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  • Homeless Shelterís Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling Ė all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Boom: Brooklyn preparing to ordain 13, largest class of priests in the United States

    06/24/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 24, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the In My Backyard Desk, some sensational news, via The Brooklyn Eagle: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, will ordain 13 men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 28. This group of men, who have served for the past year as transitional deacons, composes the largest class of new priests in the United States. The diocese is thus helping to reverse a long decline in vocations that has led to a shortage of priests within the Roman Catholic Church.The ordination liturgy will take place at the Brooklyn Diocese’s newly renovated...
  • Queens startup to grow by 400, move to Ohio (bye NYC; hello Columbus)

    05/13/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Crainís ^ | May 13, 2014 1:24 p.m. | Thornton McEnery
    One Queens-based e-commerce startup is poised to grow aggressively over the next few years, and has found just the place to do it: Ohio. Gwynnie Bee, a subscription service for the lease and sale of plus-size womenís apparel, reportedly plans to add 400 new positions over the next few years at a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility on the outskirts of Columbus. The companyís executive and marketing operations will remain in New York City, where Gwynnie Bee will still be officially headquartered, but the 42 warehouse and distribution workers at the companyís current Long Island City warehouse will be...
  • Ruben Wills, Queens city councilman, busted in corruption investigation ( NY Democrat )

    05/11/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 8, 2014 | Barry Paddock , Kenneth Lovett
    The politician was charged with misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds ó even spending some of the money on a $750 designer handbag. ... A city councilman's career is going to hell in a Louis Vuitton handbag. Councilman Ruben Wills, 42, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing $30,500 in government money, and using some of it for shopping trips to Nordstrom and Century 21 and the purchase of a $750 Vuitton bag at Macyís. Wills, a Democrat, was slapped with a dozen charges, including scheming to defraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records....
  • WATCH THIS: Secret video footage proves cop lied about horrific accident

    04/14/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-14-14 | Robby Soave
    A border patrol officer who crashed his van into a civilian car blamed the accident on the other driver ó but little did he know, the civilian had a secret camera installed in his vehicle.
  • Schools probe says to fire, ban ĎSchool of Noí principal

    02/18/2014 4:38:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/18/14 | Susan Edelman, Jeane MacIntosh
    **SNIP** ďIt is the recommendation of this office that Marcella Sillsí employment be terminated,Ē Condon wrote in his 13-page report, adding that his finding have been turned over to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown for further investigation and ďwhatever action he deems appropriate.Ē Condon said in his report that the probe of Sills and her assistant-principal, Tonya West, was sparked by The Postís reporting. The investigation found that Sills flat-out lied about her attendance at the school, didnít keep a timecard Ė and then tried to get underlings to fudge or produce fake timecards to cover her tracks.
  • De Blasio called cops to spare pal from jail (busted friend had outstanding warrants)

    02/11/2014 3:27:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/14 | Jeane MacIntosh
    Mayor de Blasio made a call to a top NYPD spokeswoman about the arrest of a pal who was key to helping him in the black vote last year Ė and the guy was spared a night in jail. Bishop Orlando Findlayter, pastor of New Hope Christian church in Queens, was pulled over at 11:21 p.m. Monday in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for making a left turn without signaling, according to the Wall Street Journal. When cops ran his license, they found two warrants issued on Jan. 16 for failing to appear in court for prior protest arrests. He was arrested...
  • Dad killed kids after slaying wife because Ďhe didnít have car seats' (illegal savagery)

    01/24/2014 2:51:28 PM PST · by Liz · 40 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/24/14 | Kathryn Cusma
    Mexican border-violator Miguel Mejias-Ramos said he slashed his two baby girls to death after he killed their mother ó and didnít have car seats to take them back to Mexico, outraged officials revealed as craven Queens dad Mejia-Ramos was arraigned on murder charges. Mejia-Ramos, 28, was expressionless as a judge ordered him held with no bail for the slaughter during a jealousy-fueled, five-knife rampage.ďI was going to take them with me, but I didnít have car seats,Ē the monster told cops. Originally claiming self-defense, Mejia-Ramos came clean while being flown back by Queens detectives. Mejia-Ramos has no known criminal history...
  • Short video of Cuomo protest from NY1

    This seems to be the only coverage of the protest on Tuesday.
  • Fighting a McDonaldís in Queens for the Right to Sit. And Sit. And Sit.

    01/15/2014 12:17:56 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 118 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 14, 2014 | SARAH MASLIN NIR and JIHA HAM
    Shortly after New Yearís Day, Man Hyung Lee, 77, was nursing a coffee in his usual seat in a narrow booth at a McDonaldís in Flushing, Queens, when two police officers stepped into the fluorescent light of the restaurant. Mr. Lee said the officers had been called because he and his friends ó a revolving group who shuffle into the McDonaldís on the corner of Parsons and Northern Boulevards on walkers, or with canes, in wheelchairs or with infirm steps, as early as 5 a.m. and often linger until well after dark ó had, as they seem to do every...
  • A Rat-Infested "(redacted profanity)" - This Is New York City's Worst School (And The Reason Why)

    01/13/2014 7:51:45 PM PST · by GilGil · 69 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 01/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say. The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day. ďThe kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,Ē a source said... The principal ó Marcella Sills, who joined PS 106 nine years ago ó is a frequent no-show, sources say. Sills did not come to school last Monday. On Tuesday, she showed up at 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, The Post found her at home in Westbury, LI, all...
  • Queens man breaks leg in Harlem attack, claims to be victim of the 'knockout game'

    12/15/2013 3:08:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 15, 2013 | Barry Paddock and Thomas Tracy
    A Queens man broke his leg Thursday in a horrific, unprovoked daytime attack similar to a ďknockout gameĒ strike, the Daily News has learned. Clifford Wong, 52, was leaving his job at a New York Lottery office in Harlem and was nearing his car on W. 126th St. near Lenox Ave. at about 2:30 p.m. when he saw a group of black teens watching him. ďSomething didnít feel right so I crossed the street,Ē he said. ďI took a few steps and in an instant one guy was in front of me.Ē ďWhere do you think youíre going?Ē the suspect...
  • Verizon workers stop Flushing rape, chase down suspect

    11/09/2013 11:43:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Queens Courier ^ | Thursday, November 7th, 2013 10:34 AM EST | Melissa Chan
    Three Queens-bred heroes thwarted a rape in Flushing last week by chasing, catching and sitting on the attacker until cops arrived. Verizon technicians Michael Popowich, Anthony Howley and John Gilday were finishing up a job at 150-24 Northern Boulevard on October 30 when they saw a man lurking across the street around noon. They said the alleged assailant, identified by police as 53-year-old Young Song, ran up to a woman who was leaving a corner cafť and put his hand on her waist. Ö
  • Republican Club to be a catering hall (Lefferts Boulevard, Queens NY)

    09/29/2013 12:32:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Queens Chronicle ^ | Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 am | Domenick Rafter
    Richmond Hill may give Democrats 60 to 70 percent of the vote in a typical election nowadays, but at one time, the neighborhood had a definite Republican leaning. The Grand Old Partyís past strength in local politics is represented by the century-old building that sits among the more-modern taller buildings near the confluence of Lefferts Boulevard and Myrtle and Jamaica avenues. The Richmond Hill Republican Club at 86-15 Lefferts Boulevard hasnít hosted the political party in two decades, but the vacant building looks to be headed to a future of hosting parties of a different kind. Ivan Mrakovcic, vice chairman...
  • Black man in hoodie stabs white girl 11 times

    08/03/2013 7:32:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies
    WND.com ^ | July 31, 2013 | WND-TV
    Police in New York City are trying to find a black man wearing a hoodie who is responsible for a horrific attack on a teenage white girl who was stabbed 11 times just steps from her front door. The knife-wielding maniac ambushed Natasha Martinez, 17, as she returned home from working her shift at a local McDonaldís restaurant. Hearing her daughterís screams, Natashaís mother, Wendy Martinez, came running outside ó and the bloodthirsty attacker fled. ďShe came home from work, and her body was full of holes,Ē Wendy Martinez told the New York Daily News. ďI was holding her because...
  • Queens girl, 17, stabbed 11 times only steps from her Woodhaven home; mom rushed to her aid (NYC)

    07/31/2013 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:20 AM | Priscilla Ortiz, Thomas Tracy and Rich Schapiro
    A knife-wielding maniac ambushed a Queens teen just steps away from her door, slashing her 11 times before the bloodied girlís mom came to the rescue, cops and witnesses said Tuesday. Natasha Martinez, 17, had finished her shift at McDonaldís and was just a few feet from her Woodhaven apartment when the madman pounced about 11:25 p.m. Monday. Hearing her daughterís screams, Natashaís mother, Wendy Martinez, came running outsideóand the bloodthirsty attacker fled. Ö
  • LaGuardia Community College staff wants gay pride symbol to fly in schoolís vaunted Hall of Flags

    06/21/2013 5:17:15 AM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    A Long Island City college is grappling with a straightforward question: Should a gay pride symbol hang with scores of national banners in the schoolís Hall of Flags? Supporters at CUNY LaGuardia Community College said hoisting the rainbow flag would show support for the schoolís lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. But opponents said the gay pride beacon ó which represents a lifestyle, not a nation ó has no place hanging alongside flags from more than 100 countries. ďIf itís going to help our students, why not fly it?Ē asked education professor Richard Henry, who has been leading the charge....
  • School 244 in Flushing, Queens, becomes first public school in nation to serve only vegetarian meals

    05/01/2013 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | Corinne Lestch and Ben Chapman
    NEW YORKA New York City public elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili. Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says he's proud of the "trailblazing" school. He ate the new food with children on Tuesday.
  • Racial Tensions Flare at Queens Redistricting Hearing

    01/15/2013 3:12:05 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 4 replies
    Observer.Com ^ | 1/15/2013
    Unlike Teddy Roosevelt, the president he quoted at last nightís Queens redistricting hearing, Republican Councilman Dan Halloran spoke loudly and did not carry a big stick. Mr. Halloranís bruising 2009 City Council race in northeast Queens cast a long shadow over the hearing in Long Island City- the third of its kind in front of a commission tasked with the decennial redrawing of districts to reflect demographic changes in the city- where he and allied civic groups clashed with Asian advocacy organizations about whether a neighborhood, Oakland Gardens, should be incorporated into Mr. Halloranís 19th District. The heavily Asian neighborhood,...
  • Man pushed to his death under train in Queens

    12/27/2012 8:08:24 PM PST · by Baynative · 70 replies
    The woman walked behind the man along the platform, mumbling to herself, witnesses told the police, before shoving him into the path of a northbound No. 7 train just after 8 p.m. It is the second time this month that a man has been killed after being pushed onto the subway tracks.
  • Another innocent victim murdered in the subway; Cops hunt woman who shoved man to his death

    12/28/2012 9:15:20 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/27/12 | Matthew Lysiak
    A heavyset Hispanic woman ó seen by five witnesses pacing and mumbling to herself ó pushes a helpless man in front of an oncoming Flushing-bound No. 7 train in Queens. She was caught on tape while fleeing the crime scene: police. A MAN WAITING for an approaching No. 7 train in Queens died a gruesome death Thursday night when a young woman darted up behind the helpless straphanger and pushed him onto the tracks, police said. The unidentified victim was crushed by the first and second cars of the Flushing-bound train about 8 p.m, as his murderer hustled down the...
  • War over Ďsexistí Queens statue

    12/09/2012 8:01:00 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 9, 2012 | LIZ SADLER and KATE BRIQUELET
    Civic Virtue has become a Greek tragedy. Queens residents are protesting the cityís plans to banish a controversial sculpture to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn ó which would be the second move for the classic, 90-year-old monument that pols have slammed for decades as a sexist eyesore. ďThe Triumph of Civic VirtueĒ depicts a nude male warrior symbolizing civic virtue trampling two women, the sirens of vice and corruption.
  • A Congressman's House Burned Down In The Crazy Queens, NY Fires Last Night

    10/30/2012 1:50:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/30/2012 | Brett LoGiuriato
    Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.) was one of the many whose homes burned down in widespread fires that devastated the Breezy Point community in Queens last night in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Officials estimated that anywhere from 80 to 100 houses were destroyed, according to The Associated Press. Turner issued a statement on his Facebook page, saying that he was safe despite the fire and urging support for those who weren't as fortunate. Here's the full statement: ***** "My thoughts and prayers are with all of my fellow New Yorkers and the many others who are experiencing loss as a...
  • BREAKING: 50 homes destroyed in 6-alarm fire in Queens (Breezy Point, NY)

    10/30/2012 1:30:15 AM PDT · by LibertyRocks · 97 replies
    ABC News - Channel 7 - WABC New York ^ | October 30, 2012 | WABC New York
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Firefighters are battling a six-alarm fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. Officials say the fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday and involves about 50 houses situated in a flooded Zone A area. A fire department spokesman says nearly 200 firefighters are currently at the scene. He says two people have suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • Queens man dies after attacking kickboxing gas-station clerk

    09/08/2012 6:27:01 AM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 82 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7 Sept 2012 | GEORGETT ROBERTS, NATASHA VELEZ and BOB FREDERICKS
    He picked the wrong guy to mess with. A drunken Queens man went berserk after he couldnít get an ATM to work at a gas station early yesterday and was killed when he turned his rage to the attendant ó a former competitive kickboxer. ďI feel bad. I didnít mean for the guy to die. He called me a Taliban,Ē said Jasjeet Walia, who was released from custody last night after being grilled by cops all day. ďI feel like throwing up. Iím having a bad headache,Ē said Walia, an amateur kickboxer for seven years in his native Mumbai. Arzeno...
  • Five dead in nightmare Queens crash

    07/23/2012 8:35:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 23, 2012 | REUVEN FENTON, DOUG AUER and C.J. SULLIVAN
    A speeding SUV flying down a Queens street at more than 85 mph smashed into a concrete stanchion yesterday ó killing two children and three women and injuring three other passengers, law-enforcement sources said. The scene was so horrific, ďone of the firemen cried as he looked at the childrenís bodies,Ē said witness Ray Cortez, 52. None of the victims was identified, but all eight are related and have roots in the Nigerian town of Arondizuogu.
  • MTA cop knifed in the eye in violent confrontation outside Queens Long Island Railroad station

    07/04/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/4/12 | JOE KEMP AND PETE DONOHUE
    An MTA cop was clinging to life Wednesday after a violent confrontation with a man outside a Long Island Railroad station in Queens, sources said.
  • Fordham to Honor Geraldine Ferraro

    05/23/2012 7:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/23/12 | Charlotte Hays
    Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 candidate for the vice presidency whose position on abortion repeatedly put her at odds with New Yorkís late John Cardinal OíConnor, will soon be memorialized at Fordham Law School, according to a report in Fordham magazine. Ferraroís husband, John Zaccaro Sr., and their son, John Zaccaro Jr., who are pictured in the magazine, recently made a ďleadership giftĒ to Fordham in honor the late Queens congresswoman who rose to national prominence. Ferraro died of multiple myeloma in 2011. The gift, whose amount is not disclosed in the article, reportedly will go to support a new Law...
  • NY- Dem ACKERMAN WONíT SEEK RE-ELECTION EITHER! [UPDATED]

    03/15/2012 5:10:12 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Cityand State ^ | March 15, 2012 | Chris Bragg
    Wow. On the heels of his possible congressional opponent, Rory Lancman, bowing out of a run for Congress, Queens/Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman is now bowing out too, according to a press release I just got from Ackermanís office. I am told the Queens Dems are meeting tomorrow to nominate congressional candidates, but two people Iíve spoken to close to the Queens Dems were unaware of Ackermanís retirement. I also have heard rumors that Rep. Joe Crowley would be interested in this seat, since this would be a favorable district for him, but I have no idea if thatís actually...
  • Molotov cocktails hurled at mosque, Hindu temple and bodega in Queens

    01/02/2012 2:32:58 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/2/12 | JESSICA SIMEONE, FRANK ROSARIO and TIM PERONE
    Molotov cocktails made from Starbucks glass bottles were hurled at three sites in Queens last night, including a mosque with 100 people inside, a Hindu Temple and a bodega. Cops were investigating whether a nearby fire that caused major damage to a private home was also part of the frightening pattern. One attack damaged the front door of the Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation on the Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica at 8:45 p.m. ďWe were having a gathering tonight, spending some time with members of the mosque after a service, and someone alerted us that there was a fire outside,Ē said...
  • Trash Can Tickets In Queens

    12/20/2011 8:30:14 AM PST · by massmike · 18 replies · 3+ views
    myfoxny.com ^ | 12/20/2011 | n/a
    A Queens man is very upset after trying to put his trash out for collection and ending up with a ticket. He, and others, are getting snared in an enforcement of a law that few people even know exists. The scrooge award goes to the New York City Sanitation Department for the $100 tickets. Raymond Janson says he received the $100 fine for putting his garbage cans at the curb 30 minutes early. It is legal to put out the trash cans the day before pick-up but the time of the day matters. City sanitation rules say the cans can...
  • Knife-wielding mom foils Qns. rapist's attempted third attack

    12/10/2011 7:25:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Dec. 10, 2011 | IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON
    He preys on women with sick, vicious stealth. An armed serial rapist who has attacked three times in southeast Queens in the past two months has been caught on shocking video surveillance pouncing on his latest victim ó a 22-year-old woman whom he grabbed from behind Wednesday and dragged by her neck down the street. But the hooded monsterís 2 a.m. strike near 154th Street in Jamaica was ultimately foiled by a pajama-and-slippers-clad single mom of six who lives nearby and ran to the aid of the screaming victim, authorities said. ď[The victim] was saying, ĎPlease stop! Please stop! Donít...
  • AP Has Called Election for Turner

    AP has called the race for Turner
  • Priest Officiates Play From Above (at US Open)

    09/03/2011 2:32:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | September 3, 2011 | GREG BISHOP
    So a Catholic priest walks onto a tennis court. Seriously. It happens, for Father Paul Arinze, every day at the United States Open. Often, Arinze climbs into the chair, as a certified bronze badge umpire. There, he officiates serves, not church services, matches instead of Mass. Below, players cross themselves and pray for victory or take the Lord‚Äôs name in vain. They do not know that while God may not be interested in their tennis match, a clergyman is watching from close range. ‚ÄúSometimes, I‚Äôm tempted to say, ‚ÄėYou know, you have a Catholic priest sitting here,‚Äô¬†‚ÄĚ Arinze said, reclining...
  • Teen girl paralyzed, 10 others wounded after shooting at party advertised as 'Drama free' online

    08/28/2011 9:47:45 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    Daily News ^ | 8/28/2011
    A Queens party advertised on Facebook and Twitter as "Drama Free" turned into a shooting gallery early Saturday. Eleven young people were shot, including a teenage girl left paralyzed, when a gunman opened fire into the crowd. About 100 people were packed into the backyard of the single-family home on Inwood St. in South Jamaica shortly before 1 a.m., when the shooter sneaked up a back alleyway and opened fire into the yard through a chain link fence. Police said six males ages 15 to 23, and five women, ages 15 to 21, were shot, with bullets hitting them in...
  • Anthony Weiner and pregnant wife Huma sell Queens apartment as they prepare for first child

    08/06/2011 7:19:17 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 39 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 6th August 2011
    FULL TITLE: Moving on and out: Anthony Weiner and pregnant wife Huma finally sell Queens apartment as they prepare for first child As the Weiners try to put the year's events behind them, it was only natural their marital home - Anthony Weiner's former sexting headquarters - should be one of the first to go. Thankfully for the couple, after putting their Queen's two-bedroom apartment back on the market - after quietly taking it off during the scandal - they have finally found a buyer. Their 875-square-foot home on Ascan Avenue was listed at $449,000 in June.
  • A Republican Surge In Weiner's District

    06/01/2011 2:30:24 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 38 replies
    Hotline On Call ^ | 6-1-2011 | Josh Kraushaar
    Much of the attention being paid to Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is focused on the salacious - whether he sent the lewd picture to a college undergrad or whether he was the victim of a grand hoax. Few are talking about the possibility that Republicans could pick up Weiner's seat. If the scandal snowballs, however, there could be some serious political implications for Democrats from the incident. While Weiner represents a New York City district that's conventionally thought to be safely Democratic, in reality it has trended sharply in a Republican direction in recent years. If Weiner stepped down from...
  • Maddow Mocks Mitch McConnell: 'Little Mitch The Rodeo Queen'

    05/31/2011 7:32:45 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    File this one under: Imagine If The Partisan Tables Were Turned. On her MSNBC show this evening, Rachel Maddow repeatedly mocked the Republican Senate leader as "little Mitch, the rodeo queen." Maddow was miffed over McConnell's arranging a Senate vote on the raising of the debt ceiling, and by extension the Republican position on Medicare reform. And so, for about ten--interminable--minutes, Maddow beat into the ground a labored metaphor, somehow analogizing McConnell to the little girls in Utah who were forced to compete on stick ponies because the real horses had been sidelined by illness. View video here.
  • Queens Lawmaker Proposes "Panic Button" for Hotel Housekeepers

    05/23/2011 9:17:15 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 24 replies
    NBC New York ^ | May 23, 2011 | N/A
    A New York assemblyman says he wants the state to require hotels to provide their housekeepers with an emergency "panic button" that would help protect them from sexual assaults on the job. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, said he will introduce the bill Monday. The move comes a week after former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid. "We send hotel workers, housekeepers into rooms by themselves without any other staff, without any other security," Lancman said at a news conference Sunday outside the Sofitel Hotel, the site of Strauss-Kahn's...
  • Queens mom counting her blessings after doctors gave her baby no chance of survivng tumor

    05/04/2011 5:55:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 04.17.11 | Kathleen Lucadamo
    Dawn Flemming†is counting her blessings.†† Just six months ago, the Queens woman's unborn daughter Jade was given no chance of survival because a mango-sized tumor stretched across the baby's neck.† "I could tell something was wrong by the doctors' body language," says Flemming, a 35-year-old nurse from South Ozone Park. "I noticed people coming in, passing looks at each other but not saying anything."† They doomed Jade to die because the tumor blocked her pencil-thin airways, making it impossible for her to breathe once detached from the placenta.At 24 weeks, it was too late to have a legal abortion, so...
  • Seniors say they're priced out of Queens Botanical Garden. Entrance used to be free

    02/22/2011 12:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily News ^ | 02/22/2011 | Lisa Colangelo
    Senior citizens are furious with officials at the Queens Botanical Garden, saying they are being pushed out of the spots they helped cultivate for decades. The cash-strapped organization increased fees for use of its Senior Garden to $150 this year - too steep say many retirees living on a fixed income. It also plans to transform the site to a "Family Garden" next year and open it up to gardeners of all ages. "What they are doing is an act of desperation," said Lola McLinden, a 91-year-old Flushing resident who has grown vegetables at the Senior Garden for 15 years....
  • Eight Pound Chihuahua Bashed to Death by 265 Pound Brute

    02/19/2011 9:46:48 PM PST · by EinNYC · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, February 18th 2011, 10:13 PM | Lisa Colangelo
    A 265-pound Queens man was arrested by the ASPCA Friday for fatally beating his 8-pound Chihuahua. The tiny pooch, named Spotye, was so severely injured he had to be euthanized. Jerry Melendez, 33, was charged with felony animal cruelty after ASPCA investigators determined the pup suffered a fractured skull caused by blunt force impact and a hemorrhage in his left eye. A necropsy also showed the dog had blood in his abdominal cavity. The 5-year-old Chihuahua was brought to a veterinarian on Feb. 10 and was treated for seizures and head trauma, according to ASPCA Assistant Director Joseph Pentangelo. The...
  • Al-Qaida suspect tied to U.S.-UK jihad group

    06/21/2004 10:12:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 144+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Tuesday, June 22, 2004 WAR ON TERRORAl-Qaida suspect tied to U.S.-UK jihad groupAlleged sleeper agent nabbed by FBI part of cell operating in Queens, N.Y. Posted: June 22, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein ©†2004†WorldNetDaily.com An American citizen living in Queens arrested by the FBI, and who has admitted to being a sleeper agent for al-Qaida, has ties to a British-based Islamic extremist organization with still more agents operating in the New York borough, WorldNetDaily has learned. Mohammed Junaid Babar, a naturalized citizen from Pakistan, was secretly taken into custody in April and is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional...
  • Man arrested in Queens with bomb-making materials in car: sources

    01/25/2011 12:54:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | PERRY CHIARAMONTE
    A man who was pulled over in Queens during a routine traffic stop was arrested after cops found bomb-making materials in his car, authorities said. The driver, who has not been identified, was pulled over in Jamaica at about 2 p.m. after a cop spotted him illegally crossing a lane, sources told The Post. The officer arrested the driver, who is in his 30s, after spotting a car battery, fertilizer and glass jars with aluminum shavings inside -- materials commonly used to make bombs.
  • Vicious Attack On Wendy's Worker (Per Drudge "pack of wild teens")

    01/25/2011 5:57:54 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 140 replies
    Fox NY ^ | 25 JAN 11 | BY ANDREA DAY
    <p>MYFOXNY.COM - A fight broke out at a Wendy's in Queens Village, leaving one of the workers seriously injured. The disturbing scene from inside the Wendy's was captured on a phone. In the video, you can see the cashier get pummeled to the ground by teenage girls.</p>
  • Queens gets its own 'missile' attack

    11/12/2010 8:12:57 AM PST · by wheresmyusa · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/11/2010 | Andy Soltis
    First California. Now they're shooting at Queens! Two days after a mysterious vapor trail appeared at sundown off the Los Angeles coast -- triggering fears of an enemy missile attack -- a stunning replay occurred in the sky over Far Rockaway. A passer-by snapped a photo of a billowing streak yesterday afternoon at around 5 p.m. Like Monday's scare on the West Coast, it looked like the exhaust from a just-launched missile. What caused the contrail visible from the Rockaways also is not known. "It looked like a rocket," said the photographer, who added that the plume appeared to the...
  • BREAKING: 2 UPS Planes Isolated At Philadelphia International Airport [radiological component?]

    10/29/2010 7:40:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 266 replies
    BREAKING: 2 UPS Planes Isolated At Philadelphia International Airport October 29, 2010 9:56 AM From Jessica McWilliams PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Ė Authorities have isolated two cargo planes are Philadelphia International Airport following a report of a suspicious package. Local and federal authorities are investigating a suspicious package aboard a cargo plane that landed at Philadelphia International Airport at about 9 a.m. Friday. A second UPS plane was isolated near the UPS terminal before take off. Authorities say a crew member aboard an inbound UPS plane from Paris, France notified authorities on approach about a suspicious package. The crew member described a...
  • Syed Omair Ali, Queens Man Charged with Terror Hoax that Cost Feds $1 Million, Bailed Out by Mom

    10/26/2010 1:34:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS.com ^ | Monday, October 25th 2010, 4:46 PM | BY JOHN MARZULLI
    Note: Photo included. "Syed Omair Ali, Queens man charged with terror hoax that cost feds $1 million, bailed out by mom" SNIPPET: "Ali, who lives at this Queens address, allegedly led FBI and NYPD on a 6-month goosechase, claiming he knew three guys who were plotting a terror attack on Times Square. A hoaxer who made the feds scramble to investigate a purported terrorist plot in Times Square was released on bail Monday after his mother arrived from Pakistan with $20,000 in cash." SNIPPET: "Ali, 25, is accused of fabricating the plot to get an associate, Muhammed Assad Butt, in...
  • Hawaii Man Arrested on Terrorism-Related Charge

    10/25/2010 10:31:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1+ views
    CNN.com ^ | ctober 26, 2010 12:09 a.m. EDT | n/a
    (CNN) -- SNIPPET: "The charge centers around a one-way ticket that authorities allege Abdel Hameed Shehadeh purchased from Queens, New York, to Islamabad, Pakistan. Shehadeh originally told investigators that the purpose of his trip was to visit an Islamic university and attend a friend's engagement party. But he later admitted to FBI agents in Hawaii that he bought the ticket in order to join a fighting group such as the Taliban, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in New York Monday."