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Friday, January 22, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 22

Police have released footage of a Bronx shooting suspect caught on tape, asking the public to help in identifying the perp. The man in the video is suspected of taking part in a shooting that occurred in December in which the victim was left in stable condition at St. Barnabas Hospital.

In an attempt to remove illegal firearms from the streets of the Bronx, police and clergy members are co-sponsoring a gun buy back this Saturday, January 23, at select Bronx churches. Illegal or legal firearms may be exchanged for a $200 bank card at participating locations.

The eighth Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) will take place next week. Volunteers will scour the Bronx to count the borough's homeless population. The program seeks to tally the total number of homeless living in the Bronx as a means of collecting basic dempographic data and offering individuals shelter opportunities.

After a video released yesterday showed a Bronx man being punched repeatedly by police officers while handcuffed on the ground, a second man has come forward claiming that he was also a victim of police brutality during the same drug raid that left two police wounded after an officer's gun was discharged in a narrow hallway.

An article over at the Gotham Gazette discusses the history of the Kingsbridge Armory development project that led to the City Council's rejection of the project last month, and the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance's (KARA) role in the ordeal.

And last but not least, an article from the UK discusses Oscar buzz over former Lehman College student Gabourey Sidibe for her breakthrough role in the film Precious.


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