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Monday, November 23, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Nov. 23

15-year old shooting victim Vada Vasquez's condition is improving. The New York Post reports that Vasquez, who was in a coma, now recognizes and responds to family presence. Neighbors of Vasquez continue to pray for her recovery.

Zelita Mighty, mother of 16-year old Carvett Gentles, who was arrested for the shooting of 15-year old Vada Vasquez last week, says she doesn't understand how her son made the transition from a boy-scout to an accused shooter.

The Bronx River is bearing the brunt of an explosion at a Con Ed substation earlier this month, as a massive oil spill now threatens the river's ecology. Con Ed representatives are working on cleaning the spill, primarily at locations where the river flows slowest in the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Read more about the situation here.

BoogieDowner reports that the United States Postal Service has removed the Botanical Garden Post Office from its list of possible site closures.

Seven homes were destroyed, leaving 30 people homeless, after a fire swept through a row of houses last night. A 60-year old man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries reported.

The New York Post is warning readers not to pull the emergency cord on subway cars between stations. The warning comes after a man was stabbed to death on a Bronx bound D train over the weekend. A frightened passenger pulled the emergency cord, stopping the car and preventing any help from getting to the man quickly.

Melrose-2-Melrose is profiling a historic Bronx landmark that isn't the Kingsbridge Armory, the Old Bronx Courthouse. The Courthouse owner, Henry Weinstein, is asking Melrose-2-Melrose to help come up with ideas on how the Courthouse, which is currently vacant, may help the community. The owner stresses that the Courthouse is not up for sale. Some suggestions include a bookstore, but the comments section of the thread is currently open to the suggestions and opinions of Bronx residents. Have an idea of what the space could be used for? Head on over to Melrose-2-Melrose and share your voice.


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