An allt-too familiar sight recently
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Last week, we ran this photo from our archives asking for any information about its history. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, believes it was taken at the funeral for Officer Edward Byrne, a member of the 103rd Precinct who was murdered as he staked out a home at the intersection of 107th Avenue and Inwood Street in February of 1988. The home belonged to a Guyanese immigrant who repeatedly called police concerning illegal activities on his street. The home had been firebombed twice and the owner repeatedly threatened. Despite the dangerous situation and the growing violence related to drug dealing in south Queens, Byrne was assigned to the stakeout without a partner. As he sat in his car, two men approached. One knocked on the passenger side window of the police cruiser to get Byrne's attention while another man shot him five times in the head through the driver's side window. The killers and two men who acted as lookouts were later arrested and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The murder of Byrne, who was just 22 years old and had joined the force just two years earlier, sparked national outrage and led to a crack down on violence in the borough. There's several reminders of Officer Byrne in Queens. A section of 91st Avenue was named in his honor, Officer Edward Byrne Park was dedicated in 1995, and the Police Athletic league renamed its Queens Center after him. Some notable people in the photo include a young Rudy Giuliani (third from right, second row), then starting with the third from the right and moving left, then-Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward, Mayor Ed Koch, Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Congressman Mario Biaggi, and Matthew Byrne, Edward's father and himself a former police officer.
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St. Joe's lets second-half lead slip away
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St. Joseph's College (12-7) fell 92-87 on Saturday afternoon after leading by as many as 17 late in the second-half, succumbing to The College of Staten Island's (13-5) furious comeback run. Michael Megafu (Jamaica/Nazareth Regional) showcased another dynamic offensive performance, scoring 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The junior also matched a season-high with 17 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Matt O'Neill (Brooklyn/St. Edmund Prep) netted 25 as well, falling just two points shy of his career-best. The junior continued his season-long barrage from long range, burying 5-of-12 from three. David Louison (Brooklyn/St. Edmund Prep) flirted with another double-double, pouring in 19 points on 8-of-14 from the floor while corralling nine boards. Staten Island native Alec Willis (St. Joseph by the Sea) rounded out four Bears in double-figures, chipping in 10 on 2-of-4 shooting from downtown. The Bears remained up double-digits for a majority of the second-half, stretching their advantage to a game-high 17 points following Willis' three-pointer with just 6:40 remaining. But Willis' three triggered Staten Island's furious comeback. The Dolphins answered with a 6-0 run in a span of 41 seconds to quickly cut the deficit to 79-68. Sophomore Frank Schettino drained a three at the 4:53 mark to shrink St. Joseph's lead to single-digits and bring CSI within striking distance. Just 52 seconds later, Schettino would bury another from deep to make the score 82-78 as the Dolphins continued to stalk the Bears. St. Joseph's remained poised and seemed to regain control following Megafu's three-point play that gave the Bears some breathing room (87-80) with 2:28 remaining. But the Dolphins closed the game with 12 unanswered points, storming back from certain defeat to steal the win. Each team shot over 50 percent from the field in the shootout. But it was a tale of two halves. Staten Island converted on eight three-pointers in the second while St. Joseph's went cold late, hitting just 2-of-8 after sinking 7-of-14 in the first. The Bears were scheduled to host Medgar Evers for the first of five consecutive at the Hill Center on Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m.
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Coack K picks up 1,000th win over St. John's
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St. John's vs. Duke
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For a while, it looked like St. John's would stall a historic moment in NCAA basketball history. St. John’s led No. 5 Duke by 10 points with 8:35 to play but could not hold on, falling 77-68 to the Blue Devils on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. It was the 1,000th career win for Mike Krzyzewski, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone. Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to put Krzyzewski in four figures on his first try. Jahlil Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds, combining with Jones and Quinn Cook (17 points) to fuel the decisive spurt. “When you play Duke, you know that they are going to have firepower,” said head coach Steve Lavin. “They are well-coached, have talented personnel and a good approach,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks for the Red Storm (13-6), which was looking for a huge win to put on their NCAA Tournament resume down the road. Rysheed Jordan scored 18 points, and Phil Greene IV added 13. Leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison was held to 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Number 1,000 came about 500 miles from the cramped and cozy confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke's home floor, but Coach K was hardly on unfamiliar soil. Madison Square Garden was where he notched win No. 903 against Michigan State in November 2011, breaking the Division I record previously held by his college coach and mentor, Bob Knight. By midway through an entertaining first half, the 67-year-old Krzyzewski was on his feet in front of the Duke bench as St. John's erased an 11-point deficit. Wearing a blue suit and white sneakers to support Coaches vs. Cancer, Krzyzewski stalked after the officials at the end of the first half to argue that Harrison's buzzer-beating 3-pointer came after the shot clock expired. Coach K didn't get the call, and the Red Storm went into the locker room leading 43-39. “He was gracious as always,” said Lavin of his brief encounter with Krzyzewski after the win. “We have tremendous respect for Coach K. I congratulated him on the milestone.”
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