Brawl breaks out at Queens gurdwara

A brawl broke out at a Queens, NY gurdwara Sunday after a dispute about membership rolls turned violent.

The New York Daily News reports:

Seven people were arraigned on riot and assault charges Monday for their roles in a vicious turf battle at a Sikh temple in Queens.

Assailants wielding cricket bats and small swords disrupted prayer services Sunday morning at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill, police and witnesses said.

“I’m going to kill you,” defendant Harinder Singh, 47, screamed before punching Joginder Singh in the face, says a criminal complaint filed in Queens Supreme Court.

Gurnam Singh, 47, rushed into the temple swinging a stick and lunging at others while religious ceremonies were underway, the complaint says.

The NY Post adds this detail:

The attackers brought the long sword and at least one other blade, as well as a hammer, mallet and cricket bats to the temple at 101st Avenue and 114th Street at around 11 a.m., witnesses and police said.

As you can imagine, New York City’s tabloids have had a field day with this story. Be sure to read the Langer Hall’s analysis of the coverage.

Welcome to the world, baby girl!

New York’s media outlets and hospitals annually scramble to announce the birth of the city’s first baby each year.

Little Alishba Waseem was born to Mehnaz Rasool and Muhammad Waseem Khan, two physicians from Pakistan, just after midnight on New Year’s Day. She’s one of two Brooklyn babies born seconds after 2011 began.

Special props to Ms. Rasool for allowing a Daily News photographer into her hospital room and doing a radio interview shortly after giving birth.

(And Alishba, if you are reading this 10 to 13 years from now, don’t read the New York Post or Daily News comments on the articles about your birth. Trust me on this.)