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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 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 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 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 | 31 31 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...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
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Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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Dear Editor: Along with many other New Yorkers, my condolences go out to the family and friends of Raizel and Nachman Glauber. However, why after all these years do Assemblyman David Weprin and Sta...
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If elected, let's hope she can pull it off
Dear Editor: Speaker Christine Quinn made it official and is running for mayor of one of our country's greatest cities. If elected she would be the first openly gay woman to hold this office. Now, ...
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Don't destroy a successful program
Dear Editor: On March 6, the PTA of P.S. 122 held a massive rally that filled the school’s auditorium with concerned parents, teachers, kids, educators and legislators. The reason: the Department o...
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Feds shouldn't tell us what to eat
Dear Editor: There seems to be an international war on obesity. Among the world's industrialized nations, the United States bears the dubious distinction of being the world's fattest. In 1992, the ...
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The church is broke?
Dear Editor: I was just wondering where the church gets the money for the splendor of Vatican City and the millions to pay for the pedophile priest lawsuits, yet is impoverished when it comes to ke...
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Time to think outside the (mail)box
Dear Editor: With last year's $16 billion loss, combined with another increase in the price of stamps to 46 cents for a first-class letter, now "USPS announces that it will stop delivering on Satur...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rubio's rebuttal a joke
Dear Editor: Marco Rubio's rebuttal to the State of the Union speech was a rehash of the embarrassing speech that he gave at the Republican National Convention. From the rebuttal, one could tell th...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help fight city's plan for permanent toilets
Dear Editor: I just came from a Community Board 14 meeting with the Parks Department. The Parks Department, without community involvement, has unilaterally decided to to build permanent bathrooms a...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep up the battle for Brooklyn
Dear Editor: I just finished watching the documentary Battle for Brooklyn and I was moved by your fight against the abuse of our democracy. I am from Illinois, and we know bad government and politi...
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Not all neighbors oppose the Queensway
Dear Editor: I find it unfortunate that Anthony Stasi’s February 14th column on the Queensway is so biased against what is a terrific neighborhood project, and would like to comment on its inaccura...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for the positive news on Glendale
Dear Editor: Thank you to Alexandra Torres and the Glendale Register for the front page article in the February 14th issue of the entitled "The Other Side of Myrtle." It was a refreshing and positi...
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Fund groups that rescue animals
Dear Editor: Regarding the dog and cat adoption fees charged, many of these organizations that charge fees for adoptions are “no kill” groups. One of these, Bobbi and the Strays, does not euthanize...
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Koch and gay rights in Queens
Dear Editor: As a congressman, Ed Koch co-sponsored a Gay Rights Bill he knew would get nowhere, but that gave gay rights advocates some leverage when dealing with the City Council. Manhattan gay r...
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Find the 'one percent' from somewhere else
Dear Editor: Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's call for setting aside one percent of the annual municipal budget ("One Percent for Culture campaign is growing" - February 7) would cost taxpayers $700 m...
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Ask Crowley if he supports the Fair Tax Act
Dear Editor: We are still in the worst economic recession since the great depression. It didn’t have to happen! In July 2011, Dr. David G. Tuerck, executive director of The Beacon Hill Institute in...
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Pregnant smokers in one northeast Ohio county can get free diapers in exchange for permanently kicking the habit through a new health program.
2015-02-01 12:27:04 -0500

File photo of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia standing in a metal cage during his trial in a court in CairoBy Michael Georgy and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed - who were also jailed in the case that provoked an international outcry. The three were sentenced to seven to 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Many Egyptians see Qatar-based Al Jazeera as a force set on destabilizing the country, a view that has been encouraged in the local media which has labeled the journalists "The Marriott Cell", because they worked from a hotel of the U.S.-based chain.


2015-02-01 12:23:31 -0500

Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste listens to the verdict in Cairo on June 23, 2014 inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim BrotherhoodEgypt deported Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste to Australia Sunday after holding him for more than 400 days despite global condemnation of his jailing on charges of backing the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste departed on a flight to Larnaca in Cyprus soon after his release from Cairo's Tora prison, interior ministry and airport officials told AFP. The Al-Jazeera English reporter was detained along with two colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and an Egyptian producer, Baher Mohamed, in December 2013 and charged with aiding the blacklisted Brotherhood movement. The Qatar-based channel welcomed Cairo's decision and expressed the hope that its other two journalists would also be released.


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