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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bronx News Roundup July 14

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings are underway and already full of controversy. Today, Sotomayor will face direct questioning about her past case rulings and public comments. Just this morning, Sotomayor admitted that she used a bad choice of words when saying that a "wise Latina woman" could reach a better conclusion than a "white man."Sotomayor went on to explain that she believes that "different life experiences" "enrich the legal system." Other issues to be discussed today include abortion, gun control and her ruling in the firefighter discrimination case. Check out the New York Times Live Blog for updates on the hearings.

In a recent article in the New York Daily News, Bob Kappstatter points out that Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. is not the only flawed member of the Bronx Democratic Party.

During the All-Star break halfway through the season, fans and players reflect on the positives and negatives of the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Tough economic times have left behind a trail of abandoned apartment buildings, many of them in the Bronx. Property owners cannot pay back their loans and apartments are falling into deplorable conditions.

Court documents recently revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for job training programs in the Bronx were diverted for unknown use in the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. (BOEDC). Court proceedings are still going on.

Community Board 7 will vote on the redevelopment plan for the Kingsbridge Armory Tonight. For more information about the redevelopment at the Armory, view our Kingsbridge Armory Coverage Preview.


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