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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bronx News Roundup, Thursday, Oct. 2

Here's a quick look at the Bronx stories floating around cyberspace today.

A handful of outlets picked up the bizarre story of a Bronx emergency medical technician who was killed after being hit by two northbound Metro-North trains. The man, identified as 34-year-old William Jenkins, was found handcuffed underneath the second train earlier this morning, just north of the Mt. Vernon station.

His mother said he had become distressed over financial woes and at 3:25 a.m., he had sent a distraught text message to a friend. Authorities are looking into whether Jenkins was already dead before being hit by the trains and searching for reasons why he was handcuffed. A Newsday story said because of the handcuffs, police were treating the death as a crime.

The Daily News writes about today's public scoping meeting for the Kingsbridge Armory, which begins tonight at 6 p.m. at the Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road. More on this later today and tomorrow.

[Just to clarify, the Daily News says that a plan to put school in the Armory was dropped because the Armory doesn't have windows. Not true. The schools were included in the city's original request for proposals (RFP) and were supposed to be built in (or replace) the two annex buildings connected to the northside of the Armory, which currently house a National Guard unit and a recruiting station. But last summer, the city dropped the idea of schools there because the DOE said there was no need for more schools in the area. Also not true, if you ask many students and parents in the area suffering from overcrowding.]

Police are still looking for a suspect who robbed a Fordham Road bank using a gun.

And finally, Britney Spears showed up in the Bronx yesterday to promote her new single. She wanted to go to a middle school, but unfortunately, public schools were closed for Rosh Hashanah. Still administrators at John Philip Sousa managed to round up a few kids, who were able to meet the much-publicized celebrity.


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