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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, July 30

We apologzie for the lack of posts late, but we're operating a serious manpower deficit for the next two weeks. We'll do the best we can. Here's some good Bronx stories out there.

Olga Mendez, the first Puerto Rican woman in the nation elected to a state legislature, died yesterday. She represented parts of the South Bronx and East Harlem. Video from NY1. From the NY Times.

Nice story in, of all place, the Wall Street Journal, about Bronx-based super group Aventura, who have the year's number one Latin album, "The Last." Aventura's Romeo Santos calls their music a mix between Bacheta, reggaeton, R&B and alternative rock with a bunch of "Spanglish words" mixed in.

State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is being honored tonight as the "Senator of the Year" at a gala hosted by Eric Stevenson, a district leader in the 79th Assembly District (which Michael Benjamin represents).

Although Espada's been criticized for being a deceptive, flip-flopping, power-grabbing opportunist who doesn't live in his own district or care about the needs of his constituents, Stevenson said, "You may not agree with the way he went about it, but the fact is he achieved reform in the Senate that was a long-time coming."

(Side note: Espada's press guy Steve Mangione says his boss should have his new office, at Fordham Place, up and running any day now. That was last Monday. We will not hold our breath.)

The Robin Hood Foundation awarded nearly a half million dollars in grant money to the Jericho Project, a homeless services organization with a handful of locations in the Bronx.

A Bronx woman is suing McDonald's after receiving severe burns from two hot teas.


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