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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, April 29

Apologies for the belated nature of the roundup posting today, but, as they says, better than never. On to the news!

Swine flu coverage: it may be spreading outside of the Queens public school where it supposedly originated. Bunch of stuff from the Daily News: an overview of the mini-outbreak, Bloomberg's keeping a sense of humor about the whole thing, more schools might be closed. Vistors are staying away from Queens Zoo pigs.

If this year's 14% water hike is combined with next year's estimated 12% hike, New York City families could be looking at annual water bills of more than $1,000.

This year's hike was discussed yesterday in the Bronx at a public hearing at the Bronx Library Center on Kingsbridge Road. About 20 people, mostly politicians and advocates, showed up and expressed their anger.

Tony Mullen, a 50-year-old former NYPD police captain from the Bronx (he teaches in Connecticut), was named national teacher of the year by President Obama.

In case you missed it in yesterday's "Pinstripe Politics" column yesterday by Graham Kates (check back every Wednesday and Friday for your Yankee news), here's the Post's story on the Yankees slashing ticket prices after seeing that many prime seats in the new $1.5 billion stadium were empty in the season's first home stand.

Felix Matos Rodriguez is the new president of Hostos Community College.

Riverdale Press reports on why State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.'s been late in opening up his new office at 400 E. Fordham Road.

Read of the day: A painfully gruesome but fascinating cover story in the Village Voice about a woman, Selena Cooper, and her daughter, Joi, who were both raped and murdered in 1988 at a West Farms housing project. Recent DNA evidence linked one of Cooper's companions to the murders and he's now facing trial.


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