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Friday, August 7, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, August 7

In a Mott Haven park, teenagers in an urban gardening program have been ripping up the remains of an old basketball court so they can grow vegetables.

As you'd expect, The Times has some pretty exhaustive coverage - articles, graphics, video, etc. - on Sonia Sotomayor, the Bronx-raised judge, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court yesterday.

More on that murder in Belmont early yesterday morning. Anton Spaqi, a 65-year-old Albanian, was shot dead on Hughes Avenue not far from his home. According to police, he was an avid gambler with an extensive criminal record, including a conviction for immigrant smuggling.

Discarded cans and bottles, along with old pallets, have long-provided a valuable income source for those short on cash, and that's especially true in this bad economy.

A veteran cop at the 40th Precinct may have lost his job for trying to hook up with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but he's been allowed to keep his pension.

A ferry service between Riverdale and downtown Manhattan would benefit both neighborhoods, say Riverdale residents.

Mayoral candidate Robert Burck, more commonly known as the "Naked Cowboy," has been campaigning in the Bronx.


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