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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Long Island City

Shia LeBeouf knocks MOMI

Actor Shia LaBeouf tweeted his disapproval after the Museum of the Moving Image closed the his anti-Trump exhibit. LaBeouf shared an image last Friday that said “The museum abandoned us” with the hashtag #hewillnot divideus. Comments (1)
Flushing

Police search for Flushing assault suspects

FLUSHING — Police were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with an assault in Flushing. Comment
Basketball

Former ‘Dozo player looking to follow in coach’s footsteps

Melvin Robinson found a basketball family at Cardozo under head coach Ron Naclerio and now the Environmental Studies coach is hoping to do the same at his program. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Jamaica

Students advocate for diminished tobacco use

A number of student advocates from southeast Queens traveled to Albany last week to encourage legislators to do more to discourage smoking among New York City residents, particularly teenagers. Comments (2)
Government

De Blasio’s State of the City focuses on affordability crisis

From the start of his State of the City address at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised it would not include the “bells and whistles” of years past, with expensive project proposals such as developing the Sunnyside Yards or building a street car connecting Queens with Brooklyn. Instead the mayor concentrated on the city’s affordable housing crisis. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Police seek man wanted for public lewdness

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who performed an act of public lewdness and was asking for the public’s help in locating him. Comments (1)
Baseball

Lasting legacy for Leary: Prep coach honored at last home game

St. Francis Prep Tim Leary coached his final home game on Sunday, wrapping up a storied career that has come to shape the Terriers’ boys basketball program. Comment

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Astoria

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Astoria residents evicted by Christian ministry

The Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court Friday to protect low-income tenants from eviction by a Christian non-profit in Astoria. Comments (1)

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Bayside

Avella, QQS call for permanent roundtable facilitator on airplane noise

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to hire a permanent roundtable facilitator to resolve the issue of airplane noise over northeast Queens following the agency’s announcement it would have someone temporarily fill the position. Comments (2)
Event

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 18-19

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 11-12 Comment
Flushing

Vaughn College ranked No. 1 in upward mobility for students

A Flushing-based aviation college topped the list of colleges across the country that help move students from poverty to prosperity. Comment
Transit

Cuomo cuts $65M from MTA budget

Transit advocates rallied in Albany Monday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore $65 million in funds promised to the MTA as the state agency struggles to address widespread delays and overcrowding. According to Riders Alliance, the budget must still be negotiated with the state Senate and Assembly, which have the power to demand the funds be invested in transportation. Comments (3)
Flushing

CB7 approves “Flushing Point Plaza”

Downtown Flushing is getting another high-rise complex right in the pathway to LaGuardia Airport. Comment
Government

Commision considers familial DNA searching

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and elected officials pushed for the state Commission on Forensic Science’s DNA Subcommittee to consider authorizing the use of familial DNA searches to help find suspects in unsolved cases during a hearing last Friday. Comment
Event

Heads Up!

Mondays strong winds literally blew the roof off a Fresh Meadows gas station. Comment
Letters

St. John’s students want campus statue for Hugh Carey

It was heralded as New York’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and a St. John’s University graduate had the opportunity to change it for the better. The St. John’s graduate was Hugh Carey, who was elected governor of New York in 1974. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

It’s time to boycott the Knicks — and James Dolan

How do we fix the problem at Madison Square Garden? By hitting it in the pocketbook, says our columnist. Comments (2)
Basketball

A perfect Knight: Rowland sets Queens College scoring record

Madison Rowland didn’t come to Queens College with the intention of changing the program, but that’s exactly what she’s done and, on Saturday, she added another notch to her resume, setting the program’s all-time scoring record. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Missing Fresh Meadows teen returns to family

Fresh Meadows teen, Skye Azhar, 15, is back with his family after disappearing Jan. 31, according to his mother. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Peralta tossed out of own Democratic club for joining IDC

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has withstood a firestorm of criticism for more than three weeks since he announced he was joining the Independent Democratic Conference last month. His defection from the Senate’s mainline Democrats led to chants of “traitor” during a town hall meeting in Jackson Heights that drew hundreds and last week U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party, said he was disappointed in Peralta’s “decision to undermine our party and empower the Republican caucus.” Comments (3)
Woodside

ICE raids bring fear and scams to western Queens immigrant communities

Deportation raids across the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have caused high anxiety up and down Roosevelt Avenue despite only one arrest in Elmhurst. Unfounded rumors of checkpoints and sweeps have fueled the fears in Queens’ immigrant communities and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an urgent fraud alert about ICE scams Wednesday after an incident in Woodside Monday afternoon. Comments (10)
East Elmhurst

Ferreras-Copeland, women of the City Council stand up for Elizabeth Warren

Eight days after the U.S. Senate Republicans silenced Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King, the women of the New York City Council stood in solidarity with the Massachusetts Democrat before a Council meeting Wednesday. Comments (6)
Government

Council passes nusiance abatement reform

The New York City Council voted to significantly reform the city’s Nuisance Abatement Law Wednesday, amending legislation that enabled the city to shut down residencies and commercial establishments deemed “nuisances.” Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus set to return this fall

Big Apple Circus has been saved and will continue its mission of helping disabled children. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Police fire at suspect wielding fake gun

An NYPD officer fired at a man holding an imitation firearm in Jamaica Wednesday evening, police said. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park hotel housing homeless without notifying community

Area lawmakers and community members were shocked to learn that an Ozone Park hotel has been used as a homeless shelter for months without any notification from the city. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens turtle smuggler pleads guilty to trafficking wildlife

After getting busted last May for smuggling endangered turtles into Kennedy Airport, Hsien Lin Hsu of Oakland Gardens pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Monday to violations of the Endangered Species Act and an international wildlife treaty. Comments (4)
Environment

Cuomo backs Assembly to block NYC plastic bag law

Advocates for the elimination of plastic bags spoke out Tuesday against a moratorium signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo overriding the City Council’s law that would impose a fee on each bag used. Cuomo called the measure “deeply flawed” and got behind a motion by the state Assembly to block similar legislation until 2018. Comments (2)
Astoria

The world on screen

More than 130 daring and provocative new films from 25 countries — all in one festival. Where else can you get that but right here in the World’s Borough? That’s what’s on tap for the 7th Annual Queens World Film Festival at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image March 14–19. Comments (1)
Letters

City Council must step in to protect our water, air quality

This Council has done much to protect New York City’s water and air quality, public health, and our civil rights.We need that commitment more than ever as we face the pending confirmation of an EPA administrator openly hostile to environmental regulations and a Congress that has already introduced legislation that would nullify climate change mitigation policies, would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and would prohibit the collection of data on race and demographics—key tools for civil rights advocat Comments (3)
Opinion

If you see and say something, you could be a citizen spy

If you see something, say something. Comments (3)
Basketball

Backcourt burst: St. John’s guard jumpstarts Johnnies against Seton Hall

St. John’s redshirt freshman Marcus LoVett provided a big-time spark off the bench as the Red Storm downed Seton Hall 78-70 at the Garden on Saturday afternoon. Comments (1)

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