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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Authorl Stephen D. Hans For more than thirty years, a line was drawn that differentiated a franchiser and franchisee. The relationship between the two served each other well. Entrepreneurs looking ...
Septic Tank Pipe-Cover Crafts
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Many yards have ugly septic tank pipes sticking up out of the ground, but not all yards have ones that stand out in the open. In some cases, the septic pipes are hidden amongst trees, bushes or oth...
Are Your Dress Code and Grooming Policies Violating Discrimination Laws?
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
      Author: Stephen Hans Companies have the right to expect employees to be neat in appearance and follow a company dress code. Some companies require short hair for men and no one gives it a sec...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015
Feb 16, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
February 2015 Queens NY Market Update  Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and...
Ruby Tuesday Is Accused of Gender Discrimination Involving Men
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans It is common for the media to report on cases of gender discrimination where females did not receive equal pay or the same promotional opportunities as men. In contrast to t...
Stronger Mind, Happier You
Feb 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs--but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, to...
Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 214 214 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive ...
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...

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Shifty Shelly must be dumped
Dear Editor: Why do most Democratic Assembly members act like chew toys for Speaker Sheldon Silver? He disgraced his party and legislative chamber by paying off Albany sex abuse victims with taxpay...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two kinds of candidates
Dear Editor: There are two groups of candidates using different methods to become the next mayor. Democrats Sal Albanese, William Thompson and Erick Salgado, Republicans John Catsimatidis, Joseph L...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatcher wrong on gay Scout decision
Dear Editor: This is in response to Frederick Bedell's letter in the June 6th edition in which he decries the Boy Scouts' decision to permit gay youth as "opposed to the principles of the Boy Scout...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome to 1984
Dear Editor: The federal government has been accused of collecting data on all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as w...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oppose the WEA
Dear Editor: I am strongly opposed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Women's Equality Act" because it includes language to expand abortion in New York State. New York leads the nation in its rate of abor...
Jun 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 210 210 recommendations | email to a friend
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ConEd destroying trees
Dear Editor: They’ve struck again: the tree manglers hired by Con Edison to “trim” trees near overhead power lines. Trees are being mutilated and disfigured by the manglers cutting the centers out ...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
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Willets Point fiasco
Dear Editor: Community Board 7’s vote two weeks ago to approve by a narrow margin the new expanded Willets Point plan further sealed the Iron Triangle’s fate. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now in a hu...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 236 236 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boy Scouts made a bad decision
Dear Editor: The Boy Scouts of America approved a resolution to allow gay youth to join the Boy Scouts, but not adults. Now that I find quite troubling. The Boy Scouts made a compromise that, in my...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 240 240 recommendations | email to a friend
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Columnist right on with ferry observations
Dear Editor: I could not agree more with "The Importance of Rockaway Ferry Service" (Strictly Stasi - May 30). Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transport...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 237 237 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mayor Weiner? Why not!
Dear Editor: The news that former Congressman Anthony Weiner is going to run as a candidate in the New York City mayoral race is good. While his behavior a couple of years ago was not respectable, ...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend
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Return PS 130 to District 25
Dear Editor: PS 130, located at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside, currently serves mainly District 25 students. The school, however, is geographically in District 26 and historically was a K-6 and K-8...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Are we ready?
Dear Editor: Our planet’s climate is changing, and the impact on our daily weather has been extreme. Look at the tornado that hit Brooklyn and Northeast Queens, the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the am...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save city's newsstands
Dear Editor: Speaker Christine Quinn's recent proposal to allow newsstand operators to sell non-newspaper products for up to $10 versus today's current $5 limit makes sense. Prior to the 1962 newsp...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
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No to zo
nes for food trucks Dear Editor: Recent legislation introduced by Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick to limit the number of food trucks and establish “food truck zones” is disappointing to thousand...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
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MTA fails again
Dear Editor: I wish I didn't have to write this letter, but the MTA monopoly failed the public trust once again. On May 14, at Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 10:29 p.m. I waited...
May 22, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
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The logo of Freescale Semiconductor Inc is seen at the entrance of the plant in ToulouseBy Nadia Damouni and Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion. The transaction is the clearest sign yet that semiconductor companies are regaining the confidence required to pursue big mergers and acquisitions at a time when their major clients, such as mobile phone manufacturers, seek to consolidate suppliers. Freescale also has its chips in consumer products such as Amazon's Kindle e-reader. Last month, Avago Technologies said it would buy wireless networking company Emulex Corp for more than $600 million, while MaxLinear said it would buy Entropic Communications Inc for $287 million.


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Former world chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov attends a news conference at a lawyer's office in Paris,By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov has dampened any hope for a peaceful political transition in Russia away from President Vladimir Putin's government, Garry Kasparov, a prominent opposition voice, said in an interview on Sunday. Kasparov, a former world chess champion who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, offered a gloomy outlook for Russia's political opposition after Nemtsov was shot dead meters from the Kremlin late on Friday.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police shot and killed a man Sunday who struggled with officers on a sidewalk in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.
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