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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Dec. 24

On Tuesday, a fire destroyed Morris Park Boxing Club. Two days later, one of the men who ran it (a one-time W.B.A welterweight title holder) and his stable of young fighters, found a temporary place to train.

In an editorial, the Daily News ridicules Ruben Diaz Jr. and the City Council for nixing Related Companies' Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment proposal. The pols "stupidly killed employment for thousands" and "don't have a clue" what to do next, the News argues.

The Village Voice's Tom Robbins has mixed feelings about the Council's no vote. He writes: "It's just our luck that the first time the City Council actually musters the courage to face down Mike Bloomberg, it's to kill a plan that—whatever its flaws—would have put hard-pressed New Yorkers back to work."

Five stations on the Pelham 6 Line now have countdown clocks, informing straphangers of when the next train will arrive.

A Bronx priest has been making waves as a fashion designer

NY Post columnist John Crudele's "Man of the Year" is a 28-year-old veteran from the Bronx who overcame a tough childhood and homelessness - not to mention stints in Iraq and Afghanistan - to land a job as a nursing assistant at James J. Peters VA Hospital on Kingsbridge Road.

Another veteran, homeless since January, has found an apartment in University Heights for him and his family, thanks for the Jericho Project. 

An arsonist has been terrorizing an apartment complex in Marble Hill. 

Police are looking for two men who robbed a jewelry store in Morris Park on Tuesday afternoon.


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