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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans When you hire certain employees for on-call services, questions often arise about wages and hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) addresses the issue of on-call employe...
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 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 | 60 60 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 | 105 105 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 | 124 124 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 | 160 160 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 | 192 192 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 | 225 225 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 | 290 290 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 | 299 299 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 ...

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Christina Moore, Ms. Brooklyn
Five frenzied months into her reign as Miss Brooklyn, Christina Moore is showing no signs of slowing down- or scaling back her hometown pride. “I am a Brooklyn girl, born and raised in good old Ben...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dina Rosenbloom, founder of Rattle & Mum
Imagine a progressive community-minded play space where children and their parents alike can bond over music, theater and other lives performance, in between classes and gym time. Dina Rosenbloom a...
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Camille Newman, Entrepreneur
For plus-sized women, the fashion options are few and far between. Many designer brands only sell their plus-sized merchandise online. One exclusive Manhattan department store even moved its plus-s...
Jan 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of Langston Hughes Library
Andrew Jackson is man who’s all about Queens. Raised in Queens, he resides in Queens, works at the Queens Library and he recently authored a book about – you guessed it – Queens. Jackson is the exe...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everett Hughes, Principal, J.H.S. 292
Everett Hughes has marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and gone out to dinner with Jackie Robinson. But if you ask Hughes to name his greatest accomplishment, he will surely say transforming J...
Jan 18, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Eng, Record Producer
David Eng could be in Manhattan but he prefers Queens, particularly Flushing and Woodhaven. The record producer has made hits for names like Snow, Salt-N-Pepa, New York Dolls, Marky Mark and KISS. ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Professor Matthew K. Gold
Students at the New York City College of Technology have a wealth of new technologies at their disposal and access to Brooklyn's historic waterfront. Now, for the first time, they can combine the t...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anit Hora, Esthetician
Anit Hora, an that owns Veda Holistics in Williamsburg, received her training from the Aveda Institute in New York. But although that center gave her the professional training needed to start her o...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alex Ewen, Co-Owner Neir's Tavern
Alex Ewen is a couple of things – a producer and one of the owners of the famed bar, Neir's Tavern in Woodhaven. Ewen, along with David Eng, Loycent Gordon and Andy Bigan own the bar that once set ...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kevin Joseph, Co-Executive Artistic Director, Purelements
Dance was Kevin Joseph’s ticket out of East New York in the 1980’s. Now it’s the reason he’s returned. Joseph and business partner Lakai Worrell are the co-executive artistic directors and founders...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Edward Owens, Cross-Country Runner
Edward Owens has a lot to be proud of. At 17, he is one of the fastest cross-country runners in the country. And to have that status just one year after he began cross-country running is a feat in ...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gloria Rochester, QSCAN Founder
Gloria Rochester had not too long ago emigrated from Jamaica in 1973 when her fourth child was born. It was a time of joy like every other birth, but 18 months later, her daughter, Tyeisha, was dia...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suzette LaValle, Boutique Owner
After a successful fashion career that took her to Paris and SoHo, style maven Suzette LaValle is reinventing herself in a Clinton Hill boutique. LaValle opened her clothes store earlier this year ...
Dec 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holly Tsang "Retiring" Community Editor
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Nov 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kaleena Ma, Co-owner of MK Vision Center
It’s not as if there aren’t already established optical businesses in Forest Hills. Kaleena Ma realizes this, but her family’s 30 years in the business and 7 optical stores also mean she knows all ...
Nov 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Undated hand out photograph released November 24, 2014, by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael BrownThe US Justice Department said Wednesday it will not prosecute the white policeman who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, but in a damning report found the local force systematically targeted African Americans. The fatal shooting in August in the St. Louis suburb ignited nationwide outrage and shone a critical spotlight on relations between law enforcement and black Americans, with police tactics also coming in for strong criticism. Darren Wilson was also cleared in November by a grand jury which opted not to indict him for the death of the 18-year-old Brown, meaning the policeman is no longer facing legal action of any kind.


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It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.


2015-03-04 17:36:37 -0500

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.


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