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New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

BY SUSIE POPPICK
Linda communicates in rough, hesitant English, often supplementing her limited vocabulary with gestures. When she explains how her ex-husband abused her, she grips her neck, miming choking.
It is hard to use English to speak about her past, Linda says, because she does not always understand or trust the people trying to help her. [...]


From One to Three: The Hopeful Piecing of a Movement

From One to Three: The Hopeful Piecing of a Movement

BY SOMMER SAADI
Ramon Mejia has spent the past 10 years at the helm of an organization intended to quell the violence in his Colombian homeland. He called the group Movement for Peace in Colombia, though even he concedes that membership — at best 40 and at present, merely 12 — hardly justifies the name.


AIDS Group Finds Alternative Means of Educating Hondurans

AIDS Group Finds Alternative Means of Educating Hondurans

BY VICTOR LI
What makes this art class different from the countless other art programs in the city is who runs it, “Hondurans Against AIDS.”


Play Music – And They May Come

Play Music – And They May Come

BY TALA AL RAMAHI
Clusters of men and woman chanted “Allah Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic), as they marched 20 blocks down Madison Avenue.


Bronx Neighborhood Hopes Peace Will Persist After Police Move Out

Bronx Neighborhood Hopes Peace Will Persist After Police Move Out

BY KATIE MOISSE
“The attacks show that violence against Muslims is a serious and ongoing problem.”


Hondurans Demonstrate Against Coup

Hondurans Demonstrate Against Coup

BY VICTOR LI
Protesters gathered in Union Square Park last Tuesday in support of the deposed Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya.


Nation’s First Filipino Chapel Faces an Uncertain Future

Nation’s First Filipino Chapel Faces an Uncertain Future

BY CLAIR MACDOUGALL

On a quiet street in Chinatown, Manhattan, a small group of congregants sit on wooden pews in a chapel and wait for the priest to begin the evening Mass.


Police Force Day Laborers Away from Queens Corner

Police Force Day Laborers Away from Queens Corner

BY DIEGO APARICIO
In recent weeks, police have increased their presence near the corner of 37th Avenue and 69th Street, where the playground sits and hundreds of day laborers –many undocumented workers from Latin America– congregate in search for work and food.


‘Macho’ Father of Three Slain in Boerum Hills, Brooklyn

‘Macho’ Father of Three Slain in Boerum Hills, Brooklyn

BY DEREK SIMONS

A cardboard box protected a makeshift memorial of more than 50 candles from the gusting wind today. Mourners arrived in a steady stream on Monday to light even more and to write messages on the box in memory of Victor Zapata, who was shot shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.


A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

BY DEREK SIMONS

Deputy Inspector Andrew Capul sounded convincing at Wednesday’s monthly community meeting of the 34th Precinct in northern Manhattan: “We’ve made some great inroads in the quality of life,” he said, “particularly in the area of noise pollution.”
But he did not convince everyone.


Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

BY SUSIE POPPICK
If Margaret Chin is growing impatient, she hides it well.
Just two days before New York’s city council Democratic primary, the four-time District 1 candidate breezes into her Chinatown campaign office, a serene smile on her face.
Around the small, fluorescent room, staff and volunteers work the phones — reminding district residents to vote, preferably for Chin — and make rally signs. Not all share Chin’s serenity.


The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

BY DEREK SIMONS

When the Washington Heights Middle School “Minerva” 321 gained its full independence and own principal in 2004, the first class of sixth-graders enrolled. Two years later, 380 students across grades six through eight were studying the scholastic basics and specializing in law and journalism.

But New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) gave a “thumbs down” to the Minerva experiment last year. Today is the first day of its last two years of existence.