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Calls for love, respect in the wake of brutality

The message was simple.Let’s always thank those who put their lives on the line each day to keep this city safe.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
112th Pct. honors two fallen heroes
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 5:59 am

Many children want to be police officers growing up; inspired by how they protect and serve on a daily basis.

On Tuesday night, it was a child inspiring a towering police captain.

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Menorah vandalism decried by leaders
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 5:47 am

Hollis Hills prides itself as a neighborhood in which people of many different faiths get along, but, for the second time in a week during this year’s celebration of Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, a community menorah was vandalized.

In response, clergy, elected officials and members of the community joined together on Tuesday to condemn the acts, which are being categorized as hate crimes.

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Long Island City honors fallen cops
Posted: December 24, 2014

Somberly reflecting on the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the 108th Precinct in Long Island City hosted a vigil Monday. The pair were shot while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn by a Baltimore resident, Isaaiyl Brinsley, on Saturday.

The attack is alleged to be a response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown this summer.

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Katz and Brown speak out on NYPD killings
Posted: December 24, 2014

Following the assassinations of Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos last Saturday in Brooklyn, numerous elected officials from Queens issued statements lamenting the violence.

The following is what Queens’ two boroughwide elected officials, Borough President Melinda Katz and District Attorney Richard Brown, said:

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AG: Pizzeria owners underpaid workers
Posted: December 24, 2014

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a federal lawsuit last Monday alleging that the owners of six Queens Papa John’s pizzerias violated state labor laws by significantly underpaying their employees.

“Like every other business in New York, fast food employers must follow the law,” Schneiderman said in a written statement announcing the lawsuit. “Employers must pay for all hours worked — without shaving hours and without rounding down.”

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Two Astoria men dealt heroin: LI DA
Posted: December 24, 2014

Two Astoria men and a business owner there were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.

Ajay Carter, 38, and Miguel Tormo, 42, were both charged with first- and third- degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for their alleged part in the international pipeline. Their bail was set at $5 million bond or $2.5 million in cash.

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Bah, Humbug! Rego Toys ‘R’ Us is looted
Posted: December 24, 2014

You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.

A Far Rockaway woman was charged last Thursday with stealing more than $56,000 in toys, electronics and clothing from the Toys “R” Us in the Rego Center mall at 61-35 Junction Blvd. in Rego Park, where she worked as a cashier.

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PAPD: Man tried to smuggle gun in PS2
Posted: December 24, 2014

A Brooklyn man was arrested last Wednesday by Port Authority police after Transportation Security Administration agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport allegedly found parts of a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun concealed inside a PlayStation2 video game console as he tried to catch a morning flight to Mexico City, said PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

The man, identified by Pentangelo as Oscar Ramirez, 48, was passing through the security checkpoint inside Terminal 1 when TSA screeners detected something unusual among his carry-on items as they passed along the conveyor belt through the X-ray machine, the PAPD said.

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Apprehended
Posted: December 24, 2014

A 35-year-old St. Albans man has been arrested on multiple charges as the suspect in an attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl back in July.

The NYPD said Tafari Pottinger of 111th Road was charged with first-degree attempted rape, second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation for an attack that allegedly took place at 11 p.m. on July 12 in the vicinity of 109th Road and Farmers Boulevard.

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