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Monday, January 25, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 25

How has the Bronx's Christopher Columbus High School been faring with this round of school closings? The New York Times reports on the the current state of things in this 70 year-old school, one of the last large high schools left in the Bronx. Education officials say that the "failures" of Columbus "are self-evident," as enrollment, the student body and graduation rates falter. 

Before the dashboard erupted in flames, a heroic school bus driver, Jamal Richards, carried four disabled children to safety on Saturday on West Mosholu Parkway South, near Jerome Ave. Three of the children were in wheelchairs, and the other used a walker -- none were injured.

Coconut candy was mistaken for crack cocaine, and two Bronx men were taken into custody for possession of the sweet treats. Cesar Rodriguez and Jose Pena are planning to sue the NYPD for $2 million for carelessness and not following protocol.

More than 1200 guns have been taken off the street, thanks to the Bronx gun buy-back program held this past Saturday. NY1 has video on the buy-back as well.


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