Claire Rafford | The Observer An altar, or ofrenda, for Dia De Los Muertos sits in the Notre Dame Our Mother Chapel in the Coleman-Morse Center.Castillo, a Day of the Dead committee member, said that common misconceptions about this celebration are that it is not compatible with the Catholic faith or that it is an extension of Halloween.“It is very much accepted in the Catholic faith as this is one big tradition that should be celebrated because it highlights the intersection of faith and culture,” Castillo said. “Nobody wants to think about what happens after they die. But a lot of this is really taking that head on. So much of it is the action of literally laughing at death. The celebration does have a certain amount of reverence to it, and so much of it especially involves prayer for deceased loved ones, but at the same time it is meant to be joyful because it is a celebration of hope. It ties into the distinct Catholic belief that when souls die they go to heaven.”Day of the Dead celebrations involve putting up brightly colored personalized ofrendas for loved ones that have passed, and generally celebrating loved ones that have died. It typically begins Oct. 31, and continues until Nov. 2. There will be a procession from Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Avenue to the Basilica on Friday at 8:15 p.m. for a prayer service followed by a reception and celebration in Coleman-Morse Center.Junior Kathy Casillas, vice president of the Latino Student Alliance, said typically the group puts up altars in the Latino Institute, but this year Campus Ministry has gotten more involved. In light of that, the altars have been set up in both the Institute and the Basilica.“Anyone can participate, it’s not even exclusively Catholic,” Casillas said. “That’s the idea behind putting it in the Basilica and the Institute. … It’s supposed to kind of get people aware and share that part of it.”This year Castillo and Campus Ministry are also working to put ofrendas up in more dorms around campus in hopes to make the dorms a more familiar place to live for students. Ofrendas are currently in 18 dorms, which is an increase of eights dorms from last year.“I believe they had just announced the required three years housing policy for incoming students,” Castillo said. “I remember a lot of people being upset, and a lot of the concern was for minority students and making them feel more at home in the dorms. So, instead of getting upset and angry, like I saw so many other people doing, I was like, okay, well why don’t you just take the first step in trying to make just one thing maybe a little bit familiar to a small section of students. And so that was my main thought in this, aside from the fact that this is a tradition that really does fall right into the Notre Dame community.”Both Casillas and Castillo said Day of the Dead is not a sad occasion; it’s an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those we have lost.“It’s important to celebrate it because oftentimes when we think about like people that have died, it’s a really sad thought,” Casillas said. “Day of the Dead isn’t really about being sad about losing someone. It’s about being happy that they lived.”Castillo questioned why the topic of death is so taboo, especially concerning Day of the Dead.“Why should you be afraid to die? If you have faith and you have it, you’re going to go to heaven,” Castillo said. “I grew up with my mother saying that you never say you’re afraid to die because you have faith in that means. So that’s mainly what this is. It’s a big celebration of hope, and that’s where all of the colors come from. That’s why none of this is meant to be sad.”Tags: Campus Ministry, day of the dead, Dia de los Muertos When junior Cecily Castillo arrived at Notre Dame her freshman year, she found one thing absent from campus culture were celebrations of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. So, during her sophomore year, she went to Campus Ministry to ask why there were only a few Day of the Dead celebrations on campus.“I asked, ‘Why is it that during my freshman year there were only two or three ofrendas [meaning ‘offerings’ in Spanish] on campus?’” Castillo said. “It didn’t feel as much as an open invitation for anyone to place their own things there. I know that that was definitely not intentional, but I remember feeling that way, especially it being my first year having not having that.”
Ghostlight Records is set to record the cast album of off-Broadway’s The Robber Bridegroom, headlined by Steven Pasquale, on June 1. Directed by Alex Timbers, Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman‘s musical comedy is playing a limited engagement through May 29 at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom transports the audience to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi, a dangerous and mysterious corner of the country teeming with a rogue’s gallery of the most beguiling con men, hucksters, and charlatans you’ll ever meet. Chief among them, Jamie Lockhart (Pasquale)—fair‐faced gentleman by day, hard‐hearted bandit of the woods by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.The cast additionally includes Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Leslie Kritzer, Ahna O’Reilly, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts and Devere Rogers.The Robber Bridegroom marks the 40th anniversary of the original, which opened on Broadway in 1975 starring Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. The show’s bluegrass score has since been performed across the country, with the song “Sleepy Man” joining the canon of American standards. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments Star Files Related Shows The Robber Bridegroom ‘The Robber Bridegroom'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Steven Pasquale
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaTroops in the war in Iraq this year had MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) that were vastly improved since the 1991 Gulf War. But scrambled eggs weren’t part of the equation.The army stopped buying scrambled-egg MRE’s five years ago because they tasted so bad, said Romeo Toledo, a food scientist who’s trying to change all that.”Eggs have been a major problem for the military,” said Toledo, whose University of Georgia research team is working with a U.S. Army grant to bring ready-to-eat eggs back into military rations.”The troops want them,” Toledo said. “But the scrambled eggs in the MRE’s were rubbery, had a strange aftertaste and even stranger colors, sometimes reddish and sometimes green.”MRE’s are the self-contained meals soldiers carry in flexible, tough bags made to withstand everything from rats to nerve gas. A chemically activated heating pouch that can raise the food temperature to 100 degrees in 10 minutes is standard issue with the meals.”Out of the bigger trays used in field kitchens that feed 20,” Toledo said, “the army estimates that at least 30 percent of the eggs end up in the trash.”The poor flavor came from the heating process and long cooking times. “The MRE’s were cooked for 45 minutes, and the trays were processed for two hours,” he said. “The eggs got very rubbery and often smelled like sulfur (a rotten egg smell).”To force the eggs down, soldiers doused them with barbeque or Tabasco sauce.The cooking time was the first problem the UGA team tackled.”We increased the cooking temperature to 266 degrees Fahrenheit,” Toledo said. That’s still below the federally approved 275-degree limit for the plastic packaging.”This cut the cooking time of the MRE pouches down to 20 minutes and the tray cooking time down to 45 minutes,” he said.Decreasing the cooking time alone made a huge difference, but not enough. The next problem to tackle was flavor.The eggs are mixed with water and cooked in the pouch, so the flavor was similar to a boiled egg, Toledo said. The object was to make the eggs taste more like they’d been cooked on the stove instead of in a bag.To get this taste, Toledo and his team mixed a little liquid margarine into the egg mix, as if they were scrambling eggs in a pan.Then they passed the eggs under a radiant heater, which heats to an extremely high temperature to brown only the surface while the rest of the eggs remain liquid. The whole batch is then blended, poured into pouches, sealed and processed.”The radiant heater generates a fried flavor,” Toledo said.Now the research team is tackling the final frontier of the army egg problem: texture.”We have to dilute the eggs with water or they get too tough,” Toledo said. “But when you open the packages, especially the bigger trays, the eggs are swimming in water.”We are looking at adding some products like Xanthium gum, but we need to determine the optimal levels,” he said. “Xanthium gum is already being used in frozen egg products, but we want to scale back the amount.”Toledo and his team have a good taste tester: Jeff Mitchell, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps who begins working on a UGA food science masters degree this fall.”I tried (the former scrambled-egg MRE’s) in a field exercise about six years ago,” Mitchell said. “They didn’t taste much like eggs. They were more brown than yellow and the texture was strange — thin layers mashed together.”Mitchell said the new eggs are a huge improvement already. “They actually taste like eggs,” he said. “They’re pale yellow, you can see flecks of pepper in them and the texture is much better.”(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
As of Tuesday afternoon, the plant is operating at 100 percent power ~615 megawatts after reconnecting to the New England power grid early Saturday morning. Plant power will vary slightly over the next several days while operators perform rod pattern adjustments to the reactor to achieve 100% steady state operation.Source: Vermont Yankee. 6.1.2010 Northstar Vermont Yankee,During plant start-up activities Friday night, plant operators at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon identified a condition described as vapor and water dripping in the Advanced Off Gas excavated area. The volume was estimated to be extremely small and occurred over a period of approximately four hours. According to Yankee, this was a new leak. The leak has been stopped and there is no leak at this time. Yankee said there is no threat to public health or safety.The vapor and water dripping was identified at approximately 7:30 pm during warm up of the AOG system. No leakage was visible after warm up and shortly after the AOG system was placed in service. The leak was located on a two-inch drain line and is approximately one-eighth of an inch in diameter.The vapor and water dripping was observed coming from the end of a concrete enclosure surrounding a two inch drain line in the AOG excavation just before the pipe enters the wall of the drain tank room. Soil testing of the area was performed and tested positive for several radioisotopes in a one-foot radius from the leak source.The surface areas where water had previously been observed were sampled for surface contamination. Samples were positive for tritium. A sample of wood that had been exposed to the leak and soil below the leak site showed measurable levels of radio-isotopes. Isotopes detected were chromium-51, manganese-54, cobalt-58, cobalt-60, zinc-65, zinc-69, niobium-95, rhodium-105, xenon-131, cesium-137, barium-140 and lanthanum-140. Some of these isotopes (rhodium-105, xenon-131, barium-140 and lanthanum-140) are short lived and are evidence that the contamination was recent.Yankee said its current plans are to remediate the soil at the area of the leak and evaluate the condition of the two inch drain line. Repair options under evaluation include removing the line from service, replacing the line, or performing an on-line leak repair. The identified leak should not reoccur during normal plant operation, with the AOG system in service.The NRC and State of Vermont were notified.Vermont Yankee was reconnected to the New England electrical grid shortly after midnight Saturday.On Sunday and Monday, Vermont Yankee engineers and maintenance personnel worked to develop a repair technique to isolate the 2 inch AOG drain line, which was the source of minor leakage during plant startup on Friday night. During development of the procedure, a test mock-up was made that simulated actual condition in the in-service pipe. The repair process involves drilling into the pipe at two locations and injecting compounds that harden as they cure. A different compound is then injected between these two locations that expands to become a rubber like plug.The technique was validated about midday on Monday, and repairs were then begun on the 2 inch drain line. The repairs were completed by about 6:30 pm on Monday. This effort successfully isolated this line within the AOG Pipe Tunnel, by installing the sealing materials, and the AOG Drain Tank Room, by closing an existing valve. This effectively removed the portion of the system within the excavated area from service. No steam or water is currently flowing through this drain pipe. Vermont Yankee said that it should be noted that there was no leakage from this pipe since the recent leak occurred and was terminated during the evening of May 28th. Conditions for the leak in the drain line to occur only exist for a short time during plant start up. That is the reason leakage was not detected earlier during normal operation.Following isolation of the drain pipe, workers today are in the process of removing contaminated soil from the area. Excavation is expected to be completed on Wednesday. Groundwater samples taken at the nearby GZ-10 well on Sunday and Monday showed no detectable levels of tritium.The leak has been entered into Vermont Yankee s corrective action process which will determine the cause of the event and how it can be prevented in the future.
The Vermont Department of Labor is pleased to announce that the US Department of Labor has approved Vermont’s request to extend the filing deadline for Individual Disaster Unemployment Assistance to November 21, 2011. The previous filing deadline for individuals for individuals in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor was October 7, 2011 and for individuals in Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans Counties the deadline was October 21, 2011. The US Department of Labor notified Vermont today that they have approved Vermont’s request to extend the filing deadlines for all of the counties that were declared a disaster area as a result of the effects of Tropical Storm Irene. The covered disaster assistance period continues to begin on August 27, 2011 and end on March 3, 2012. The first payable week remains week ending September 3, 2011. An individual must be continuously unemployed as a direct result of the disaster in order to continue to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. If eligible, he or she can collect benefits for the weeks during which they meet the necessary criteria. Individuals who experience temporary job loss as a result of the disaster and who do not qualify for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits, such as self-employed individuals, may also be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. To ensure that all disaster victims have an opportunity to file a timely application for DUA, we request an extension to the DUA application period for Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor, Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans Counties creating a uniform deadline of November 21, 2011. An individual may qualify to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance if: You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.Your workplace was damaged, destroyed, or you cannot work because of the disaster.Your transportation to work is not available.You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the impacted area where means of transportation are not available.You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.You derived most of you income from areas affected by the disaster, and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster. Please call the Vermont Department of Labor’s Claim Assistance Line at 1-877-214-3330 if you are an unemployed worker or self-employed individual who lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in a county that has been declared a disaster area by the federal government to determine you eligibility for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. For more information, please visit www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).
U.S. military forces are working alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11. “Because of the longstanding and close working relationship between the U.S. military and its Japanese counterparts on a daily basis, the United States military has humanitarian assistance capabilities positioned in the affected regions that are ready to support emergency relief efforts and minimize human suffering,” U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos said in a statement to the media on 12 March. Dubbed Operation Tomodachi — Japanese for “friendship” — U.S. military assets mobilizing in the area include a wide range of equipment, air, sea, and ground capability and expertise. “We have units from all of our services, with a multitude of capabilities, from medical to communications to civil engineering, poised and ready to support where needed,” Roos said. Yokota Air Base in Japan was instrumental in recovering airline traffic in the hours immediately following the earthquake, Roos said. Also, Yokota is being used as an alternate airfield for planes that cannot land at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. U.S. Air Force and Marine helicopter and transport aircraft were moved from Okinawa to the U.S. military bases on Honshu. Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force are supporting relief operations and its subordinate units are providing command and control, aviation and logistics support, according to Marine Corps officials. The troops are capable of providing food, water, transportation and other relief support. By Dialogo March 14, 2011 Excellent that the United States helps Japan get back on its feet. I congratulate the USA Armed Forces and give my condolences to the people of Japan, it will rise again like the Phoenix. All humanitarian aid is very good and it is time to forget about the differences. We should unite all of our strength in order to help our Japanese brothers, may the Lord of Divine Providence be a light to the people of Japan and bless them by soothing their pain and suffering. We Venezuelans must help those poor people who are going through something terrible with the loss of their homes. The President of the country should not do anything to help as this could happen in other cities and that is not what we want and no one wants that. That is why we must help each other and consider those people that lost everything. Rafael Lopez worker from Gudisa help with what you can
By Jaime Moreno / Voice of America December 17, 2019 Among the biggest difficulties Venezuelan immigrants face is the lack of passports. The Colombian government, however, has detected with concern people who transit identifying themselves with legitimate Venezuelan passports, but who don’t even know what the capital of Venezuela is.In an interview with Venezuela 360, Christian Krugüer, director of Colombia Migration, warned that the trend might pose a risk to global security. “We see people from Venezuela who don’t have passports, but we find [people of] other nationalities carrying Venezuelan passports, who don’t even speak Spanish or know the capital of Venezuela.”Colombian authorities are unaware of the intentions of the Nicolás Maduro regime or the criteria it uses to grant passports to foreigners, but do not hesitate to warn the international community about it.“It’s a huge risk, not just for Colombia’s security, but for the security of the world. I’m talking from a terrorism viewpoint,” said the director of Colombia Migration.Another issue Colombian authorities are dealing with is espionage from agents of the disputed Maduro government.“Early this year  we removed some 10 individuals from Cúcuta for espionage. This is a tool dictatorships use to see what’s happening in other countries,” added the official. Krugüer also warned about the risks to security as a result of the Venezuelan crisis, and said the exodus remains at very high levels, affecting the capacity of the Colombian government to respond, especially with healthcare.The Colombian government also noted an increase in a phenomenon known as circular migration, whereby people who live in Venezuela cross into Colombia daily in search of medical attention, education, or food, and then return to their home country at night.It’s estimated that some 45,000 people cross the border daily. Of those, 2,000 remain in Colombia permanently, 2,000 continue on to other countries, and 41,000 return to Venezuela.“Among those who go in and out, many arrive with needs; they come to Colombia to eat, to get medical services, to buy products and then return,” said the director of Colombia Migration, adding that the migration phenomenon can no longer be seen in terms of the 1.5 million immigrants who reside permanently in Colombia.According to the official, circular migration represents a large tax burden to border cities.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This 53-foot-long, 80-ton steel snow removal vehicle dubbed ‘Darth Vader’ is part of Long Island Rail Road’s winter weather arsenal. (Photo: MTA / LIRR)The MTA announced Tuesday evening that the Long Island Rail Road will run on a weekend scheduled Wednesday due to the winter storm slamming the Island.That means the railroad will provide approximately 60 to 65 percent of the trains available on a typical weekday schedule.The MTA attributed its decision to heavy snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and strong winds brought on by the coastal storm.The LIRR’s threshold to suspend service is between 10 to 13 inches of snow. It also takes icing and sustained winds into consideration when determining whether to alter services.“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced tonight that it expects to run modified service Wednesday, January 22, as the region digs out from today’s heavy snowfall amid sub-freezing temperatures and strong winds,” it said in a statement. “Service patterns will differ across the MTA network based on how the operating agencies were affected by the storm, which ranged from light snow in the lower Hudson Valley to large bands and heavy drifts on Long Island.”The LIRR was experiencing up to 20 minute long system-wide delays due to weather conditions.The likelihood of significant snowfall—up to 14 inches—strong winds, and bone-chill temperatures was enough for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in both Nassau and Suffolk counties Tuesday.A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m.The National Weather Service said the wind chill could be as low as 13 degrees below zero.Long Islanders should expect to wake up Wednesday morning to temperatures in the teens.The weather service has said heavy snow could continue to fall until 4 a.m.
View image | gettyimages.comThe way I see it, the Mets owe us big time for spending so many hours watching them lose two games in a row in Kansas City to a superior team. How they repay us is obvious. They have to host a victory parade down Broadway in Manhattan, and make sure we all have the day off so we can sleep in late.The opener on Tuesday was grueling enough—the longest World Series game in history measured by innings. By the time the final out was recorded in the 14th, five hours and nine minutes after it started, I was numb, both spiritually and physically. My eyes could barely see. My mind was shot.As they taught us by their debacle the following night, the first matchup was one the Mets had to win. All that effort gone to waste. I mean, on our part, as demoralized fans too masochistic to turn the damn thing off until some distant voice of reason, probably female, penetrated our consciousness with these words: “Go to bed!”After all, hadn’t we done our time already this season? Didn’t we stick with the Metropolitans back in July, when the needs of our families and our communities—hell, our republic, for that matter—went begging for 18 innings? It was July 19th, and the Mets only took a 1-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the 13th inning, only to blow it in the bottom of the same inning when Jeurys Familia gave up a leadoff homer. No, I don’t want to remember it well—they did go on to prevail 3-1—but it came back to haunt me when Game 1 entered the midnight hour after he’d blown it in the ninth inning. I turned to my viewing companion, my son who had to get up even earlier the next morning than I so he could catch a train to the city, and asked him rhetorically, “How much longer should we watch this?”Well, the answer was obvious. To the bitter end. After all, past was prologue. We both stuck with the team in July, when the World Series seemed like a pipe dream, why would we be sensible now? Back then, Ruben Tejada—bless his soul, and curse Chase Utley’s—hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Wilmer Flores to score the go-ahead run. We got an insurance run on a squeeze bunt by Eric Campbell. Ah, those were the days, weren’t they? And let us recall that it was a day game, too.Tuesday night seemed to last forever. My son said he had a dream (perhaps a nightmare) later that it ended at 5 a.m. Let the record show it was over way before then. Apparently, we were not alone. The game was the most-watched World Series opener since 15 million viewers tuned into the 2010 matchup.This game, let’s face it, did have a little bit of everything. There was the first inside-the-park homer since the World Series of 1929 (and the anniversary of the Stock Market crash was this week, too, come to think of it)—and it came off the very first pitch that our Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, threw. That in itself is a rarity.And, laughing at their expense because it is Fox after all, there was a “rare electronics failure” that blew the game off the air—and onto our radios—in the fourth inning. Just like that, we all had to hunt for our AM dials, but just before we could settle in, the network figured out how to stream the international feed for domestic consumption. I just felt sorry for the hapless chaps back in the studio who had to make small talk while the engineers figured out how to override the meltdown. We haven’t seen anything like this since the Oakland A’s-San Francisco Giants World Series—dubbed the Battle of the Bay—was disrupted by a severe earthquake that struck in 1989 just as Game 3 was getting underway and knocked ABC off the air. By the way, the Giants were down two games to none. The bad news is that the Athletics went on to sweep them four-zip.Tuesday’s snafu also illustrates just how dependent America’s pastime has become on modern technology. The four-minute on-field delay was reportedly due to the replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses. We wouldn’t want to lose that, would we? Why, without replay capability, how could the game go on? Now, since it was Fox, nobody dared to blame the liberal media for screwing up, but the thought had to be in the noosphere. But they found the right switch and the game went on at Kauffman Stadium. For the record, the 2013 Super Bowl was delayed when the power went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That’s a more old-fashioned problem, but it certainly couldn’t have helped the automaker’s brand since play stopped for 34 minutes.Once Fox resumed its World Series coverage, it was amusing when Joe Buck—he of the five o’clock stubble—told the viewing audience that they had enough quarters to keep Game 1 on the air for the rest of the evening as he traded microphones with Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz, who were handling the game for MLB International. Little did Buck know that the night was still young.Going into Wednesday night’s game from the Mets’ point of view, they probably figured that all their East Coast fans could use some shut-eye but they took it one step further, and seemed to nod off at the plate, getting only two hits off the Royals’ mighty-dreadlocked righthander Johnny Cueto, who pitched the whole damn game, while our long-haired phenom Jacob DeGrom hardly struck anybody out and got rocked instead. Our reputed ace gave up four runs in the fifth inning, and then it was lights out for him. For good measure other Mets pitchers came in in relief and allowed three more before the game was mercifully over, 7-1 the final score.Sleep, perchance to dream, never sounded so good Wednesday night. For the superstitious, the Mets lost by one run in the first game of the 1986 World Series and by six runs in the second game—and that was at Shea Stadium, where we teach future generations the Mets beat the Red Sox in Game 6, and, just as important, in Game 7.Whether history can repeat itself this time against Kansas is a question that remains to be seen. Too many Mets fans woke up Thursday morning thinking the world had ended, let alone the Series. But let us remember they’ve only played each other twice, and they have at least two more games to go.So, the message to us all: stay tuned. And hope the blessings flow. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An armed robbery in East Meadow early Wednesday morning is “likely” related to a string of similar crimes that have occurred in Nassau County over the last two months, including one case in which a clerk was murdered, Nassau County police said.Dep. Insp. Kenneth Lack, the police department’s chief spokesman, said detectives are investigating the robbery at a Sunoco gas station on Hempstead Turnpike at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, which he said is likely related to nine similar incidents since Dec. 20. The same suspect is believed to be responsible for the slaying of a 58-year-old gas station attendant in Jericho on Jan. 28.In the latest incident, police said a male entered the gas station at 2475 Hempstead Turnpike and approached two employees, demanding cash while threatening the pair with a black handgun. The suspect fled on foot after obtaining an unknown amount of cash, police said. No customers were inside the gas station at the time of the robbery, police said.A description of the suspect was not provided. But the suspect in the string of armed robberies has been described as a black man between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall, with a thin build, wearing all black Nike clothing, a black mask, black gloves, black Nike sneakers with red laces and armed with either a black or a silver revolver.“This subject has demonstrated that he is very violent, or can be very violent,” acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said during a press conference last week. The investigation, he added, “is one of the highest priorities of this department at this time.”Two days prior to the press conference, the same suspect robbed a Shell gas station in Jericho on Feb. 8.Police have yet to say if anything was taken during the homicide in Jericho.Aside from cash, the assailant has also robbed several businesses for cigarettes. All but two of armed robberies believed to be linked occurred at gas stations. The suspect twice robbed a Hicksville 7-Eleven store in the span of five days.The string of crimes has sparked a massive manhunt. Krumpter said last week that both the robbery and homicide squads, plus the Major Case Bureau and Bureau of Special Operations are investigating the incidents.