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  • Feds probe alleged terrorists who tried to rent giant truck in suspected Al Qaeda bomb plot

    09/19/2009 2:43:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 1,811+ views
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, September 19th 2009, 4:00 AM | Various
    "Feds probe alleged terrorists who tried to rent giant truck in suspected Al Qaeda bomb plot" BY JAMES GORDON MEEK IN WASHINGTON, JUDITH CROSSON IN DENVER, KATE NOCERA, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA AND LARRY MCSHANE DAILY NEWS WRITERS Saturday, September 19th 2009, 4:00 AM Investigators probed a failed Queens truck rental for ties to a possible Al Qaeda bomb plot yesterday as a chief terror suspect tried making a deal to save his skin. The New York end of the expanding federal probe centered on seven Afghan men who tried to rent the biggest truck at a Queens U-Haul on Sept. 9,...
  • Denver Man Admits to a Possible Al Qaeda Connection, Officials Say

    09/18/2009 6:44:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 525+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2009 | DAVID JOHNSTON and AL BAKER
    The Denver shuttle bus driver at the center of a federal terrorism investigation has begun to cooperate with the authorities, admitting that he had perhaps unwittingly crossed paths in Pakistan with extremists allied with Al Qaeda, according to government officials briefed on the case. The officials did not indicate whether the admissions of the man, Najibullah Zazi, made during three days of intense questioning by F.B.I. agents in Denver, clarified whether he had directly engaged in terrorist activity. And it is not known whether his account could mean he will be charged with any wrongdoing. But Mr. Zazi’s discussions with...
  • Contrite St. John's Univ. student behind alleged massacre threats on Facebook...

    09/17/2009 3:21:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 566+ views
    NY DAILY ^ | Thursday, September 17th 2009, 3:34 PM | Kerry Burke
    Note: Photo included. Contrite St. John's Univ. student behind alleged massacre threats on Facebook says booze to blame BY KERRY BURKE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Thursday, September 17th 2009, 3:34 PM PHOTO CAPTION: "Radames Santiago Jr., 18, a student from St John's, who was arrested for making threats on his Facebook page." SNIPPET: "A St. John's University freshman who posted messages on Facebook threatening to launch a "Virginia Tech attack" at the Queens campus told the Daily News that he was just drunk and never would have caused anyone harm." SNIPPET: "Santiago, who lives in Washington Heights with his mom...
  • Feds raid N.Y. apartments after suspected al-Qaida visitor

    09/15/2009 9:15:43 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies · 435+ views
    Jewish Telegraph Agency ^ | September 15, 2009
    Two New York City apartments were raided following a visit by a suspected al-Qaida operative. No arrests were made and no weapons were found in Monday's raids, according to The New York Times. The man suspected of ties to al-Qaida is of Afghan descent and has been under FBI surveillance. He visited the Queens residences over the weekend and returned to his Midwest home, according to reports. The Times reported that the five men who lived in one of the apartments were all of Afghan descent and came from the same area of Afghanistan. The U.S. Justice Department's Joint Terrorism...
  • FBI monitors Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat at Masjid Al-Falah Queens New York

    09/15/2009 5:14:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Bill Warner - blog ^ | July 11, 2009 | Posted by Bill Warner
    SNIPPET: "The Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) name has come up before in connection with terrorism plots, including the October 2002 Portland Seven and the September 2002 Lackawanna Six cases in the United States, as well as the August 2006 plot to bomb airliners en route from London to the United States, the July 7, 2005, London Underground bombings and the July 2007 attempted bombings in London and Glasgow, Scotland. Over the past several years we also have received several queries about TJ from U.S. law enforcement officials who are concerned about the group’s presence and activities in the United States. U.S....
  • FBI raid Queens, NY home in terror investigation

    09/14/2009 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 650 replies · 21,606+ views
  • 3 Queens Schools Closed Because of Flu Concerns

    05/14/2009 6:49:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 504+ views
    WNBC ^ | Thu, May 14, 2009 | JOHN P. WISE AND MELISSA RUSSO
    Three Queens schools are being closed Friday because hundreds of students have reported flu symptoms and four cases of swine flu have been verified including an assistant principal who has been hospitalized in critical condition. IS 238 in Hollis, PS 16 in Corona and IS 5 in Elmhurst will be shuttered for five days each. "There is an unusually high level of flu levels at those schools," Mayor Bloomberg said a press conference surrounded by Gov. David Paterson, and health and school officials. Four students and a staff member have tested positive for swine flu at IS 238. More than...
  • Queens Man Admits Supplying Social Security Numbers to Fraud Ring

    05/11/2009 5:21:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 717+ views
    Queens Man Admits Supplying Social Security Numbers to Fraud Ring NEWARK—A Queens, N.Y. man pleaded guilty today to supplying Social Security numbers to members of an identity fraud ring, acting United States Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced. Yomi Jagunna, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 12. Jagunna, whose bail is set at $1 million, was returned to custody, where he has been since his arrest on a criminal Complaint in New York on Oct. 28. A one-count Indictment charging him in...
  • QNS SCHOOL FEAR; CANCUN TRIP EYED IN SWINE OUTBREAK (who protects Americans from Mexican disease?)

    04/26/2009 7:10:22 AM PDT · by Liz · 39 replies · 1,913+ views
    NY POST ^ | 4/26/09 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE and MICHAEL BLAUSTEIN with Brandon Guarneri, Julia Dahl, Christina Carrega, Tim P
    St. Francis Prep high school seniors....likely brought in Mexico's deadly swine flu epidemic after spring-break in Cancun leaving about 200 kids ill. City health officials confirmed eight students "have probable human swine influenza" after testing positive for the swine officials put all NY hospitals on alert after nine kids complained of nausea, dizziness, headache and other swine flu symptons, which has already killed at least 81 Mexicans and sickened more than 1,300. Some residents recently returned from Mexico have called saying they were ill.....WHO said swine flu may soon be a global pandemic that killed 50 million people worldwide...

    04/26/2009 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 2,139+ views
    group of Queens high school students likely brought Mexico's deadly swine flu epidemic to the city after they went on a wild spring-break party to Cancun earlier this month. Some seniors from St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows took the trip over Easter hiatus two weeks ago. Days later, an outbreak of flu-like symptoms erupted at the school, leaving about 200 kids complaining of being ill. Yesterday, city health officials confirmed that eight students "have probable human swine influenza" after testing positive for Influenza A, which officials say causes the swine strain of disease. "We're very concerned about what may...

    04/23/2009 7:57:33 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 32 replies · 1,005+ views
    The New York Post ^ | April 23, 2009 | By JAMIE SCHRAM and IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON
    The head of a Queens Islamic school is accused of brutally beating a 12-year-old student over a crack made about the man's private parts, The Post has learned.
  • Video: Miss California Loses Miss USA Because She Opposes Same-Sex Marriage?

    04/20/2009 8:31:00 AM PDT · by careyb · 18 replies · 2,038+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/20/09 | Fox News
    Megyn Kelly interviews Courtney Friel about Miss USA. It doesn't get much better.
  • Ray of Hope For Queens Homeowner (BAAAARF!)

    02/19/2009 10:31:34 AM PST · by thefactor · 50 replies · 1,279+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/19/09 | Lorena Mongelli
    Mohammed Khoda bought his Queens home at the peak of the real-estate market, and now that "everything is crashing," he's hoping President Obama can save him from foreclosure. "It was our dream to get a home in New York City," the Bangladeshi immigrant said. "And now we only hope to be able to live here." Khoda, 59, bought his two-family home on 160th Street in Jamaica for $700,000 in 2006.
  • Catholic schools set to close may get second lease on life as charter schools, Mayor says

    02/07/2009 9:46:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 610+ views
    ny daily news ^ | 02.07.09 | Kathleen Lucadamo
      'The mayor is like Noah, he is throwing out a life preserver and I'm going to grab it,' Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn Diocese said at City Hall Saturday. In attempt to keep cash-starved Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens from closing, the city may convert them into charter schools, Mayor Bloomberg announced Saturday. "We are in a flood," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn Diocese said at a City Hall press conference. "The mayor is like Noah, he is throwing out a life preserver and I'm going to grab it." The diocese has identified four schools in...
  • Monk's tale of survival inspires Teaching assistant escaped genocide in brutal Rwanda

    01/16/2009 9:57:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 469+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 01.15.09 | CLARE TRAPASSO
    Donat Kubwimana escaped Rwanda in a van filled with fellow Catholic monks, all fleeing the genocide that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of their countrymen.  Fifteen years later, the 44-year-old is working on his master's degree in French at Queens College in Flushing. On Thursday, he became a U.S. citizen. "I'm so lucky," Kubwimana said after being sworn in. Kubwimana's harrowing tale of survival and achievement has become an inspiration to his Flushing community. "Just his story could have an impact," Brother David Turmel, 60, said of Kubwimana's journey from a Catholic compound in Rwanda to Queens.Kubwimana left...
  • Teachers and Classmates Express Outrage at Arrest of Girl, 16, as a Terrorist Threat

    04/09/2005 4:32:16 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 92 replies · 2,607+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 9, 2005 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times Kimberly Lane, a teacher at Heritage High School, expressed dismay after the arrest. At Heritage High School in East Harlem, where the student idiom is hip-hop and salsa, the 16-year-old Guinean girl stood out, but not just because she wore Islamic dress. She was so well liked that when she ran for student body president, she came in second to one of her best friends - the Christian daughter of the president of the parent-teacher association, Deleen P. Carr. Now Ms. Carr, a speech pathologist who calls herself "a typical American citizen," is as outraged...
  • Queens Democrat Hit With Fraud Rap

    12/11/2008 10:55:59 AM PST · by freespirited · 5 replies · 414+ views
    NY Post | 12/11/08 | Bruce Golding
    Veteran Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio was indicted for fraud yesterday after plea negotiations in his corruption case apparently broke down. The Manhattan federal court indictment boosted to $1 million the amount of cash the Queens Democrat is charged with collecting through an eight-year, influence-peddling scheme. In early September, federal authorities charged that Seminerio pocketed money in exchange for access to Albany lawmakers. Payments allegedly went to a bogus consulting outfit linked to the Assemblyman.
  • Teacher sues city after being fired for affair with runway model student

    11/26/2008 2:12:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 48 replies · 2,144+ views
    ny daily news ^ | 11.25.08 | JOSE MARTINEZ
    Her boy toy may have been a stud, but he was no student.   A Queens teacher fired for bedding a 17-year-old male model is suing to win her job back, saying she had no idea her lover boy was enrolled in high school during their affair.  Gina Salamino, 37, contends her job as a tenured second-grade teacher at Public School 121 should have been spared because Joshua Walter was so busy catwalking he never attended a single class during the 2006-07 school year.  "They have no case," Salamino angrily told the Daily News. "There is no improper relationship."Salamino maintains...
  • Those delicate Jesuit sensibilities

    11/23/2008 9:13:06 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 947+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | November 12, 2008 | Laura Vozzella
    <p>An economics professor from Loyola University in New Orleans traveled to Baltimore's Loyola last week to give a lecture, and everybody's been apologizing ever since.</p> <p>Everybody, that is, but the professor, Walter Block, who chalks up the flap to political correctness.</p>
  • Two in Queens killed in crash by drunken driver with violent past

    11/20/2008 6:38:58 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 711+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 11.17.08 | Erica Pearson, Barry Paddock And Jonathan Lemire
    A drunken driver with a violent past killed a hardworking livery driver and her passenger Sunday when he blew through a red light and crushed her car in Queens, cops said. Daryush Omar - who was charged with murder in 2006 but never tried - had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when he plowed his SUV into the livery car driven by Bessy Velasquez. RELATED: SLAIN MAN'S DAD: HE'S A COMMON THUG The mom of two died instantly along with passenger Panayiota Demetriou. Adding to the tragedy, a ghoulish passerby took advantage of the...