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The debate over broken windows

Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.

Thursday 08/21/2014
LI man arrested in hit and run of Sikh
Posted: August 21, 2014

A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.

Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.

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Future of Klein farm remains murky
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Area civic leaders remain concerned about the future of the Klein farm property in Fresh Meadows following its recent sale to a convicted felon who illegally tore down trees on the protected site.

Ziming Shen of Manhattan, who runs a preschool on the historic Klein property at 194-15 73 Ave., remains under house arrest for stealing funds designated for poor children’s lunches from his chain of Red Apple preschools.

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Woodhaven fuming over building ruling
Posted: August 21, 2014

It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.

The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.

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Police resurrect cold murder case
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:30 pm

A 40-year-old cold case murder of a Flushing teen in Bayside is being fired up anew by the NYPD.

Police are asking the public’s help in solving the murder of Leslie Zaret, 17, whose body was found on the PS 203 playground on Springfield Boulevard in Bayside on Aug. 17, 1974.

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Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Plan to shift Rikers cases to Queens DA is criticized by many

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Monday 08/18/2014
Pedestrian killed in Maspeth hit-and-run
Posted: August 18, 2014

A 32-year-old man was killed early Monday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Maspeth.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Kew Gardens rabbi seeks right to arm
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

Kew Gardens Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, a former NYPD officer, says he’s all for keeping guns out of the hands of anyone who isn’t law enforcement — most of the time.

But when it comes to protecting houses of worship from what he calls “credible threats,” he doesn’t want his parishioners to wait around for the police to arrive.

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Baldeo case ends in split decision by jury
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:56 am

Albert Baldeo, the Ozone Park political activist, former Democratic district leader and candidate for several elective offices, was found not guilty Monday of three counts of campaign-related fraud, but convicted of seven counts of obstructing justice. Baldeo, 54, said he is appealing the convictions.

Baldeo, who was then the Democratic district leader in the 38th Assembly District, was charged in October 2012 for allegations that he used straw donors to fund his campaign for a special election to the City Council in 2010. He previously had run for the Council in 2005 and the state Senate in 2006.

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Not just back to school, back to life
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:57 am

Jim, an English and science teacher, stands by the board, looking at his class expectantly.

“Does anyone know?” he asks. “What do we think?”

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