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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Astoria

Astoria residents fight religious organization trying to evict them

The 12 low-income tenants who remain in an Astoria dormitory-style residence were hailed as heroes last week for fighting eviction by a Christian non-profit so the building could be converted to a homeless shelter. Their attorney said they had faced threats and intimidation since the New York School of Urban Ministry told the original 39 residents to leave just before Thanksgiving. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

More seats coming to Francis Lewis High School

More than 500 new seats are soon to be constructed at Francis Lewis High School in order to alleviate intensive overcrowding, according to the city’s School Construction Authority. Comments (1)
Education

Budget office examines free school lunch expansion cost

Amid calls to expand the free lunch program to all students in New York City’s public schools, an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office found the costs of expanding the program could be as much as $23 million, and changes to federal policy could endanger it further. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Crowley blames Trump for rise in hate crimes, threats

It took several weeks, but President Donald Trump finally spoke out Tuesday about a spike in bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and the desecration a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. There have been 69 threats in 27 states in the last month, according to the JCC Association on North America, with most coming last weekend. Comments (3)
Corona

Activist street vendor remembered in Corona a year after her death

Dozens of immigrant vendors and advocates gathered for a candlelight vigil in Corona Tuesday to remember one of their leaders on the one-year anniversary of her death. Claudia Lopez was an iconic figure in the neighborhood, a churro vendor by the entrance to the Junction Boulevard No. 7 subway station for more than 22 years, before succumbing to cancer at the age of 45. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Bull dies after roaming Jamaica streets

The founder of an animal sanctuary in New Jersey attempted to rescue a bull that escaped from a Jamaica slaughterhouse Tuesday morning, only to learn that the animal had died while being transported to an animal care facility. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Plane registerd to Whitestone firm crashes in New Jersey

A plane registered to an address in Whitestone crashed in Bayonne, N.J. Comment
Forest Hills

Parkside Players bring Agatha Christie murder mystery to life

A good cup of coffee shouldn’t taste bitter, especially when it’s poured from a fancy silver carafe and served in fine English china. Comment
Baseball

Mets back in action as Spring Training begins

It’s finally here. With the start of spring training last week, baseball is back. Comment
Health

Sudden onset unattractiveness

When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Comment
Opinion

New York City high schools are not preparing graduates for college

What’s the value of a high school diploma when the recipient isn’t ready for college or a particular career? Comments (2)

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Transit

Cuomo reveals plans to blow up old Kosciuszko Bridge

The Kosciuszko Bridge is going out with a bang! Comment
Basketball

Storm continue to stumble on road, fall at Marquette

St. John’s road woes continued Tuesday night, as the Storm fell to Marquette 93-71 for the squad’s second-straight loss. Comment
Environment

Queens Chamber says ban on flushable wipes could hurt business

A proposed bill that would ban the sale of flushable wipes is being met with resistance. Comments (1)
Economy

New York among top three states to benefit from immigration: Study

The United States is home to 61 million immigrants and New York is among the top three states profiting from their contributions, according to the Center for Immigration Studies analysis. While most of America’s issues with immigration rest on cultural insensitivity, the effects of immigration on the overall economy is a positive one. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Safety training offered for construction workers

Construction workers interested in learning more about the Occupational Safety and Health Act have an opportunity to attend a two-session, 10-hour workshop later this month in Jamaica aimed at helping attendees learn how to avoid work-site mishaps. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Springfield Gardens

Employees protest religious discrimination at JFK

Employees for a Kennedy Airport contractor accused of religious discrimination called on the airport’s management Wednesday to ensure that harassment of Muslim employees is not tolerated. Comments (6)

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Government

Individuals pass through unattended JFK Airport security checkpoint

Port Authority Police said 11 individuals passed through an unattended checkpoint that was supposed to be manned by officers from the Transportation Security Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 Monday, according to a spokesman for the PA Police. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Fugitive cow makes a break for it in Jamaica

A bull broke loose onto the streets of Jamaica Tuesday morning before being taken into captivity by the police, but it later died, according to the NYPD. Comments (8)
Astoria

City rolls out new small-business promotion program

The city wants to put your neighborhood business on the map — literally. Comments (1)

NASA runs STEM program for Jamaica students

Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program at Merrick Academy Charter School in Jamaica are embarking on a weeks-long program of hands-on science workshops at York College, an event made in concert with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Minority University Research and Education Project. Comments (1)
Letters

Transit projects favored by Katz require big bucks to fund

When it comes to public transportation, “Katz delivers ‘State of Borough’ address” (TimesLedger/Feb. 3) made for some great sound bites but provided little substance. Comments (2)
Basketball

Learning Curve: Former CTK star’s determination leads to dominant hoops career

Iona College standout Jon Severe is alwasy ready to learn something new, especially if it helps him become a better basketball player. Comment

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Middle Village

Six injured in Middle Village apartment house fire

By MICHAEL SHAIN Comment
Crime

Gotti’s grandson pleads guilty to drug charges: DA

John Gotti, 23, the grandson and namesake of famous crime boss John Gotti, pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone last week and was expected to be sentenced to eight years, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
College Point

7-month-old baby found dead in College Point

A College Point infant died Saturday, police said. Comments (3)
Hillcrest

Lancman wants uniform curb heights

The city’s Department of Transportation should fix any changes they make to curbs in the process of repairing streets in order to protect homeowners and tenants from flooding and city fines, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said about legislation he has proposed. Comment
Education

High school grad rates increase in borough and city

High school graduation rates in Queens increased and dropout rates declined during the past school year, matching citywide trends, according to city statistics, but state authorities cited worsening trends for English Language Learners in the city. Comments (4)
Whitestone

Mobsters charged with murder: Feds

Two members of the Lucchese crime family have been charged with murdering a fellow family member and the attempted murder of a Bonnano family member from Whitestone, according to Manhattan federal prosecutors. Comments (2)
Editorial

Fighting evictions

It’s tough to be poor in Queens and the city seems to be taking note. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

CBP arrests man smuggling cocaine

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS Customs and Border Protection officials captured someone trying to smuggle four pounds of cocaine into the country in pairs of sneakers Comment
Bellerose

Poetic license

Actor, writer, director, and former English teacher Mark Lord has a new original show to share. Comment
Basketball

At the top of the hill: Mary Louis star honored as All-American

Danielle Patterson has played the role of leader for the Hilltoppers throughout the season, but on Monday the senior star accepted the latest honor in a long list of accolades, named a McDonald’s All-American. Comment

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