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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bronx News Network, Jan. 14

With a little help from the NY Times Neediest Cases Fund, the sky's the limit for a bright Bronx teenager with a passion for community service.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is closing in on Pedro Espada, Jr.  According to court papers filed yesterday, there is "extensive evidence" that the embattled state senator and majority leader used monies from his network of health clinics to help advance his political career. A typically bullish Espada is calling it a "witch hunt."

In an editorial, the Daily News calls Espada a "taxpayer-fleecing, subpoena-ducking con artist." If his fellows Democrats "want any credibility as ethics reformers, they need to strip him of his lofty title and privileges," the paper says.

Espada says his driver is to blame for parking his Mercedes-Benz in front of a fire hydrant on Jan. 2, and that the State Police placard in the window was obtained legally.

A peek at the borough's most talented high school football players.

Police responding to a house fire in Allerton on Tuesday found marijuana plants, grow lights, and several guns.

The Bronx County Republican Committee has a new headquarters.

At a public meeting on Monday, teachers, parents, and students from Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School on East 151st Street, asked the Department of Education to reconsider plans to close the school.

In a victory for the UFT, teachers at a Bronx charter school have voted to unionize.

The New York Public Library has a new Web site.


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