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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Edge of Heaven

Socrates Sculpture Park and AT&T host an eight-week outdoor film festival that includes dance, food, musical performance and film. Food offerings include regional cuisine and films in their original language with English subtitles. The festival concludes this Wednesday with the film The Edge of Heaven, which explores the lives of six characters, including a female Kurdish political activist wanted by the authorities and Lotte, a naïve student who becomes sexually entangled with her. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Willets Point tenants offered rent subsidies to make way for mall next to Citi Field

Small businesses in the blighted area near Citi Field, where the Mets play, are being offered payment equal to a year’s rent if they vacate by the end of November to make way for a retail-and-entertainment mall. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Suspect in 2011 Queens barbecue shooting arrested in NC

A New York City man has been arrested in North Carolina in connection with a 2011 shooting at a Queens house party in which 11 people were wounded, including a 14-year-old girl who was struck in the back and paralyzed. Read more: NBC New York

Queens officials want cut of tourism revenue to help attract visitors 

Queens lawmaker has proposed giving the outer boroughs more money from the state hotel occupancy tax. Read more: CBS New York

Taxicab hits British tourist, severs her leg, in Midtown Manhattan: witnesses

A taxicab that swerved to avoid hitting a bike messenger struck a British tourist, severing her leg, before jumping a curb in busy midtown Manhattan, witnesses said. Read more: NBC New York

Proposal: 10 cent charge on plastic and paper bags

New legislation that is aimed to dramatically reduce bag use in New York City would put a $.10 surcharge on plastic or paper carry out bags at grocery and retail stores. Read more: Fox New York

WikiLeaks soldier Manning to learn his fate today

Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history, will be told on Wednesday how much of his life will be spent in a military prison. Read more: Reuters

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST  

Thursday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 79. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 66. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Rooftop Films: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Rooftop Films presents a sneak preview of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. This feature film won the Cinematography Award at Sundance. The event, taking place at the Queens County Farm Museum at 8 p.m., will include live music, food and drink. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Tony Avella drops out of Queens borough president race

The once-crowded Democratic race for Queens borough president is now down to two. Read more: The Queens Courier

High carbon monoxide levels force evacuation of eight buildings in Astoria

Fifty people were evacuated from eight buildings in Astoria Wednesday evening after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected, said the FDNY. Read more: The Queens Courier

City raises the price of public school lunch for first time in 10 years

The city will raise the price of a public school lunch from $1.50 to $1.75 beginning Sept. 30, education officials revealed Wednesday — but more students will eat for free. Read more: New York Daily News 

Civic Virtue’s noisy legacy continues on Queens Blvd.

The controversial statue, “Triumph of Civic Virtue,” is long gone from its perch on Queens Blvd. — but its noisy legacy remains. Read more: New York Daily News

I’m sorry that I hurt the United States’: Bradley Manning apologizes in court

Private Bradley Manning, convicted of handing state secrets to WikiLeaks, on Wednesday told the sentencing part of his court martial that he was sorry for his actions and for hurting the United States. Read more: NBC News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 70. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Family Movies in the Park – Glory

Check out a free film screening of Glory, a dramatic account of the Civil War’s first all-black regiment, led by northern white commander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw at Baisley Pond Park at 8 p.m. This movie is based on the idealistic, privileged Shaw’s Civil War letters. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthony Weiner stays in race, new campaign ad

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has released a new campaign video saying he won’t quit the race. Read more: AP

Advocacy group: MTA fares could jump to $3.75 in a decade

It is only a projection, but an advocacy group warned Tuesday that if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority goes on raising fares as it has the past two times, a single subway or bus ride could cost $3.75 in 10 years. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens physician charged with being a Dr. Feelgood, selling Oxycodone prescriptions

A Queens doctor was busted Tuesday for allegedly acting more like a dealer than a healer — taking money for prescriptions for painkillers without examining patients, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News

Coalition formed to oppose Spitzer’s campaign

Business leaders, women’s groups and labor unions have joined forces in an effort to convince voters that former governor Eliot Spitzer would be a poor choice for New York City comptroller. Read more: AP

Montreal-bound American Eagle flight out of LaGuardia makes emergency landing upstate

An American Eagle flight that departed LaGuardia Airport bound for Montreal Tuesday made an emergency landing at an upstate airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit and cabin. Read more: New York Daily News

U.S. military judge to hear arguments in Manning sentencing

The trial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier found guilty on 19 counts of handing over classified data to WikiLeaks, is scheduled to move into the sentencing phase on Wednesday. Read more: Reuters

Feds charge 6 computer hackers linked to group Anonymous


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Feds charge 6 computer hackers linked to group Anonymous, offshoots

The feds today announced charges against six people described as “core members and leaders” of the notorious computer-hacking group known as “Anonymous” and several offshoots. Those charged include a Lower East Side man, Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, who was arrested last year, secretly pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities in a bid for leniency. Court documents unsealed this morning outline four separate schemes that targeted major corporations and government agencies in the United States and around the world. Read More: New York Post

Judge keeps bail at $2M for mom alleged to be running hooker ring

A judge this morning refused to lower the $2 million bail of an accused Manhattan madam, after prosecutors argued that “high wealth individuals” were poised to help her flee the country. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan shot down the bid by Anna Gristina, a 44-year-old woman accused of running a high-end call girl ring out of her East 78th Street pad. Read More: New York Post
Queens’ most expensive block is in Belle Harbor, Rockaways

A new report on the priciest blocks in Queens has been raising eyebrows over some unexpected results. Belle Harbor, in the Rockaways, had the borough’s most expensive block — which came as a surprise to local brokers. The median Belle Harbor home price on Rockaway Beach Blvd., between Beach 145th and Beach 146th Sts. was $2.5 million, according to the PropertyShark report. Read More: Daily News

 

Man Gets 23 Years In Murder Of Brooklyn Dancer

A convicted sex offender was sentenced upstate Tuesday to 23 years in prison for killing a woman he picked up at a Manhattan nightclub. Michael Mele, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January in the death of Brooklyn resident Laura Garza. Garza, 25, was last seen leaving Club Marquee in Chelsea with Mele back in 2008. Mele admitted to suffocating the aspiring dancer and dumping her body in rural Pennsylvania. Read More: NY1

 

City Puts 33 More Schools On Chopping Block

It wasn’t just an idle threat. The Department of Education filed the final paperwork Monday evening, just shy of the deadline. Thirty-three schools are to close in June, and in September, new schools will replace them in the same buildings. Students will be automatically transferred to the new schools but as for the teachers, they have to reapply for their jobs and the city says no more than half will be rehired. Read More: NY1