This Morning’s Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

Elected Officials Applaud Man Who Halted Queens Sexual Assault

Officials in Queens promised to track down the man who sexually assaulted a woman in Sunnyside Gardens on Easter Sunday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer handed out fliers Tuesday morning with the suspect’s description. A good samaritan, Michael Novak, who heard the woman’s cries and chased the attacker away was called a hero by Quinn.This incident, thank God, ended up as a groping. But let’s be clear: a man doesn’t come up on you from behind, throw you down in the bushes, to grope you. Read More: NY1


Phoebe Jacobs, Longtime Head Of Louis Armstrong Foundation, Dies At 93

Phoebe Jacobs, who headed the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and helped turn Armstrong’s Queens home into a museum, passed away Monday at the age of 93. While Jacobs didn’t sing or play an instrument, she was a fixture on the New York jazz scene, and worked as a publicist for the likes of Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. Armstrong left Jacobs in charge of his legacy. She had been at Beth Israel Hospital for the past two weeks. Read More: NY1


Rep. Joseph Crowley unveils effort to lure foreign tourists to Queens

Travel procedures to the United States would be streamlined from three South American countries to boost tourism in Queens under a proposal by a local lawmaker. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) unveiled a proposal Tuesday to expand the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Waiver Program, which allows visitors from select countries to visit for 90 days without a visa. Crowley hopes to convince the government to add Brazil, Argentina and Chile to the list. Read More: Daily News

Son is held in ma-slay horror

A writer was savagely beaten to death in her Midtown apartment yesterday, a gruesome attack caught on a harrowing 911 recording — and cops arrested her teenage son, authorities said. Karyn Kay, 63, made the call at about 9:30 a.m. to get help for her 19-year-old son, Henry Wachtel, who was suffering from a seizure, sources said. But as she tried to help him, he suddenly turned on her and allegedly beat her to a bloody pulp inside their West 55th Street apartment, the sources said. “Help! Help! He’s attacking me! Help!” Kay desperately screams on the 911 recordings. Read More: New York Post

Crooks rob deli worker — and film it!

Police are searching for three crooks who robbed a deli worker at knifepoint in Greenwich Village — including one who captured the heist on a camcorder, authorities said. A surveillance camera at the deli captured the three bandits approaching the employee at the Bleecker Farm and Deli, on Bleecker and Jones Street around 1:30 am Saturday. Read More: New York Post

Mets lose, Wright could wind up on DL with pinky fracture

It’s just another instance of the Mets getting The Finger. David Wright could be headed to the disabled list after X-rays last night revealed the Mets third baseman has a small fracture at the middle joint of his right pinky. Wright sustained the injury diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt Monday night. The Mets are saying Wright won’t need surgery, but the finger will be splinted, and he “can return to baseball activity when as tolerated.” Wright is scheduled to see a hand specialist today, at which time the Mets may receive more clarity on his status. Read More: New York Post