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Man dead in police shooting on GCP


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A man was shot dead by police this morning on the Grand Central Parkway and two others are in custody.

The shooting occurred at 5 a.m. near exit 7 shutting down the highway during morning rush hour.

Police fired at the suspect, hitting him once in the abdomen, police said. According to the New York Times, the suspect was unarmed.  The 22 year old was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead, according to reports.

The  Times report also indicates the car was pulled over after it twice cut off police vehicles.

NBC New York reported police mistakenly believed the man had a gun.

Two other men that were with the suspect in a black Honda have been taken into custody, reports said.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Gunman shot dead after killing former colleague near Empire State Building; 9 others wounded


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Two are dead — including the gunman — and nine bystanders wounded at a shootout outside the Empire State Building.

Recently fired Jeffrey Johnson, 53, stationed himself outside his former employers, Hazan Imports, and fatally wounded a 41-year-old former colleague.

After opening fire on the victim, Johnson fled northbound; a construction worker spotted him and alerted officers near the Empire State Building.

As the cops approached the suspect, Johnson fired at them.  The police returned fire, killing Johnson, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“This is a terrible tragedy and there’s no doubt the situation would have been even more tragic of not for the extraordinary acts of heroism actions of some police officers,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about two hours after the shooting.

The nine victims were all taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, the mayor said.

It is unclear at the moment if the victims were hit by the police or the suspect.

The disgruntled former employee was let go about a year ago from the women’s apparel company.

 

 

 

Texas A&M shooter in custody


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A gunman has been taking into custody near Texas A&M, the university said, with reports indicating multiple people have been shot.

Initial reports of an “active shooter” near the campus were issued at 12:29 p.m. local time (1:29 Eastern) from Texas A&M and all students and residents were urged to stay indoors. Fifteen minutes later, the university reported that the gunman was in custody.

According to CNN, law enforcement officials are among those injured during the shootout.

The shooting took place near Kyle Field, the Aggies football stadium.

 

Enough is enough


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When will the politicians listen? When will something finally be done to end the senseless violence?

Now it seems we are not even safe in our houses of worship.

The recents massacre of six inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin — the second such mass slaying in as many months — has hit home.

Queens, which prides itself on its multiculturalism, is home to a large Sikh community, a community now left wondering and worrying.

Why did shooter Wade Michael Page, identified in reports as an Army veteran and possible skinhead or white supremacist, target the Sikh community?

A tattoo on his arm was dedicated as a 9/11 memorial.

The irony is that 9/11 was executed by Muslim extremists — not Sikhs — and that the Sikh Coalition was formed on September 11, 2001, following backlash against the religion and its followers, often mistaken for Muslims.

And though, in the wake of the shooting, the NYPD has stepped up patrols outside Sikh temples, called gurdwara, we must be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE.

Over the past few weeks The Courier has been urging you, our readers and advertisers, to let our legislators know that something must be done about gun control — and it must be done NOW.

Page was reportedly in a white supremacist band called “End Apathy.”

We say it’s time to put an end to our apathy and push our elected officials on gun control.

Write, call, email — TODAY — and tell your local senator and congressmember, even the president, that you are in favor of gun control.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 

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Laughing Devil hosts fundraiser for Colorado shooting victim


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While increased security at local movie theaters and debate over gun control brought the Aurora, Colorado, shooting closer to home, a Queens comedy club came together to raise money for an aspiring comedian who was injured during the rampage.

On Monday, July 30, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City hosted a fundraiser for Caleb Medley, a victim of the Colorado “Dark Knight Rises” shooting that left 12 dead and wounded nearly 60 others. Medley, an up-and-coming comic, was shot while protecting his then-pregnant wife who gave birth shortly after the massacre to the couple’s first child, Hugo.

Scott Sharp, Laughing Devil’s manager and a Colorado native who knew Medley from the Denver comedy circuit, described the wounded father as an “incredibly nice guy who loves comedy.”

The fundraiser formed quickly with the assistance of Laughing Devil manager Steve Hofstetter. The club runners decided that instead of hosting a comedy showcase, constricted by the venue’s limited seats, the event would instead be a laid-back evening of “hanging out at a bar with a lot of very funny people.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from ticket sales and 50 percent of all drink sales were donated to help pay the uninsured Medley’s hospital bills, which could reach an estimated $2 million.

The event raised roughly $1,000. According to Sharp, many people donated even if they were unable to attend. He said they just wanted to help someone in need.

“It shows how the comedy community rallies for one of their own,” said Sharp. “It shows how people want to help someone in need, especially someone in their own field.”

According to Hofstetter, outcry from the comedian community has been insurmountable and thousands of dollars have been donated to help Medley and his family from comics across the country on the fundraising website, www.supportcaleb.com.

“When one of us suffers, we all do,” said Hofstetter.

 

Headlines from around the web


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Penn State tears down Paterno statue

On the same day construction workers with jackhammers dismantled the iconic statue of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that had stood outside Beaver Stadium for 11 years, the NCAA said it will announce sanctions against the university Monday morning during a press conference. NYDailyNews 

“Dark Knight Rises” stars express sorrow after shooting

“Dark Knight” actress Anne Hathaway, says she’s grieving for the victims and families affected by Friday’s tragic mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act,” Hathaway said in a statement issued Sunday. NYDailyNews 

Five killed, three injured in Queens accident

Five people were killed, including two children, when a speeding SUV blew through two red lights, slammed into a concrete pillar and rolled over several times in Queens early Sunday, police and witnesses said. The black Mercedes Benz SUV came to rest against a fence and then burst into flames around 3:15 a.m. Emergency workers said the horrific wreck was one of the worst in recent memory. NYDailyNews 

Queens man dead after ATV crash

A Queens man is dead after police say he crashed his ATV into a metal pole Saturday night. Investigators said 33-year-old Dave Thomas was riding his ATV on the sidewalk on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica when he hit the pole. NY1

Critically injured Aurora victims may not live

The mayor of a Denver suburb that was the site of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history says some victims are still terribly injured and may not live. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan says he and his staff visited victims in various hospitals on Saturday. He told ABC’s “This Week” that some victims must still undergo major surgery. NYPost 

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New Yorkers injured in Colorado “Dark Knight Rises” shooting

At least two local men survived the Aurora massacre – a Brooklyn band member, who posted graphic photos of his injury online, and a recent graduate of Syracuse University. Christopher Rapoza, who plays bass for the punk band The Toothaches, described the horror at the Colorado theater, showing off the grazing wound on his back and his blood-soaked T-shirt. NYDailyNews

Movie security stepped up in NYC after Colorado shooting

In response to the horrible shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly promised to station officers at city theaters showing the newest Batman installment, stating that most theaters would have at least two cops on duty in addition to a vehicle parked outside. Yesterday, signs of increased security already began to show, as cop cars sat in front of the AMC Empire 25 Theater on West 42nd St in Times Square and uniformed officers stood guard at the Regal Cinema in Union Square—and many New Yorkers shaken by the Aurora massacre were happy to see them. Gothamist

Man arrested after stabbing HIV shelter-manager to death

A deranged man was arrested after he stabbed an Upper West Side shelter manager to death yesterday, cops said. Bernardo Paulino, 34, allegedly slashed John Baisley, 56, several times about 12:30 p.m. at the Camden Residence Hotel on 95th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, authorities said. NYPost

Ex-finest in charge at Aurora

He once patrolled the tough precincts of New York — but it’s in a normally safe Denver suburb that the former high-ranking NYPD cop is probing one of the worst crimes the country has ever seen. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates’ stellar career in the Big Apple began with midnight shifts in gritty city neighborhoods. NYPost 

Diehl won’t miss Giants camp after unscheduled court appearance

Giants lineman David Diehl, who was busted for drinking and driving last month, won’t have to worry about missing the first day of training camp — he made an unscheduled appearance in Queens Criminal court this morning. NYPost 

 

NYPD to amp up protection at theaters in wake of shooting


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In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre on opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the NYPD announced they will provide police presence at theaters showing the film.

“As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is playing in the five boroughs,” Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement.

Kelly said at a press conference this afternoon that he will have two officers stationed at 40 theaters throughout the city.

There was no police presence outside College Point Multiplex Cinema Friday afternoon, but moviegoers did not seem worried.

“That’s in Colorado – not New York. Anything can happen, but I’m not scared,” said Chris Nardi, 19, of Elmhurst.

A gunman opened fire at a Colorado movie theater killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

Reports have identified 24-year-old James Holmes as a suspect who was taken into custody.

“I’m a big Batman fan…Unfortunately last night, somebody took it to the next level. I don’t know what was going on through his head. Maybe he took the movie too seriously. Maybe he thought that was how life really is. Unfortunately, he took it out on innocent people who were trying to have a good time. It’s a real shame,” said David Nisbett, 24, of Bayside.

“It’s not enough to prevent me from having a good time. It is enough to keep my eyes open while I’m having a good time because anything can stop that at any moment.”

— Additional reporting by Melissa Chan

MTA cop able to kill attacker despite eye injury


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An MTA cop was stabbed in the eye this morning at the Jamaica LIRR station, it has been reported, and the officer’s reporter was killed during the altercation.

The MTA officer, identified as John Barnett, suffered a serious wound to his left eye but he’s expected to survive, MTA Chairperson and CEO Joseph Lhota told The Post.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 this morning outside the station near Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, authorities told the newspaper.

Although the attacker, identified as Edgar Owens, had stabbed Barnett in the eye, the cop was still able to shoot Owens, who later died at Jamaica Hospital, The Post reported.

Owens approached and attacked Barnett without any provocation, Lhota told the newspaper.

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DOE takes two ‘politically connected’ schools off the chopping block, axes 24 others

The city’s education-policy board voted just before midnight last night to close and then immediately reopen two dozen schools with new names and new staffers in an unprecedented move that could displace more than 1,000 teachers. Two last-minute reprieves were granted yesterday before the vote, and they went to a pair of politically backed schools — Grover Cleveland HS in Queens, which counts state Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan as an alumna, and Bushwick Community HS in Brooklyn, which garnered several vocal supporters, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Read More: New York Post

 

Air man’s dogged pursuit

The Port Authority worker who got down on his hands and knees to try to rescue a canny canine who wandered onto a busy runway at La Guardia airport Wednesday is a cat lover who is allergic to dogs, he lamented. But Paul Malichek, 57, didn’t want to spook Byrdie — a 14-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback who had escaped her travel crate and turned the runway into her own private dog run — so he crawled toward her as jets idled nearby. Read More: New York Post

Occupy Protesters Turn Focus To Mounting U.S. Student Debt

Occupy Wall Street protestors gathered in Union Square in Manhattan on Wednesday to mark the day they say the U.S. student debt reached $1 trillion dollars and to draw attention to what they called the financial sector’s “predatory” student loan market. The Federal Reserve disputes the figure, saying U.S. student debt is currently $870 billion. President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney have called attention to the issue on the campaign trail to try to court the college-age vote. U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed separate bills to keep interest rates for poor and middle class students at the current level for another year. Read More: NY1


 

Mother, Sister Of Queens Terror Suspect Testify On His Behalf

The mother and sister of a Queens man accused of plotting a terror attack in the city gave emotional testimony for the defense in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. Alisa Medunjanin choked back tears as she talked about her brother, Adis, and the raid on their home. She recounted the story of dozens of agents with weapons storming their sixth-floor apartment to arrest her brother. Alisa said she thought her brother had gone to Pakistan to get married. Prosecutors, who wrapped up their arguments earlier Wednesday, said Adis Medunjanin was there receiving Al-Qaida terror training. Read More: NY1


 

Rapper Talib Kweli emcees at St. John’s University

Like any great rapper, Talib Kweli knows how to freestyle. Without any notes or prompts, the Brooklyn native rattled off a first-person history of hip hop music to a captive audience of more than 400 students at St. John’s University on Tuesday. “Hip hop is such a folk thing,” the 36-year-old lyricist told the Daily News. “It speaks directly to the people and the language that they are using right now.” Read More: Daily News

 

While NY Giants sit tight with No. 32 pick, NFC East division rivals Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys load up to challenge Big Blue

 

One of the crucial issues for the Giants as they go through the offseason getting ready to defend their Super Bowl title is whether they indeed have an identity crisis. Are they the Giants who struggled to become the first team to not only win the NFC East with a mediocre 9-7 record but the first team to win the Super Bowl at 9-7? Or are they the team that raised its game to an unimaginable level in the playoffs and beat the Falcons at home in the wild-card game and then the Packers and 49ers on the road — the two best NFC teams in the regular season — before finishing off their incredible run with another Super Bowl victory over the Patriots? Read More: Daily News

 

Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village


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Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village

A plainclothes officer shot a man who pointed a gun at him inQueensVillageyesterday, law enforcement sources said.

The 30-year-old man was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place earlier this month and his gun was recovered at the scene, cops said.

A spokesman for the Fire Department — which transported the shot suspect to NorthShoreHospital— said he had been shot in the back.

Read More: New York Post

 

Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman’s lawyers work to get him released

All eyes were on Sanford, Fla., on Saturday as accused murderer George Zimmerman’s attorney made arrangements to get his client out of jail.

Attorney Mark O’Mara, who is representing the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of gunning down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, spent about an hour in a courtroom and didn’t speak to reporters when he left.

Zimmerman was set to be released on $150,000 bail.

Read More: Daily News
Colombian authorities investigating whether women in Secret Service scandal were underage
Colombian authorities are probing whether any of the women involved in the prostitution scandal that’s cost six Secret Service agents their jobs were underage, according to a new report.

Investigators from the Colombian attorney general’s office have talked to employees of the Hotel Caribe, where the agents were staying, and have questioned the taxi driver who drove home Dania Suarez, the hooker at the center of the scandal, a Colombian government official told McClatchy Newspapers.

Read More: New York Post

 

Man dies after being found bleeding in stairwell of midtown nightclub

A 27-year-old man died early Saturday, just hours after he was found bleeding in the stairwell of a sleek midtown nightclub, police sources said.

A waitress found the unidentified man slouched on the stairs near a second-floor entrance inside District 36 onW. 36th St.nearFifth Ave.about 3 a.m., the sources said.

The man, who was bleeding from his mouth and was missing several teeth, was taken outside, where police found him a few minutes later, sources said.

Read More: Daily News

 

Etan Patz case: Identifying remains are ‘do-able’ say experts

Identifying the long-lost remains of little Etan Patz is “do-able” — if any human remains are ever found in the SoHo site, according to one expert.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, speaking at the building where investigators were digging for the boy’s body, cited advances in DNA study as one reason for optimism in identification if anything is found.

Read More: Daily News

 

Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July: FBI
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

Read More: Daily News
Elex ‘bribe’ staffer is out

A city Board of Elections employee caught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a voting-machine company three years ago has resigned, The Post has learned.

Officials said Stephen Graves, a $66,392-a-year systems analyst, submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday.

He also intends to take a leave of absence from his post as first vice chairman of the Queens GOP.

Read More: New York Post

 

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Next to the scores of children enjoying recess atRenaissanceMiddle School’s playground is a brick wasteland that stretches for two blocks in Hollis.

In most of the dilapidated buildings — on one side ofHollis Ave.between202nd St.and204th St.— the windows are boarded up, shattered or cracked. Some have crumbling front steps. Others have walls cracked to their foundation. Weeds have taken over lawns and sidewalks, and trash is strewn in the back yards.

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JFK bird-strike ‘soar’ point

Wildlife strikes are up atKennedyAirportover the last three years as bureaucrats debate how to protect planes from birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge next door.

FAA data show Kennedy planes smacked into birds, rabbits and other wildlife 257 times in 2011, a 17 percent increase over 2010 and a 55 percent increase over 2009.

In the most recent incident at Kennedy, birds crippled the right engine of a Los Angeles-bound Delta jet as it took off Thursday, endangering the lives of 179 passengers and crew.

Read More: New York Post

Man shot in Astoria liquor store


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A 37-year-old Astoria resident was fatally shot in a liquor store on the evening of Saturday, April 7.

Skaka Ryan was in the shop, located at 24-04 34th Avenue, at roughly 7 p.m. when he was shot in the torso and left leg by an unidentified gunman.

Police arrived on the scene following a 911 call, and the victim was transported to Astoria General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

No arrests have been made, and police are still investigating the motive and searching for the suspect. The NYPD has yet to release a description of the shooter.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown was on the scene of the incident and said he believed the shooting was prearranged.

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New crane horror: Worker dies in W. Side collapse at subway pit

A construction worker was killed and three of his colleagues were injured last night when a crane collapsed at the No. 7 train subway-extension construction site on the West Side, authorities said. The accident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue when two pieces of the crane — 80- and 40-foot sections — became dislodged and fell into the below-ground site and onto the workers, officials said. Read More: New York Post

French Academic Found Dead In His Midtown Hotel Room

Police were investigating late Tuesday the death of prominent French academic found inside a Midtown hotel room. Richard Descoings, 54, was discovered in his bed at the Michelangelo Hotel on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say hotel security went to his room after he did not check out. Sources say Descoings was found naked and his computer and phone were thrown from the seventh floor window. They also say police are looking for people who may have come into his room during the overnight hours. Read More: NY1

 

Off-Duty School Safety Agent Awaits Arraignment On Rape, Weapons Charges

An off-duty school safety agent was awaiting arraignment Monday after being arrested on rape charges in Queens. The New York City Police Department says Tommy Johnson, 28, is also charged with criminal weapons possession, menacing and assault. Sources say Johnson raped his ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn over the weekendJohnson currently lives in Ridgewood, Queens, where neighbors say he resides with his mother. Read More: NY1

 

Woman Dies Following Cooking Accident In Jackson Heights Home

A woman died Monday following an apparent cooking accident in her apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. The New York City Fire Department says they responded to a 911 call Monday morning for a woman in cardiac arrest. Fire officials believe the woman was severely burned when her sleeve caught on fire while cooking. They say she then went into the hallway, where she went into cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More: NY1

 

Key approval is won for Willets Point project

The city has won a key approval for its massive Willets Point redevelopment, dealing a blow to local property owners who hoped to delay or even halt the project. The Federal Highway Administration ruled that ramps proposed for the Van Wyck Expressway would have “no significant impact” on the surrounding area, according to a letter sent to the state Department of Transportation late last month and released Monday by city officials. Read More: Crain’s New York Business

 

NYPD investigating image on Al Qaeda forums as possible threat to New York City

A graphic featuring the New York skyline and posted on terrorism websites blares a chilling message in bold letters: “Al Qaeda coming soon again in New York.” The NYPD and the FBI are scrambling to locate the source of the message and trying to figure out whether it’s a credible threat or a sick taunt. The 3-D images spotted on Al Qaeda Internet forums Monday show the letters scrawled across a city street, as a father and son stroll by in amazement. Read More: Daily News

 

Authorities still looking for motive in Oakland shooting rampage at small Christian college that left seven dead

One wounded woman cowered in the bushes after the gunman opened fire on the campus of a small Christian university. One student hid in a locked classroom as the shooter banged on the door. Another heard the shots and ran to safety. All within an hour Monday, police said, a 43-year-old former student named One L. Goh walked into Oikos University, and began a rampage that left seven people dead and three people wounded, trapped some in the building and forced others to flee for their lives. Read More: Daily News

 

 

‘Rape’ victim dad’s anguish

Don’t let your daughters move to New York City. That’s the heart-wrenching advice of the father of a city schoolteacher who is still devastated after being sexually assaulted at gunpoint by an off-duty cop last summer. “It’s a dangerous city,” said the dad, whose name and location are being withheld to protect the identity of his 25-year-old daughter. “When things like this happen, it just makes you think twice,” the dad told The Post from his small, out-of-state farm. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Handyman Convicted Of Murder Of Manhattan Building Cleaner

A handyman accused of killing a Manhattan building cleaner and hiding her body in an air-conditioning duct was convicted of second-degree murder Monday. After deliberating for two days, jurors also found Joseph Pabon, 27, guilty of first-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors say Pabon smothered 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez with industrial tape in July 2009. Read More: NY1

 

Boy, 10, shot in Williamsburg

A 10-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in Williamsburg late last night, police said. The child was with his father below the elevated subway tracks on Broadway near the Hewes Street station at around 10:55 p.m., when teens down the block began arguing, cops and witnesses said. “Ten or 15 people [were] fighting. I called 911 when I heard the gunshots, two or three shots,” said Baruch Bing, 23, who lives near the shooting scene. Read More: New York Post

Koch endorses Queens House pol

Ed Koch’s legendary clout with Jewish voters is about to be tested again. Hoping to repeat his kingmaker role from a closely watched congressional race six months ago, the outspoken ex-mayor yesterday threw his support behind Assemblyman Rory Lancman in a three-way race for the Democratic Party nomination in Queens’ 6th Congressional District. He called Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley “first rate” but said he preferred Lancman’s position on Israel. Read More: New York Post

Prosecutors want ‘Millionaire Madam’ lawyers to zip it 

A Manhattan judge is weighing prosecutors’ demand to bar lawyers for accused “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina from publicly discussing some of the most sensational evidence in the case. Gristina, a 44-year-old soccer mom who is being held on $2 million bail, was not in court Monday as officials asked for a “protective order” to keep their evidence secret. Read More: Daily News

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At least five killed in shooting at California medical school

At least five people were killed Monday in a shooting at a medical school in Oakland, Calif., officials confirmed. Oakland police have detained a possible suspect in the shooting at Oikos University. According to local news station KTVU-TV, two of the five people were shot in the head. The motive for the shooting was not immediately known. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens jury convicts man of murder and robbery stemming from home invasion

A Queens man was convicted today for masterminding for three home invasions — one of which ended in the murder of a cop’s brother. Francis LaCorte, 29, was found guilty on all 13 charges — including second-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy — for his involvement in the execution-style murder of Gerardo Antoniello, 29, on Sept. 9, 2009. “I hope he’s put away for a very long time and he won’t hurt or kill anyone else’s son, brother or uncle,” said NYPD Sgt. Carmine Antoniello, the victim’s older brother. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Off-Duty School Safety Agent Faces Rape, Weapons Charges

An off-duty school safety agent has been arrested on rape charges in Queens. The New York City Police Department says Tommy Johnson, 28, is also charged with criminal weapons possession, menacing and assault. Police say the incident happened early Monday morning and that the victim is an adult. According to sources, the rape took place inside Johnson’s apartment, and he knew the victim. Read More: NY1

 

 

Woody says Jets would consider ‘Hard Knocks’ again

As if the Jets have not gotten enough attention after trading for Tim Tebow last month, Jets owner Woody Johnson left the door open for the team to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this summer. There has been speculation that HBO is interested in having the Jets back on its behind-the-scenes show, especially with Tebow now on board. “I’ve heard that,” Johnson said at the grand opening of the NFL Shop at Draft store in Manhattan on Monday. “We have yet to receive a formal invitation. When we do, we’ll take a look at it.” Read More: New York Post

 

 

Man Arraigned In Staten Island Traffic Stop Assault

A man wanted in connection with the assault of a police officer on Staten Island was arraigned Sunday night after being caught by authorities in North Carolina. Police say Dwayne Smith, 27, is back in New York after being picked up at a shopping mall in Charlotte last week. He’s accused of attacking a police officer after being pulled over on February 3 in West Brighton. Read More: NY1

 

Sweets shop is big ‘hit’

There’s a new iceman working at John Gotti’s old social club in Queens — but he serves up sweet, frosty treats instead of gangland murders. Businessman John Conza last month opened Uncle Louie G’s — part of a chain of Italian ice and ice-cream parlors — in the space where the Teflon Don once held court, the former Bergin Hunt and Fish Club in Ozone Park. The site is where the Mafioso made his bones and blasted his way from obscurity to the front pages. Now, its hits are icy flavors such as Soprano Spumoni, FDNY Cherry and NYPD Blue, instead of contracts on union officials and rival gangsters. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Queens Institute Looks To Crack Autism Code

Behind the walls of a former Catholic school in College Point, Queens, miracles often happen for children who have autism. The New York Child Learning Institute is the only program in New York State that is modeled after Princeton’s renowned Children Development Intervention Program. Read More: NY1

 

JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon out of hospital — and into courtroom

The JetBlue pilot who went on a wild rant about terrorism and religion during a Las Vegas-bound flight was out of the hospital on Monday to make his first court appearance. Federal prosecutors asked that Clayton Osbon be held without bond at the early morning meeting, but the judge isn’t expected to rule on that until Thursday. Osbon, 49, is charged with interfering with a flight crew for his bizarre unraveling on Flight 191 last Tuesday. Read More: Daily News

Geraldo Rivera personally apologizes to parents of Trayvon Martin for ‘hoodie’ comment

Geraldo Rivera personally apologized to  Trayvon Martin’s parents Sunday night for saying that children shouldn’t wear hoodies because “Trayvon’s hoodie killed him as surely as George Zimmerman did.” “Thank you for the apology. Your apology is accepted,” Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin told Rivera on Fox on Sunday night. Tracy Martin said that at the time of the incident it was raining and Trayvon was just covering himself up. Read More: Daily News

Brooklyn and Queens men fatally shot Sunday morning in separate incidents


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Brooklyn and Queens men fatally shot Sunday morning in separate incidents

Two men in their 20s were fatally shot Sunday morning in separate incidents in the Bronx andQueens.

A 29-year-oldBronxman was shot in the chest and buttocks near his home onMorrison   Ave.in Soundview about 2:30 a.m. He was rushed toJacobiMedicalCenter, where he later died.

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Trayvon Martin case: Friends come to George Zimmerman’s defense, saying he’s not racist, ‘fears for his life’: report

Friends of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teen in Florida last month, have come forward to say the 28-year-old acted in self-defense and is not a racist.

Joe Oliver, who said he has known Zimmerman for a decade, said his friend “couldn’t stop crying” for days after he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26.

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Dick Cheney gets heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant Saturday, his office announced.

Cheney is recovering at the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital inFalls Church,Va., aide Kara Ahern said.

The ex-veep, who had been on the transplant list for 20 months, does not know the heart donor’s identity.

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Obama to North Korea: You will ‘achieve nothing by threats or provocations’

Warning North Korea from its doorstep, President Barack Obama said Pyongyang risks deepening its isolation in the international community if it proceeds with a planned long-range rocket launch.

“North Koreawill achieve nothing by threats or provocations,” Obama said during a news conference Sunday inSeoul,South Korea, where he was to attend a nuclear security summit.

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Far Rockaway summer forecast: deadly

When the thermometer hit 80 degrees last week, I checked for a Far Rockaway summer forecast.

No other city beach community is as dangerous in the summer as Far Rock, where theQueensdistrict attorney has a special unit just to prosecute local shootings.

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Doctors-in-training stage mutiny at Peninsula Hospital

PeninsulaHospital’s doctors-in-training are staging a mutiny as the troubled hospital’s vital signs continue to look grim following a state-mandated shutdown of its lab, the Daily News has learned.

A coalition of furious medical residents are pushing their governing body, the American Osteopathic Association, to revoke Peninsula’s credentials as a teaching facility before the court-appointed overseer gives them all the axe, sources said Tuesday.

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Relatives of victims in Afghan shooting spree paid $900K by US military

Relatives of 17 people shot dead in a rampage by a US soldier in southern Afghanistan were paid tens of thousands of dollars in compensation, a tribal chief and government officials said Sunday.

The money — provided by theUSmilitary — was handed over at a private ceremony at theKandaharprovincial governor’s office, they said.

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