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Library president pleads guilty to drunk driving


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Graphic by Jay Lane

[Watch] Queens rape suspect caught on camera

A serial southeast Queens rapist was caught on camera as he attempted his third sexual assault in two months. The video, released today by police, shows the suspect approaching the victim from behind and grabbing her around the neck.  The suspect placed a sharp object to the victim’s back before dragging her behind a house where he attempted to rape her, police say. The incident took place Wednesday, December 7 at 2 a.m. near 154th Street. Read More & Watch the Video: Queens Courier

DOE Releases Second Batch Of School Closures

The Department of Education announced this afternoon the second half of its list of planned school closures. Today’s list includes two elementary, two middle, and three high schools. In addition to the closures, six others will see their middle school grades phased out. They include P.S. 161 The Crown in Brooklyn, Academy For Scholarship And Entrepreneurship in the Bronx, Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School in Brooklyn, P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz in Brooklyn, Frederick Douglass Academy IV in Brooklyn and Wadleigh Secondary School For The Performing Arts in Manhattan. Read More: NY1

Library president pleads guilty to drunk driving

The president of the New York Public Library pleaded guilty this morning to driving drunk in his library-issued Audi. Judge Jennifer Schecter didn’t exactly throw the book at Marx – under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors, the first time offender will pay a $500 fine and have his license revoked for six months. He’ll also have to submit to 16 counseling sessions and complete a drunk driving program, and have an ignition interlock device installed in any car he chooses to drive after he gets his license back. Read More: New York Post

Missing ex-FBI agent in hostage video: ‘Help me’

The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers Friday and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors. The video message released on the Levinson family’s website publicly transformed the mysterious disappearance into an international hostage standoff. Despite a lengthy investigation, however, the US government has no evidence of who is holding the 63-year-old father of seven. Read More & Watch the Video: New York Post

Divided Queens Republicans court Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich

The borough’s fractured Republican Party is now divided over who should be the next presidential candidate. City Councilman Eric Ulrich was recently tapped to chair Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign in New York City. Just a few days later, the Queens Republican Party sent out a press release and photo touting a meeting between county chairman Phil Ragusa and Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Read More: Daily News

Suspects wanted in connection with two gas station robberies in Queens [Watch Video]


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Police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection for two recent robberies of gas stations in Queens.

Both robberies occurred on Saturday, November 19 within a half an hour of each other.  The first incident took place in the Mobile Gas Station located at 96-27 Queens Boulevard at 7:20 p.m.  The suspects, armed with semi-automatic handguns, entered the gas station and demanded money, leaving with approximately $1,000 and personal property from two employees and a customer, according to police.

The second incident occurred at 7:50 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station located at 138-19 Hillside Avenue.  The suspects brought a bottle of soda to the cash register and when the register opened drew their weapons and took approximately $1,500, police said.  They fled on eastbound service road of the Van Wyck Expressway.

The suspects are described as black males between 20-25 years of age.

Anyone with information in regards to either of these robberies is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

[UPDATE] Occupy Wall Street News


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Poster Courtesy of OccupyWallSt.org

[Update] NYC, Occupy Wall Street wait for judge’s ruling  after Zuccotti Park evictions

A judge hand-picked by protest lawyers signed an early-morning emergency order saying the demonstrators can come back with their stuff. But the city refused to reopen the park before a Tuesday afternoon hearing in front of a different judge. A decision was expected by 3 p.m. Some Occupy Wall Street protesters had already moved to another public space, owned by Trinity Church, at Canal St. and Sixth Ave., where they used bolt cutters to open a fenced-in area. Read More: Daily News

 

Police Clear Zuccotti Park of Protesters

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday defended his decision to clear the park in Lower Manhattan that was the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, saying “health and safety conditions became intolerable” in the park where the protesters had camped out for nearly two months. Read More: New York Times

 

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested, Injured at Occupy Wall Street Raid

New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has been arrested at the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street. David Segal, a spokesperson for Councilman Rodriguez, told the Observer he confirmed the Councilman’s arrest through a staffer at City Hall. Read More:  PolitickerNY

 

How to Protest Safely and Legally

Whether or not you agree with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, hitting the streets to make your voice heard is a fundamental right in the United States, and it’s part of our country’s lifeblood. Whether you’re headed out in support or dissent, you should know what you’re getting into before you go. Even if you think the event is purely peaceful, someone else, another protest group, or the police may all have different ideas. Here are some tips to prepare before you go out to have your voice heard. Read More: Lifehacker

Occupy Wall Street Live Feed – This is one of the live video feeds that has managed to stay up amidst the chaos of the eviction of Zuccotti Park : http://www.ustream.tv/theother99

Zuccotti Park Eviction: Court Order Against City Says Protesters Can Return With Tents In Tow

The National Lawyers Guild says it has obtained a court order that allows Occupy Wall St. protesters to return with tents to a New York City park. The guild says the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on Occupy Wall Street protesters. Read More: Huffington Post

Occupy Wall Street outlines NYC plans for 2-month anniversary

Occupy Wall Street protesters and their supporters have outlined plans for the movement’s two-month anniversary on Thursday. They distributed a flier with the plans in Foley Square Tuesday morning. The protesters were evacuated overnight by the city from their Zuccotti Park encampment. On Thursday, protesters planned to confront Wall Street at 7 a.m. “with the stories of people on the front lines of economic injustice.” Read More: Wall Street Journal

Occupy Wall Street Press Release: A Call to OccupyRead Here

Video of last night’s police raid on Zucotti Park: Twitvid

WATCH Street Talk: Will you be going to Resorts World Racino?


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The Courier hit the streets to see if nearby locals would visit Resorts World Casino New York City, located in South Ozone Park. Reviews from Queens residents were mixed.

See video below.

WATCH: Police seek armed robber


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Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who is wanted in connection with a gun-point robbery which occurred in Queensbridge.

At 3:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the corner of 22nd Street and 41st Avenue, a male suspect approached the victim, pointed a firearm and demanded the victim’s wallet and cell phone.

The suspect fled on foot with the victim’s property into the Queensbridge Housing Development. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as black male, between 20-23 years of age, 6-feet tall, and was last seen wearing a Dungaree jacket, baseball cap, white t-shirt and pants with the number nine on the left leg.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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WATCH Street Talk: How will you remember Steve Jobs?


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Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, died Wednesday at the age of 56. The Queens Courier hit the streets to see how locals will remember him.

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WATCH: One-on-one with Councilmember Eric Ulrich


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Councilmember Ulrich, who represents District 32, told The Courier his accomplishments and challenges over the last two years and spoke about his current projects — including the building of a skate park in Ozone Park.

 

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Watch: Kids “Discover” the Fun of Learning


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The Queens Library in Jamaica is helping kids “discover” their true potential.
The library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Helen M. Marshall Children’s Library Discovery Center on September 15. Among the honorary guests at the unveiling were the center’s namesake, Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Leroy Comrie and surprise guest “Discover-E,” a life-sized robot who entertained children and adults alike with his humor and advanced technological features.

 

 

“This unique library is one for the modern age,” said Marshall, who provided over $17 million of the $30.3 million necessary to construct the 25,000-square-foot addition. “Clearly, it is not only a library, but a museum and school that will awaken interests and open new vistas and opportunities for children in search of knowledge and wonder. It will be a borough-wide resource for generations to come. I am delighted that the dream of opening this facility is now a reality and look forward to working with the Queens Library as we focus on helping all children achieve their potential.”
The Jamaica branch now boasts the unique distinction of being the only public library in the country that combines a conventional reading environment with interactive museum exhibits. The center, which is designed for kids between the ages of three and 12, is also original because it does not lighten your wallet. It is the only free children’s educational area in the city that emphasizes science, technology, math and engineering, and it is open seven days a week.

“The opening of the new Children’s Library Discovery Center at the Central Queens Library provides an opportunity for kids to have access to state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and learning labs with skilled professionals to guide them,” said Van Bramer. “Encouraging literacy especially at an early age is an issue I have fought for in the City Council and will continue to do so. When I was a child I loved to visit my local library and read. With the new Children’s Library Discovery Center, kids will have many more options that enhance their ability to research, explore and problem solve.”

Among the facility’s many attractions are computers with educational games, hands-on scientific exhibits, such as identifying the various parts of a cell or using magnifiers to examine insects, and an aquarium with live fish. The library also has a “Discovery Team,” composed mostly of college students, who work with children on experiments.

The center’s most popular feature is located at its entrance. Visitors are greeted by an interactive floor map of Queens, which has motion-activated sound effects positioned at numerous borough landmarks. Walking past JFK International Airport releases the thundering sound of a plane taking off and stepping on the Mets logo discharges the cheers of a Citi Field crowd.

The educational area is designed to make children feel comfortable while they learn. The chairs are meant to lounge on, making them drastically different from those found in schools. The upper level of the building has numerous windows, allowing children to read next to a vista of their neighborhood while engulfed in natural sunlight.

“This is my favorite library,” said Kareena Singh, 8. “It is a really nice place to be. You get to read books and there are games that are actually educational for kids. I love it. It is a great center to learn in.”