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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

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Areas of drizzle before 10 a.m., then a chance of showers between 10 a.m. and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 81. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Play By Ear

Mime Rob List combines anti-conceptual movement, dance and song to connect to his audience in a direct, modest and intimate way. Play By Ear strives to create a magical event without trickery and to let the work and the moment speak for themselves. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Obama and Romney, in First Debate, Spar Over Fixing the Economy

Mitt Romney on Wednesday accused President Obama of failing to lead the country out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, using the first presidential debate to invigorate his candidacy by presenting himself as an equal who can solve problems Mr. Obama has been unable to. Read more: NY Times

Endorsements, cash flow in 15th District Senate race

Things are heating up in one of the most contentious state races in Queens this fall. Councilmember Eric Ulrich topped the list of those required to file a 10 Day Post Primary Campaign Disclosure Report with a war chest that boasted six-figures. Read more: Queens Courier

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey’s fight during ‘American Idol’ auditions got ‘intense,’ says host Ryan Seacrest

Tuesday night’s shrieking smackdown between “American Idol” judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will be great for the aging show, says host Ryan Seacrest. Minaj, a wig-wearing wacko rap superstar and Carey, a notoriously difficult diva, blew their stacks at each other when they disagreed about a contestant during “Idol” audtions in Charlotte, N.C. Read more: Daily News

Gotti at GOP fundraiser whips up interest in Queens state senate race

Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio may not be a “connected guy,” but his association with a member of the Gambino crime family is leading to unexpected attention in his long-shot bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Queens Senator Michael Gianaris. “From a purely selfish perspective, I thank you and all the press for all the attention you’re finally giving me. But I have been at this since March,” said Arcabascio. Read more: NY1

Bogus ‘no parking’ signs along 31st St. in Astoria linked to film production, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. charges

Bogus no parking signs popped up along a busy stretch of 31st St. in Astoria on Tuesday, the same day a TV comedy show was slated to begin filming there, prompting a local elected official to question who put up the signs. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the signs belong to them,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), whose office is on the affected street. “We have never seen these signs in the area and one day before filming this happens?” Read more: Daily News

Feds bust spy ring who smuggled ‘cutting-edge’ US technology to Russian military since 2008

A large-scale ring that for years allegedly illegally exported cutting-edge microelectronics through JFK Airport to Russian military and intelligence agencies has been busted up by federal authorities, officials announced today. The 11 defendants charged in an indictment unsealed today “spun an elaborate web of lies to evade the laws that protect our national security,” said Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch, whose office is prosecuting the case. Read more: NY Post

Nuclear threat still exists


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As many potential hot spots in the world continue to simmer, are we really free of the threat of nuclear war?

While the Cold War may be over, the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and Russia still very much exists. Do not think for one moment that both countries still do not have ICBMS pointed toward each other’s cities, because they certainly do.

While President Barack Obama claims to have reset relations with Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is not the most affable person in the world to deal with. While the president’s goal of an eventual nuclear-free world is very interesting, the fact of the matter is that that goal will never be attained in today’s world.

Also, the movie “The Day After,” which was released in November 1983, is not so far-fetched. What was depicted in that very powerful film — the widespread devastation and dying in the aftermath of nuclear war with the Soviet Union — could really happen in this day and age.

Yes, nuclear Armageddon is very much a fact of life, folks.

 John Amato,

Fresh Meadows

Nations must work together to maintain peace


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The recent story in the news regarding the possibility of Israel taking military action against Iran does not bode well for the international community.

If Israel chooses this course of action, it could have very dire consequences for the entire Middle East, and also the rest of the world.

While no one wants to see Iran become a nuclear armed nation, all non-military efforts need to be exerted to have Iran not build a nuclear arsenal. The United States, Russia, China, Great Britian and France need to work together, along with Israel, to diffuse this potentially dangerous situation. Israel certainly has a right to defend itself against possible attack, as do all nations.

We need to work together along with the United Nations to bring a nonmilitary resolution to this mounting crisis.

 

 John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Donating a love of learning


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Patrons of the Rego Park Library can now learn about the Republic of Tatarstan directly from the source.

Upon returning from a trip to Russia and Tatarstan, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky visited the library, located at 91-41 63rd Drive in Rego Park, on September 21 to donate three books she acquired on her journey. Tatarstan’s capital city, Kazan, is the subject of all three books, which are written in English and Russian.

“I am delighted to donate these books, because I know the Queens Library is known for its diverse collection,” said Stavisky, who was on the trip with a legislative delegation. “I hope my Russian-speaking friends enjoy them.”