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Friday, January 8, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 8

A 10-man brawl broke out yesterday night in front of a Radioshack in Longwood. Two of the men have been left with stab wounds from a screwdriver and are currently being treated at Lincoln Hospital. The remaining eight men managed to disperse before police arrived.

Robert Finn, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, recounts how his childhood in MetLife's exclusive Parkchester housing development opened his eyes to injustice and social stratification. Finn references his experiences in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Plans for an expansion of Van Nest Park are finally given the green light. Proposals include more play equipment, areas to lounge, more lights and a flagpole for the park's World War I memorial. Some local residents express traffic and parking concerns, but are actively seeking compromise.

A group of Bronx teens are treated to a tour of the White House. The members of the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program had traveled to Philadelphia to campaign for President Obama last year, and as a reward are also treated to a discussion with White House political director Patrick Gaspard.


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