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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 68. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: LICity Forum

North Beach, where LaGuardia Airport is now located, was a major vacation spot from 1886 to 1917. Come learn the history or relive the excitement of the area. Starts 7 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police shoot, wound pit bull in Queens

A vicious pit bull was shot by cops in Queens Village after the hound lunged at an officer late Saturday night, authorities said. Read more: New York Daily News

Bill de Blasio widens lead in Democratic primary race: NBC 4 NY poll

Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayoral candidate whose progressive message upended his party’s primary campaign this summer, has widened his lead over his rivals just days before the election, a new poll shows. Read more: NBC New York

Police arrest 3 city employees on separate drug, alcohol charges

A New York City correction officer, teacher and police officer were each arrested in separate incidents Sunday morning. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo rushes to De Blasio’s defense over Bloomberg’s comments

After vowing to stay out of the mayoral race, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rushed to the defense of Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio Sunday. Read more: CBS New York

Obama trying to sway war-weary public on Syria

President Barack Obama is hitting the airwaves to try to convince Americans limited strikes against Syria are needed for the United States’ long-term safety, while Secretary of State John Kerry is vehemently defending the case against President Bashar Assad’s, saying his denial of chemical weapons use is “contradicted by fact.” Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon. Friday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 59. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Untitled (As of Yet)

The Flux Factory in Long Island City will hold the opening reception for a group show, Untitled (As of Yet) at 6 p.m. This exhibition that runs through September 29 takes its point of departure from events that first appear to be catastrophic, but eventually open the door to new thoughts, practices and opportunities. Flux Factory invited 15 artists to respond to displacement and the breakdown of routine as fruitful phenomena, including a series of walks with strangers, an absurd symphony collectively performed by audience members using the homemade instruments and abstracted musical notations, and a drill for a traffic jam that transforms automobiles into a resource for survival in dire gridlock. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woodhaven man killed by toy helicopter

A 19-year-old Woodhaven man was killed by his own toy helicopter in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Bank bans hoodies, hats, sunglasses; some customers say it promotes racial profiling

Forget dye packs and silent alarms: One city bank hopes to thwart would-be bandits with a dress code. Read more: New York Daily News

Police investigate after child allegedly struck by Queens car 

Officials say a child is hospitalized with major head injuries, after being struck by a car in Queens on Thursday afternoon. Read more: NY1

NYC mayoral hopefuls hit stretch run before Tuesday’s primary

Time is running out for the city’s mayoral hopefuls to sway undecided voters. Read more: CBS New York

Driver arrested in 24-Minute Manhattan lap Internet video

Authorities have identified the driver who allegedly posted an Internet video of himself speeding around Manhattan in just over 24 minutes. Read more: NBC New York

President Obama, in Europe, still pursuing Syria support

President Barack Obama is using his last day in Europe to renew his quest for foreign support for a U.S. military strike in Syria. But three days after he left Washington, it’s unclear whether the global coalition the president has been seeking is any closer to becoming a reality. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with thunderstorms, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 66. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Open-Mic Storytelling Show at The Creek & the Cave

Every Tuesday at The Creek & the Cave, Jake Hart (The Moth, Nights of Our Lives, Local Stories) hosts an open-mic storytelling show from 7-9 p.m. No themes, no judges, and you get 8 minutes to tell whatever true story you want. Plus, special guest storytellers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Time Warner, CBS reach deal to end blackout

CBS Corp said it has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc to end a month-long blackout of its stations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Read more: Reuters 

Report: 2013 saw jump in number of people sneaking into city pools after-hours

As New York City prepares to close its outdoor public pools for the season, one statistic is making a bit of a splash: A jump in people caught swimming after-hours. Read more: AP

NYPD ramps up security in Forest Park after second stun-gun attack

The NYPD has increased patrols in and around Forest Park in the wake of another rape involving a stun-gun-toting perp — the second such attack this year. Read more: New York Daily News 

Rivals for Queens council seat slam Paul Vallone for ads that linked candidates to arrested pols

Four Democrats hoping to replace embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran went after their best-funded rival, lambasting him for failing to condemn a series of negative mailings that linked them to the scandal-tarred politician they hope to replace. Read more: New York Daily News 

Sandy’s “freaky” path may be less likely in future

Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says. Read more: NBC New York

US argues for strike as Syria refugees top 2 million

The number of refugees fleeing Syria’s violence has surpassed the 2 million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday, as top U.S. officials prepared to argue before a key Senate committee for a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jerks: The Show

This late-night comedy showcase at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC on Friday, August 30 at 10:30 p.m. features NYC’s finest, most eloquent & lovable jerks. Leave your weak friends at home, as this show will appeal to your darker comedy tastes. As a special bonus, House of Jerky will provide free samples to the audience. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Poll: Spitzer and Stringer locked in dead heat in race for comptroller

A new poll shows a dramatic falloff in support for former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s comeback campaign to become New York City comptroller. He’s now tied with Democratic rival Scott Stringer. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Parts of the Rockaways will be open to swimmers for Labor Day weekend

This holiday weekend, parts of the Rockaways will have something for the first time all summer: swimmers. Read more: NY1

New proposal calls for inter-borough train connecting Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn

Transportation advocates hope New York City’s next mayor will take a fresh look at a bold idea — creating an inter-borough train that would link Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Read more: CBS New York

Mr. Softee takes a hard line on suspected imposter ice cream trucks

Mister Softee is creaming the counterfeiters.The ice cream company is suing four fakers who are pushing ice cream in Queens this summer from vehicles outfitted to look like real Mister Softee trucks complete with blue and white paint jobs, logos and decals. Read more: New York Daily News

NBC poll: Americans skeptical of U.S. intervention in Syria

Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll. Read more: NBC News 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 81. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20%.Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 70. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Kinky Boots” at Cunningham Park 

Take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights of summer with free outdoor movies in parks across Queens. Thursday night check out “Kinky Boots” at Cunningham Park at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Councilman: NYC park crimes spike 27 percent

A city councilman says he’s concerned about a nearly 27 percent spike in park crimes since last year, but the Parks Department insists that the city’s parks remain mostly very safe. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD whistleblower dodges gag order requested by hospital that allegedly held him in psych ward under order of vengeful bosses

NYPD whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft won’t be silenced. Jamaica Hospital asked a judge to issue a gag order barring Schoolcraft from talking about his $50 million lawsuit against the facility and the city. Read more: New York Daily News 

De Blasio surges ahead in latest mayoral race poll

After taking over as the front-runner earlier this month, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio now has a double-digit lead over his mayoral primary opponents, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. Read more: The Queens Courier

Overcrowding issue at ‘Mumford and Sons’ concert

There are some furious music fans that attempted to attend a concert in Queens, but were turned away from the show even though they had tickets. Read more: ABC New York

Republican mayoral candidates get into the issues during debate

The three Republican candidates for mayor fielded an assortment of questions Wednesday night, on issues ranging from stop-and-frisk and public housing to the city’s free condom program. Read more: CBS New York

President Obama on brink of military action in Syria over alleged gas attack

U.N. experts investigating purported poison gas attacks left their Damascus hotel Thursday, but anti-regime activists said the team’s destination was not immediately known. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the evening, then overcast. Low of 72. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Hotel Transylvania” in Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park

New York City Parks invites families to “Hotel Transylvania.” Part of the citywide Summer Movie Series, “Hotel Transylvania” in Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park on Wednesday, August 28 at 8 p.m. offers family-friendly fun at no cost. Families are encouraged to bring food and blankets, as only a limited number of chairs will be available. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly reports number of citizens shot by cops is down

The number of people shot by cops in 2013 is down to 18 compared with 22 at this point last year, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News 

City to demolish some SI, Queens Sandy-damaged homes 

The city is set to demolish some homes that were damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations

The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Read more: Fox New York

50 years later, thousands begin to arrive for “Dream” speech anniversary

Thousands of people have begun to gather on the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Read more: NBC News

World preparing for possible military response to Syria

The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. Rad more: AP

Police involved in Sean Bell shooting get canned


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Police involved in Sean Bell shooting get canned

The cops that gunned down Sean Bell, the Queens man killed on his wedding day in a 50-shot fusillade, will be drummed out of the department, the NYPD said Friday.

Detective Gescard Isnora, who fired the shot that touched off the senseless 2006 killing, was found to have violated department guidelines by shooting his weapon while undercover. He will be fired and will not get a pension or health benefits.

Read More: The Daily News

 

College student killed by L train after drunken man attacked him and pushed him onto tracks

A LaGuardia Community College student was killed by a Brooklyn subway train Friday, after a boozed-up straphanger started a fight and the the tussle spilled onto the tracks.

JoshuaBasin, 20, was riding an eastbound L train to go to his girlfriend’s house in Long Island when a drunken man began berating him and his two friends before theBedford Ave.stop inWilliamsburg, sources and a friend said.

Read More: The New York Daily News

 

Whistleblowing NYPD sergeant had a hand in crime spike in Queens precinct: sources

A whistleblowing NYPD sergeant had a hand in the monstrous spike in crime that plagued a Queens precinct last year when his scrutiny of fellow cops’ official reports prompted them to properly classify a wave of felony complaints, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

For doing his job, Sgt. Robert Borrelli was banished to an abysmal night shift at Central Booking in the basement of theSouth Bronxcriminal courthouse, the sources said.

Read More: The New York Post

 

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s daughter works at Aqueduct racino

As the gaming giant behind the Aqueduct racino pushes its lawmaker allies for a shot at full casino gambling, Genting’s hire of one employee in particular is coming under scrutiny from watchdogs.

That employee, Agnes Marshall, is the daughter of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, an influential force inQueensDemocratic politics. Helen Marshall could be a valuable ally for Genting given its long-term ambitions, which include a convention center and the conversion of its racino to a full-fledged casino, watchdogs said.

Read More: The Daily News

 

Lawyer: Redinel Dervishaj acted in self-defense in fatal stabbing of groom-to-be Antonio Lacertosa

One day after aStaten Island groom-to-be was laid to rest, a lawyer for his accused killer claimed his client had acted in self-defense.

Redinel Dervishaj, 35, was arraigned Friday on murder charges in the stabbing of Antonio Lacertosa, 27, during a brawl following the victim’s engagement party. The reputed Albanian gangster, who was caught at a relative’s home inIllinoisthree days ago, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Read More: The Daily News

 

Syrian troops stormed northwestern town: activists

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed a northwestern town on Saturday in the latest of a series of pushes by regime forces into rebel-held areas, but faced strong resistance from defending army defectors, activists said.

The British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the troops entered Saraqeb from the north and were advancing amid heavy shelling.

Read More: The Daily News

NYPD detectives crack 30-year-old unsolved murder of Holocaust survivor who fled Poland

A fingerprint left on a ransacked jewelry box helped cops crack the case of a Holocaust survivor who was strangled in his Queens apartment nearly 32 years ago.
The arrest of a convicted robber for Cecil Schiff’s brutal murder stunned a former neighbor who was close to the victim’s widow, Gertrude, and lived in their Flushing building.
Read More: The Daily News

 

Obama puts Trayvon in a ‘son’ light

WASHINGTON— President Obama yesterday cast a national spotlight on the racially charged killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, telling the nation, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Taking a rare personal tack, Obama took on the wrenchingFloridacase during an unrelated Rose Garden ceremony — stopping unexpectedly to answer a reporter’s question about the shooting.

Read More: The New York Post

New video shows Bronx boy, 8, just before shooting


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Graphic by Jay Lane

New video shows Bronx boy, 8, just before shooting

An 8-year-old boy was checking out a rack of potato chips inside a Bronx bodega just before taking a bullet in his shoulder, a shocking surveillance video shows. The stunned tyke in a gray track suit, who sources identified as Armando Bigo, can be seen gripping his left shoulder immediately after being shot inside Papa Yali’s Deli in Soundview. Sources said two other people inside the bodega may have been the intended targets of a bike-riding gunman who fired into the small Randall Avenue storefront around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. The boy was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with a non life-threatening gunshot wound. Read More: New York Post

Long Island woman one of two Western journalists killed in Syria shelling

Two Western journalists were killed Wednesday in the flashpoint city of Homs after Syrian security forces shelled the building where they were staying. UK foreign secretary William Hague confirmed that the journalists were Marie Colvin from Long Island, a veteran war correspondent for The (London) Sunday Times, and French freelance photographer Remi Ochlik. Read More: New York Post

 

Whitney had drug cocktail

Whitney Houston had a deadly mixture of Valium, Xanax and alcohol in her system when her life was cut short at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammys, according to a report yesterday. Although the coroner is awaiting final toxicology results to determine which one of the three played the largest role in her death, the preliminary results almost certainly rule out that Houston drowned, although she was found partially submerged in a bathtub. Read More: New York Post

 

Man, 81, pushed to tracks in iPhone theft

An 81-year-old man was shoved onto the tracks at a Brooklyn elevated subway station after he chased a teen who stole his iPhone, authorities said yesterday. The victim was waiting for a J train at the Lorimer Street station in Williamsburg at about 11:45 a.m. Friday when a young punk grabbed his smartphone and took off, cops said. When the man started running after him, his accomplice shoved him onto the tracks, cops said. The victim was pulled from the roadbed and was in stable condition at Woodhull Hospital. Read More: New York Post

Providing Yankees peace of mind is part of Rivera’s legend

If this were just about replacing a closer — even a legendary closer — then the Yankees would have a difficult, yet plausible, job ahead. But if this really is Mariano Rivera’s last season, then the Yankees are on the clock toward something much more difficult: Replacing a feeling. It is not that Rivera avoided all failure. Heck, he blew Game 7 of the World Series. But, even when that ended the 2001 season, no one with the Yankees fretted for one second how that would impact 2002. Rivera would not be cowed and the internal clubhouse confidence in him would not waver. Ever. Read More: New York Post
 

Cardinal Dolan Makes Ash Wednesday Rounds

Cardinal Timothy Dolan hit the ground running this morning, for the start of the Lenten season. Just back from Rome, Dolan arrived at St. Francis of Assisi Church this morning where he handed out food to the homeless. A crowd of well-wishers was on hand to greet him as he started his busy day and to congratulate him on his elevation to the College of Cardinals. Dolan thanked everyone for their support and also addressed the importance of today. Read More: NY1

 

Police: Bicyclist Fired Shot That Hit Boy Inside Bronx Deli

An eight-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the arm at a Bronx deli on Tuesday. Police say the child was inside Papa Yala’s Deli on Randall Avenue in Soundview when shots were fired from a man riding on a bicycle just before 8 p.m. Investigators say a bullet grazed the boy on his left shoulder. He was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. Residents said they were concerned for their children. Read More: NY1

 

Bronx Substitute Teacher Charged With Forcibly Touching Student

A city school employee was under arrest Tuesday, as one of the Chukwuma Duru, 27, a substitute teacher at Bronx Career and College Prep High School in Morrisania, was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. The Department of Education says the incident happened at the school on February 9 and involved a student there. Education officials also say the alleged incident does not appear sexual, but Duru has been removed from the school. Read More: NY1

 

Queens Rape Suspect Caught On Surveillance Video

Police are on the hunt for a man who they say tried to rape a woman in Queens this past weekend. Officials say the man, who was seen on surveillance video, grabbed a 25-year-old woman from behind Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. in Ridgewood. They say he then pushed her to the ground and tried to rape her, but snatched her purse and ran off when the woman began screaming for help. Read More: NY1