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Monday, August 10, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, August 10

ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, found that the Bronx has the highest unemployment and poverty levels in New York. Despite this, 13 other counties are receiving more money from the federal stimulus package. The Bronx has currently received $258 million from stimulus packages and WNYC chronicles how different reporters analyze the use of this money.

After multiple protests from the public and Bronx politicians, Fannie Mae canceled their online auction of 19 Bronx buildings. The buildings, owned by Oncelot Capital Group, are in disrepair. Opponents of the auction, including Senator Chuck Schumer, are happy that Fannie Mae did not hold the auctions and sell the buildings to another speculator like Oncelot.

A Bronx-born contestant, Kenny Bermudez, on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew reflects on how he chose dancing over a life of crime. Now as a part of the Bronx-based dance crew, Rhythm City, Bermudez teaches dance classes at the Bronxdale Community Center and tours around the world.

Yesterday, a Bronx man, Angel Cruz, was killed after being hit by a car when walking along Interstate 87. Police are still looking for suspects for the hit-and-run incident.

Police continue to search for a suspect involved in a fatal shooting on Friday night.

In more crime news over the weekend, two Bronx brothers are now facing charges in the death of a Manhattan Holocaust survivor.

Saturday was a day of celebration for many New Yorkers as Bronx native, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was officially sworn into the Supreme Court.

Also over the weekend, a moped accident proved fatal as it left a father dead and his son injured.

A BoogieDowner blogger is wondering why the NY Daily News is so aggressive in covering Bronx real estate. Do they have a vested interest?


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