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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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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 | 12 12 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?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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 | 53 53 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 | 53 53 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 | 63 63 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 | 70 70 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 | 81 81 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 | 131 131 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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In tribute to Koch
Dear Editor: Former Mayor Ed Koch has left us at the age of 88 and has served our great city well. In fact, I think we are much better off today because we had Koch around when we most needed him. ...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Women in combat?
Dear Editor: What's next, Obama Youth Brigades with 14-year-old kids sent to Syria, Iraq, or some other forsaken hellhole to die or be mutilated? Or a new “Volksturm” made up of 60-year-old soldier...
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No free path to citizenship
Dear Editor: When immigrants come into our country illegally, they are breaking our laws. They should not become citizens! Our tax dollars pay for their education, hospitalization, etc. This is ano...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Taxpayers should not fund Viagra for vets

Dear Editor:
 Bloomberg Business Week reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $72 million last year on erectile dysfunction drugs for military veterans. As an Air Force v...
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Keep LICH open
Dear Editor: I have been a caregiver at Long Island College Hospital for over 50 years, and I am urging the chancellor and Board of Trustees of the State University of New York to keep the doors of...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lay off the Queen of Hearts
Dear Editor: After a long hard day at work, Al Bundy – like many hardworking New Yorkers - should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would object to "Pol calls for more disclosu...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lamenting Roe
Dear Editor: January 22 was the anniversary of of the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal. Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions. It truly amazes me that such a decision wa...
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Sad Ending
Dear Editor: The story about the dolphin who swam into the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and eventually died is very sad. This poor creature somehow must have gotten separated from the rest of its pod ...
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Gun ban won't solve society's ills
Dear Editor: Evil people have committed evil acts since Cain killed Abel, yet we persist in the delusion that we can legislate evil into extinction. Good people will abide by the law; criminals wil...
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“Chairman” drags King into gun control debate
Dear Editor: Just when you think you have heard the most outrageous utterances from our gun-aholics, they one-up themselves. Following is the twisted logic presented by Larry Ward, chairman of Gun ...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doe Fund boss gets too much dough
Dear Editor: George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund, announced that he's running for mayor of New York. He said that creating jobs is his top priority. He's already done that at the...
Jan 23, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for meaningful gun control reforms
Dear Editor:
 President Obama and Vice President Biden deserve great credit for their efforts to curb gun violence in our country. So do Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. It takes a lot of courag...
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The “b” word
Dear Editor: Over the years, we have stopped using certain words to describe black, Jewish, homosexuals, and Latinos because we know that they are vile and degrade people. In the past these words j...
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GOP needs to get into other races
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to the insightful "In Our Opinion…Joe plans to ride a whole "Lhota' love" from December 27.  How ironic that beleaguered New York City Republicans now have six potentia...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restore the Q74 by tolling bridges
Dear Editor: The MTA announced that it would restore 21 bus lines that were cut two years ago at a cost of $18 million. But the Q74 (also called the Vleigh Place Shuttle) won't be one of them. It s...
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In this Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires a weapon towards positions of the Islamic State group who are 500 meters or half a mile away, overlooking the strategic town of Sinjar, northern Iraq. Peshmerga fighters representing the lawful authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan fume against what they see as the recklessness of their allies in militias drawn from neighboring Syria and Turkey making progress painful and raising doubts about whether these groups can work together. At stake is ownership of Sinjar, the town that once was home to many of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.


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A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey ShaleBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rocketed more than 8 percent higher on Friday, their biggest one-day gain in two and a half years, after data showed U.S. drillers were slamming the brakes on the shale drilling boom. In a rally that may spur speculation that a seven-month price collapse has ended, global benchmark Brent crude shot up to more than $53 per barrel, its highest in more than three weeks, after Baker Hughes data showed the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 94 - or 7 percent - this week. Two weeks of relatively stable oil prices have helped shift sentiment after months of decline, setting the stage for the violent rebound on Friday afternoon. With drillers having idled about 24 percent of their oil drilling rigs since the summer, some traders may be betting that an anticipated slowdown in U.S. oil production is nearer than expected.


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A banner with a picture of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, is being raised by workers near a tent prepared for receiving supporters, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.


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