Weekend Roundup

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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

‘The Avengers’ has biggest opening weekend ever with $200 million

Hollywood’s superhero summer has arrived with a vengeance. The Marvel Comics mash-up “The Avengers” launched the summer movie season with a $200.3 million opening weekend domestically, by far the biggest debut ever. Read more: NY Post

Police Officers Rescue 5 People From Queens Blaze

Police officers who had gone to a Queens housing project on a search warrant ended up rescuing five people trapped in an apartment by a fire that was raging in the kitchen, the authorities said on Saturday. Several officers and members of the Emergency Services Unit were just finishing fulfilling the search warrant on Rockaway Beach Boulevard when one of them saw a young man hanging out of a sixth-floor window of a neighboring building. Read more: NY Times


Queens crime inching up as grand larcenies spike boroughwide 

Queens has seen a significant jump in grand larcenies in the first four months of 2012, police statistics show. The high-end thefts were up 12% boroughwide as perpetrators continue to steal gadgets including iPhones and iPads at an alarming rate, according to NYPD statistics through April 22. Read more: Daily News

E-mail shows city hacks were wrong

The city chopped down a grove of cherry trees outside Queens Borough Hall (left) even though most of them were healthy, according to an e-mail obtained by The Post. Tree-huggers were shocked when Borough Hall contractors axed nearly a dozen blossoming trees last month in preparation for a multimillion-dollar atrium, saying they had “fungal and bacterial growth.” Read more: NY Post

Berserk Libyan refugee busted in slashing

A Libyan war refugee stabbed a pal to death during a drunken Queens fracas that sent his frightened roommates leaping for their lives out a second-floor window, cops and witnesses said yesterday. Wahid Elawame, 35, a dishwasher and handyman, savagely attacked Mrwan Said, 28, also of Queens, inside Elawame’s four-bedroom home on Steinway Street, near 28th Avenue, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday. Read more: NY Post

Woman slams driver by hanging ‘Tony Q69’ fliers along his Queens bus route

A scorned straphanger who claims a married Queens bus driver hit on her has spent months letting the whole neighborhood know just how she feels about him, plastering his Q69 Astoria route with fliers addressed to the “womanizer bastard.” The mystery lady doesn’t identify herself in the typewritten, boldfaced missives, but has plenty of ammo for “Mr. One Night Stand,” whom she also calls “Tony Q69.” Read more: NY Post