Family of drowned autistic student receives $2.7M in wrongful death lawsuit settlement
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Almost three years after 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo was found dead, New York City will pay the family $2.7 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. In October 2013, an autistic student, Oquendo, vanished from Riverview School in Long Island City. Three months later, his body was found washed up on a beach in College Point, nine miles away […]

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Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City
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To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor. The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. Oquendo,14, managed […]

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address
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When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer. Fontaine has been invited as part of Schumer’s effort to pass his bill, called “Avonte’s […]

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A year in photos: The Queens Courier looks back at 2014
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The Queens Courier is taking a look back at the year gone by, from the inauguration of a new mayor to the horrifying derailment of an F train under Queens Boulevard. The year saw more political ups and downs, tragedies and celebrations. Our high school basketball teams were champions and Queens was named the best place to visit in the nation. Looking forward to 2015, we […]

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Man charged with attempted rape in Astoria elevator attack
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Follow @CristabelleT A man wanted in the attempted sexual assault of a 53-year-old woman in an Astoria elevator has been charged in the attack, officials said. Elvis McKenzie, 27, who police have been seeking since last week, was arrested Sunday and arraigned Monday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of attempted rape, assault and criminal obstruction of […]

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