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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Sept. 24


Police say they've taken down a lucrative drugs and money-laundering ring headed by a Clay Avenue man. Jose Diaz-Ortega, 28, allegedly told associates in Puerto Rico to hide kilos of cocaine inside children toys which were then mailed to addresses in the United States. Ortega was picked up in June and is being held on $500,000 bail. On Monday police made more arrests.

Yankees Catcher José Molina (pictured speaking at a baseball clinic in Roberto Clemente State Park in June) smashed the final home run at the old Yankee Stadium. That much is clear, says The NYT. But there's a debate over who should be allowed to keep the now sacred ball. (The slightly grumpy looking guy on the left, by the way, is Ray Negron, the children's author and special assistant to George Steinbrenner.)

Ramon Jimenez, a community activisit and Harvard-educated lawyer, tells The NYT that he's lost faith in his former ally Assemblyman Jose Rivera, whose position as Bronx county leader is currently under threat. Recalling Rivera's start in politics some 25 years ago, Jimenez said:

A lot of people helped him because he was seen as a progressive candidate. But instead of empowering people, it came to be about ‘me, me, me.’ We expected something different from José. He had ability and creativity in organizing. That slowly dissipated and he became more concerned about his power and his family.
More here.

A wave of high-profile retailers, including Best Buy and Applebees, are coming to Fordham Road.

Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel is attempting to stop what he sees as intrusive and unnecessary searches by customs officials at airports and border crossings. According to The Sun, the federal government now allows agents to read and copy travellers' personal papers and any documents they might have stored on a laptop.


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