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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Dec. 2

Police have video surveillance of a man who they suspect vandalized four NYPD parking enforcement cars in the Bronx.

An elderly Bronx woman is displeased with the city for planting two trees in front of her home despite her opposition.

The Village Voice calls a rundown apartment on Aqueduct Ave. in the University Heights neighborhood a "madhouse." They report that the location is overrun with prostitutes, gambling and rats.

Many Catholic parishes in the Bronx rely on some Fordham professors to fulfill their duties as ordained priests.

Police believe revenge may have been a motive in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Bronx man on Sunday.

A Bronx landlord is dead as a result of what police believe was a quarrel over a mattress with a tenant.

A Bronx man's 30-year prison sentence may be reversed because he didn't receive a speedy trial.

1 comment:

  1. In the Village Voice piece on the Aqueduct Avenue building, there is a passage about the prior life of Santana, the head of the tenant association that reads:

    "In the '80s, he says, he worked as a bouncer at after-hours clubs where he was approached by legendary Harlem heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes with an offer of employment. Santana says he turned him down."

    This is a flat out lie, since Barnes was in prison from 1978 until his sentence was commuted in 1998. In other words, he was behind bars throughout the 80s.

    The building's problems aside, you have to wonder how a reporter would not bother to check this. And putting the statements amid ""he says" does not absolve the reporter, since this stuff can be checked. Fast.

    Makes you wonder what other tall tales they accepted at face value.


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