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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 95F with a heat index of 100F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Classic Film Fridays

A Better Jamaica presents The Spy Who Loved Me. James Bond joins forces with dangerous and sexy Russian agent Major Anya Amasova to battle villainous Jaws, a mad genius who plans to destroy the earth with a nuclear holocaust and rebuild it underwater. Free at Rufus King Park . Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Billions in debt, Detroit tumbles into insolvency 

Detroit, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most-populous city, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest American city ever to take such a course. Read more: The New York Times 

Reality (show) bites 

A Queens man who thought he won his own yogurt franchise on a Food Network reality show claims in a new lawsuit that he got stiffed on the jackpot. Kris Herrera, 34, of Corona said he signed off on letting the episode of “Giving You the Business” run only because he thought he would be getting his own outlet of the yogurt chain 16 Handles. Read more: New York Post

Billionaire John Catsimatidis shows diverse financial portfolio of companies

It’s no secret he’s a fat cat. But Republican mayoral contender John Catsimatidis’ first city financial disclosure report since announcing his candidacy reveals that the billionaire grocery magnate is also a real estate baron who owns an oil refining company and a charter jet business that’s flown rock stars like Paul McCartney and the Goo Goo Dolls. Read more: New York Daily News 

 Derailment to Hamstring morning commute for Metro-North Hudson Line customers 

Commuters who rely on the Metro-North Hudson line will likely have to find a different way to get to work Friday morning. A freight train derailment in the Bronx forced service on the Hudson line to be suspended indefinitely, the transit agency announced Thursday night. Read more: CBS

New poll shows Quinn leading dems in mayoral race 

A new poll released this morning finds City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is rising above former Rep. Anthony Weiner in the Democratic race for mayor, with undecided voters still likely to play a big role. The Siena College-New York Times poll finds Quinn getting the support of 27 percent of Democratic voters, compared to Weiner with 18 percent. Read more: NY1

 Hamill: Howard Beach mom who lost her son shares Trayvon Martin’s mother’s pain

The mother weeps for the mother. More than 25 years after her son was killed in Howard Beach, the mother of Michael Griffith grieves for the mother of Trayvon Martin. Read more: New York Daily News

Zimmerman verdict reaction felt from Florida to Queens


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From television to the streets to social media, people all over the nation — and the borough — are reacting to the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The trial against Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin lasted roughly three weeks. In the end, on Saturday, July 13, the defendant was acquitted of second-degree murder based on reasonable doubt.

Last year, Zimmerman, a member of the neighborhood watch in his Florida community, said he saw Martin walking at night acting suspiciously. Zimmerman, who was armed, pursued Martin. After an exchange, the details of which took center stage at the trial, Zimmerman shot Martin in what he said was self-defense.

Congressmember Gregory Meeks, a former prosecutor, said he understands “in detail” how the criminal justice system works and that no matter the case’s circumstances, “neither the presentation of the evidence or the evidence are always accurate predictors of a jury’s decision.”

“Our justice system says we must abide by a jury’s decision,” he said. “But abiding by a jury’s decision does not require that we agree with it.”

Similarly, Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries denounced the verdict.

“Once again, the court system has failed to deliver justice in a racially-tinged matter that involves the killing of an innocent, unarmed African-American male,” he said.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich was one of many who took to Twitter to share their views on the verdict and spoke in favor of the courts.

“[The] Zimmerman verdict is proof that innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is still the cornerstone of the justice system,” he said. “The rights of the accused cannot be compromised by the court of public opinion. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial.”

Ulrich also said he was “extremely disappointed with the amount of race baiting [sic] and political pandering” on the social media site.
Protestors flooded city streets Sunday night following the verdict to express their opposition to the acquittal.

State Senator James Sanders held a panel discussion analyzing legal aspects of the trial and events that led to the murder, including how to move forward to “ensure that an injustice like this does not happen again.”

Jeffries, Meeks and other elected officials held a press conference on Monday, July 15 to request the Department of Justice consider prosecuting Zimmerman for civil rights violations. The NAACP has called for the same measure.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low of 79. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: SummerStage -  Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl

SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens thru August 11. On Tuesday, July 16, check out a concert with Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl, part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series, at Queensbridge Park at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Longball fans strike out as track fire on No. 7 line leaves them stranded

Longball fans trying to leave Citi Field following the Home Run Derby Monday night struck out on the No. 7 line — a track fire led to a frustrating service outage. Read more: New York Daily News 

Spitzer, Weiner lead NYC races in poll

If Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are turning the city’s elections into a turnoff, someone might want to tell the voters. Read more: AP

David Petraeus will take $1 salary for CUNY teaching post

Former CIA director David Petraeus has taken a pay cut — instead of earning $150,000 to lecture three hours a week at CUNY, he’ll receive $1. Read more: New York Daily News

Gas prices spike in tri-state area, experts say, due to unrest  in Egypt

If it seems like you’re shelling out more for gas in the past few days that’s because you are. Read more: CBS New York

 Zimmerman juror speaks out: I think Trayvon was the aggressor

One of the jurors from the George Zimmerman trial has broken her silence. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 95. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 79. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jamaica Jam Drum Circle

Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-energy grooves and ferocious backbeat. Participants will receive basic instruction before playing in a drum circle. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Free at the Queens Central Library. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Protesters rally in Times Square for Trayvon MartinThrongs of marchers crowded into Times Square Sunday night following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, blocking traffic amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case. Read more: NBC New York

Councilman: Koch’s name doesn’t belong on Queensboro Bridge

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce legislation to remove deceased former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge. Read more: NBC New YorkOpponents furious at plans for gas pipeline under Brooklyn, Rockaways
Opponents protested Sunday against a planned natural gas pipeline that would pass through Brooklyn and the Rockaways. Read more: CBS New York/APGov. Cuomo approves funding for breast cancer mapping

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing the funding of breast cancer mapping. Read more: Fox New York

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel

Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series “Glee” but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast. High of 43. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 39. Windy. Winds from the East at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images of Hope

Starting at 5:30 p.m. learn about African-American and Jewish poetry at the Langston Hughes Library. Actress and author Sherry Reiter and spoken-word artist and performer Barbara Bethea will recite and discuss poetry from the two different cultures.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens Hindu senior center founder charged in fraud scheme

The founder of the United Hindu Cultural Council Senior Center was arrested Monday and charged with stealing more than $50,000, allegedly by filing false invoices for lunches that were never served. Read more: CBS New York

Wife testifies in NYPD officer’s cannibalism plot

A New York City police officer’s bizarre Internet discussion of cannibalism – what he claims was harmless fantasy – was instead a serious plot to abduct, torture and eat “very real women,” a federal prosecutor said Monday at the officer’s kidnapping conspiracy trial. Read more: ABC New York

Bloomberg: Ban on large sodas should go statewide

The city’s big-soda ban should spill over the entire state, Mayor Bloomberg said Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

NY marks 20th anniversary of World Trade bombing

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Read more: AP

Trayvon Martin family in NYC on anniversary

Trayvon Martin’s family is marking the 1-year anniversary of his shooting death with a candlelight vigil in New York City. Read more: Fox New York

Group releases list of tri-state’s most dangerous roads for walking

A transportation group has released its list of the Tri-State area’s most dangerous roads for walking. Read more: CBS New York

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Trayvon shooter Zimmerman walks out of jail on $150K bond

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been sprung from jail. Zimmerman, wearing a beige jacket and jeans and carrying a large brown bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at midnight on $150,000 bond. He ignored shouted questions from the half- dozen reporters waiting outside, where he was met by five cars — a white BMW SUV and four green and white Town Cars belonging to the Sheriff’s Department. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens bridge shops sue city over crashes

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp. Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011. “It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash! “And then the third crash!” he said, referring to yet another in which a car sped toward the shops, only to be stopped by scaffolding erected after the earlier accidents. Read More: New York Post

 

Flood Watch In Effect As Spring Nor’easter Soaks City

New Yorkers are getting plenty of use out of their raincoats and umbrellas as a spring Nor’Easter continues to whip up some serious precipitation. A flood watch remains in effect through Monday morning for the entire city as up to three inches of rain could fall in some parts. Meteorologists say the worst of the storm will likely arrive early in the overnight hours and could bring wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour. As of early Sunday evening, no major flooding had been reported. The city’s flash flood plan was activated on Thursday and crews began cleaning catch basins last week. Read More: NY1

 

 City Earth Day Events Take On Different Shades Of Green

New Yorkers gathered for events to “green” up the city all day Sunday as part of Earth Day 2012. In addition to the first annual Harlem Earth Day being held, there were also plantings and discussions on green development in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. The first-ever Earth Day on the High Line featured a giant salad preparation and the chance to meet one-on-one with the elevated park’s gardeners. The performance art piece was the brain child of artist Alison Knowles, who first did the performance 50 years ago. Read More: NY1

 

 

Mystery grows in death of Michael Lin, 27-year-old clubgoer who died early Saturday

New details emerged Sunday about what happened to a 27-year-old Queens man who suffered fatal injuries while at a midtown club early Saturday. Michael Lin appeared to have had a broken jaw and bruises on his body when cops found him outside Koreatown hotspot District 36 about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said previously. He died at Bellevue Medical Center an hour later. Investigators now believe Lin had tried to leave the W. 36th St. party joint to smoke a cigarette, using a second-floor emergency exit, police sources said. Read More: Daily News

Hammer-armed rapist arrested: cops

A Queens teenager has been arrested for attacking two women in Brooklyn in which he used a hammer to threaten them, police said Friday. Anthony Moore, 19, of Queens Village, allegedly raped an 18-year-old after threatening her with a hammer and forcing her to a desolate spot in Brownsville about 12:40 a.m. on April 9, cops said. Later that day, around 11 a.m., Moore approached a 22-year-old woman near Stone Ave. and tried to threaten her with a hammer, but she fought him off, cops said. Read More: Daily News

Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital


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Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital

A 4-year-old girl has desperately waited to see her hero cop father since he was stabbed in the brain by a mental patient, a relative told the Daily News Saturday.

“I wanna see my dad,” the little girl has been telling her family as her father, Police Officer Eder Loor, makes a painful recovery from the knife wound that nearly left him dead.

Read More: New York Daily News

 

Maryland brothers accused of beating black teenager on neighborhood watch patrol to go on trial amid Trayvon Martin case

Two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood are set to go on trial Monday in a case with similarities to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The brothers, who are white and Jewish, have claimed self-defense, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. Local civil rights activists hope the Martin case will draw more attention to what they believe was racial profiling by neighborhood watch vigilantes.

Read More: New York Daily News

 

‘Several other Secret Service agents’ will be leaving the agency in the ‘very near future,’ Rep. Peter King says

More Secret Service agents will take the fall in the Colombia sexcapades scandal, but the agency’s chief is secure at this point, a top Congressman said Sunday.

Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said additional agents will join the six who have already been forced out.

Read More: New York Daily News

 

Cardinal Dolan baptizes daughter of shot cop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Cardinal Dolan on Sunday baptised the infant daughter of Kevin Brennan, the NYPD cop who recovered from being shot point blank in the head.

“Our gratitude to God was on steroids today,” the Cardinal exulted.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his wife also attended Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see Maeve Brennan baptised.

Read More: New York Daily News

 

Schumer Wants Student Loan Rates To Stay Put

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing legislation to block interest rate hikes on student loans nationwide.

The bill would delay a July 1 interest rate increase on federally subsidized Stafford Loans.

Passage of the legislation would extend the current rate of 3.4 percent for another year, which Congress lowered back in 2007.

Read More: NY1

 

Etan mystery: Playroom eyed as hell cellar

They are looking for evidence of death in a SoHo basement that once bustled with life.

Photos emerged yesterday that show beaming kids in the basement of 127 Prince St., where FBI investigators have been searching for evidence in the disappearance 33 years ago of Etan Patz.

The cellar that police now believe may hold the answers to the city’s most heart-wrenching mystery was a space transformed by industrious parents from a commercial cellar to a bright playground.

Read More: New York Post

 

Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan

Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan
A three-car accident on 42nd Street near Bryant Park injured as many as 10 people Saturday — including at least three pedestrians on the sidewalk, authorities said.

The horrific crash sent people who were out enjoying the nice weather fleeing for their lives as one of the vehicles, a black Jaguar, flew up onto the sidewalk before it overturned, witnesses said.

Read More: New York Post

 

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer, still in intensive care: doctor

LONDON — Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer and remains in intensive care after waking from a coma, his doctor said Sunday.

Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb was being treated for advanced colorectal cancer and had caught pneumonia as he was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations.

Read More: New York Post

 

Obama ‘apoplectic’ over GSA spending scandal, senior adviser says

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is “apoplectic” over reports of lavish spending at the General Services Administration, senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

The GSA is under congressional investigation for spending more than $820,000 on a Las Vegas-area conference — a revelation that has led to other allegations about the agency’s practice of improperly billing taxpayers for meals, trips and other expenses.

Read more: New York Post

 

Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village


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Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village

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

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

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

Read More: New York Post

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More: New York Post

 

Man dies after being found bleeding in stairwell of midtown nightclub

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More: Daily News

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More: New York Post

 

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

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

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

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JFK bird-strike ‘soar’ point

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

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

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

Read More: New York Post

Solidarity and Seeking Justice


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BY COUNCILMEMBER LEROY COMRIE

Since the tragedy in Sanford, Florida that took the life of Trayvon Martin, we have seen an outcry of public support for the Martin family and a strong call for justice. Many residents informed me that they wanted to express their outrage and frustration because what is happening in Sanford is also happening all over the entire country. They wanted to know what they could do to help.

I was proud to co-sponsor the “March for Justice” this past weekend with the Commission on Social Action (COSA) to educate our youth on their rights and to bring the community together. I did not hesitate when Vivian McMillian, president of the 113th Precinct Community Council, contacted me about hosting the march. We wanted to inform, empower and encourage our community to ensure that all our residents are aware of the information available to protect themselves. We also wanted to send a message of solidarity and show our desire to see justice done in the Trayvon Martin case, and in other cases involving youth and gun violence.

That over 1,000 people participated on a rainy day demonstrated that people were determined to send a message that George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, should be arrested immediately, and that our community is tired of seeing injustice in the legal system towards minority groups.

On the night of February 26, Trayvon Martin was going home to watch basketball, just like many other teenagers do. He encountered George Zimmerman, a self-appointed “captain” of a community watch group who was carrying a gun. As we have seen and heard from the tapes that have been released from the Sanford Police Department, we know Zimmerman was told not to follow Martin, and while Zimmerman is claiming there was an altercation, he was the one able to walk away without any help or visible injuries.

Zimmerman does not represent the majority of New Yorkers or Americans who have friends from different backgrounds and cultures that have come together with their individual skills and knowledge to make the United States the greatest country in the world. Zimmerman is an example of the reasons why there is still much more work to be done to eliminate racism and profiling in every form and push back with all our voices when injustice occurs. The fact that Zimmerman is still free is sending a dangerous message that a child’s life is not valued by those who are in position to ensure they succeed or fail.

We need to give our children the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to be leaders. Whether wearing a suit and tie or casually dressed in a hoodie, a young person should be able to walk the streets without fear for his or her life. There needs to be a renewed focus on providing alternative recreational, cultural and educational activities throughout all communities to keep our children positively engaged.

As long as I am in public office I will continue to ensure our government helps empower people and does not restrict individual liberties. We need everyone to make a conscious effort to become educated and participate in their community in a positive way. However, you do not have to be a member of the city council or any other political body in order to make a positive impact on another person’s life. The real impact starts at home. Parents need to be actively involved in their children’s lives by turning off the television and asking their children if they’ve done their homework. Community residents can get involved by participating in civic service events, by volunteering in their neighborhoods or at their places of worship. All of these activities can help create opportunities to help our young people reject the negative forces that are always trying to endanger their safety and well-being.

The “March for Justice” was a great example of a positive action to show that as we continue to seek justice for Trayvon Martin, we must remember that it is up to all of us to make sure tragedies like this don’t happen again.

 

March in memory of Trayvon Martin


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Photo by Juliet Kaye

Trayvon Martin may have lived and died in Florida, but the circumstances surrounding his death have struck a chord in Queens.

On Saturday, March 31, Councilmember Leroy Comrie,the Commission on Social Action (COSA) and the Greater Allen AME Cathedral sponsored a march in honor of those whose lives have been lost to gun violence. Among those being remembered was Martin, the Florida teen who was allegedly shot and killed by purported neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

The route of the march took protesters from Linden and Francis Lewis Boulevards to St. Albans Park, where community leaders spoke to those who made their way through the rain for the event.

The goal of the rally was to bring attention to the impact of gun violence on communities, and especially young people. Additionally, the event served as “an opportunity for Queens youth to learn about their rights and what they can do to help make sure tragedies like this do not happen to them,” said a spokesperson for Comrie.

Florence Simmons, founder of Teens Against Crime, said the incident involving Treyvon Martin made her fearful for her own children and wary of how easily they can be stereotyped by something as simple as what they wear.

The local advocate appreciates the recent marches that have taken place surrounding this incident, but hopes for a more permanent way to get people to open their eyes.

“We have to revise our lives,” said Simmons. “It’s sad for me as a parent. It’s a lesson for everyone.”

Additional reporting by Alexa Altman

Councilmembers don hoodies for Trayvon Martin


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Photo courtesy of William Alatriste

Members of the city council donned hoodies and stood on the steps of City Hall recently in a show of support to the family Trayvon Martin in the wake of the teen’s death.

Around the country, residents — from lawmakers to citizens — have worn hooded sweatshirts to bring awareness to the shooting of the unarmed Florida teen who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, who was released by authorities, told police he acted in self-defense.

“Trayvon Martin’s killing last month is a horrific tragedy that has yet to be adequately investigated. Trayvon’s family deserves justice, and the country needs to know the full truth of what happened on the night of February 26 as well as in any investigation that followed in the weeks since,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “We fully support the Department of Justice’s decision to investigate this case.”

The city council passed a resolution condemning the “senseless shooting” of Martin and the subsequent investigation.

The resolution said the council “expresses deep sympathy for the Martin family, and calls for a full and impartial investigation holding those responsible to account as well as an examination of “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide and the role they play in the spread of illegal guns on New York City’s streets.”

“We feel the deepest sorrow for Trayvon’s family’s loss and want them to know they have our sympathy, prayers and full support,” Quinn said. “We also express our solidarity with all those who have voiced their shock, dismay and outrage about Trayvon’s murder.”

 

This Morning’s Headlines


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Teen Accused Of Vandalizing Queens Playground

The teenager police believe was responsible for vandalizing a playground in Far Rockaway, Queens was arrested Thursday. Allan Swafford, 17, was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief and burglary. Much of the new equipment in the new Far Rockaway park was broken. The damage will cost the city tens of thousands of dollars and the June opening might now be delayed. Read More: NY1

 

Queens motels shut down, employees arrested in prostitution sting

Two Queens motels were shut down this week after five employees were busted by cops for their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. Desk clerks Harripersa Ramjattan, Bhaskar Chanika, Wojuech D. Sady, Atm Raham and Masum Chowdhury at the Kew Motor Inn and Par Central Motor Inn, both located in Kew Gardens, were charged for promoting prostitution, falsifying business records, commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. Read More: New York Post

 

Demonstrators Want Police Officer Arrested For Shooting Unarmed Bronx Teen

A rally was held by a Bronx police precinct Thursday night, as advocates demanded that the police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham last month should be arrested and face criminal charges. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot last month by Police Officer Richard Haste, who along with several narcotics agents chased the teen into his house on East 229th Street in Wakefield after an alleged drug deal. Read More: NY1

 

NYC stores ready to ditch synthetic pot in wake of state ban

Mohamed Alzokri, who runs A&M Candy on Amsterdam Ave. and 89th St., said the prohibition is the excuse he needed to pull the popular money-maker off his shelves “It’s not good for health. They should take it off the market,” he said, but added, “Everybody asks for it when they come in.” After a Daily News investigation on the fake weed often called K2 or Spice, the state health commissioner ordered a ban on its sale or distribution. Letters were sent to county health departments, which must put sellers on notice that they could face civil action if they don’t ditch the dangerous drug. Read More: Daily News

 

Deliberations To Begin In Handyman’s Murder Trial

Deliberations are set to begin Friday in the trial of a handyman accused of killing a Manhattan building cleaner and hiding her body in an air-conditioning duct. A lawyer for Joseph Pabon says officials rushed to judgement when they charged Pabon with smothering 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez in 2009. But during his summation Thursday, the prosecutor in the case argued the evidence proves Pabon’s guilt. Read More: NY1

 

Mega Millions jackpot grows again, reaches $540M

The Mega Millions jackpot just got bigger — $40 million bigger to be exact. The record lottery jackpot climbed to a staggering $540 million this afternoon, officials said. Since Tuesday’s drawing, when no winning tickets were sold, the jackpot has grown twice — from $363 million to $500 million to $540 amount. The $500 million was already the largest in history for a multistate game. Read More: New York Post

New security plan in works for problem-plagued Village McD’s

The owner of the problem-plagued Greenwich Village McDonald’s met last night with police brass and political reps to hash out plans to improve safety and security, The Post has learned. Some of the ideas floated were the hiring of off-duty NYPD officers to act as guards, giving police remote Internet access to the eatery’s surveillance cameras, and cordoning off seating after a certain hour to prevent customers from lingering, Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo of the Sixth Precinct told concerned residents at a community meeting. Read More: New York Post

Teen survives five-story elevator fall at Bronx apartment

A teen miraculously survived a five-story plunge inside a broken elevator at a Bronx apartment building last night, authorities and witnesses said. Kenneth Lacen, 17, had boarded the elevator on the fifth floor of the building on Woodycrest Avenue near Yankee Stadium at around 9 p.m. when it suddenly went into a terrifying free fall and crashed in the basement, authorities and witnesses told The Post. Read More: New York Post

Spike Lee settles for retweeting wrong address

An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen. The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday. Morgan says Lee called them to apologize for retweeting their address. Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed. Read More: New York Post

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Carmelo’s inspiring game despite the pain leads Knicks to win

The pain in Reed’s hip was probably a little sharper than the ache in Carmelo Anthony’s groin, the needle a little longer in 1970, the stakes far higher. This wasn’t Game 7 of the Finals with a title on the table, merely Game 51 of a lockout-cleaved season with a chance to gaze the northern side of .500 for the first time since mid January 16. Read More: New York Post

Elevator man electrocuted

An elevator mechanic was electrocuted last night at a Midtown office building, authorities said. The 39-year-old victim was found dead at around 9:30 p.m. in the ninth-floor mechanical room at 1290 Sixth Avenue. “Two engineers found him,” said a building employee who didn’t want to give his name. “He was a very nice guy,” the employee said of the victim, who had worked at the building for five years. Read More: New York Post

Liu’s aide pulling strings

Comptroller John Liu has turned to his top political adviser, Chung Seto, for more than just campaign advice — he has actually let her run much of his office, even though she is not a city employee, The Post has learned. Seto, who orchestrated Liu’s political ascent, has been dealing with everything from redecorating to communications with the White House — and has even referred financial advisers to the city’s pension czar, according to e-mails between Seto and Comptroller’s Office staffers obtained by The Post through a freedom- of-information request. Read More: New York Post

Westchester Man Charged With Ill-Fated Assault In Subway Station

Police have arrested and charged Ryan Beauchamp, a Westchester resident, in connection with a fight last week at a Brooklyn subway station that left another man dead. Beauchamp, 33, is facing two misdemeanor charges of attempted assault and harassment. Investigators say Beauchamp was drunk and got into a fight with Joshua Basin, 20, on Friday night at the L train stop at Bedford Avenue. Read More: NY1

 

 

 

JetBlue Captain Charged With Interfering With Crew On NYC Flight To Vegas

A JetBlue captain who acted erratically and had to be restrained onboard a Las Vegas-bound flight from New York was charged Wednesday with interfering with the crew and has been suspended. The captain of Flight 191, 49-year-old Clayton Osbon, seen above, was caught on video yelling about a bomb. A newly released court document says Osbon was still in the cockpit when he rambled about religion, turned off radio controls and dimmed monitors. He allegedly told the co-pilot to take a leap of faith and then stormed out of the cockpit. Read More: NY1

 

 

Trayvon Martin case: Shooter George Zimmerman appears uninjured in police video on night of shooting

Explosive video reveals that George Zimmerman appeared uninjured when he arrived at a Florida police station the night he shot Trayvon Martin — his nose is not broken or bleeding and the back of his head is unmarked by grass or bruising. The Sanford, Fla., Police Department says it did not arrest the Hispanic neighborhood watchman who killed the unarmed black teenager because Trayvon was pounding his head into the ground and Zimmerman shot in self-defense. Read More: Daily News

Days after exposé, Gov. Cuomo bans ‘legal pot’ statewide

Synthetic marijuana — the dangerous designer drug sold as herbal incense — is being banned statewide. The order from the state Health Department will go out Thursday, a week after the Daily News revealed the fake weed is sending young New Yorkers to the emergency room. “We are banning the sale of synthetic marijuana because, no matter what you call it, it’s clear that this is an illegal drug which is putting the health of New Yorkers, especially young adults, at risk,” Gov. Cuomo told The News. Read More: Daily News

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Ex-NAACP big rips Al & Jesse for handling of Trayvon Martin shooting

The furor over the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin is being “exploited” by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to “racially divide the country,” a civil-rights leader charged yesterday. Martin’s “family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” the Rev. C.L. Bryant, a former NAACP leader, said of the 17-year-old hoodie-wearing black youth who was shot dead by a mixed white-Latino neighborhood-watch volunteer. Read More: New York Post

Shooter’s claim to police: Trayvon Martin pounced on me

Trayvon Martin was the real aggressor in his deadly encounter with George Zimmerman — punching the neighborhood-watch volunteer, slamming his head on the sidewalk and grabbing for his gun, according to Zimmerman’s account to detectives. The 28-year-old cop wannabe painted himself as the victim in the fatal brawl, telling investigators he was returning to his SUV and trying to call 911 when the unarmed 17-year-old approached him from behind and threw the first punch, according to published reports. Read More: New York Post

Bell cop duo out — but get to keep pensions

Two veteran cops ousted from the NYPD for their roles in the Sean Bell killing turned in their retirement papers yesterday. Detectives Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver walked into One Police Plaza to sign their paperwork. They left without comment — but with their lucrative pensions still in place. The forced retirements came after an internal NYPD trial determined the detectives acted improperly when they and fellow officers gunned down the unarmed Bell in a 50-bullet fusillade the night before his wedding in 2006. Read More: New York Post

 

Intruders shoot man in UWS apartment

An Upper West Side man was shot yesterday during an attempted robbery in his apartment, cops said. The 20-year-old victim said in a 911 call that he let two men into his building on West 100th Street near Riverside Drive believing they were deliverymen, and they attempted to rob him in his fifth-floor, blasting him in the leg, according to an FDNY spokesperson and police sources. Police are investigating his claims. Read More: New York Post

DOE Releases List Of Schools With PCB Leaks, Critics Want Better Clean-Up Efforts

Hundreds of city schools in the five boroughs are contaminated with PCB, a toxic material that can cause serious health problems, and hundreds more school may also have the substance. Department of Education officials say they are working as hard as it can to fix the problem but critics say it’s not hard enough. NY1′s Education reporter Lindsey Christ filed the following exclusive report. Read More: NY1

 

State Health Department To Shut Down Queens’ Peninsula Hospital

Peninsula Hospital Center will close for good, following months of efforts to keep the failing hospital in Queens open. The State Department of Health said Monday that Peninsula Hospital officials will be required to submit a closure plan. According to the Queens borough president, up to 1,000 jobs are on the way out. Its closure will leave the 100,000 residents of the Rockaways with only one hospital. Health officials shut down Peninsula’s laboratory last month after it failed an inspection. The hospital in Edgemere was also barred from admitting new patients until issues were resolved. Without revenue from patients, the hospital is unable to run daily operations. Read More: NY1

 

 

Dawa Lama, mom who dumped newborn in trash, pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Queens mom who dumped her newborn daughter in a hospital trash can out of fear her mother would learn of her pregnancy pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge Monday. Dawa Lama, 23, faces 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal worked out with Queens prosecutors. During a court appearance, Queens Supreme Court Justice Lenora Gerald told Lama that she’ll be deported to her native Nepal once she finishes her sentence. Read More: Daily News

 

Brooklyn and Queens men fatally shot Sunday morning in separate incidents


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Brooklyn and Queens men fatally shot Sunday morning in separate incidents

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

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

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

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

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

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Dick Cheney gets heart transplant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Far Rockaway summer forecast: deadly

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

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

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Doctors-in-training stage mutiny at Peninsula Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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