Whitestone Times

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Whitestone Times

35-year MTA vet pleads guilty in teen sex sting

KEW GARDENS — A veteran Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he attempted to meet an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old Queens girl for sexual relations, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment
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Flushing man gets 15 yrs. for beating officer: DA

FLUSHING — A Flushing man will spend up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to beating a policeman in Jackson Heights with a baseball bat and stealing his weapon and handcuffs, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week. Comment
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SJU pupil made Va. Tech-style threat: Brown

A Facebook posting last week by a drunk St. John’s University student turned up anything but laughs after school officials feared it could lead to a Virginia Tech-style shooting on the Queens campus, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
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City fines Mandingo $27K on old house

Bayside community activist Mandingo Tshaka has been slapped with a $27,400 city fine following a June inspection of his home by the city Department of Buildings. But he said one violation at his house had been corrected, while another was invalid under former city zoning laws. Comment
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Kim won with deep and broad support: Dems

Queens Democratic Party insiders said Kevin Kim’s win over his five opponents in the Sept. 15 primary stemmed from the candidate’s ability to not only galvanize his base but also to draw voters from across the district. Comment
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Flushing drivers bash owner over extortion claims

A group of Flushing limo drivers and more than two dozen others protested outside Luo and Co. last Thursday, alleging the company’s leader had engaged in “gang” tactics by threatening, assaulting and extorting drivers employed at the collective of taxi and limousine companies. Comment
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City rock group to play at opening of College Point Irish bar

A College Point Irish bar that had formerly been the site of the neighborhood’s last remaining German restaurant will host a grand opening celebration this weekend that features the music of a longtime city-based rock ‘n’ roll group whose leader’s ancestry is German and Irish. Comment
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College Pt. race goes on despite religious controversy

Close to 5,000 runners descended upon northeast Queens Sunday for the annual College Point half-marathon despite criticism from some community leaders who were upset the event was scheduled on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Comments (1)
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Argentinians travel to Fresh Meadows to protest Iran prez

The deadliest bombing in Argentina’s history has led a group of the country’s residents to Fresh Meadows this week, where they will be staying while protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations General Assembly. Comment
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GOP has faith in Halloran

Queens Republicans said they did not believe City Council hopeful Dan Halloran’s adherence to a pagan religion would have any affect on the Auburndale attorney’s bid to fend off Democrat Kevin Kim in the race to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment
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Chou’s next battle could be four-way Council race

After eking out a victory in the Queens Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat last week, Yen Chou is looking forward. Comment

Worth Preserving

Readers fortunate enough to have attended the 1964 World’s Fair will understand why we are elated with the decision announced last week to make the New York State Pavilion an official state landmark. The crumbling edifice of concrete and steel is a reminder of the greatest moments in Queens history. Comment

Who Knew?

Gov. David Paterson announced last week the word “oriental” is officially deemed offensive and will be banned from all state forms by the year 2010. The law banning this word was sponsored by state Assemblywoman Grace Meng. Comment
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Berger's Burg: Columnist’s cooking skills fall short of his expectations

There are some wives who think we men cannot cook. Nonsense! I happen to be the originator of the “hot yo-yos” — spaghetti wrapped around meatballs. Comment
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How's Business? Let your major decide your job

It is hard to find a well-paying job in the workforce today when you have experience. With college students now back in class, many are contemplating what to major in. Comment
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PSAL Queens girls volleyball preview

There’s a bulletin board for volleyball at Cardozo High School. On the right side is mementos from the boys team and the left has pin-ups for the girls. Comment
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The Play's The Thing: Ubiquitous cell phone changes lives in upcoming show

Back in the early 1800s there was a group of skilled British textile workers who protested the introduction of automated looms that would lead to a loss of jobs. Comment
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Granny beating retrial begins

Solange Elizee was an 85-year-old woman suffering from Parkinson’s, diabetes and high blood pressure when she was beaten and robbed outside her Jamaica apartment in 2007, her son told a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens Monday. Comment
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Man wanted to burn home, kill couple: DA

A Corona man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly doused a Fresh Meadows couple’s home with gasoline and lit it on fire, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment


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