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Do it for Danny: Boy’s strength still inspires

The star of the St. John’s men’s basketball team is not the tattooed shooting guard with the sweet jump shot.It’s not the lengthy center with the imposing presence on defense.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Reforms to assist mentally ill inmates
Posted: December 18, 2014

New York City will spend $130 million over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, jail re-entry and the number of people with mental illnesses, who are often locked up for minor offenses.

The plan, proposed by Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, came in response to a number of cases in which mentally ill inmates died under questionable conditions at Rikers Island, the country’s second-largest correction facility.

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HIV-prevention pill made available to young people
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:50 pm

An HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was, as patients are now able to treat the condition with medication and live well into their 80s, but there are still 16,000 cases in Queens alone, according to health officials, and young gay and bisexual men are most adversely affected.

Now there is a way to proactively reduce the risk of infection, by taking a pill called Truvada every day. The method is called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and doctors say it’s 99 percent effective when it’s done right. Increasing access to PrEP is part of Gov. Cuomo’s three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections. Fewer than 2,000 people are taking Truvada nationwide.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Fed. Court hears EQA JFK appeal on Dec. 18
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:13 pm

The Eastern Queens Alliance is chartering buses for people interested in attending a Dec. 18 federal court hearing on the proposed runway extension at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Eastern Queens Alliance is opposed to the project, which will move a portion of Runway 4 Left-22 Right about 700 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and residential areas to the north and northeast of JFK.

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Resolution blasts basement abodes
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Community Board 9 members have a message for Mayor de Blasio: not in our basements.

Members of the board passed a resolution affirming the board’s opposition to a plan by the mayor to legalize basement dwellings as part of his plan to place or preserve an additional 200,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city.

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Heavy workloads and student health
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:13 pm

York College students are concerned that the workload they are given by professors leads to clinical depression.

To diagnose clinical depression, the most severe form of depression, the American Psychiatric Association uses the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” In a recent interview, Dr. Rodolfo Sandin, a licensed psychiatrist of over 40 years at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, said an overly burdensome workload can be harmful to a college student.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Meeting demand tough for city food pantries
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 12:21 pm

One year after Congress and President Obama enacted nearly $14 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, many food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City are struggling to meet the rising demand as lines are getting longer.

In its annual report released last week, the New York Coalition Against Hunger said 92.9 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens are being hurt by the federal cuts made last year November.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
New urgent care clinic unveiled in Forest Hills
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 12:07 pm

The days of sitting in an emergency room for five hours because of an ankle sprain or a bad cold that hasn’t gone away may be numbered.

While urgent care clinics might not be the “future” of how one receives care, medical professionals from the North Shore-LIJ Health System and GoHealth Urgent Care see them as the healthcare industry’s biggest growing trend in the nation.

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Queens divided over airport roundtables
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.

The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

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Car-tossed dog not out of the woods yet
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 12:06 pm

A dog that was believed to have been thrown out of a moving car in Glendale is now the center of an NYPD investigation.

William Aaron, a firefighter with Engine 286 in Glendale, was in a truck that was flagged down around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday by a couple who said they saw something thrown from a car near Cyprus Avenue and Vermont Place.

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