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Lady Rhea Bewitches Bronx

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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On a Saturday afternoon, Lady Rhea’s Magickal Realms shop in the Bronx bustled with the energy of a Manhattan coffee shop on a weekday morning. For years, Lady Rhea has offered spiritual advice to her clients. Unlike most botanicas in the Bronx, she draws from many pagan religions, not just Christianity. “It’s more of a spiritual center than just a store,” she said.

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Aboard the USS New York

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .

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By Amy Yensi- For members of the armed forces, sacrifice is as much a part of the drill as the uniforms they wear. Some sailors and Marines from the USS New York said they chose this tough life in hopes of securing a better future for themselves in the civilian world. But others said the […]

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Queens Parents Prepare for Second Season of Swine Flu

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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By Azriel James Relph Six women linger at their table after finishing lunch at The Cookoo’s Nest, an Irish Pub in Woodside, Queens.   They’re family and friends who meet in the neighborhood where they grew up to catch up a few times a year.  The conversation moves from what old neighbors and nephews are doing, […]

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A marathon for runners and drinkers

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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by Erin McCarthy

Just three miles from the New York City Marathon finish line, marathoner David Stewart ran by a group of fans holding plastic red party cups. He grabbed a beer and took a quick swig without even breaking his stride. But he was not the only one running—or drinking—that day.

Stewart is a member of the New York City Hash House Harriers, a local running club. The group set up their cheering section and “drink check” just past mile 23 of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. About 30 members, known as hashers, crowded along the curb of Fifth Avenue by 96th Street. The group had been there since 11 a.m. to support their club’s runners and hand out red plastic cups, of either water or beer, as they ran by.

This kind of marathon celebration represented the group’s main passions. “They call it a drinking club with a running problem,” said Andrew Ross, who is a co-chair of the group.

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Navy, Old and New, on the USS New York

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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by Erin McCarthy

Frank DeCicco, 80, climbed aboard the U.S.S. New York 56 years after he served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Helena during the Korean War. He sniffed the below-decks air, tinged with metal and oil.

“A navy ship’s a navy ship. To me they all smell the same,” he said.

DeCicco, of Bethpage, N.Y., was one of many Navy veterans to visit the U.S.S. New York during its 10-day stay in New York City over the Veterans Day holiday. For some veterans, it was an opportunity to remember their service and to see how the Navy has changed.

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