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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bronx News Roundup Feb. 12

Verdicts are expected tomorrow in manslaughter trials of two tenants and a landlord charged with the 2005 deaths of two firefighters at a building on East 178th Street. The prosecution claims the men died because illegal partitions inside an apartment blocked access to fire escapes, forcing six firefighters to jump from a fourth floor window (four survived). The defense says firefighter protocol was to blame. More here.

New York State's highest court has a new chief judge. Jonathan Lippman was appointed yesterday after a vote in the Senate. Several senators abstained, including the Bronx's Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr., saying they didn't believe the nomination process gave women and minorities a fair shot at the job.

A Jewish group has hung a "Free Palestine" banner above the entrance of the Cross Bronx Expressway.

Twelve people have been arrested following a one-year investigation into a spate of vehicles thefts in the New York area. Police say the gang targeted luxury cars and construction equipment.

Congressmen Elliot Engel and Joseph Crowley have sprung to the defense of the $400 million naming rights deal between the Mets and Citigroup.

Nursing homes in Riverdale, and their residents, are concerned about proposed budget cuts.


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