Astoria Times

Friday, July 25, 2008

Astoria Times

Two Queens men arrested in NJ molestation

NEW JERSEY — Two Queens men were arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after an 8-year-old New Jersey girl said they had touched her at a barbecue Sunday. Comment.
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Police need help IDing Astoria rob suspect

ASTORIA — Police were asking for assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Astoria July 15. Comment.
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Cops seek J train flasher

WOODHAVEN — Police were searching for a man who flashed and tried to kidnap a teenage girl on the J train in Queens Monday. Comment.
Letters

Willets Pt. businesses must stay, Council should reject proposal

Community Board 7's 21-15 vote in favor of the Willets Point development proposal, together with the claimed unfairness upon those of the public attempting to speak against the proposal, does not demonstrate a mandate to destroy over 225 viable businesses and the livelihood of over 1,300 employees and thousands of their dependents ("CB 7 vote on Willets not a green light: Pols," July 10). Comment.
Letters

Put detective in TEC-9 case back on duty for serving public

Detective Ivan Davison has been punished for serving and protecting the public when, while under fire, he prevented a near-fatal situation by shooting and wounding a perpetrator with a TEC-9 in St. Albans. Comment.
Letters

Con Edison should not raise rates for service

It is unbelievable that Con Edison announced a major rate hike ranging from 22 percent for homeowners to 25 percent for businesses. Comment.
Letters

City’s gun licensing rules restrictive toward ownership

The media was buzzing over possible challenges to city firearm regulations following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that gun ownership is an individual right. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city gun control supporters believe the ruling will have little effect, maintaining the city's licensing scheme is not the best way to combat illegal guns. Comment.
Letters

Academic’s views on Falun Gong unfounded: Political analyst

I was shocked by Prof. Yan Sun's comments on recent Flushing Falun Gong rallies ("Flushing Falun Gong rallies a ploy: Prof" July 10). My eight years experience with Falun Gong and its practitioners tell me Sun does not know what Falun Gong is. Comment.
Editorial

Welcome Back

One does not have to be a fan of the show to welcome "Ugly Betty" back to Queens. The story has always taken place in Jackson Heights, but until now the hit ABC sitcom was filmed in Hollywood. Comment.
Editorial

Justice for Families

The Queens district attorney estimates that one in three women will suffer domestic violence in their lives. Much of that violence goes unreported and victims live with emotional scars. Victims are often attached to and dependent upon their abusers. Comment.
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Political Action

In the 11th State Senate District, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) is facing a strong challenge from City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment.
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Dishing with Dee

The election wars are alive and well. People are involved in checking the validity of objections filed against various candidates' petitions for Queens' Sept. 9 primaries. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg:

It was July 199l. My football Giants won the Super Bowl, defeating the Buffalo Bills 20-19. It was time for the players to receive their Super Bowl XXV rings. Before winning the Super Bowl, the previously hapless 199l and present 2008 Giants were the butt of many jokes, which I will repeat between paragraphs. Comment.
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Two boro men arrested in Chelsea cop stabbing

Two Queens men were arrested in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of an off-duty police officer in Chelsea July 16, police said. Comment.
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Starbucks in Atlas Park mall one of 600 to close nationwide

Starting this month, some Queens coffee drinkers may have to get their Starbucks fix somewhere else. Comment.
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Queens gets ready for ‘09 political musical chairs

With 35 of 50 seats in the City Council up for grabs next year because of term limits, western Queens politicians are beginning to get their campaigns in gear. Comment.
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Queens favors Bloomberg again despite wanting two-term limit

Queens voters gave Mayor Michael Bloomberg their overwhelming support, but were more enthusiastic about term limits, which would bar Bloomberg from running for a third term, according to a new poll. Comment.
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Q45 route change riles CB 5

Glendale leaders blasted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision to move forward with a rerouting of the Q45 bus that will bring it down 80th Street to the Shops at Atlas Park, contending the change will add more traffic to an already heavily congested area. Comment.
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Nostalgia buffs gather to relive ‘64 World’s Fair

The 1964-65 World's Fair returned to Queens for a day 44 years after opening as collectors and aficionados gathered in Corona to reminisce, trade tales, buy and sell memorabilia and watch video footage of the event. Comment.
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MTA to propose 25¢ fare hike for next year

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, facing one of the worst financial outlooks in the agency's history, is proposing a hike in bus and subway fares for a second consecutive year. Comment.
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Mexican matriarch guilty in Corona brothel case

A Mexican matriarch accused of organizing a ring that smuggled women from Mexico to Corona for prostitution accepted a plea deal with prosecutors Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court as her case went to trial, the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York said. Comment.
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Hard work, but far from boring

About 150 feet under the bustling streets of Park Avenue, a tunnel-boring machine has completed the first of eight planned tunnel sections connecting an existing tunnel under the East River with Grand Central Terminal in preparation for the arrival of Long Island Rail Road trains. Comment.
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Guv pushes for cheaper CUNY student loans

At the recommendation of the State Commission on Higher Education's report on education, Gov. David Paterson announced Monday he plans to push the state Legislature to establish a state-financed, low-interest student loan program for students at all colleges and universities in the state. Comment.
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Dollar vans: A staple of SE Queens commute

For southeast Queens commuters, dollar vans are a godsend when it comes to their morning commute and the evening rush hour. Comment.
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Boro ed funding to be restored

Queens schools are getting funding restored to last year's levels as part of the city budget passed last month, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. But portions of that funding will come from state Contract for Excellence funding. Comment.
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Atlas Park’s World’s Fair celebrates boro’s diversity

Glendale's Shops at Atlas Park will focus on the borough's diversity this weekend when it kicks off its second annual World's Fair, where more than 20 cultures will be represented through food and performances, the mall's owner said. Comment.
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AirTrain passengers, to receive free rides

The city's largest airport will be turning 60 next week and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be celebrating the occasion by giving passengers and straphangers free rides on the AirTrain this Friday. Comment.
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Beyond the past

Longtime jazz and R&B aficionado and St. Albans resident Steven Kroon has a lifetime of music behind him. The roots that connect him to his Puerto Rican heritage are strong, and he is not afraid to show it in his music. Comment.
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Historical Society’s show draws artists to Ft. Totten

What Queens-based artists Michael Puleo and Caroline Sun have in common is that they started out pursuing careers that didn't have much to do with artwork. Puleo, a Floral Park native, went to business school for marketing, and Sun, who lives in Jamaica, pursued a law degree under her parents' advisement and working for a top firm for several years but feeling unfulfilled by her profession. Comment.

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