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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, March 10

In the South Bronx, banks are few and far between, with a measly 27 branches for an estimated 500,000 residents. The Norwood News reported on this borough-wide shortage last November. The situation is likely to get worse this year, with several JPMorgan Chase and Washington Mutual branches merging.

An assistant Bronx district attorney has written a book titled "My Body Belongs to Me," making it easier for parents to educate their children about child abuse.

In 2006, Adolfo Carrion, President Obama's new urban czar, renovated his City Island home with the help of an architect who weeks later was awarded - by Carrion - a lucrative contract to design a new facility for Boricua Village. The article, which appears in the Daily News, follows on from a previous DN story showing Carrion's habit of rewarding developers who gave him campaign contributions. Last month, the Norwood News looked back at Carrion's seven years as borough president.

Two rappers say hip-hop was born in Queens, not the Bronx.

Earl Brown, the acting Bronx Borough president who happens to live in Brooklyn, talks about East River tolls, the Atlantic Yards project, and which borough he prefers (hint: he gives a very diplomatic answer).

Thirteen high school students from the Bronx are helping to build a school in a village in Mali.

The principal of the Bronx HS of Performance and Stagecraft has been charged with driving drunk and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Ruben Diaz Jr. is a shoo-in for borough president, says Bob Kappstatter.


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