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BOLD & BALD: St. John’s loses locks for cancer research


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Ana Santos only flinched once as all her hair fell to the ground. 

The 30-year-old former St. John’s University student was one of nine women and 47 men to shave their heads Thursday during a child cancer research fundraiser in the school’s student center.

“Hair is nothing,” the East Meadow speech pathologist said. “We’ve lost a lot of people in my family to cancer. There’s nothing more important than health and their lives.”

Santos donated a foot of hair and went bald for the first time to mirror her loved ones still battling the disease.

“Everyone in my family with cancer is bald right now,” she said. “I was crying before I got here. I’m trying to give them all my strength to let them know they can get through it.”

Santos held her tears back, periodically checking out her new do on her phone.

But 21-year-old Jackie Herro opened up the floodgates, when flashbacks of her boyfriend Chris, who succumbed to cancer in 2011, raced through her mind.

“It was very emotional knowing I was doing it for Chris,” the Red Storm senior said. “I cried even more when I looked down in the crowd and saw how many people were there to support me. They were happy tears.”

Herro had more than a foot of her bleached blonde hair snipped off, raising more than $7,000 for the cause.

“I would go up and do it again,” she said. “There’s no other feeling like it.”

The Johnnies, in the event’s fifth year, raised more than $35,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. And 26 others chopped off at least eight inches of hair to donate to Locks of Love.

“All these students are learning at a young age what adults take a lifetime to learn,” former St. Baldrick’s chairman John Bender said, “the importance of giving back and being involved in something larger than yourself.”

“They’ll take this experience with them,” he said.

 

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‘Harlem Shake’ causes stir among Queens students


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Screenshot via YouTube

A viral video craze has shaken Queens.

The “Harlem Shake” Internet sensation led to the arrest of one Forest Hills High School teen last week after he organized a “senior prank” that jammed the school lobby with students trying to get in on the fad, cops said.

Arnis Mehmetaj, 17, invited some 500 students on Facebook to jump in on the “Shake” recording during school hours, police said. Arresting officers said a large crowd formed inside the school, “causing annoyance and alarm,” shortly before noon on Friday, February 15.

The popular YouTube video features abrupt cuts to multiple people dancing convulsively for about 15 seconds.

Mehmetaj was charged with disorderly conduct and creating a hazardous condition, police said. He was taken to a local precinct following the fracas.

The teen was reportedly suspended for five days, but a spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE) said suspensions of specific students could not be confirmed, but that several students were “disciplined.”Mehmetaj received a “desk appearance ticket,” the NYPD said, meaning he did not go to central booking on the day of the arrest and will face a judge in court at a later date.

Meanwhile, a group of St. John’s University (SJU) students are hoping their “Harlem Shake” efforts aid a charitable cause.

Some 50 students have hit the web to promote the university’s annual Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser.

A man wearing a purple body suit dances solo in the school’s D’Angelo Center ballroom for the first 15 seconds of the video before a huge crowd joins in on the rave. The 39 second video features a horse costume, a twirling pink umbrella and a student gyrating on top of a desk.

“I’ve seen the news. I think that people really didn’t have any other motive to do it rather than to join in on the fun. They’re just doing it to create a viral video,” said junior Oscar Diaz, SJU’s student government vice president. “Here our efforts were dedicated to a good cause.”

Sophomore Sulaiman Alam, 19, said he was “intrigued” by the Internet phenomenon and decided to take the reins on the project.

“I spent hours looking at video after video on YouTube,” the Bronx pharmacy major said. “It went uphill from there.”

Relay for Life is a global movement powered by the American Cancer Society. The university’s signature event is set to take place on April 19 at 8000 Utopia Parkway.

Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Man Guilty of Raping Ex-Girlfriend and Then Framing Her

Seemona Sumasar said all along that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend, who then framed her for a series of armed robberies that never took place. On Wednesday, a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens agreed, finding the ex-boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, guilty of more than 10 charges, including rape, perjury and conspiracy. Ramrattan faces more than 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 4. Read More: New York Times

NY pair who abducted their 8 kids get 60 days in jail

Parents who abducted their eight young children from foster care in New York City were sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in jail, which they have already served, authorities said. Shanel Nadal, 28, the mother, and Nephra Payne, 34, the father, of Manhattan pleaded guilty to second-degree custodial interference for abducting their children, ages 11 months to 11 years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team Serves NYC Community At St. John’s Bread And Life Soup Kitchen

Joined by University officials and a host of volunteers, the Red Storm men’s basketball team made its 14th-annual Thanksgiving trip to the St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen on Wednesday, serving turkey dinners to 2,418 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, area residents. Read More: Red Storm Sports

5th anniversary of NYC police shooting; Sean Bell died hours before he would have been married

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting. Bell died on November 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married. Three detectives were acquitted. Read More: The Republic

Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home

A Queens teen was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with heavy bleeding today — and it wasn’t until two hours later that cops and medics discovered she had just given birth, and her newborn baby boy was soon found dead back at the home, The Post has learned. The deceased infant was found abandoned in the second-floor bedroom of a home on 120th Avenue in St. Alban’s, sources said. The body of the baby, which appeared to be full-term, was wrapped in a blue towel that had been closed over with blue duct tape, sources said. It was then encased in two plastic grocery bags that were stuffed inside a yellow leather handbag that had been placed next to a bed, sources added. Read  More: New York Post

Mutilation killer pleads guilty to murdering woman over unemployment 

A Queens man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the mutilation-slaying of the woman he blamed for nearly getting him deported back to his native China. Huang Chen, 49, faces up to 31 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the January 2010 killing of Qian Wu, 46, in her Flushing apartment. Read More: Daily News

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling 22 Pounds Of Cocaine Into JFK

A woman has been arrested on charges of smuggling $700,000 worth of cocaine into John F. Kennedy International Airport. Investigators say Dayanet Rodriguez, 32, arrived Tuesday morning from the Dominican Republic with 22 pounds of cocaine. Trained dogs found the drugs in the lining of three checked bags. Rodriguez was placed under arrest and turned over to Homeland Security. She now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. Read More: NY1

Mets Owners Could Go To Trial In Connection With Madoff Scheme

The owners of the New York Mets could go before a jury for their alleged connection to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff said if the case is not settled, it should go to trial. The judge dismissed an argument by the team which said the case should be heard by a judge only since it began in bankruptcy court. Read More: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/23/2011: Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Hit-and-run on Bell Boulevard in Bayside

According to people on the scene, two pedestrians were hit by a car that then allegedly fled at 38th Avenue and Bell Boulevard around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. One of the victims allegedly worked in the area. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned
Two Queens students were being probed Tuesday by Long Island investigators looking into an SAT/ACT cheating ring that involved more than a dozen students out on the island, sources said. Attorney Matin Emouna, who also represents one of the Nassau County numbskulls, said no money was exchanged between the city students, one of whom took the college board test while posing as the other. Read More: Daily News

 

No Lavin, no problem for SJU vs. St. Francis

Playing without Steve Lavin, who missed his second game of the season as he continues to recuperate from prostate cancer surgery, the Red Storm nevertheless had little trouble with St. Francis (NY), winning 63-48 to snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 4-2. Read More: ESPN

 

New York Senator Malcolm A. Smith launches own Occupy NBA movement to get lockout settled

With local businesses losing money and neither side in the NBA lockout willing to negotiate, one city official is planning to follow the philosophy of the downtown protesters and occupy the NBA. As a prelude to what state Sen. Malcolm A. Smith calls a “national movement,” the Queens Democrat will lead a group of restaurant owners, season-ticket holders and disgruntled basketball fans in demanding refunds and gathering signatures on a giant petition Wednesday in front of Madison Square Garden. Read More: Daily News

 

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Dan Hendrick To Wed

The Daily News reports that Hendrick, communications director for the New York League of Conservation Voters, recently popped the question over dinner. The nuptials, slated for next summer, are likely to make Van Bramer “the first openly gay elected official in Queens history to be married,” the site said, as well as one of the first in the state to wed since New York State legalized same-sex marriages. Read More: Daily News

 

Public Bus Service Comes To Arverne By The Sea

The MTA is adding additional bus service to and from Arverne By The Sea in the Rockaways section of Queens, so that the neighborhood’s growing population can have access to the borough’s major shopping areas. Read More: NY1

Sting Shows 34 Queens Stores Allegedly Sold Alcohol To Minors

An undercover investigation joint investigation by the State Liquor Authority and NYPD last week found 34 grocery and liquor stores sold alcohol to underage decoys. For a full list of offending stores in the borough, visit sla.ny.gov. Read More: NY1

Jackson Heights Plaza A Hard Sell For Some Business Owners

A pedestrian plaza that was recently constructed in Jackson Heights has some business owners up in arms, despite it having the support of local elected officials and the community board. Read More: NY1