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Friday, May 1, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, May 1

Welcome to May everyone. Lots of interesting stuff to get to on the blog today, but first, let's get to the news roundup.

We'll start with this great little story on the Times' City Room blog about a tree that survived the 9/11 attacks downtown and is now blossoming in Van Cortlandt Park. The before and after pictures are inspiring and there's nice video story included as well. The tree is scheduled to be uprooted from the Bronx and replanted in the 9/11 memorial park in two years.

Int their Morning Buzz news wrap, the Times mistakenly calls Bronx State Senator Jose M. Serrano an Assemblyman and says he introduced a bill in Albany to impose a 5 cent tax on plastic grocery bags given out at supermarkets. But the link to the story in the NY Post says the bill was introduced by Micah Kellner, a Democratic Assemblyman. I'm confused. We'll get to the bottom of this.

A legally blind man fell to his death in a Riverdale building elevator shaft yesterday.

In a departure from previous policy, the NYPD is now telling people why they are stopping and frisking them in the South Bronx, Harlem and East New York.

A Bronx woman, who's fiancee (and the father of her two-year-old child) died suddenly two weeks ago (while at his computer watching videos), was not able to harvest enough sperm from his dead body to get pregnant and give their child a sibling. I know, it sounds bizarre. I'm glad we're here to point these stories out and the Daily News is around to write them.

An accused drug dealer escaped from police custody in the Bronx yesterday.

And, finally, some sports: northwest Bronx high school boys volleyball teams, Walton and Kennedy, finished the season tied for first place in the Bronx Division VI.


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