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Friday: Rain before 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Friday night: A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

EVENT of the DAY: Irish Movie Night

Two Emerald Isle flicks will be screened. The Dead (1987), John Huston’s last film, is an adaptation of James Joyce’s love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up. Cluck (2011) is a comedy short about a feathered friend who upsets a family’s pecking order. New York Irish Center, 7:30 pm.Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens music teacher accused of sleeping with 16-year-old

A music teacher out of Jamaica was arrested for allegedly maintaining a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Vaughn McKinney, 58, is accused of starting a relationship with the female student when she was 16 after the two met through a Brooklyn church choir group, led by McKinney’s wife at the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church, according an Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) report. Read more: Queens Courier

Nation to join Connecticut in moment of silence for Sandy Hook shooting victims

People across the county will pause Friday for a moment of silence to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre one week ago. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy urged other states to honor the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. ET, almost the exact minute that gunman Adama Lanza stormed the Newtown, Conn. school, killing 20 children and six adults. Read more: Daily News

NYers flock to ‘end of the world’-themed bashes to celebrate ‘Mayan apocalypse’

It was either a real “last call” — or just another excuse to get blotto. New Yorkers flocked to “end of the world”-themed parties at local bars last night to celebrate their potential final hours on Earth as the Mayan calendar predicted doomsday this morning. Read more: NY Post

Deli clerk killed in Queens bodega shooting

A deli clerk working alone in a Queens bodega was shot and killed last night during a brazen robbery. Cops said Ishak Ghali, 26, was shot once in the head after a lone gunman entered the All Friends Grocery & Deli on Onderdonk Avenue in Ridgewood, shortly after 6 p.m. Read more: NY Post

City housing to provide $5.6M for post-Sandy rent abatements

Some New Yorkers living in city public housing buildings will start seeing rent credits in their January bill. The New York City Housing Authority said it will provide $5.6 million in rent abatements for approximately 35,000 families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Formerly conjoined twin girls greet the public after successful separation surgery

Nine-month-old girls who were formerly conjoined twins are making their public debut at the Philadelphia hospital where they were separated. Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker and their parents were introduced at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Thursday. Read more: Daily News


Queens music teacher accused of sleeping with 16-year-old

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A music teacher at a school in Springfield Gardens was arrested for allegedly maintaining a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Vaughn McKinney, 58, is accused of starting a relationship with the female student when she was 16 after the two met through a Brooklyn church choir group, led by McKinney’s wife, according to a report from the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI). The student attends school in Brooklyn, and McKinney has been the music teacher at I.S. 59 in Springfield Gardens since 2002.

The investigation began in March of 2012, when the girl’s mother went to the SCI office to report an inappropriate relationship between her daughter and McKinney. He was arrested on Thursday, December 20.

“I can’t believe he was at this school,” said Ryan Hilton, whose nephew attends I.S. 59. “I’m glad they finally got him.”

The girl’s mother alleged that after meeting, her daughter spoke with McKinney about needing a job, and the Springfield teacher said he would give her money in exchange for sex. This allegedly continued, and McKinney also provided her with a cell phone, on which the two communicated, gave her an iPod and money to buy clothes, according to the report.

The student’s mother also met with McKinney’s wife, Patricia, on numerous occasions after Patricia found a telephone invoice in her husband’s belongings with the young girl’s name on it. Patricia reached out to the mother, and the two met and discussed suspicions of a sexual relationship between McKinney and the minor.

The minor’s mother claims to have known about the relationship since November 2011, but did not report it immediately out of fear. The father, divorced from the mother, brought the girl to their local police station, but she refused to cooperate with police because she was afraid, according to the report.

Officials at the Brooklyn church attempted to get involved and stop the inappropriate relationship, but to no avail. The student confided in Pastor Brian Pettrey about the gifts that McKinney was giving her in exchange for sex, and he responded by taking her cell phone in attempts to put an end to the affair, and by holding conferences with her mother.

When interviewed by the SCI, McKinney confirmed that he bought the student an iPod and a cell phone, but only because he “felt sorry for [her and she] complained about not having things that other kids her age had.”

He also confirmed to having multiple sexual encounters with her when she was 17, but did not report to having done so past January 2012. In June 2012, the minor was still using a cell phone given to her by McKinney.

The matter will now be prosecuted by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Education is currently seeking McKinney’s termination.