the marketplace launch.

People have complained about website crashes and other issues on healthcare.gov, where residents can find information about the Affordable Care Act or sign up for new health insurance coverage.

The website has suffered because of the vast number of people who browsed in the first three weeks, about 20 million, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working to resolve the errors, said President Barack Obama during a speech at the White House on Monday.

“The problem has been the website that’s supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody,” Obama said. “I think it’s fair to say that nobody is more frustrated by that than I am.”

Obamacare was at the center of a congressional stalemate that shutdown the government for more than two weeks and nearly caused the country to default on its debt. And recently some people have complained about a phone number similar to the 24/7 healthcare hotline, which is actually a sex line.

If someone dials 1-800-382-5968 (F–K YOU), a female voice prompts a list of choices.

“If you are trying to reach Obamacare press one,” she says. “If you are not trying to reach Obamacare press two.”

Anyone daring to try the second choice will be transferred to “1-888-FREE SEX,” where they will be given choices between straight or gay phone sex.

The number is not connected to the healthcare marketplace hotline, according to representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that talked to The Courier. The agencies were unsure why the phone number issues that message and said residents trying to reach the hotline should hang up and dial the real number: 1-800-318-2596.

But despite all the issues, Obama promised the Affordable Care Act is benefitting “thousands” of people and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on October 22 that a team of tech experts has been brought in to fix errors with the website.

The national healthcare website has been giving trouble, but New York residents should visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov to purchase health insurance.

 

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Political Roundup: De Blasio talks post-Sandy recovery plan; officially avoids runoff


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ROUNDUP

De Blasio tours Far Rockaway; discusses long-term Sandy recovery plan

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio toured Far Rockaway Sunday to discuss his long-term Sandy recovery plan with residents and community leaders.

As part of his plan, de Blasio calls for supporting community-based disaster preparedness, expanding natural storm barriers and protections, strengthening the city’s infrastructure, adopting green and flood-resistant technologies, improving resiliency of power systems and creating living wage jobs as part of the rebuilding process.

“Eleven months after Sandy, our challenge to rebuild and recover remains greater than ever,” he said in a statement. “Recovery must come faster in these neighborhoods and I’m committed to listening to the needs of working families and vulnerable communities.

His visit and plan, however, received criticism from Republicans.

“We’re glad Mr. de Blasio found his way out to the Rockaways today, but his visit in the height of campaign season is insulting to the residents who have suffered during his failed time in office. Where was Bill when people truly needed an advocate in government? Once again, Bill de Blasio’s rhetoric does not match his record. The people of the Rockaways won’t be fooled by his blatant political maneuvering in pursuit of a promotion,” his GOP opponent in the race, Joe Lhota said in a statement through campaign spokesperson Jessica Proud.

Republican Congressmember Michael Grimm a Lhota supporter, blasted de Blasio’s plan calling it “completely asinine.”

MORE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WEB 

Vote count completed for primary in New York

More than two weeks after New York City’s primary for mayor, election officials have finished counting votes, and Bill de Blasio has officially avoided a runoff. Read more: New York Times

NYC mayor wannabes Joe Lhota, Bill de Blasio pay lower property taxes than many

Mayoral hopefuls Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota live in high-end homes — but both pay less in property taxes than many homeowners in hardscrabble corners of the city, records show. Read more: New York Daily News

High-cost runoff for public advocate’s post prompts calls for reform

The numbers are attention-getting: on Tuesday, New York City will spend about $13 million to hold a runoff in the Democratic primary for an office, public advocate, that is budgeted only $2.3 million a year. Read more: New York Times

Bloomberg says ‘it would be a sin’ to block health care reform now 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning scolded Washington for holding “the country hostage” to the politics surrounding health care reform, something he said the country desperately needs. Read more: Capital New York

Hurricane Sandy beach rebuilding to continue if government closes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Hurricane Sandy beach rebuilding efforts will continue even if the federal government shuts down Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York 

Blame game rife as Dems, GOP try to avert shutdown 

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other Monday as they took the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 52. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Taste 2013

Queens Taste 2013 will take place at the Caesars Club at Citi Field Tuesday at 6 p.m.. Close to 50 food and drink purveyors will offer samples of their products for free in a festive atmosphere full of Queens residents and business people. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

FDNY rescues cop stuck in tree trying to rescue cat 

Firefighters had to rescue an NYPD officer stuck in a tree after the cop climbed up to try and save a cat Monday in Queens. Read more: NBC New York

Leroy Comrie wants more ‘hit-and-run’ info

The city will have to collect more data on hit-and-run incidents under legislation being introduced by City Councilman Leroy Comrie. Read more: New York Daily News

Magazine lauds Astoria’s Bohemian Hall as one of nation’s top outdoor watering spots

New Yorkers have been enjoying this old-school Astoria pint pusher for about a century, and now the rest of the country is being let in on the secret. Read more: New York Daily News 

Obama attends Democratic fundraisers in New York City

President Barack Obama was in New York City on Monday to raise campaign cash for Democrats. Read more: CBS New York

Top IRS official didn’t reveal tea party targeting

Congress was not told tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, even after acting agency Chief Steven Miller had been briefed on the matter. Read more: AP

Popular psychologist, broadcaster, native New Yorker Dr. Joyce Brothers dies

Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. Read more: Fox New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 59. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Let’s Make a Movie

Starting at 4 p.m., come take part in a film screening and discussion on “Let’s Make a Movie” at the Douglaston Library.  The movie, written, directed and edited by Queens native Elana Mugdan, is the story of a college dropout and former film student who wants to turn her life around by making a movie with friends. The award-winning film was shot mainly in Queens. Mugdan will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Innovative bus system could alleviate traffic in Queens

Congestion along a busy Queens roadway could be alleviated with the help of innovative bus service technology. Read more: New York Daily News

NY Senate group removes Malcolm Smith after arrest

A small group of Democratic New York senators who share majority control of the Senate with Republicans has kicked out one of its members who was charged in a federal corruption case. Read more: NBC New York

St. John’s students angry at choice of Rep. Pete King as commencement speaker

The selection of Rep. Peter King as the commencement speaker at St. John’s University in Queens has sparked an uproar among students angry about his history of controversial comments about Muslims. Read more: New York Daily News

9/11 World Trade Center victim identified

New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner has identified the remains of a 55-year-old man who died in the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read more: Fox New York

Police: Person of interest sought in Brooklyn bomb scare

Police are looking for a man they want to question in connection with a bomb scare in Brooklyn. Read more: CBS New York

President Barack Obama, gun control supporters vow to fight on

President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. Read more: ABC New York/AP

FBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin letter case

he FBI arrested a Mississippi man on Wednesday in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials that are believed to have contained the deadly poison ricin, the U.S. Justice Department said. Read more: Reuters

Up to 15 dead after fire and blast at Texas fertilizer plant

A fiery explosion tore through a fertilizer plant and leveled dozens of homes in a small Texas town late on Wednesday, killing as many as 15 people, injuring more than 160 others and spewing toxic fumes that forced the evacuation of half the community, authorities said. Read more: Reuters 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 55. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Clear. Low of 34. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  First Friday Film Series at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum will continue its First Friday Film Series. Episodes are selected to complement the exhibition Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice and will feature the works of various contemporary artists. Visitors can enjoy extended evening hours from 5 to 8 p.m. with free admission, cash bar and special programming.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man injured when façade collapses at Queens GameStop

A 22-year-old man was taken to Elmhurst hospital after façade collapse at the GameStop he worked at in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Assault in Forest Park sparks call for more patrols 

Elected officials are pressuring the city to put more parks enforcement officers on patrol after a woman was sexually assaulted in Forest Park last week. Read more: New York Daily News

Major security breach at JFK investigated

TSA workers reportedly let a Kennedy International Airport worker board a flight to Florida without a boarding pass and without being screened. Read more: Fox New York

NYC fast food workers picket, want restaurants to pay $15 per hour

Hundreds of fast food workers and supporters protested outside New York City restaurants Thursday to demand higher wages for their low-paying jobs, including about 60 who chanted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Minimum wage has got to go!” at a midtown Wendy’s. Read more: CBS New York

Film critic Roger Ebert dies after cancer battle

Roger Ebert could be tough on filmmakers, but unlike many critics, he earned their respect. Read more: AP/ABC New York

Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

President Barack Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wednesday night: Clear. Low of 30 with a windchill as low as 23. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 25 mph

EVENT OF THE DAY: Spectacle: The Music Video

Spectacle: The Music Video at the Museum of the Moving Image explores the history and art of music videos in a first-of-its-kind exhibit. With 300 videos, artifacts and interactive installations it shows the cultural influence of music videos over the past 35 years, emphasizing their role in new creative technology and how they have pushed the boundaries of creative production. On view April 3-June 16. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Manhunt under way in Kissena Park after suspects flee

The NYPD is searching Kissena Park in Queens after officers pursued robbery suspects into the park Wednesday morning. Read more: ABC New York

Arrest in Forest Park attempted rape

Four days after a female jogger was attacked in Forest Park, police arrested Richard Kassebaum, 42, in connection with the assault. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Massive fire tears through concrete plant in Queens

A massive second-alarm fire burned through a concrete plant in Queens overnight. Read more: ABC New York

Pols, constituents shocked by Sen. Malcolm Smith bribery charge

After spending years under an ethical cloud, state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s arrest Tuesday was less surprising to many of his Albany colleagues than what he was actually arrested for.  Read more: New York Daily News 

Jackson Heights leaders push for slow zone on Northern Blvd.

A rash of accidents along Northern Boulevard could be a sign that the northwestern Queens thoroughfare is becoming the new “Boulevard of Death.” Read more: New York Daily News

Obama, in Colorado, to press for gun measures

In danger of losing congressional momentum, President Barack Obama is drawing attention to Colorado’s newly passed gun control laws as he applies public pressure on Congress to pass similar federal measures. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday; Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Devil Science Theater 3000

Devil Science Theater 3000 at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd! No drink minimum! Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Locals vow to fight Astoria bikini bar’s liquor license application

An Astoria bikini bar that local leaders fear will turn into a strip joint is facing an uphill battle for a liquor license. Read more: New York Daily News

Critics: N.Y. State lawmakers have quietly revived unpopular taxes to build budget

Good-government groups slammed the New York State Legislature on Wednesday for what one senator called “vampire voting” — dead-of-night votes to revive taxes that were supposed to die — to build much of the new $135 billion budget. Read more: CBS New York

New chief of NYPD named

The New York Police Department is getting a new chief. Read more: Fox New York

Elevator in Queens building broken for months

Residents of a Queens apartment building are frustrated. Read more: ABC New York

NYC woman at center of DOMA case hopeful outcome is ‘going to be good’

Concluding two days of intense debate, the U.S. Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples. Read more: CBSNewYork/AP

Obama says immigration reform bill could pass by summer

President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of snow. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 27. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 30 with a windchill as low as 21F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Spring Peepers with the National Park Service

Celebrate the first full day of spring with a National Park Ranger on a stroll to Big Johns Pond. Evening will begin with a short indoor presentation. Bring a flashlight. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Quinn, rivals at odds over paid sick leave at mayoral candidates forum

There wasn’t much the five candidates disagreed on at a mayoral forum for Democratic candidates Wednesday night, except for Christine Quinn’s resistance to bringing paid sick leave up for a vote in the City Council. Read more: NY1

Cuomo, state lawmakers reach budget deal 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said Wednesday evening that they have reached a state budget agreement, which would include raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour over three years. Read more: CBS New York

Vice President Biden in NYC to talk gun control

The Vice President of the United States will meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. massacre to discuss toughening gun control laws. Read more: Fox New York

Cops act out proper stop-and-frisk procedures in new NYPD training

Cops-turned-actors are showing police officers a better way to stop and frisk in new NYPD training on a city-block stage set in the Bronx. Read more: New York Daily News

‘Tonight’ headed to Apple

Work is under way to bring the “Tonight Show” back to New York. Read more: New York Post

President Obama meets Palestinians as rockets hit Israel

U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting Palestinian officials on the second day of his Mideast tour to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a message underscored Thursday when Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel. Read more: ABC New York/AP

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

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 46. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 32. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Sixth Annual Panorama Challenge NYC Team Trivia Game

At the Queens Museum of Art, participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night involving the world’s largest architectural model The Panorama of the City of New York. This challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. $10 suggested donation with all proceeds supporting the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two charged with murder, kidnapping for deadly South Richmond Hill fire

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man bound and shot. Read more: Queens Courier

Metro-North, LIRR fare hikes go into effect

The first round of MTA fare and toll hikes went into effect Friday morning. Read more: CBS New York

City Council wants Albany to give tax relief for Sandy homeowners

Homeowners who decide to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy may find that they are paying for the privilege. Read more: NY1

Breezy Point residents still planning Wounded Warriors event

Residents in Breezy Point are committed to hosting their annual Wounded Warriors event despite all the storm damage. Read more: Fox New York

Man arrested at LaGuardia after switchblades found in carry on, authorities say

Authorities at LaGuardia Airport arrested a man Wednesday that they say had three switchblades in his carry-on luggage. Read more: NY1

Obama to hold budget talks with congressional leaders

A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. Read more: ABC New York/AP