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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Cloudy. Light snow likely this afternoon. Temps nearly steady around 30. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Thursday night: Periods of snow. Low 16. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 5 to 8 inches of snow expected.

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Storm bringing near-blizzard conditions to NYC

The year is starting out with a shot of nasty weather that is predicted to bring near-blizzard conditions to the city. Read more: The Queens Courier

NYPD: Queens shooting is city’s first murder of 2014

A man shot to death in Jamaica Wednesday is the first homicide of the year, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio sworn in as 109th mayor of New York City

New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio, was sworn in during a ceremony at his Park Slope, Brooklyn home just after midnight Wednesday, followed by a formal inauguration on the steps of City Hall later that day. Read more: The Queens Courier

Freed ailing ex-terror trial lawyer arrives in NYC

A dying former civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case but released early from prison has arrived in New York City. Read more: AP

Three Rangers named to U.S. Olympic squad

The New York Rangers will be well-represented at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, at least as far the U.S. Men’s Hockey team is concerned. Read more: ABC New York

 

 

Rumored NHL outdoor games snub Citi Field


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It looks like Citi Field has been “shut out” from an outdoor NHL game next season.

The Sports Network (TSN) reported the league plans five outdoor games on top of the traditional Bridgestone Winter Classic – slated between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, 2014.

NHL officials first have to ink a deal with the teams before anything is made official.

Yankee Stadium will host two games in New York, TSN reported, with the Rangers facing off against the New Jersey Devils on January 26, and Rangers vs. Islanders on January 29, nearly coinciding with Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played just across the Hudson on February 2.

The Blueshirts played in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.

Citi Field is slightly smaller than Yankee Stadium, with the latter able to hold nearly 9,000 more spectators. The home of the Amazin’s can hold 41,800; the Bronx Bombers’ stadium can fit 50,287.

But some Queens officials are already calling the NHL off-sides if Citi Field, which opened the same year as the new Yankee Stadium, is iced out of the plan.

Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), said he was disappointed the league shot for the Bronx, but is still leaving an open net for a future outdoor game.

“So as the biggest Queens fan on this planet,” he said, “I am a bit disappointed that the NHL chose a different, more remote borough for these games, but I still welcome them. Hopefully we’ll see them in Queens soon, as it would be good for the NHL executives, the players, the fans and of course our hospitality sector.”

Queens hotels will already be stacked because of overflow from the Super Bowl, MacKay said, although the game is at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. QEDC is still looking forward to the revenue these additional games could bring to the borough.

There was talk roughly five years ago of the Islanders coming to Willets Point before the team eventually settled on the already-built Barclays Center last year.

Fan group and clothes manufacturer We Bleed Blue – specializing in Rangers gear – is excited just to have outdoor hockey in New York. Founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo, while cheering for the same hockey team, vary in their baseball loyalties. Gebert is a Met fan; Rizzo is a Yankee fan.

Regardless, the duo told The Courier any sort of outdoor game within the city will drive more people to hockey and allow for more games of the sort in the area.

“Getting mad at the location would be like getting mad at Jay-Z for having a concert at Yankee Stadium,” Rizzo said.

“Plus we’re willing to bet that if this goes as planned, this won’t be the last time we see something like this in the area. Guess you gotta just ‘save something for tomorrow,’ and the next go around, I’d like to think Citi would get the next one.”

 

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NHL, Players’ Association come to agreement; hockey season could start soon


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It’s over.

After three-and-a-half months of talks, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) have agreed on a tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that will end the 2012-13 lockout and put players back on the ice.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters around 5 a.m.  today that the two sides had come to a general agreement.

“[Players’ Representative] Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement for the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement,” Bettman said.

But there’s still some work to be done: “The details of which need to be put to paper. We’ve got to dot a lot of eye i’s, cross a lot of t’s.”

The NHL Board of Governors and the Players’ Association still have to green light the agreement once it’s drafted. In the meantime the league will get to work on making a schedule for the stunted season.

Both sides had until January 11 to reach an agreement before the entire season would have been cancelled. The season was to start on January 19 if a deal was signed by the deadline, Bettman said last week.

The lockout officially began at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 when the two sided failed to agree on a new CBA by deadline to allow for a full season.

In the meantime, many players have gone overseas to play and make up for the pay lost because of the lockout.

The league and the Players Association are expected to hold press conferences in the days to come as more information comes out.

 

Queens natives design sports tees


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

These guys don’t thread lightly.

Queens natives who are die-hard sports fans have started printing their own T-shirts. But this team gear is a little different than what you find at a chain store, and can only be purchased online.

On the last day of the 2009 season, lifelong Mets fan Darren Meenan of Little Neck made a shirt that highlighted the team’s turmoils over the last few years, sandwiched by “I survived” and “Let’s Go Mets 2010.”

He officially started his brand, The 7 Line, on opening day of the 2010 season. It has grown to be a fan favorite, with some of the company’s popular shirts visible at Citi Field and across the country.

The key to making the merchandise unique, Meenan said, is social networking and keeping up with the team, but most of all, knowing what the people like.

“The common bond would be you’re either a fan of our Facebook page or our Twitter account and you interact with each other because you’re a die-hard fan,” he said. “The die-hard fans are so loyal it doesn’t matter if [the Mets are] 10 games up or 10 games back.”

The 7 Line, which is staffed by Meenan and fellow Little Neck native Lizy Saroyan, has even become popular with Mets players. On opening day this year, starting pitcher Johan Santana appeared before reporters after the game in a 7 Line T-shirt with the number 8 on its front that memorialized the late Gary Carter, who passed away before the season’s start.

“One of the biggest names in pitching and baseball wearing the shirt that came from here, it was pretty crazy,” Meenan said.

Another startup, We Bleed Blue, designs and prints Rangers T-shirts out of a Glendale basement.

When news broke that Rick Nash was traded to the Rangers on July 23, co-founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo said they instantly began brainstorming about making T-shirts of the skater.

Fans wanted something with the phrase “Nashty,” the founders and designers said, and they put several concepts on Facebook and Twitter to get feedback. The final product was completely from fan opinion, they said.

“We would never put something out there that we wouldn’t wear ourselves,” the founders said. “Some of our designs come from fan feedback, others come straight from our own imagination.”

We Bleed Blue has even made T-shirts at the request of players or their families.

Gebert and Rizzo said defenseman Marc Staal’s wife contacted them about making a shirt for him. The result, they said, was one that read “Our Staal Is Better Than Yours,” which is a reference to the Carolina Hurricanes, where two of Staal’s brothers play.

“We are very happy with the design and we look forward to wearing it when the Rangers play the Carolina Hurricanes this upcoming season,” the partners said.

The duo said they plan on extending their football line, as they’re both devout Giants fans. They said an expanded Giants line should be ready by the Super Bowl champs’ opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 5.

Check out the shirts at http://www.webleedblue.com/ and http://the7line.com/

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Woman Found Dead In Burning Bayside Building

A woman is dead and a man is hospitalized after a fire in Queens. The flames broke out around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of a two-story home on 214th Place in Bayside.  When firefighters arrived, they found a 33-year-old woman dead from an apparent stab wound and a 50-year-old man who tried to hang himself in a closet. Read more: [NY1]

 

Son fought off father who allegedly slashed wife with meat cleaver

A brave son and a Good Samaritan fought off a maniacal Queens man as he slashed his wife with a meat cleaver this morning, cops said.The couple were fighting in their Flushing apartment on Parsons Boulevard, when husband Kang Wang, 53, attacked his wife, Huizhen Liu, 52, at about 5:55 a.m., sources said. Read more: [New York Post]

 

Suspect Charged With Robbing Blind Queens Woman

A suspect has been placed under arrest and charged with robbing a blind Queens woman. Investigators say Latisha Richardson, 39, of Queens and an unidentified man targeted the 68-year-old victim at the F line station at 75th Avenue in Forest Hills back on April 16. Read more: [NY1]

 

Devils waste 3-goal lead but win behind Ryan Carter’s late goal

The Devils turned a stellar first nine minutes and an opportunistic final five into a stirring victory over the Rangers that moved New Jersey within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Suddenly, No. 1 seed New York is on the brink — again. Read more: [ESPN]

 

First Presbyterian Church to mark 350 years with Street Fair and community service

First Presbyterian Church at 89-60 164th St., Jamaica, is celebrating its 350 anniversary with a variety of activities including a street fair and by taking the church out into the community. Saturday, May 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Martin Luther beats Brooklyn Friends, 3-0, to win PSAA Division II baseball championship at MCU Park in Coney Island

 

Kevin Schick doesn’t look like a shutdown pitcher when he’s warming up. Martin Luther’s senior lefthander is a soft-tossing, side-armer with a slender frame. But once the game begins, Schick has impeccable control, and he even finds a way to use his lack of velocity as a strength. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

City youths vie for spot in free tennis clinic at Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing

 

For a young New York City tennis player, it’s a long — not to mention expensive — road from the neighborhood hard court to playing Arthur Ashe Stadium in late August. But at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing on Saturday, more than 200 kids competed for a little help in getting there. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Queens man gunned down in home

A 21-year-old man was found fatally shot in the head inside his Jamaica home at about 11:30 a.m. today, cops and his family said. The man’s fiancee discovered his body. She had the couple’s 1-year-old son with her at the time. Read more: [New York Post]

Devils even series with rout of Rangers in heated Game 4

The Eastern Conference finals between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils finally got ugly — real ugly. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was sucker punched in the third period by former teammate Mike Rupp. Coaches Peter DeBoer of New Jersey and John Tortorella of New York screamed at each other after the incident. And Read more: [ESPN]

High-tech manufacturing plant to open in Long Island City this summer

The golden age of New York City manufacturing may long be over, but that isn’t stopping one enterprising company from setting up shop in western Queens. Shapeways, which uses a high-tech 3D printing system to manufacture products cheaply, plans to open a factory in Long Island City this summer. The facility could eventually employ up to 80 workers, company officials said. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens native crafts kids book on coping with culinary challenges 

It’s Snow White and the seven food substitutions. Queens native Letizia Barbetta recently published a children’s book about debilitating food alergies and how it impacts kids — a subject near and dear to the mom of three. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens cemetery claims Mom’s Day crackdown on water in flower vases is unfair

A Queens cemetery operator said city Health Department inspectors unfairly slapped him with a $1,200 standing water violation during the Mother’s Day rush. “This is an attack on motherhood!” said an outraged Dan Austin Sr., president of All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens Armed Robber At Large

Police in Queens were looking Monday for a suspect in an armed robbery in Hollis. Investigators say the suspect seen above walked into a Dunkin Donuts store on Hillside Avenue and 202nd Street in Hollis on Friday. Read more: [NY1]

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Mets Owners Sell Team Shares Following $162M Settlement With Madoff Victims’ Trustee

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz last week sold 12 minority stakes in the troubled franchise worth $240 million, using the proceeds to pay off Major League Baseball and reduce the team’s crippling debt, The Post has learned. With the moves, the team now has breathing room with its lenders and — combined with yesterday’s Picard settlement — appears to have saved the franchise. Read More: NY1

 

Mets owners could actually make money in Madoff settlement

It’s the biggest win for the Mets since 1986 — but a huge letdown for the fans. The team’s stingy owners will remain at the helm after striking a sweetheart settlement with the lawyer tasked with recouping billions from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme — and the deal actually casts them as victims of the fraud. The deal heads off a risky jury trial, where a loss could have cost owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz up to $383 million and control of the franchise. Read More: New York Post

 

Rangers edge Devils, clinch playoff spot in East

Brandon Dubinsky scored shortly after a fight-filled opening faceoff, and the Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team to earn a playoff spot by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday night. Three fights broke out at the outset and that seemed to jump-start the Rangers, who had lost two straight and five of seven as their once commanding lead in the East dwindled to almost nothing. Read More: New York Post

 

Trayvon Martin shooting: Feds to investigate killing of unarmed black teen by Florida neighborhood watch captain

The growing national attention – and outcry – over the case of an unarmed black teen in Florida who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain has culminated with the federal government’s announcement that it will launch an investigation. The announcement late Monday by the Justice Department followed a day of protests calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community. Read More: Daily News

 

Cops nab burglary suspect — but hunt for ‘Vaseline Bandit’ continues

Police who were already hunting for a burglar who has brazenly pulled off 14 apartment break-ins in Upper Manhattan — using Vaseline to block door peepholes — captured another apartment thief re-handed, casually watching TV, in the middle of a heist tonight. But law enforcement sources said the 20-something perp is not the so-called Vaseline Bandit, who is in his 50s. Read More: New York Post

 

Government may make it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings

The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is “exploring ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved” – including airlines, aircraft manufacturers, consumer electronics makers, and flight attendant unions – to discuss whether there are practical ways to test devices to see if they are safe for passengers to use during critical phases of flight. Read More: Daily News

 

Peyton Manning finalizing contract with Broncos

All that’s needed is Peyton Manning’s autograph. After being pursued by teams around the NFL, the QB with four MVP awards is headed to the land of John Elway and Tim Tebow, agreeing to a contract with Denver that could make the Broncos an instant Super Bowl contender. It could also send one of the NFL’s most intriguing young players packing. So much for Tebowmania. Manning called Elway on Monday morning and told the Broncos executive that he had chosen Denver over the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers in the wildest free-agent chase of the offseason. Read More: Yahoo Sports

 

3 wounded in Harlem shooting

A gunman shot three men across from a Harlem playground this afternoon, police said. The unknown assailant blasted his victims in front of a deli across from the St. Nicholas Playground on West 129th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue about 2:30 p.m., cops said. A 30-year-old man was wounded in the left hand and leg, a 25-year-old was shot in the left leg, and a 23-year-old was wounded in the butt, authorities said. Read More: New York Post

 

NYPD Ups Security In Wake Of Jewish School Shooting In France

The NYPD yesterday deployed hundreds of cops to synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods citywide after a gunman fatally shot three kids and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France. “Obviously, we’re concerned about what happened in Toulouse,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said of the shooting. Read More: NY1

 

Jail guard shot

An off-duty Rikers correction officer was shot by her boyfriend last night outside a Queens diner, police sources said. The woman was hit in the stomach near the USA Diner on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton at 10:50 p.m., cops said. The shooter fled. It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the fight. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Gangster’ sought in groom slay

They picked the wrong guy to push around. The Staten Island restaurant worker reportedly thrown to the ground by groom-to-be Anthony Lacertosa and his boozing buddies was purported Albanian gangster Redinel Dervishaj, who then allegedly killed Lacertosa with a butcher knife. Investigators believe Dervishaj, 35, has since fled the city, a law-enforcement source said. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm sticks to his guns in calling Kim Kardashian an ‘idiot’

Square-jawed “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm is sick of your stupid shtick. Channeling his straight-shooting character Don Draper,  Hamm put Kim Kardashian in her place Monday, dissing the curvaceous celebutard yet again. NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer asked the AMC retro-series actor to clarify the earlier comments he made to Elle UK about Kardashian being a famous-for-being-famous “idiot,” which the reality starlet called “careless.” Read More: Daily News

MSG and Time Warner Cable reach agreement


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Is there anything Jeremy Lin can’t do?

After more than a month of millions of Knicks and Rangers fans being blacked out, Time Warner Cable and MSG have resolved their dispute, meaning fans can again watch the surging Knicks and first place Rangers.

Politicians put on the full court press, forcing the companies to reach a pact.  Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently sent a letter to the companies requesting they come to an agreement or face public hearings.  What pushed Quinn to the edge was her case, like many fellow New Yorkers, of Linsanity.

When the agreement was announced on Friday afternoon, Quinn tweeted, “I want to thank Time Warner Cable and MSG for coming to a deal that will put the Knicks and the Rangers back on TV.  Now, a million more New Yorkers will be able to go Linsane in the privacy of their own living room.”

Quinn also thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo — who assisted in talks this week — and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“Our office has worked diligently with Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks over the last month to bring about a resolution to their dispute,” Schneiderman said. “We are pleased that both parties have reached an agreement that will finally allow Knicks, Rangers, and Sabres fans to enjoy the rest of this season’s games.”

Despite not being shown in more than one million area homes, MSG has scored season-high ratings since Lin has entered the starting lineup and Wednesday’s game was the highest rated since Carmelo Anthony’s first game nearly a year ago.

The dispute was over licensing fees that cable companies pay networks for the right to carry their channel.

The Knicks play the New Orleans Hornets tonight on MSG at 8 p.m.

Sports lovers cry foul after MSG blackout


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If a game is played and no one is able to watch it, did it really happen?

More than one million sports fans have faced off with this problem after MSG was dropped from the Time Warner Cable lineup on January 1.

The sports network and Time Warner are more than two weeks into their standoff leaving Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Devils fans in the lurch.

The dispute is over licensing fees that cable companies pay networks in order to carry their channel.  MSG wants more than Time Warner is offering and Time Warner is not willing to pay what MSG is asking.

Time Warner’s senior vice president, Mike Angus, said the two companies reached a deal last year that was agreed to by both sides — but claimed MSG reneged on the deal.

The network said that Time Warner rejected every offer made over two years — never having a deal in place.

While talks have broken off, Time Warner spokesperson Eric Mangan said the company is waiting for MSG to come back to the negotiating table.

“It’s all propaganda. Obviously in commercials Time Warner and MSG are going to say the opposite of each other. Is it really a 53 percent increase, is it not? Who knows? It’s all slanted one way or another,” said Queens resident Steven Cohen, referring to Time Warner’s claim that MSG asked for a 53 percent increase in their licensing fee.

The cable company called MSG’s demands way out of line.  “We are looking out for the interests of out customers,” a spokesperson said.

“All we have asked is for Time Warner Cable to value our programming in the same way as other TV providers — nothing more, nothing less,” MSG Media President Michael Bair said.

MSG is owned by Madison Square Garden, Inc. which is chaired by Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan.

The city’s comptroller called a foul on Time Warner for blacking out city sports fans.

“As this dispute continues, 1.3 million city residents are left without the programming they paid for,” Comptroller John Liu said.  “The least they could get is a break on their cable bill.”

Liu sent a letter to Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, urging the company to rebate $5.95 — the price of the Time Warner Cable Sports Pass.

“I pay all that money for cable so I could watch the Knicks, and now they say I can’t,” said Knicks fan Chris Lerner as he waited for the LIRR in Bayside.  “Going to games isn’t an option because tickets are through the roof. How much money does MSG need?”

“Customers are understandably frustrated that they are forced to pay for channels they do not receive, particularly when many customers do not have access to another cable television provider,” Liu wrote in the letter.