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Monday, September 29, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Sept. 29

As mentioned in the previous posts, it was a busy weekend for politics in the Bronx.

It was also a rather violent one. Early Sunday, a twenty-something man was shot dead at 315 East 143rd St. On that same day, three men were shot in front of 1150 Elder Avenue. One died at the hospital and the other two are in stable condition.

Police efforts to disrupt a narcotics operation in Fordham early this morning resulted in gunfire, as well as an arrest.

Deliveryman Fengwang Chen, 31, was shot on E. 229th St. on Saturday at around 7:20 p.m. while attempting to deliver an order. He remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. While his attackers took the $22 worth of pork fried rice, wings, and fries, they didn’t bother to take the $280 in Chen’s pocket. The Chinese Restaurant alliance is offering a $3,000 reward for information on the suspects.

In another unfortunate event on E. 229th, two brothers , 11 and 14, went missing after leaving their apartment around 7:45 a.m. Friday. For more information on how to help, click here.

Less violently, three stores in Bedford are waging war over the size of their awnings. As the Norwood News previously reported, Bedford Park Gourmet Deli and Rose Flower Chinese restaurants complained that the Kennedy Fried Chicken and Biscuit’s awning blocked their own signs. The Deli owner subsequently bought Rose Flower its own awning, which now covers Kennedy’s sign on one side.

A Bronx apartment building on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, dubbed as “the birthplace of hip-hop” will be sold this week. Residents and housing advocates filed a law suit in the State Supreme Court to prevent the sale. However, the court ruled in favor of the landlord last Friday. Advocates worry that, with the sale and the building's removal from the Mitchell Lama housing program, rents will spiral through the roof.

Another former Bronx resident making news, Leonard Kleinrock, was one of eight awarded a Medal of Science this morning at a gala at the White House. He attended Bronx High School of Science and received a Bachelors from City college of New York and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. Kleinrock.


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