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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Oct. 16

Several Bronx cops were honored yesterday for outstanding service, at an awards ceremony in Morris Park.

The first of two public hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's bid to extend term limits is being held today. The Times says the City Hall hearings are the most eagerly anticipated in years. Big crowds are expected. In other news, Bronx Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo now says she's "undecided" on whether she'd vote for an extension. Previously she was in favor. In the Bronx, then, four council members want an extension, two don't, and two are undecided. More here.

Federal investigators say the city may have inflated the estimated cost of the new Yankee Stadium and then lied to the IRS. On the back of these costs, the Yankees were able to secure $942 million in tax-exempt bonds, in the process saving themselves millions of dollars.

A man has been charged with the murder of his baby son in a West Farms homeless shelter earlier this week. Police say John Rodriguez punched 8-month-old Elijah because he wouldn't stop crying.

On Tuesday night a man was murdered inside his Mount Eden apartment, police say.

Monroe College is 75-years-old. The first in a series of celebratory events will be held next Wednesday.

Sustainable South Bronx has co-authored a study calling on city policymakers to implement an "Urban Heat Island mitigation plan." The study says "vegetated and highly reflective surfaces" would help combat global warming, reduce pollution, improve public health, and even strengthen the economy.

The Bronx picked up several awards in the Village Voice's annual Best of NYC readers poll, including best public tennis courts, best Jamaican food, best Latin music store, and, er, best strip club. Boogiedowner has more details.

Last but not least, Freddy, a beloved Fly River turtle who lives at the Bronx Zoo, recently turned 50. He's the oldest known turtle of his kind.


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