for breaking news visit www.qns.com december 31, 2015 • The QUEE NS CourieR 17 Fourteen years after the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history, residents across Queens remembered the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, at memorial vigils scheduled over a two-week period. As in past years, family members of the 2,977 people who died either in or responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 gathered at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11 for the city’s annual memorial service. A citywide moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m., the time when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. SEPTEMBER s year in photos Queens remembers victims of 9/11 attacks at ceremonies ALL REMAINING BARNES & NOBLE LOCATIONS CLOSING IN QUEENS QUEENS PREPARED FOR ARRIVAL OF POPE FRANCIS Pope Francis paid a visit to New York on Sept. 24. Francis was only the fifth pontiff to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Before Francis celebrated a Mass on the night of Sept. 25 at Madison Square Garden, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, attended a special prayer service at the National September 11 Memorial and met with elementary schoolchildren at Our Lady Queen of Angels school in East Harlem. It was the final chapter for Barnes & Noble in Queens, as the bookstore announced the shuttering of its remaining location in The Bay Terrace shopping center in Bayside. This news came days after it was announced that a Target would take over the Forest Hills location of Barnes & Noble. Forest Hills residents tried desperately to keep it open, starting a petition to vocalize the importance of the community’s only bookstore. A Barnes & Noble in Fresh Meadows, near St. John’s University, also closed at the beginning of 2015 after failing to negotiate a lease extension. LAWMAKER WILLIAM SCARBOROUGH GETS 13 MONTHS FOR CORRUPTION Another former state lawmaker from Queens convicted of corruption was put in jail. Former Assemblyman William Scarborough was sentenced on Sept. 14 to serve 13 months behind bars and two years’ probation for pleading guilty earlier this year to federal wire fraud and theft charges. Scarborough, who previously represented the 29th Assembly District covering all or parts of Cambria Heights, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica Estates, Laurelton, Rosedale and St. Albans, was also ordered to pay a combined $108,710 in restitution to both the federal and state governments.
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