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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 | 51 51 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 | 52 52 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 | 62 62 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 | 69 69 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 | 80 80 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 | 130 130 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...
What to Eat Before Your Workout
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy Fueling up before a workout is the best thing you can do for your body.  But it’s important to eat the  right  things at the  right  time.  Eating too far in advance of your workout ...
Static vs. Dynamic Stretching
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy  So you’ve already heard that you should stretch before you work out, but did you know that some types of stretching can be more harmful than helpful?  The American Council on Exerci...
From "Lost Side Of Suburbia" to "Poptropica," An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Awa...

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Turner already moving on to bigger things?
Say it ain't so, Bobby-O! According to a press release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Bob Turner, who was just elected to Congress a few months ago as Anthony Weiner's replac...
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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A good old-fashioned sing-a-long
Man, we never get invited to the good parties! Thanks to our morning email update from City & State First Read, we just found out that Pol Position missed out on a Congressman Joseph Crowley annual...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney, Gingrich court Queens Republicans
Could the rift in the Queens County Republican Party be having ramifications at the national level? Probably not, but there were a couple of interesting news tidbits involving Queens County Republi...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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One night, many, many years ago, a well-known New York City political reporter agreed to sit down with Pol Position and discuss local politics over a few bottles of Night Train Express Wine Coolers...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Surprise! Marty shows up in Queens
For us here at Pol Position, Marty Markowitz is the only Brooklyn borough president we've ever known, so we don't really know how previous presidents of Kings County compare to Marty Mark's tireles...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another who's-who from the photo archives
We decided this week to dive back into our vault of old photos and see if some of our readers can't help us make sense of them. Here's one we came across of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and at front ...
Nov 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeffries testing the congressional waters
Could a political neophyte – relatively speaking, of course, in the world of New York City politics – be getting ready to upset the proverbial apple cart in central Brooklyn? While he won't come ou...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Should Queens GOP go in a different direction?
Why does it have to be either or, why can't it just be someone entirely new? Like we noted last week, the Queens County Republican Party is once again fighting amongst itself for control of the par...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Queens GOP, it's North vs. South
Two is always better than one, right? Well, if you're a member of the Queens County Republican Party, let's hope that's the case. Yes, the dysfunctional Queen County Republican Party, which despite...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP operative gets his day in court
John Haggerty and brother Bart have been active in the continuing battle for control of the Queens County Republican party since what feels like the Nixon administration. 
But this week John, who h...
Sep 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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The debate rages on...or does it?
We don’t want to get anyone in trouble – but one of our Pol Position operatives (okay, unpaid high school intern) had a close eye on this paper's Maspeth office last Monday night after dark at the ...
Sep 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Was there an endorsement in there?
Talk about the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene! Assemblyman and congressional candidate David Weprin bowed out of a scheduled debate against opponent Bob Turner in Queens on Monday night, with...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP shakeup on the horizon?
Let the jockeying for control of the Queens County Republican Party officially begin. Or rather, perhaps we should say officially “heat up” for this election season, because the jockeying has been ...
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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In some ways, we're just like Ed Koch
Well, the Democrats have settled on Assemblyman David Weprin - or at least the party bigs have decided on Weprin, the voters don't really get a choice - as their candidate to run in the September 1...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oh, how those politicians live it up...all over the place!
Before we start, keep in mind that Pol Position works in a dingy, dark basement office where the few files that we actually keep are in water-logged cardboard boxes stored on top a piece of plywood...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congolese soldiers stand guard as they watch residents blocking a road as they protest the killings of two locals near Beni in North Kivu provinceDemocratic Republic of Congo's army on Thursday declared the official start of operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels, but a senior army official said combat had not yet begun. Army spokesman General Leon Kasonga said the start of a campaign against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was announced by the chief of staff of the Congolese army (FARDC), Didier Etumba, on a visit to the northeastern city of Beni. The FDLR, whose estimated 1,400 fighters include ethnic Hutu soldiers who took part in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the heart of years of conflict in central Africa's Great Lakes region. An attack on the group by the FARDC and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) has been expected since the rebels missed a Jan. 2 deadline set by regional leaders to disarm.


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This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message postponed a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi would-be suicide bomber in prison in Jordan was not freed. Roughly an hour before the new deadline was due to pass, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said Jordan was still holding Sajida al-Rishawi, who is on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people in Amman. The pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was captured after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against Islamic State, which has seized large tracts of Syria and Iraq.


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, collapsing much of it. At least one person was reported dead and dozens injured.
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