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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 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 | 36 36 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 | 80 80 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 | 99 99 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 | 138 138 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 | 168 168 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 | 204 204 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 | 261 261 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 | 270 270 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 | 254 254 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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R.I.P. Rivers
Dear Editor: Joan Rivers, the queen of comedy who brought her refreshing brand of laughter to millions, has passed away. She will surely be missed by those who need some humor in their lives. My he...
Sep 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Free women
Dear Editor: Republican Conservatives and their Libertarian pseudonym scream, "freedom, freedom, freedom!" When are they going to concede some of that "freedom" to women concerning their very own b...
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On the record
Dear Editor: The New York City Police Dept. made 150,000 arrests in 4 years. I believe that in that time, there is only one arrest where the perpetrator died. I am sure that many of these arrests i...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Voting for Avella
Dear Editor: I have lived in Queens my whole life, and since State Senator Tony Avella has been elected I have seen great improvement. Tony has always been a strong supporter of the spirit of the A...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gun nuts
Dear Editor: A nine-year-old girl at a shooting range accidentally kills an instructor with an Uzi set on full-auto, and I'm sure the NRA will put out an a official statement blaming the girl for n...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Never forget
Dear Editor: I'm greatly troubled by the belief of some who think we must move on; that there is too much talk of 9/11 after 13 years. I beg to differ. We lost thousands of good people, including 3...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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The mighty Quinn
Dear Editor: Former City Council Speaker and losing mayoral wanna-be Christine Quinn has finished licking her wounds and come out of the closet. She is assisting in the creation of the "Women's Equ...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tragedy all around
Dear Editor: The recent death of Eric Garner, which may have been related to a police chokehold, did not have to be. Blame the economy for forcing Eric Garner, like thousands of other out-of-work N...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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The real insult
Dear Editor: I must reply to Alfred Waddell, whose letter about impeachment of President Obama appeared in this paper on August 21. Mr. Waddell claims taking such action would insult the intelligen...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just the facts
Dear Editor: I came across your newspaper recently and on page 7 found "Dispatch," a page dedicated to "letters, blog posts, comments and updates." Thankfully the word "facts" wasn't included. For ...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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War on graffiti
Dear Editor: The scourge of Queens and New York City is graffiti. It makes you so angry and somewhat sad to see the senseless indiscriminate markings of these vandals throughout our communities. In...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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I'm voting Avella
Dear Editor: On September 9, registered Democratic Party voters in the 11th Senatorial District will choose between incumbent Tony Avella and former comptroller John Liu as their candidate for Stat...
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Prudent pruning
Dear Editor: What is all of this ballyhoo about the Parks Department not pruning the correct trees in the boroughs?The department and the Comptroller's Office needs to better coordinate how and whe...
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Liberal insanity
Dear Editor: There are many issues on which people can agreeably disagree, but I have concluded there can be no reasonable debate with persons who think that eliminating borders and permitting mill...
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Vegan for good

Dear Editor: Recently, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Iraqis hold a protest a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The protesters held a banner denouncing the destruction of the artifacts and call upon the Iraqi government to protect archeological sites in the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.


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In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.


2015-02-27 20:16:59 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate on Friday night to get an update on efforts to ensure the Department of Homeland Security does not shut down, the White House said. Obama also met late Friday with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan to discuss the impending deadline for funding the department, the White House said. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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