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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 273 273 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 279 279 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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Pol & reporters do a little "Rangel"-ing
Could all of the stress of the ethics probe and pending charges against New York City Congressman Charlie Rangel finally be getting to him? Rangel has been scolding and snapping at reporters like a...
Jul 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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This won't be a negative-Frei race
Has civility finally returned to local politics? The race to fill the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris in Astoria - who is in turn the clear frontrunner to replace the retiring Ge...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who wants free papers?
You might recall that after taking a brief hiatus from the City Council, Karen Koslowitz was re-elected to represent the Forest Hills district she once repped before term limits forced her out in 2...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Driscoll says 'so long' to Parkside
Bill Driscoll, the senior founding partner at The Parkside Group, has suddenly parted ways with Evan Stavisky and Harry Gianoulis. Driscoll was considered the most savvy at the political consulting...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marty: see you in a few years LeBron!
There were a whole lot of people upset about LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, none more so than the fine people of Cleveland, OH. But King James let down a whole lo...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weiner with catch up on ESPN
We gotten used to seeing Congressman Anthony Weiner all over our television sets as of late. The Brooklyn/Queens representative has become one of the most outspoken members of Congress, and has mos...
Jul 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bet you think this Pol Position is about you? It is!
So was it a fundraiser or wasn't it? Well, that depends on who you ask. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was criticized recently for attending a Carole King and James Taylor "concert" in Washington, D...
Jun 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Talk is cheap
Look out naive and sloppy journos, Errol Louis is going to out you! Louis, a columnist with The Daily News, recently had Congressman Gregory Meeks as a guest on WWRL's Morning Show with Errol Louis...
Jun 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aqueduct will become a big campaign chip
The news over the controversial pick of Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG) to run a future casino - or as it has been dubbed a “racino” - full of video lottery terminals just keeps getting worse. N...
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a kiss? A lot in Albany!
Anthony Como wasn't the only GOP candidate to pounce on an opportunity to discredit their challenger this past week. Rick Lazio, who is running for governor and will likely face current Attorney Ge...
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Come on, it's just a million bucks!
Really, what's $1 million or so if you're the richest man in the world? Well, $1 million might be a drop in the bucket to billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg, but the money apparently isn't an insi...
Jun 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Como' and get it, Addabbo!
Will he or won't he? Will he or won't he? He will! Anthony Como, who had a cup of coffee in the City Council after he won a special election to replace Dennis Gallagher only to be defeated five mon...
Jun 08, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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They're going hungry
What's all that grumbling in the City Council? It just might be Councilman Jumaane Williams' stomach! The Brooklyn pol recently went on a three-day fast for immigration reform. That's right, he did...
Jun 08, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Un-Commons dilemma for state senator?
Hey, has anybody noticed that State Senator Toby Stavisky has been eerily quiet on one of the – if not the – biggest development project in her district currently making its way through the city UL...
Jun 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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With guns a-blazin'
This really doesn't have anything to do with New York politics, and we really mean absolutely nothing. But we found it amusing just the same, and that we would share with you a glimpse of how local...
Jun 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Lesley Wroughton and Megha Rajagopalan WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn Research said the reason for the disruptions was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government was not involved in any cyber action against Pyongyang. U.S. ...


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File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols are constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.


2014-12-22 18:39:34 -0500

British singer Joe Cocker performs on stage during the "Fire it up tour" concert, on April 6, 2013 in Nice, southeastern FranceLegendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said Monday. Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, won fame when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival with his high-powered version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of rock's most successful covers. Cocker -- who on stage would flail his arms so wildly that uninitiated crowds wondered if he had neurological problems -- said in a 1971 movie about him, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," that music served as his release and mused that he could have been a murderer if he had not been singer. "He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain," his agent, Barrie Marshall, said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday evening.


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