Tragedy: Aniya Tinglin and Half-Brother, Visiting from Jamaica, Killed in Queens Home Blaze

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Aniya Tinglin and Half-Brother, Visiting from Jamaica, Killed in Queens Home Blaze

SHOCK: Aniya Tinglin and her half-brother, Jai’Launi, both four, were killed after a fire broke out at a home in Queens, NY. The fire reportedly began in the basement of th ehome.

A family friend said the children and their family were visiting New York from Jamaica.

Aniya and Jai’Launi were pronounced dead at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, authorities said. Another 4-year-old girl, Jai’Launi’s twin sister, was taken to the same hospital, but is listed in stable condition, New York City Fire Department spokesman Khalid Baylor said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.

 Tragedy: Aniya Tinglin and Half Brother, Visiting from Jamaica, Killed in Queens Home Blaze

NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

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NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance unit After Widespread Outrage (Credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Police Department has disbanded its controversial Muslim surveillance unit, the NY Times reports. Community activists accused the department of violating the civil rights of Muslims.

In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP documented that police had systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a broad effort to watch communities where terror cells might operate. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism or crime.

The investigation revealed that then-police Commissioner Ray Kelly had brought in a CIA official to help develop an intelligence division unlike that of any other U.S. police department. It assigned people called rakers to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating enterprises ranging from booksellers to cafes, and people called mosque crawlers to Muslim houses of worship.

The tactics disclosed by the series stirred debate over whether the NYPD was infringing on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. Hundreds of Muslims staged rallies to protest the spying, and the disclosures prompted more than a dozen religious leaders to boycott then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast. Source: NJ.com

 NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

Crystal Gravely, 3 Pals Drown in Queens Car Accident During Her Birthday Celebration

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Crystal Gravely, 3 Pals Drown in Queens Car Accident During Her Birthday Celebration (Credit: Facebook)

SHOCK: A birthday celebration for Crystal Gravely turns deadly after she and three friends died after their car skidded on a rain-slicked road and plunged into a Queens creek, trapping them inside Friday night.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Andrew Gramm, managed to escape the sinking vehicle and called 911 after swimming ashore. Help arrived too late for Crystal Gravely, who would have turned 20 on Saturday; Darius Fletcher, 21, Jada Monique Butts, 19; and Jaleel Furtado, 20.

All four were pronounced dead at local hospitals.

 

NYPD Shutdown Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite 1 Sale Over ‘Public Safety’ Concern

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NYPD Shutdown Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite 1 Sale Over ‘Public Safety’ Concern (Credit: supremenewyork.com)

Here we go again, another near-riot over Nike sneakers. This time the NYPD shutdown a Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite 1 sale at Supreme on Lafayette Street in Soho over public safety concerns.

Hundreds of people waited in line to get their hands on the new release of sneakers that led to the people being maced by cops, the NY Post reports.

The Supreme x Nike Air Foamposites are expected to resell for as much as $1,000 a pair, four times the $250 price tag, the NY Post reports.

 

White Voters Sour on Mayor Bill de Blasio as Racial Divide Develops in NYC

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White Voters Sour on Mayor Bill de Blasio as Racial Divide Develops in NYC (Credit: Wikipedia)

NBC weatherman Al Roker might be right when he tweeted that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was a one-term mayor. The NY Daily News reports that his approval rating has taken a nosedive and a racial divide has developed in the Big Apple. That’s according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll, which was released Tuesday, found that 45% of voters approve of the job de Blasio’s doing and 34% disapprove, the NY Daily News reports. That’s compared to a 53% approval and 13% disapproval in a Jan. 16 Quinnipiac University poll.

The latest poll also found a racial divide, with 39% of white voters approving of de Blasio’s performance, while 45% disapprove. Black voters give him a 60% approval rating, with only 22% disapproving.

Carmen Tanco ID’d as Second Victim in East Harlem Building Explosion

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HORROR IN HARLEM:  Dental hygienist Carmen Tanco identified as the second woman killed in the East Harlem explosion that leveled an apartment building Wednesday morning. - @NBCNewYork

Carmen Tanco, 67, was in her apartment in Harlem at 1644 Park Avenue at the time of the explosion, News 12 reports.  The family started frantically searching for her when she didn’t show up to work, News 12 reports

Sgt. Griselde Camacho, the public safety officer at Hunter College was identified earlier as one of the victims of the explosion.  Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, 22, was also killed in the explosion. The death toll has risen to seven. Two men and a woman have not yet been identified. A seventh body was recovered Thursday morning. It’s not clear if that victim was male or female. Nearly 70 people were injured, including children. There are still people missing.

Sgt. Griselde Camacho, Hunter College Public Safety Officer, Killed in Harlem Explosion

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Sgt. Griselde Camacho, Hunter College Public Safety Officer, Killed in Harlem Explosion

East Harlem Explosion:  Hunter College president Jennifer Raab released a statement on the death of public safety officer Sgt. Griselde Camacho, who was killed in an explosion that rocked a New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. The statement reads, “We have lost a member of the Hunter family.”

Griselde was a well-liked member of our community, a respected officer and a welcoming presence at our Silberman building. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, and we are committed to doing everything we can to support them in their time of great emotional need.

We also know this is a difficult time for all those who knew and worked with Sergeant Camacho. All of you will be in our thoughts in the days ahead.

We will update you with additional information about memorial services and ways in which we will honor her memory and her service to Hunter.

It is believed that the cause of explosion was the water main collapsing onto building gas line. Three people were killed and nearly 70, including children, injured. The second victim has been identified as Carmen Tanco. The identity of the third has not been disclosed. The explosion occurred at 1644 Park Avenue.

Ex-Gracie Mansion Chef Upset Over NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray’s ‘Servant’ Remark

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Ex-Gracie Mansion Chef Upset Chirlane McCray Called Him a “Servant’

Former Gracie Mansion chef Mitchel London is upset that the city’s new first lady, Chirlane McCray, called him a ‘servant.’ He told the New York Post, “Nobody in this industry uses that word.””If that’s the way she thinks, and clearly it is, because she came up with that word.”

London speculated,  “Maybe Ms. de Blasio is watching too much Downton Abbey.”

Chirlane McCray drew criticism on Tuesday when she insisted to a New York Times reporter that there would “there will not be a servant living [in the Gracie Mansion attic].” Mitchel London lived in the attic while working as a chef for then-mayor Ed Koch. He said he was stunned when told of McCray’s comments.

 

Al Roker Blasts NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio for Not Closing City Schools During Snowstorm

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Al Roker Blasts NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio for Not Closing City Schools During Snowstorm

Al Roker blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for not closing the city’s schools as yet another snowstorm bore down on city. Roker tweeted “I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio [sic] forecast: 1 term.” Ouch.

Mayor de Blasio responded:  “I respect Al Roker a lot, watched him on TV for many years.” “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give weather on TV.” He also said, “I respect all the meteorologists out there, but the one I respect the most is called the National Weather Service.”

This comes after Al Roker blasted Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for their mishandling of the mid-January snowstorm that led to a massive gridlock in the metropolitan area.

Long Island News 12 Anchor Judy Martin Found Dead, No Criminality Suspected

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Long Island Anchor Judy Martin Found Dead, No Criminality Suspected

SHOCK: News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin was found dead inside her Halesite home Friday, police said. The cause of death has not been disclosed by police don’t suspect foul play.

Judy Martin, an Emmy award winner, began working at News 12 in 1988. She covered news events from postwar Kosovo to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Andrew and the 1990 crash of Avianca Flight 52 on Long Island.

In 25 years in broadcast news, she worked for Marketplace Report, NPR, CNBC Business Radio, World Vision Report and BBC Radio 3, according to her website, worklifenation.com, where she wrote about balancing work and life. An accredited yoga teacher, she gave workshops on stress management and released a CD on meditation.

News 12 reported on its website that Martin was “spiritual, one of a kind, had a great sense of humor and loved her job.”

News 12 is owned by Cablevision, as is Newsday. Source: NY Newsday