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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bronx News Roundup for Nov. 13th

Teams of urban planners from a project called Intersections submitted design ideas for future "green" use of the Grand Concourse. Two Columbia University students formulated a model for a clean air pump to reduce asthma and came in first place. They were congratulated by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. yesterday at the Bronx Museum of the Arts where their work is currently showcased.

A trial is underway this week to examine horrific events taking place last year during a Super Bowl party in the Bronx where a man was allegedly threatened with a gun and burned with hot pennies.

Economic woes put one Bronx resident where many citizens find themselves: in a sort of Catch 22 where they work too many hours to qualify for financial aid, or work too little to keep the financial aid.

Daniel Smith, a Bronx teacher accused of sexual misconduct in 2007, has been stuck in the "rubber room" way too long for a "trumped up" allegation and wants to sue the Department of Education for the right to get back to work.

A study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the Bronx was rated forth in counties that spiked in employment numbers  in the first quarter of the year instead of falling. This is attributed to the over 5,000 jobs that opened in the education and health care sectors.

Marines and friends joined to view a 9-11 memorial where the U.S.S New York marine ship, built with steel from the World Trade Center, was celebrated alongside some real American heroes.

The documentary "Ten9Eight" is now in theatres. Based on a program out of the Network for Teaching Entrpreneurship, an organization started by former Bronx high-school teacher Steve Mariotti, the film follows a student competition to build the best entrepreneurial business plan.


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