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Monday, October 1, 2007

News Roundup for Oct. 1

Gothamist recently had this tasty feature about a couple of good spots to find bánh mí--Vietnamese sandwiches-- in the Bronx. While the article tends towards Christopher Columbus journalism -- i.e., "discovering" what is already well-established-- it is still worth the read.

A Bronx County Family court judge has agreed to permanently resign after landing in hot water for violating court rules and frequently insulting those who entered her courtroom. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct had been investigating Judge Marian R. Shelton for incidents such as referring to a Carribbean man's appearance as "bizarre" and his braids as "stupid things" ; and referring to another man as a "pig." Incidentally, Shelton was appointed by Mayor Guiliani in 1998.

Last Tuesday, The ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning" -- about the whirlwind year that was 1977 in New York City -- was released on DVD. To mark the occassion, the Web site undergroundonline.com interviewed two members of the '77 Yankees ; Graig Nettles and Mickey Rivers. Read what they had to say about the accuracy of the ESPN miniseries.

Aspiring South Bronx filmmakers have garnered some media attention over the past few weeks. On the heels of Ben Sisario's September 13 article about Mott Haven's Ghetto Film School, yesterday's New York Times had this piece by Joseph P. Fried about two Bronx high-schoolers working on autobiographical short films. The two students are part of the Media Fellowship, a program offered by the Downtown Community Television Center.


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