Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of officers from the tri-state area and beyond descended on Seaford on Friday for the funeral of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, a five-year veteran of the force tragically killed while patrolling in Queens last weekend.A dense fog that lingered for most of the morning eventually gave way and the sun finally cracked through as busloads of officers streamed into Saint James Roman Catholic Church. Outfitted in their Dress Blues, officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder under a brilliant azure sky, ready to pay respects to their fallen brother.“He was the man that walked in the room and made you laugh,” said Pat Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association. “But after you were done laughing, you went out in the street and he was serious about his work, following in his father and uncle’s footsteps—truly blue bloods.”Officer Moore, 25, who lived at home with his parents in Massapequa, was gunned down in Queens Village just after 6 p.m. Saturday. Police said 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, an ex-con, allegedly fired multiple shots into Moore’s unmarked patrol car. Moore was struck in the head. His partner, also seated in the car, wasn’t injured.Friday’s funeral capped an emotional week for the Moore family.The enormous sea of officers, including family and friends of the fallen cop, fell silent as a police motorcade led Moore’s hearse from the funeral home to the church, followed closely by limos holding his heartbroken family.Moore’s father, an ex-NYPD Sergeant, became overcome with grief as his son’s NYPD flag-draped casket was carried into the church.NYPD Officer Brian Moore’s NYPD flag-draped casket being carried into St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The mass was led by Monsignor Robert J. Romano, an NYPD chaplain, who told Moore’s parents that “we are here to let you know that we are with you,” adding that “millions” across the country were also thinking of the family.“We are here to console you because your pain is our pain,” he said, “your loss is our loss.”Of the tens of thousands of cops who made it their duty to pay their respects, Romano said, “they are here to honor Brian Moore.“We will never forget Brian,” he added. “He has left an indelible mark on all those who were close to him.”Moore was a brave and honorable cop who was living his boyhood dream of wearing NYPD blue, inspired by both his father and his uncle, speakers said. He was a doting son who made it his mission to spend every Monday—his day off—with his beloved mother, whom he adored dearly. Moore not only followed the path his father once traveled but he also adopted his father’s allegiance to the Baltimore Orioles, a rival of the hometown Yankees. And he was deeply devoted to his German Shepherd, Smoky, a family pet he cherished.Most of all, speakers said, Moore was a cop’s cop with a passion and a sixth sense to sniff out crime. He made more than 150 arrests in his short career, and he was quickly promoted to the NYPD’s anti-crime team.“He led a life that was very short,” but he accomplished “wonderful and great things,” Romano told the packed church.Moore was only 17 years old when he first took and passed the NYPD entrance exam, said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.“He devoted his whole being to the job,” de Blasio said, adding that “he knew that he was making the city safer.”NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton grew emotional at times during his speech, particularly toward its conclusion when, his voice cracking, he posthumously promoted Moore to detective. The announcement prompted a thunderous applause from inside the church, a wave of intense emotion that swept outside and poured into nearby streets, where police officers and members of the community also acknowledged Bratton’s remarks.Not only did Moore dream of being a cop, Bratton said, he also dreamed of catching bad guys and taking them off the streets.As one person who knew Moore told the commissioner, Bratton recalled, “he never showed up at work with the ‘why do I have to be here puss?’”Behind the badge was a jokester with an infectious smile, Bratton said. The commissioner reported a recent visit Moore had had with his grandmother when the young officer asked her, “’Grandma, I thought this was a party. Where are the shots?’“We need more like him,” a somber Bratton said. “We all need to be more like him.”Blue ribbons like this one were placed along the church and surrounding houses to pay tribute to the slain officer. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)After the mass, which lasted more than an hour, Moore’s family streamed outside and was met by a silent sea of blue, all saluting the fallen officer. The silence was broken up briefly by police choppers soaring above. Moore’s parents and his sister held each other with firm grips as tears streamed down their faces. Moore’s father dipped his head several times and clutched his daughter while bidding goodbye to a son who wanted so bad to be like his dad. The green-and-white NYPD flag draped over Moore’s casket was presented to his grief-stricken mother, prompting more tears.Nine police helicopters—representing the NYPD’s Missing Man Formation—flew over the church, cutting through the silence.Then Moore’s casket was loaded into the hearse, which would take him to his final resting place, Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.Since his death, the community where Moore grew up has remained in a state of mourning, essentially in shock that an officer so young with so much pride in his job was taken so early.“Unfortunately it takes a tragedy like this to remind [people] what an outstanding job cops do,” U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said outside the church. “My hopes and prayers go out to his family.”Those neighbors living in homes near the church chose to decorate their facades with blue ribbons in honor of the slain officer. Many peered over a wall of officers from their porches to catch a glimpse of the sorrow-filled funeral.“We are a local community, we wanted to support Police Officer Moore and his family,” said 50-year-old Diane Carrino, of Seaford, whose five-year-old son held a sign that read: “THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, NYPD WE LOVE YOU.”Carrino also said the day served as a lesson for her young son.“We wanted to teach our children the importance of the police,” she said.Rick and Susan Seymour of Levittown took up positions in the church’s parking lot. The couple has two nephews in the NYPD, one of whom works in a precinct that neighbors the 105th precinct where Moore worked. He was one of the fist officers who responded to the call of Moore’s shooting, they said.Seymour said the show of support around the community and from officers who never knew Moore was “uplifting.”“It shows that there’s still solidarity and strength and camaraderie, which is important for them,” he said.Officers from as far away as California and Louisiana, Chicago and Boston and a host of other places traveled to Long Island to bid farewell to the fallen offficer. Blue ribbons hung from trees dotting the freshly manicured lawns outside the church’s entrance, and pink and purple wreaths ornamented the church’s doors.Police set up large screens outside the church so the hundreds of officers on hand could watch the proceedings.The screens also provided a heart-breaking reminder of why everyone had gathered, featuring Moore’s boyish NYPD photo and a police badge wrapped in a blue ribbon.“1989-2015,” the screen read.
60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Aw, crap! It’s Valentine’s Day!All of the restaurants are booked. That concert she’s been hinting about for months is sold out. Not even Amazon can save you now.It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working really hard or you’re known for your forgetfulness, Valentine’s Day is a holiday of zero excuses. If you don’t want to spend tonight on the sofa, try to find these last-minute gifts you can snap up on your drive home from work.Veuve Clicquot yellow label champagneThis stuff isn’t cheap, but you can’t afford to pinch pennies today. In fact, because Veuve Clicquot runs about $50 a bottle, there might actually be some left at BevMo, nicer grocery stores or maybe even Costco. Veuve Clicquot tastes delicious, but the secret ingredient is its social media posting power. A photo shot of the label posted on Instagram tells the world, “my Valentine spoils me.” And that’s really all anybody wants on Valentine’s Day.KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand MixerKitchenAid stand mixers are iconic kitchen appliances. If your sweetie watches a lot of cooking shows on TV and doesn’t have one of these, you’re in luck. Yes, they’re pricey – anywhere from $200 to $400 depending upon where you find them and which model you buy. But if you wanted to save money, you would have planned ahead. And like Veuve Clicquot, this gift is fancy enough to brag about on social media. Consider yourself lucky if you can find one at Target, Fry’s Electronics or Kohl’s. Be prepared: they come in several different colors. Which color should you get? If you have no idea, make sure you get a gift receipt.Sunglass Hut gift certificateNothing makes a woman feel more like Beyoncé than a pair of fierce shades. Most people would love to have a pair of expensive designer sunglasses, but would never spoil themselves by spending that kind of money. Which is why this gift is perfect for the clod who forgot today is Valentine’s Day. There are more than 1,500 Sunglass Hut stores in the U.S., so chances are, there’s one within driving distance. When you get there, don’t be a cheapskate. Sunglasses really cost $300? Yes, they do. You know what costs more? A divorce.Whatever you do, don’t swing by the supermarket on the way home and think some raggedy roses and a standard box of candy will cut it. Your Valentine might smile sweetly and say thank you, but when she shares tonight’s details with her friends tomorrow, you’ll get a big fat #fail. If you come home with one of these three gifts, you’ll be #winning instead.
Tomorrow, USC suits up for its most important game of the year.With all due respect to the men’s basketball team, this game will be played in a court 2,000 miles from the Galen Center in Indianapolis, and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will be throwing the passes.Bad puns aside, an impressive delegation consisting of USC’s best players in Pat Haden, Assistant Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, among others, will sit before an NCAA appeals committee tomorrow, hoping to essentially cut in half the sanctions put on the football program last year.But this is by no means a slam dunk (OK, I’m done).Haden will be looking to cut the amount of football scholarships lost over the span of the next three years from 30 to 15 and reduce the bowl ban from two years to one. So, if victorious, USC will be able to play in a bowl game next year. Haden has conceded on some of the other punishments: Clearing the campus of everything related to former football player Reggie Bush, including his Heisman Trophy, and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.Ethos, pathos and logos indicate that USC should have no trouble winning the appeal.The university president, surly athletic director and enthusiastic football coach who presided over the program and who were deemed to have “a lack of institutional control” are gone. They are replaced by a very friendly, mild-mannered intellectual who has done nothing but cater to the NCAA’s every need. When Haden came in shortly after the sanctions were announced, he turned USC’s compliance department into a veritable Department of Homeland Security.Any sign of misdoings, USC has reported it. It made freshman running back Dillon Baxter pay $5 to a charity for accepting a ride in a golf cart from a student who also happened to be an NFL agent. USC complied completely with the NCAA regarding Bush and hasn’t said anything to indicate bitterness or an arrogant attitude toward the almighty organization, despite the mere slap on the wrists the NCAA gave Auburn and Ohio State for violations somewhat similar to Bush’s.But the NCAA is not an organization that relies on either emotion or logic, which is why it’s unlikely the appeal to reduce the sanctions will be granted.Citing the precedent of the Ohio State football program being basically let off the hook, despite star quarterback Terrelle Pryor being caught in possession of a car belonging to a dealership three separate times, won’t work, even though common sense indicates otherwise.The reason for this is a change to the NCAA bylaws in 2008. Before, an appeal could be won if it was determined that the penalty was inappropriate or excessive based on the circumstances or evidence.Now, it can only be won if the offending institution can proclaim “the penalty is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.This is a much harder thing to prove. In a U.S. court of law, the prosecutor needs to prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.If the U.S. trial system used the NCAA’s wording, nobody would be found guilty this side of Benedict Arnold.But this isn’t a trial in a U.S. court, as Haden, an attorney, knows. Thus, USC needs to play by the NCAA’s rules.“It’s not a judiciary proceeding,” Haden said. “Precedent doesn’t necessarily control the situation … At the end of the day, they don’t have to pay any attention to those. They can create new findings each time they meet.”The NCAA is also very reluctant to prove that it displayed poor judgment and that it was at fault.Rarely does the NCAA turn on itself and reverse its own rules. In the 11 appeals since this new standard came into effect, 10 of them have failed.Haden knows this and is going into the proceedings with a determined but calm approach.“I’m just realistic,” he said. “I’m just going with the odds — [about] 10 percent of appeals are successful.”There is a better chance of only part of the sanctions being reduced rather than the whole thing.Haden has stated multiple times he is going to make reducing the number of lost scholarships a priority because that’s ultimately what the football program needs to stay among the nation’s elite.USC coach Lane Kiffin has backed Haden up on this approach.Even though USC should prevail, the NCAA is not going to abort its defined culture anytime soon. Up by 25 in the fourth quarter, look for the NCAA to go for two.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.
As Tipperary and Clare get ready to lock horns in the National Football League this weekend Tipp manager Peter Creedon says life in Division 3 is a very close affairThe sides meet in the 3rd round of the campaign in Semple Stadium on Saturday.Creedon says it’s a fine line between promotion and relegation. Saturday’s game throws-in at 3 o’clock and we’ll have full live coverage here on Tipp FM.On Sunday it’s the turn of the hurlers from Tipp and Clare in Division 1 of the National League.That game is on in Cusack Park in Ennis with a 2 o’clock throw-in.