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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Nov. 11

Happy Veterans' Day!

Here's some Bronx-related news from the past few days.

Tomorrow, a man who grew up in the Bronx and fought and died in the Korean War, will be given a long overdue burial in the Arlington National Cemetery. Cornelius Charlton, who died in 1951 aged 21, received a medal of honor for his bravery, which entitled him to burial in the Arlington National Cemetery. But his family was never notified he was eligible. Charlton will finally be laid to rest at the cemetery tomorrow and a ceremony will be held in his honor.

Eighth graders at CIS 339 are ecstatic about President Elect Obama’s victory. They feel top priority issues for the new president should be improving the public school system, the economy, and health care.

Hundreds of students at five Bronx high schools in West Farms are unable to access their library because of delays in library construction, which was supposed to be finished in the summer before the start of the school year.

A judge ruled that city officials broke environmental laws when they proceeded with construction of the Mott Haven school campus without first outlining safety measures to protect students from exposure to pollutants. The 6.6 acre site used to be home to a rail yard, laundry, and coal plant.

Members of the exclusive Yale Club in New York complain that their facility is overrun with nonmembers, and in particular, those from the Bronx. The IRS is investigating whether the club is following tax-exemption rules to reserve 70 percent of its rooms for members. Members claim the club is not, making it difficult for members to book rooms and use club facilities.

Early Monday morning at the corner of East Tremont and Boston Road, a pit bull attacked a pregnant woman, biting her on the leg. In an attempt to rescue the woman, a police officer fatally shot the dog.

Party Chairman Jose Rivera and attorney Stanley Schlein, the former legal mind for the Bronx Democratic Party, allegedly exchanged heated words during the Somos El Futuro Conference in Puerto Rico. Schlein left the Democratic Party earlier this year to act as counsel for the "Rainbow Rebels," a group of rival politician challenging Rivera's leadership.


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