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Power Line from Quebec to Astoria Draws Mixed Reviews

A proposal to create a $2.2 billion power transmission line to bring wind and hydroelectric power from Quebec to Astoria is pitting environmentalists and against each another and creating some unusual alliances. NYDailyNews


Rapper Talib Kweli emcees at St. Johns 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.” NYDailyNews


Tigers’ Young placed on Restricted List after ‘Anti-Semetic’ attack

The Tigers have taken outfielder Delmon Young off the active roster, a day after he allegedly went on a drunken, anti-Semitic rampage.

The 26-year-old has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list, pending an evaluation at the beginning of next week. NYPost


Bronx Teen Stabbed During Subway Fight over iPhone

A teen is fighting for his life after he was stabbed during a fight over an iPhone at a Fordham Heights subway station early this morning, authorities said.

The 19-year-old saw that his friend’s smartphone had been snatched and pocket slashed after the two fell asleep on the downtown 4 train, polices sources said. NYPost


Two Cops Injured While Rushing to Call in Brooklyn

Two cops were hospitalized after their car was T-boned by another vehicle as they rushed to a call in Brooklyn yesterday, witnesses and police said.

The cops were taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries after a Honda Accord struck their car at Bedford Avenue and Midwood Street at about 8 p.m. One of the cops was kept overnight. A third person was also hospitalized. NYPost


Moe Harkless named Big East Rookie of the Week

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Photo Courtesy of St. John's University

St. John’s freshmen continue to rack up accolades as Moe Harkless was named the Big East’s Rookie of the Week, the conference announced.

This is Harkless’ second Rookie of the Week honor and the third time a Red Storm player has taken home the award this year.

The Queens native averaged 18 points per game and 9.5 rebounds while playing every minute of the Johnnies’ two wins last week, including their first victory over a top 25 team this season.

St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East) had lost their first 10 games against ranked opponents this year before besting 18th-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday 61-58 at Madison Square Garden. Earlier in the week the Johnnies defeated DePaul 79-72 at Carnesecca Arena during Senior Night.

For the Johnnies this year, though, it has been almost all freshmen. The team plays only one junior and starts five freshmen — the “Fresh Five.”

Harkless was not the only “Fresh Five” member to have a big week. D’Angelo Harrison played all but one minute over the team’s two games, averaging 19 points, and is now within six points of the Johnnies freshmen scoring record set by Erick Barkley in 1999.

Harrison will most likely not be the only freshmen to surpass the mark, as Harkless is just 40 points shy of the record with two games and the Big East tournament to go.

Harrison and Harkless are first and second in the conference in freshmen scoring, respectively, and Harkless leads all Big East freshmen in rebounding.

The Red Storm finish up their conference slate at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and at Rutgers on Saturday at 8 p.m.


Honoring African-Americans who paved the way

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy St. John’s Archives

When Carl Fields walked the halls of St. John’s there weren’t many other blacks enrolled in the school, but they were welcomed equally to the university.

Fields, who was part of the class of 1942, shone brightly on the track team and in the classroom.

He graduated with his bachelor’s in English and social science, and was the first African-American inducted into St. John’s College’s Skull and Circle Honor Society, having never failed to place on the school’s dean list. He was also the first African-American to serve as the captain of the track team.

But he didn’t stop there. Fields would later become the first African-American administrator of an Ivy League institution, when he was promoted to assistant dean at Princeton University in 1968 — 30 years after he first enrolled at St. John’s.

The University acknowledged his achievements by awarding him with the President’s Medal, the Medal of Honor, an honorary doctorate and inducting him into the St. John’s Hall of Fame. And today there is a center dedicated to equality named in his honor at Princeton.

Fields is at the forefront of the rich black history at St. John’s, a history that is celebrated for only one month of the year, but is weaved into the University’s past – and present.

“Since its inception in 1870, St. John’s was aware of the need to offer men and women of all ethnic persuasions an education,” it reads in a 1985 St. John’s Today article on Black History Month.

Fields also recognized St. John’s cultural tolerance had transcended its time. He once described that blacks roamed the halls of St. John’s, conducted experiments in the labs, studied law and accounting and played in the arenas and fields of the institution way before it was acceptable at many other schools.

“In 1938, however, St. John’s had committed itself to equal education for all, before the historic Supreme Court decision of 1954 and without the attendant hoopla that characterized the efforts of other colleges in the 1960s and ‘70s,” said Fields in an article he wrote in 1988. “In effect, it was an act of faith and a pragmatic belief in the potential of black students to benefit from sound, Catholic-oriented education.”

Throughout the 1930s the Vincentian, the Pharmalog, and the Closing Entry yearbooks of St. John’s Colleges reveal that blacks increased in population and became slightly more prominent on campus.

In 1931 William Tucker Garvin became the first African-American to graduate from the St. John’s School of Law. Garvin was also recognized as the first black man to serve in the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Just over a decade later, in 1946, Cora Walker became the first African-American woman to graduate from the law school at a time where not many women were lawyers. Walker went on to become the first female president of the Harlem Lawyers Association, and was a senior partner at Walker & Bailey.

Solly Walker came to St. John’s from Brooklyn’s Boys High School to play basketball for the Redmen in 1950. Walker was the first black player for the Johnnies and helped the Red and White make a run to the NCAA Finals the following year.

“Although St. John’s was tolerant, they [blacks] still faced societal discrimination and some were successful nonetheless,” said Dr. Leonard Baynes, Professor of Law at St. John’s and the Director of the University’s Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development. Baynes points out, because many black students still had to fight for their positions after graduation, it made their accomplishments that much more inspiring.

After the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, blacks at St. John’s found ways to advance their culture and presence on campus.

In 1968, six black students founded Haraya, the Pan-African Students Coalition and currently one of the largest cultural organizations on campus, to further help advance black students. In its first year the group founded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which gave four-year, full-ride scholarships to 10 black students.

On April 30, 1969, a committee consisting of 11 black students and 14 faculty members, including administrators, recommended a Black Area Studies program and in the fall of that year there were three Black Area Studies courses in the School of General studies.

As the years went by the black population grew and more successful graduates graced the University’s halls. Congressmember Charles Rangel graduated with his law degree in 1960, and the former Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Brown, earned his diploma in 1970. Current Indiana Pacers coach Mark Jackson graduated in the class of 1987, and Dr. Tony Bonaparte, 1964 MBA, became the first black provost of St. John’s in 1994.

Today there are nearly 3,000 black students scattered on the various St. John’s campuses, according to the 2010 Fact Book. There are also various organizations and groups that are dedicated to serving blacks.

But although blacks have become more abundant on campus, Baynes said its worth remembering those that came before.

“It’s important to know our early history, so we remain steadfast in our continuation of appreciation for diversity,” he said.


Malik Stith leaves St. John’s basketball program

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St. John’s already thin rotation is down another man, as the team’s only returning player — Malik Stith — decided to leave the program.

Stith’s departure leaves the Johnnies with six first-year players in the rotation — five freshmen and a junior college transfer.

Citing personal reasons, Stith chose to step aside as a member of the team. He will continue at the university.

“Right now, I feel that I need to do what is best for my family. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me at St. John’s and pleased to be able to continue to make progress toward my degree,” Stith said. “Coach [Steve] Lavin and I have met and talked over the past couple days about my future and the interest I have in contributing to the team as a student.”

“We’ll miss Malik’s contributions on the court but we are pleased he will continue as a member of our basketball program in his new capacity with the Johnnies,” Lavin said.

The Head Coach added that Stith will continue to add value to St. John’s basketball family.

Stith had played in all 23 Red Storm games going into last night, starting five. He averaged 14.6 minutes and 2.6 points per game.

The young Red Storm have experienced much tumult since arriving on campus: Steve Lavin underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer and has been on the sidelines for only two games, three players were declared academically ineligible and Stith is the second player to leave the program — Nurideen Lindsay left the team in December.

After last night’s game, a 76-54 loss at home to Cincinnati, Stith’s former teammates spoke about losing a member of the family.

“He was one of the leaders on the team, so it definitely hurts,” freshmen guard D’Angelo Harrison said. “It means other players have to step up and fill his role.”

On numerous occasions throughout the season Harrison has credited Stith with helping him keep his emotions in check and his head in the game.

“That’s our brother,” said Moe Harkless. “To lose him is tough, but we’ve just got to stick together and play with what we’ve got.”

Ten players saw action in last night’s game, though the playing time came after the game was out of reach.

St. John’s  (10-14, 4-8 BIG EAST) heads to Washington, D.C. to face the #11/#12 Georgetown Hoyas on Sunday, February 18.


Harkless wins Big East Rookie of the Week

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Photo courtesy of St. John's University

Following last week’s win over West Virginia, St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap remarked that freshman Moe Harkless deserved more acknowledgement, “but Moe is a great player and he is going to get his recognition.”

Dunlap was right.

Harkless was named Big East Rookie of the Week after collecting his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season, which included a 30 point, 13 rebound performance at Duke — the most points scored by a freshman at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 16 years.

The Queens native averaged 26.5 points on over 58 percent shooting while pulling down 13 boards each game during the week of January 22. He is the second Red Storm frosh to earn the honor this season. D’Angelo Harrison took home the award on January 9, ending an eight-year drought for Johnnies freshmen.

This season, the former Forest Hills High School star has been among the best freshmen in the country — his 16.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds rank fourth and third nationally among freshmen.

The honor comes during the same week the Johnnies trotted out a starting lineup featuring all first-year players — the “Fresh Five.” It is believed to be the first time St. John’s started five freshmen since the school’s famed “Wonder Five” in the late 1920s.

In the week’s first game, Harkless matched up with front-runner for Big East player of the year, Kevin Jones, and scored 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds — which led Jones to say after the game that he was impressed with the young forward.

“He has a chance to be a real good player,” he said.

On Saturday, the Johnnies traveled to Duke to face the sixth-ranked Blue Devils. Harkless led all players with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds,and was a driving force in cutting a 22 point deficit to just four with 20 seconds left before falling 83-76.

St. John’s next faces the second-ranked Syracuse Orange at MSG on Saturday, February 4 at noon.

St. John’s falls in overtime to Villanova, 79-76

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With the clock winding down in overtime and St. John’s down three to Villanova, the number one option on the potential game-tying play – Moe Harkless – could only stand and watch.

Fans that braved the cold were rewarded with a heated Big East battle that came down to the buzzer with the Johnnies falling to Villanova, 79-76 in overtime.

St. John’s (8-11, 2-6 Big East) last possession broke down and the ensuing scramble led to Sir’Dominic Pointer – who has hit only five of 25 threes this year – taking the final shot that clanged off the front of the rim, leaving the Johnnies with their fourth straight loss and sixth in their last seven games.

“Coach [Dunlap] drew up a good play,” said guard Phil Greene, who finished with a career-high 14 points. “We didn’t come out and execute it right, but we still had an opportunity and a good look to tie the game.”

The Red Storm found themselves in overtime only after losing a double-digit lead with less than seven minutes to play and not getting a shot off on the final possession of regulation.

“The execution of the last play before the buzzer went off and overtime is my responsibility, no one else’s,” said Assistant Coach Mike Dunlap, who has stepped in for Steve Lavin as he continues to recover from October prostate cancer surgery.

With the game tied and less than 10 seconds remaining, God’sgift Achiuwa’s errant pass to Harkless was stolen forcing overtime.

Though the Johnnies failed to convert their last-second opportunities and were out rebounded by 16, Dunlap said the outcome of the game came down to foul shots.

“We left the game on the free throw line.  It’s that simple,” Dunlap said.  “You can talk about the rebounds, you can talk about the turnovers, but the bottom line is free throws are easy baskets.”

St. John’s shot 14-25 from the line, which included five misses in the extra period.

After hitting just four of their 22 three-pointers during regulation, Villanova made both attempts in overtime helping them build a seven-point lead which the Johnnies could not overcome.

The Red Storm jumped out to an early 12-4 lead on the strength of five of six shooting, including two Harrison three-pointers – which matched the team’s total from the previous two games.

The Johnnies followed that hot streak by, as has happened often this season, going cold, hitting just four of their next 22 shots.

In the second half, the Johnnies again came out firing on all cylinders.  This time, St. John’s was able to carry the momentum through the rest of half shooting 68 percent, led by D’Angelo Harrison’s 20 points.

Harrison set a career high in points – 28 – after struggling over his previous two games, hitting just three of 19 shots over those contests.

Villanova (10-10, 3-5) was led by the Big East’s second leading scorer Maalik Wayns who scored 28 – including two game tying shots with under 70 seconds left in regulation.

St. John’s next faces West Virginia (15-5, 5-2) Wednesday night at MSG at 7 p.m.

St. John’s falls to #11 Georgetown at MSG

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After jumping out to an early 13-5 lead, St. John’s struggled to find an offensive groove and fell to the 11th ranked Georgetown Hoyas 69-49.

The Johnnies (8-9, 2-4 Big East) scored just six points over the last 12 minutes of the first half after their quick start allowing the Hoyas a chance to get take a lead they never relinquished.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half – each squad shot under 35 percent. The Johnnies shooting troubles continued in the second half – the team shot 8-27 after hitting only 9-27 shots in the first half.

Shooting has been an issue all year for St. John’s – they came into the game second to last in the conference in field goal percentage and dead last in 3-point field goal percentage.

The length of the Hoyas did not make the Johnnies shooting struggles any easier. Georgetown played six guys over 6-foot-8-inches tall; many times having four on the court at the same time.

“They were really long,” said Moe Harkless. “I think we didn’t do a great job of attacking their zone.”

Georgetown (14-3, 4-2) discovered their shooting stroke at half time, led by Hollis Thompson who made all seven of his shots in the second half, including five three pointers, after missing all six of his shots over the game’s first 20 minutes.

Twice in the second half the Johnnies were able to climb to within three, but each time saw the Hoyas immediately answer with a sustained run. After St. John’s made it 28-25, Georgetown scored nine straight points to stretch their lead to a dozen. The Red Storm were again within one possession of tying the game with 6:36 remaining in the game before Georgetown closed the game on a 21-4 run.

A majority of the Red Storm offense came from the Queens native Harkless. The freshman had nine of the team’s 17 field goals while scoring 21 points.

The team managed just one field goal over the last 5:15 following Harkless picking up his fifth and final foul.

Reigning Big East Rookie of the Week D’Angelo Harrison suffered through the worst game of his college career scoring only five points on 1-12 shooting and committing several key turnovers on fast breaks.

“I have to do a better job of slowing down and finding the open guy,” Harrison said after the game. “Like coach says find the path that’s open, not the one you want.”

The 19 points the Johnnies scored in the first half was their lowest scoring half of the season. The game also marked the first time St. John’s was held under 50 points. The Red Storm have lost all seven games played this year against ranked opponents after beating six last year.

St. John’s now travels to South Florida (10-8, 3-2) to face the Bulls on Wednesday, January 18.

Maurice Harkless named to Big East’s Honor Roll

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One of the borough’s top hoops stars is continuing his athletic success under the bright lights of college basketball.

Maurice Harkless, a former star forward at Forest Hills High School, was named to the Big East Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll on January 2 for his high-flying efforts in St. John’s games against Providence and Connecticut.

The freshman swingman averaged 24.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week in conference play for the Red Storm. Harkless shot 67.9 percent from the field (19-for-24), 50 percent from long range (3-for-6) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-of-8) to go along with five assists, five steals and two blocks.

Harkless also entered the record books against Providence with a 32 point performance – the most ever by a freshman making his Big East debut. In the 91-67 victory, Harkless went 14-for-17 from the field, 2-for-3 from long range and had 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double in a five-game span. He also dished out four assists, picked four steals and blocked two shots.

In St. John’s game against UConn, Harkless contributed 16 points (5-of-11 field goals, 5-of-5 free throws) and grabbed six rebounds in a 83-69 loss on December 31.

Harkless’ team-best scoring average of 15.7 points per game ranks 14th among all Big East players, his team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game is tied for fifth, his 46.2 field goal percentage is 11th and his 1.6 blocked shots rates 10th in the league.

Becoming the first recruit of the Steve Lavin regime at St. John’s University, he committed to play for the Red Storm in 2011. Harkless had previously made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Connecticut (UConn), but later re-opened his recruiting.

After announcing that he had chosen UConn over Kentucky, he chose to re-examine his options after Lavin joined St. John’s. Programs throughout the country courted him, including the likes of Oregon, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Arizona, Florida, Rutgers and Maryland.

Terry Francona to speak at St. John’s Baseball Bullpen Winter Banquet

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The sixth annual St. John’s Baseball Bullpen Winter Banquet will be held on Monday, January 30 and will feature two-time World Series champion manager Terry Francona. All proceeds from the event, held once again at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, directly benefit the Red Storm baseball program.

“Our Bullpen Winter Banquet serves as the kickoff for our season and we are very excited to have Terry Francona as our guest speaker,” said head coach Ed Blankmeyer. “Not only is Terry an engaging speaker, but he is a great baseball mind that has experienced a tremendous amount of success as a manger in the big leagues and as a player, both professionally and collegiately.”

Hosted by Hall of Fame coach Jack Kaiser, who will be honored for providing St. John’s and its baseball program with more than 50 years of continued support, and featuring NBC 4’s Bruce Beck as emcee, the event begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception prior to a 7 p.m. dinner. Both live and silent auctions will also be held, providing the opportunity to bid on a variety of priceless items.

Tickets for the event are priced at $250 per person and tables of 10 are available for $2,500. RSVP by Tuesday, January 24 to Elizabeth Austin at austine@stjohns.edu or 718-990-2548.

Diamond Club: St. John’s releases 2012 baseball schedule

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Photo Courtesy of St. John’s University

Baseball fans found some cleats and bats in their stockings this month as St. John’s announced the Red Storm’s schedule for the coming 2012 season.

The 56-game season stretch includes 24 home games and features the fourth annual Big Ten-Big East Challenge, as well as a total of 11 games against teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Ed Blankmeyer said the high caliber of opponents is significant this season and his team will work hard to match intensity, game by game.

“This is a tough schedule comprised of great RPI [Ratings Percentage Index] teams and tough road trips, but that’s the type of schedule we want to play and we’re excited for the challenge,” said Blankmeyer, who enters into his 17th season as head coach this year. “Our hope is that the rigors of playing a tough schedule prepare us to reach our goals, which are always to win the conference regular season and tournament crowns, and to compete in the NCAA Tournament.”

The season opens with three games in Florida as part of the Big Ten-Big East Challenge. The Red Storm will face 2011 Big Ten regular season co-champions Michigan State (February 17) to open the season before facing Minnesota (February 18) for the third-consecutive season. St. John’s will conclude its opening weekend against Illinois (February 19), the defending Big Ten Tournament champions and co-regular season champions.

St. John’s then heads to Lubbock, Texas, for three games as part of the Texas Tech-hosted Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. After playing host Texas Tech (February 24), St. John’s takes on Northern Illinois (February 25) before wrapping up the weekend with another game against the Red Raiders (February 26).

After a pair of midweek contests against North Carolina (February 28), a 2011 College World Series squad, and UNC Wilmington (February 29), the Red Storm travels to Conway, S.C. for the Coastal Carolina Invitational. St. John’s opens the Invitational with a non-conference matchup against Big East foe Pittsburgh (March 2) before taking on Coastal Carolina (March 3). The third game of the Invitational against Illinois (March 4) will be played in Myrtle Beach at BB&T Coastal Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers).

St. John’s returns to the Tri-State area for a midweek game at Fairfield (March 7) before heading south and concluding its season-opening 15-game road trip with a three-game set at Liberty (March 9-11).

Following a midweek home-opener against FDU (March 14), the Red Storm hosts the inaugural Red Storm Baseball Tournament (March 16-18). St. John’s will play Albany (March 16) before another matchup against the Great Danes (March 17) opens a double-header that includes a matchup between Albany and Holy Cross. The Red Storm opens another double-header with a game against Holy Cross (March 18) that precedes a contest between the Crusaders and Great Danes.

After concluding a five-game home stand with a midweek game against LIU (March 21), the Red Storm opens Big East play on the road with a three-game set at Villanova (March 23-25).

St. John’s returns to Queens for the next four games, hosting Maryland (March 28) in midweek action before welcoming West Virginia (March 30-April 1) for a three-game Big East set.

The Red Storm is on the road for the next four games. After traveling to Staten Island for a midweek contest against Wagner (April 3) at Richmond County Bank Stadium, home of the Staten Island Yankees (Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees), St. John’s heads to New Jersey for a BIG EAST series with Rutgers (April 5-7).

A season-long six-game home stand is next on the schedule for St. John’s. Following a pair of midweek games against Columbia (April 10) and Hofstra (April 11), the Red Storm hosts a three-game series with 2011 NCAA Super Regional participants Connecticut (April 13-15). St. John’s hosts Princeton (April 18), another NCAA Tournament squad, to conclude the home stand.

St. John’s next embarks on a seven-game road trip that begins with a three-game set at Cincinnati (April 20-22). The Red Storm then takes on Boston College (April 24) in a neutral site game in Norwich, Connecticut, that will be played at Dodd Stadium, the home of the Connecticut Tigers (Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Detroit Tigers). St. John’s concludes the road trip with a three-game set at Notre Dame (April 27-29).

The Red Storm returns home to host Iona (April 30) before welcoming USF (May 4-6) for a three-game series. After hosting NYIT (May 9), St. John’s takes to the road for a three-game set at Louisville (May 11-13).

St. John’s concludes the regular season with a four-game homestand. After facing Marist (May 15) for the first time since 1992, the Red Storm hosts Seton Hall (May 17-19) in a rematch of the 2011 Big East Tournament championship game.

The Big East Tournament runs from May 23-27 and will once again be held in Clearwater, Florida, at Bright House Field.

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St. John’s guard Nurideen Lindsay to transfer

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Sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsay, one of eight new Johnnies, is transferring from the university.

St. John’s (4-5)  announced Thursday that that the Redlands Community College transfer would be leaving the school at the end of the Fall semester.

“This was a mutually agreed-upon decision that Nuri’s pursuit of other opportunities is in the best interest of all parties,” said Head Coach Steve Lavin. “We appreciate Nuri’s contributions to our program. He is a basketball player with a bright future. Our basketball family supports Nuri as he moves in a new direction.”

The Philadelphia native was one of seven players in the Red Storm’s rotation and third on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game while pacing the squad in assists with almost three per contest.

“I came to St. Johns for a couple of reasons. One was to be close to my mom, whose health has been up and down due to some past experiences. The second was to play for Coach [Lavin]. In both instances it has not worked out how I envisioned. I think Coach Lav is an amazing coach, and person. He could have taught me so much,” said Lindsey. “I love St. John’s and appreciate all the love and support from the staff and school. I think this team will be special. I think what I’ll miss most about St. John’s is miss my teammates. Those guys are like my brothers. So I will continue to support St. John’s and my brothers. Thank you for the memories, regardless of how brief.”


Deafening Noise After Incident At Queens Plant

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Two women shot in Astoria

Cops are on the hunt for a man who allegedly shot his wife and daughter inside of a home in Astoria on Monday morning.  According to reports, the two women were shot in the head and were taken to Elmhurst Hospital and are now listed in stable condition. Read More: Queens Courier

Teenage boy fatally shot by bus madman Damel Burton was a protector of neighborhood kids 

The mother of the teenage boy killed by her ex-con boyfriend minutes before he shot up a Queens bus said Saturday there had been no signs of trouble.  She fought back tears speaking of the bright future she had seen for her slain son, a senior at Queens Transition Center. Read More: Daily News

Deafening Noise After Incident At Queens Plant

A steam release at a power plant in Queens was causing a deafening noise on Monday morning.  The steam was released to reduce steam pressure at the TransCanada owned Ravenswood Generating Station at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Read More: MyFoxNY

Queens family of seven evicted in dispute with landlord over ‘dozens’ of violations 

A Queens family of seven is scrambling to find a place to live after their landlord served them with an eviction notice the day before Thanksgiving. Laura and Thomas Cavanagh said began withholding rent on the Broad Channel home after their landlord refused to fix dozens of problems — ranging from black mold under the sink to a rodent infestation in the attic.  Read More: Daily News

Postal Service Cuts To Lengthen Delivery Time

As financial problems continue to mount, the U.S. Postal Service is set to announce a series of unprecedented cuts today.  The estimated $3 billion in reductions will affect first class mail and likely eliminate the possibility of next day delivery for the first time in 40 years. Read More: NY1

St. John’s Visits The Motor City To Take On Titans, Honor Vitale

Head coach Steve Lavin’s new-look St. John’s basketball team (4-4) stays on the road in its final contest before breaking for 11 days for exams, taking on the Detroit Titans (3-6, 0-2 Horizon League) on Monday at 7 p.m. The second-ever matchup between the Red Storm and University of Detroit will air live nationally on ESPN2. Read More: Red Storm Sports

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 – 11/18/2011: Deadly Woodside House Fire

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Deadly Woodside House Fire

A fire that broke out inside a house in Woodside early Friday morning claimed the life of one woman and injured four other people. The FDNY says the fire was reported at 1:15 a.m. at a two and one-half story house on 61st Street between Woodside Avenue and 43rd Avenue. Read More: Fox News

Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk set  to invade streets of Astoria

When hundreds of zombies take to the streets of Astoria this weekend to feed on the flesh of human victims, it won’t be an apocalypse as much as a fantasy come to life. The first annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk on Saturday is just the latest crawl to capitalize on the growing craze for everything undead and supernatural. Read More: Daily News

Queens Singer Sues Management Company for Defamation

A Queens singer who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears has filed an $18 million lawsuit against her management company for allegedly trashing her as a racist trollop. In her Manhattan Supreme Court suit, Annet Artani says that instead of furthering her career, SWAP Management portrayed her as a lazy bimbo whose “constant offerings of sexual favors for a recording contract caused her to lose much credibility with some of the music community.” Read More: New York Post

St. John’s And Hofstra Renew Queens-Long Island Rivalry On Friday

St. John’s will take to the road for the first time this season on Friday as it travels just a half an hour east on the LIE to face in-state opponent, Hofstra. St. John’s and Hofstra have not played each other since 2005, but Friday’s contest is the 15th game between the two schools. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex. Read More: Red Storm Sports

News from the Occupy Movement – 200 Are Arrested as Protesters Clash With the Police

Thousands of protesters across the country flooded streets, squares, bridges and banks on Thursday, snarling traffic and often clashing with the police in a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, two months to the day after the demonstration began. In Lower Manhattan, protesters tossed aside metal barricades to converge again on Zuccotti Park after failing in an attempt to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. Read More: New York Times

Flushing resident dies in Long Island Hit and Run


Authorities say a Long Island man is charged with hit-and-run following an accident that killed a bicyclist from Stony Brook University. The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Stony Brook. Suffolk County police identified the victim as 21-year-old Seong Hoon Baek of Flushing. Read More: Wall Street Journal

New year, new roster for St. John’s basketball

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After their most successful season in a decade, St. John’s will look to continue their resurgence with an almost completely new roster.

Following a senior-laden run to the NCAA tournament last year, St. John’s reloaded with the third-ranked recruiting class, looking to continue the momentum the program gained in the first year under coach Steve Lavin. The Johnnies this year will be the youngest team in 104 years of St. John’s basketball and will rank among the youngest in NCAA Division I history.

With only junior guard Malik Stith returning, St. John’s will have to replace 96 percent of its scoring and over 97 percent of its rebounding this season.  And the green Red Storm will have to do this without three top recruits to begin the season.

Freshman Amir Garrett, Norvel Pelle and JaKarr Sampson have been declared academically ineligible for the fall semester.  All three ranked among the top 75 prospects in the nation.

If the players are reinstated on December 19 – the earliest date they can rejoin the team – they will have missed the team’s first 12 games.  The first game they would be eligible for would be the December 21 match-up with Texas-Pan American, giving the team just one week of practice and a single game to develop chemistry before beginning their Big East slate – which will again be among the toughest in the country.

After playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation last year, the Johnnies will once again be tested early and often.  St. John’s will match up with 16th-ranked Arizona just three games into the season that features 17 games against teams that made last year’s tournament and 11 teams that are currently ranked – including four of the top six teams in the nation.  St. John’s out of conference schedule has them facing three of college basketball’s most historic teams.  The school will travel to Kentucky to face the 2nd-ranked Wildcats and visit Cameron Indoor Stadium to face #6 Duke who will be looking for revenge after the Johnnies knocked off the 3rd-ranked Blue Devils last year at Madison Square Garden.  The Red Storm also match up with #20 UCLA – where Lavin manned the sidelines for seven years – at MSG.

The Red Storm received 11 votes in the first preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Big East Coaches Poll was not as positive, voting the Johnnies 12th in the 16 team league.

Besides missing three top recruits, the Johnnies may have to begin the season without their coach on the sideline.  Lavin underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer earlier this month and while the surgery was a success, there is no guarantee he will be ready for the first game on November 9.  He was not on the sideline for their first exhibition game against C.W. Post.

“My return to coaching duties will be dictated by the healing process,” Lavin said.