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Monday, November 17, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Monday, Nov. 17

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

The Times' City section picked up the story on a busy Highbridge food pantry facing eviction.

Congratulations to Helen Diane Foster, the City Council member representing the Highbridge area, who married Eric Kenyetta McKay on Saturday.

A 17-year-old girl was shot to death on Sunday morning during a shootout outside of a party near the Cross Bronx Expressway on Morris Avenue. Two other teenage males were shot as well. Police are still investigating the incident.

Jury selection is set to begin today for "Bronx Tale" star and ex-"Sopranos" part-timer Lillo Brancato, Jr. He's being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty cop in Pelham Bay. Another man, Steven Armento, who Brancato was with on the night of the shooting (they were allegedly breaking into a home to steal painkillers), was recently sentenced to life in prison for shooting the officer, Daniel Enchautegui. Brancato's lawyers say he had nothing to do with the burglary or the shooting.

Long-time Bronx political lawyer Stanley Schlein was busted by the NY Post for using a fireman's union placard (he's not a fireman) to park illegally near the Bronx County Courthouse. Schlein worked for Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Jose Rivera for years, but has now aligned himself with the insurgent group currently trying to unseat Rivera's leadership of the party.

On Saturday morning, Best Buy opened its first Bronx store on Fordham Road. Basketball star Magic Johnson spoke at the event, saying, "This is going to make a huge impact on the community." As part of the kickoff event, Best Buy announced it was giving $10,000 to two Bronx nonprofits: The Point, a multi-service center in Hunt's Point, and The Wildcat Service Corporation, which provides job training and placement.

The NY Botanical Garden here in the Bronx is conducting information sessions on horticulture jobs this week.


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