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Friday, November 7, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Nov. 7

Plans to put a 37-story 911 call center in Morris Park have been put on ice, after the estimated cost increased to nearly $1 billion.

A University Avenue man was involved in a tense standoff with police yesterday, after allegedly stabbing and seriously injuring his girlfriend.

In July, WFUV, the radio station run out of Fordham University, interviewed the Bronx-raised singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. The hour-long interview, in which Spektor talks about her music career and childhood, is now online.

One of the two men convicted of the 2006 murder of Dr. Leandro Lozada, a popular pediatrician who ran a medical clinic on Kingsbridge Road, will serve 40-years to life in state prison, a judge a ruled. More about the murder here.

It could be that Bronx State Senators Ruben Diaz Sr. and (newly elected) Pedro Espada aren't as rebellious are previously thought.

Studs Terkel, the author and radio broadcast personality, died last Friday aged 96. Terkel once lived with his family on Bathgate Avenue, and following his death the NY Times paid a visit to his old, and much-changed neighborhood.

Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion has "quietly dumped a slew of staffers" according to the NY Post because of "mandatory belt tightening." In all, 16 of his 77 staffers have been let go. In a July editorial titled "Nix the Beeps" the paper accused Carrion and his fellow borough presidents of spending big and doing little. In a letter later that week, Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz hit back:

We provided you with substantive information, but balance wasn't your goal. Then again, when The Post can't even get the Bronx Borough President's name right in an editorial - it's Adolfo not "Alfonso" - why should we expect you to get the facts straight?


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