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Alleged ‘cannibal cop’ denied bail, plotted to feast on victims for Thanksgiving: reports


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The alleged “cannibal cop” will remain behind bars this Thanksgiving after reportedly planning to feast on “girl meat” during the holiday.

Prosecutor’s read transcript obtained from Valle’s computer during a hearing yesterday, according to multiple reports.

“I’m planning on getting some girl meat,” said Valle, according to transcripts. “This November, for Thanksgiving. It’s a long way off, but I’m getting the plan in motion now. She’s not a volunteer. She has to be abducted. I know where she lives. I will grab her from her house.”

The six-year NYPD veteran was busted by federal agents in October after files with more than 100 women were found on his computer.

The Forest Hills resident, who pleaded not guilty on Monday, plotted to kidnap, cook and eat the women, authorities said.

Valle was denied bind and a trial was set for January 22.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 41. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall 

Professional jazz musicians, jazz students and music educators are welcome to come jam and meet fellow musicians at this monthly drop-in event at Flushing Town Hall. Open to the general public with a $10 admission. Performers, students and members get in free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Burglary is crime du jour post-Sandy, stats show

Some of the most cold-hearted locals saw a storm-torn Rockaway peninsula as the location for the perfect heist. Read more: New York Daily News

Giant sinkholes a problem in Queens after Sandy

First they were flooded by Hurricane Sandy and now they’re being swallowed by sinkholes. Read more: ABC New York

Queens restaurant owner to offer free Thanksgiving dinner to residents

A Queens restaurant owner is spreading some Thanksgiving cheer for residents hit by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Police question man in ‘John Doe Duffel Bag’ Brooklyn shopkeeper killing cases

Police were questioning a man Tuesday night that they said matches the description of a man seen on surveillance video near a recent murder scene in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, WCBS 880 learned. Read more: CBS New York

Giuliani: MTA chair would make great NYC mayor

Rudy Giuliani believes Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota would make a great New York mayor. Read more: Fox NY

PETA asks Obama to opt out of turkey pardon

It’s a White House tradition with a century and a half of history behind it, but PETA is asking the White House to skip it this year. REad more: ABC News

Amid Gaza diplomacy, bus bomb hits Tel Aviv

A bomb struck an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 10 people and complicating major diplomatic efforts to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Read more: AP

MTA Thanksgiving weekend service


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Starting Wednesday, New York City buses and subways, and area regional trains will operate on special schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Subways and Buses

On Thanksgiving Day (November 22), subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule, with additional service on the 42nd Street Shuttle for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Also, some bus routes will be impacted by the parade.

On Friday, subways and buses will run on a weekday schedule with some exceptions.

LIRR

There will be additional LIRR trains on Wednesday, November 21 and Thanksgiving.

On Friday, it will operate on a near-normal weekday schedule, but off-peak fares will be in effect from Thursday through Sunday.

During the four-day weekend, riders can also use the Family Fare discount, where children aged five to 11 are just 75 cents, and parking will be free at many stations.

The LIRR will continue to run extra weekend trains for six holiday weekends, through December 30.

Metro-North

Metro-North will operate extra trains departing from Grand Central on Wednesday, beginning at 1 p.m.

On Thanksgiving, it will run on a holiday schedule with extra morning service into the city and extra late morning and early afternoon trains out of NYC for those attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day.

On Friday, Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule with extra service during a.m. and p.m. peak times. Thursday through Sunday, off-peak fares will be in effect, and parking will be free at many stations.

There will also be extra weekend trains on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson Lines through December 30.

Staten Island Railway

There will be extra SIR trains added on Wednesday, beginning at 2:31 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m.

Bridges and Tunnels

Routine maintenance and temporary construction work at all MTA bridges and tunnels will be suspended starting at noon on Wednesday, November 21, until early Monday morning, November 26.

 

Big-hearted people help Sandy victims during the holidays


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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RIVER FUND NY

Cans of vegetables and boxes of macaroni brought Linda DeSabato to tears.

DeSabato, owner of Vallo Transportation, engineered her company’s first Thanksgiving food drive, weeks after Superstorm Sandy drowned hopes of traditional festivities for thousands.

Within days of announcing the drive, crates of sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and jugs of apple cider, donated by a roster of generous employees, inundated the lobby of her Whitestone office — reminders of why holidays exist.

“It’s about the spirit of thanks and giving and gratitude so that the tradition of Thanksgiving goes on,” said DeSabato. “People have lost a tremendous amount but there’s always something to be thankful for.”

On Tuesday, November 20, members of non-profit food source The River Fund NY collected the donations from DeSabato’s office, adding them to what will create a Thanksgiving meal for many of Sandy’s victims, striving to retain some semblance of the holiday season.

“It’s a sense of normalcy,” said DeSabato. “It’s done every year. It’s warm, it’s fuzzy and even in the worst times it makes people feel good.”

Swami Durga Das, director of The River Fund NY, has travelled to storm ravaged neighborhoods almost daily since Sandy struck, leading caravans of food, batteries and diapers to over 700 families.

“We’ve been a busy little group,” he said.

On Monday, The River Fund NY assembled 2,000 turkeys to be distributed to people in the Rockaways. On Thanksgiving, the group will distribute 1,000 holiday meals to Averne residents.

After days of meals of applesauce, raisins and tuna fish, The River Fund NY volunteers searched for an item that required no cooking. An unlikely donation led the group to dispense packages of blankets, hygiene kits and cheesecake.

“The cheesecake knocked it out of the park,” said Durga Das. “That was like the item.”

As residents lined up for cheesecake, a World War II veteran, displaced from his home in the Rockaways, hobbled up to Durga Das on his walker and asked him for a piece.

He gave him two.

“There’s a military guy, older gentleman, and it was like ‘Wow a cheesecake, this is making someone happy.’”

Durga Das is no stranger to helping during a crisis. For the first four months after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Durga Das fed first responders, assembling a station near Ground Zero to hand out meals to those cleaning up debris and searching for victims.

“It gave you the same feeling,” said Durga Das. “Really devastated and destroyed. Your food, your shelter, everything. For everyone it’s painful.”

In the wake of the fast-approaching holidays, Durga Das said his group and others like it aim to bring aspects of the holidays to displaced residents and to detract from hard times.

“[Holidays] have that kind of consistency,” said Durga Das. “Things will be OK. You have to keep those things going.”

Holiday party in minutes: Three gourmet cheese plate pairings guaranteed to impress


| Brandpoint@queenscourier.com

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Whether you’re gathering with friends, colleagues or family this holiday season, entertaining with appetizers is the perfect way to have fun without the stress of creating a multi-course meal. And when the question of what to serve arises and you need an easy-yet-impressive solution, cheese plates are an ideal way to bring a gourmet touch to your event without a lot of effort.

If a cheese plate sounds too basic, think again. It’s all about balancing tastes, textures and visual appeal with a variety of fun food and beverage pairings. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter to get your guests interacting.

Luckily, if you’re in a rush on the day of your gathering, a cheese plate is easy to put together in minutes – no cooking necessary. Just plan to include three to five cheeses per platter – estimate about 3 to 4 ounces of cheese per person – and arrange -your choices on a pretty dish or tray.

There are infinite ways to create a cheese plate that will be the talk of your party. Consider these simple suggestions for a bit of inspiration:

* Play with variety and contrast. Include cheeses in a range of textures, from soft to semi-hard to crumbly or hard, that have a range of flavor profiles. Consider combinations like a soft and creamy brie, a harder aged cheese like Stella Sharp Provolone and a crumbly Salemville blue cheese.

* Start mild and move to strong. Give your guests a tastebud tour of the many different flavors fine cheeses have to offer. Present a trio of options with varied intensity of flavor including an appealingly tangy chevre like Organic Creamery goat cheese, a buttery Gouda and a bold cheese like Black Creek Extra Sharp Cheddar.

* Shake it up with unusual cheeses. Give guests the opportunity to try cheeses they might not have had before. It’s the perfect way for them to sample something that could become a new favorite. Look for cheeses with unique ingredients, like Great Midwest Mango Fire Cheddar, which has habanero pepper and the rich sweetness of mango.

It’s a great idea to set out some other small food items that pair nicely with cheese, like Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Marcona almonds, grilled vegetables, sliced fruit or even chocolate.

Cheese and wine famously go together, so offering your guests samples from a few bottles will make the tasting experience even more fun. Keep these wine-and-cheese pairing principles in mind:

* For hard, stronger-flavored cheeses (e.g. Gruyere or aged Cheddar): Medium-bodied reds (e.g. Pinot Noir)

* For soft, young cheeses (e.g. goat cheese): Simple, young wines like sauvignon blanc

* For stronger blue cheeses (e.g. gorgonzola, Danish Blue): Sweet/dessert wines

* For mild, buttery or creamy cheeses (e.g. triple-creme bries): Sparkling wines

* Semi-soft cheeses (e.g. camembert): Chardonnays and full cabernets

Parties should be just as much fun for the hostess as they are for guests. Opting for easy-to-create gourmet cheese plates will save time and allow you to enjoy the tasting experience with friends and family.

How baking serves up a batch of skills for children, tweens and teens


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When you think of baking, your mind probably goes right to warm cookies, fruit-filled cobblers or pies and savory bread. While those are all the happy results of spending some time in the kitchen, when children, tweens and teens get involved in baking, they’ll come away from the experience with a lot more than just happy taste buds.

It’s no secret that kids learn while they’re at play, but baking is a particularly great way to make learning interactive, effective and fun. With so many positive outcomes wrapped up into one activity, teachers, parents and others responsible for helping young people learn can use baking to create hands-on experiences that relate to everything from science to managing money.

Consider all of the ways that baking can apply to school subjects, everyday life skills and a richer food future:

* Science – Chemistry goes hand in hand with baking. A range of results can be clearly seen when including – or leaving out – key ingredients. Biology, agriculture and local food production become real when kids learn where ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, and leavening come from, or the physical changes that occur in a product when substituting ingredients to meet health and nutritional needs.

*Math – Baking is an activity that applies sequencing, ordering, fractions, weights, measures, dimensions, temperatures, adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying. Children can learn at all ages, from the early days when they can stack measuring cups, count out the number of ingredients that go into a recipe to more complex tasks for older kids, like working with fractions and calculating the costs, and savings of do-it-yourself (DIY) baking.

* Health – As you pick out recipes and ingredients for baked goods, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about the nutritional value and function of the grains, milk, eggs, fruits, veggies, sugars, butter, leavening and salt used in baking. There’s sometimes a misperception that baking can’t be healthy, but teaching kids how to divide and control portion sizes, and to bake using a wide variety of ingredients actually helps young people try new foods and ingredients.

* Personal economics – Learning about managing household resources is a skill that will benefit kids throughout their lives. Baking not only teaches kids how to make delicious foods for themselves, but it also includes lessons about how much it costs when others prepare food for you, how much you can save with a few DIY food skills, saving and managing money. The economics of an active lifestyle includes food skills that save money and time all while burning calories and building traditions.

* Literacy – Another critical skill comes with reading ingredient lists, recipe directions and sequencing preparation steps. Combining reading with baking emphasizes comprehension, because kids apply what they’re reading to an activity. If you miss a step in the instructions or don’t read it properly, it can have a dramatic effect on what you’re baking. But all is not lost – this leads to evaluating the results, problem solving and critical thinking to improve the product.

Baking at home was far more common, if not essential, in past generations. Many adults have lost those skills. However, research conducted in 2011 by Mintel for the Home Baking Association showed that adults still know baking brings value to life – 33 percent say they would bake from scratch, if only they knew how. Because no one’s too old, or young, to learn to bake, it can be a great way for parents and kids to share a learning experience. And if you try out some of grandma’s or great-grandma’s baking recipes, it can be a tradition-rich, multi-generational family affair.

In the classroom or at home, there are countless opportunities for kids to gain a deeper understanding through baking. For classroom baking lessons, after-school activities, kitchen science experiments, a complete baking glossary, resource links and more visit www.homebaking.org. On the site, you’ll also find the DIY Baking Channel, where you can watch baking videos and learn how to make anything from fruit tarts and whole grain breads to pizza and Confetti Cornbread.

Confetti Cornbread

Makes 12, (2.25 ounces/66 grams) squares or wedges

Ingredients

1 cup white, yellow or whole grain cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour (may alternatively use half whole wheat/half all-purpose flour)

1 or 2 tablespoons sugar, optional

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup low-fat milk or skim milk

3 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or reduced fat cheese

1/3 cup chopped green onions

1/3 cup chopped green, red and/or yellow peppers

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Grease bottom and sides of 9-inch square or round baking pan.

3. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar (optional), baking powder and salt in medium mixing bowl.

4. In separate small mixing bowl, beat egg with fork or whisk. Add milk and melted butter, beating well.

5. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; mix only until dry ingredients are moistened and combined.

6. Stir in cheese, onions and peppers. Do not over mix, the batter will not be smooth. Pour batter into greased pan.

7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Option: Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Excerpted from “Baking with Friends,” the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Award-winning children’s cookbook, by Sharon Davis and Charlene Patton. The book has also received the Benjamin Franklin IBPA and Kansas Notable Book awards.

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

Thanking the men and women in blue


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz

102nd Precinct

Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the Northern part of Ozone Park

Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz and the Richmond Hill Block Association’s Simcha Waisman delivered Thanksgiving dinner to officers at the 102nd Precinct, including Executive Officer Captain Martin Briffa on Thanksgiving Day.

Mayor Bloomberg serves up Thanksgiving in Ridgewood


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Peter Cardella Senior Center in Ridgewood to don an apron and help prepare a Thanksgiving feast.

Two hundred elderly Queens residents gobbled up a Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, stuffing, butternut squash soup, cranberry sauce, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and pumpkin pie.

“The Peter Cardella Senior Center in Queens is the very first place I visited as a candidate for Mayor in 2001, and as families across the five boroughs gather again to reflect on what they’re thankful for, I am grateful for the opportunity to come back at work at the Cardella Center again,” said Bloomberg.

More than 200 Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteers provided meals to 5,400 shut-ins across the city for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“New York City has the strongest and most generous social safety net in the country, and for three decades now Citymeals-on-Wheels has been an integral part of that,” the mayor said.

Hundreds rush Queens Center mall for Black Friday shopping


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There’s no time to nap for Fahad Azad.

The Black Friday shopper told The Courier he had been awake since 5 a.m., but still plans on spending the entire day hunting down good deals.

“We want to buy things,” he said. “This is the only day that we can get a big sale and where people can buy a lot of stuff. The electronic sales are way too good.

“These long lines are tiring, but it’s worth it,” he said, adding that he has already saved close to $100.

Like Azad, hundreds of eager, ambitious shoppers busted down the doors of Queens Center mall on Friday, November 25 at midnight with one thing in mind — sales, sales, sales.

“If you’re doing your entire Christmas shopping, and you’re spending close to a thousand dollars for the family, it’s definitely worth it to come out,” said Steven Steinerman.

He happily waited on an entire store-length long line to purchase a basketball on sale for $10, while his wife, Esther, took advantage of the “33 percent off any team item deal” at Modell’s.

“The long lines are a little bit inconvenient, but we’ll live through it,” Esther said. “The weather is nice, and I didn’t have to wake up at 5 in the morning to get a good deal.”

 

Thanksgiving Weekend Mass Transit Schedules


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, mass transit will be running special schedules between Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

MTA

Trains and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving.  On Black Friday, service will operate on a weekday schedule with some exceptions.  There will be less service, especially during rush hour and no Limited Stop service on the Q6, Q25 and Q65.  For more information visit www.mta.info

Long Island Rail Road

Additional trains will operate today, Wednesday, November 23, and on Thanksgiving.  There will be nine extra trains today departing Penn Station between 2:10 and 3:48 p.m.

Twenty-two extra trains have been added on Thanksgiving for those attending the Parade or visiting their families – including nine extra westbound and 13 extra eastbound trains. The extra east bound trains will depart Penn Station between 11:33 a.m. and 2:03 p.m.  Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers.  Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire weekend.  For more information visit www.mta.info/lirr

Metro-North Railroad

Extra trains on will begin departing Grand Central at 1 p.m. today.  During the evening peak several trains will be combined or eliminated due to decreased ridership.  On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North will operate a holiday schedule with extra morning inbound service for those going to see the Macy’s Parade.  There will also be extra late morning and early afternoon outbound service.

On Black Friday, Metro-North will operate a Saturday schedule with extra service during the morning and evening peaks. Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend.  For more information visit http://www.mta.info/mnr/

No garbage, recycling collection on Thanksgiving


| brennison@queenscourier.com

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no garbage or recycling collection, or street cleaning on Thursday, November 24.

Residents who normally receive Thursday garbage collection should place their trash out at curbside Thursday after 4 p.m. for pickup.  Those receiving Thursday recycling collection will not have their recycling picked up until the following Thursday, December 1.

The Lunch Break – 11/21/2011: Mother Of Hamilton Heights Terror Plot Suspect Speaks Out, Offers Apology


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Grahpic by Jay Lane

Mother Of Hamilton Heights Terror Plot Suspect Speaks Out, Offers Apology

The mother of an alleged al-Qaeda sympathizer and Manhattan resident who has been arraigned on charges of plotting to detonate bombs in the city is speaking out. Authorities say Jose Pimentel, 27, was targeting US troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted to blow up post offices and police cars. Pimentel, a US citizen, is a native of the Dominican Republic who lived in Hamilton Heights. His mother, Carmen Sosa, says she’s shocked and saddened by the news. Read More: NY1

 

Police Barricades Protect Mayor Bloomberg From ‘24-Hour’ Drum Circle

The Occupy Wall Street protesters who had planned to throw a 24-hour drum circle party (a violation of several United Nations human rights treaties) outside NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Manhattan manse didn’t quite make it thanks to NYPD officers and barricades. Undaunted, they held their percussive party down the street.  Read More: Gawker

Financial Spat Could Delay Opening Of 9/11 Museum

The long-awaited opening of the National September 11th Museum could be delayed due to a simmering financial dispute between the Port Authority and museum officials. Sources tell NY1 museum construction at the World Trade Center Site has slowed because of hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns. Read More: NY1

 

Outdoor hockey games could come to West Side tennis stadium
Top NHL prospects may skate in outdoor games in Queens if plans go through to transform a tennis stadium that hosted the U.S. Open into an ice skating rink, the Daily News has learned. A hockey executive who runs the sport’s top minor league said he could envision games at West Side Stadium in Forest Hills. Read More: Daily News

 

Police Arrest Doctor Who Reportedly Filled Prescriptions for David Laffer

A pain management doctor who reportedly filled prescriptions for pharmacy killer David Laffer has been arrested. The charges against Stan Li, of Hamilton, N.J., were for a different case. Prosecutors allege he sold prescriptions to a man who later died of an overdose. Michael Cornetta, of Queens, died a year ago. Authorities alleged Li had provided him with dozens of prescriptions for controlled substances, including oxycodone. Read More: NBC News

 

A Thanksgiving to Remember: Four from Queens and Long Island Share $4,000,000 in Lottery Jackpot Prizes

The New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega today awarded $4,000,000 in over-sized prize checks to four very thankful jackpot winners from Queens (Jackson Heights and Woodside) and Long Island (Port Jefferson Station and Shirley). The recently opened Times Square Casino at Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens served as the centerpiece for the Lottery’s special pre-Thanksgiving winner celebration. Read More: Read Media

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