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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Feb. 8

A lot happened in the Bronx this weekend while the New Orleans Saints were busy scoring the Super Bowl title. Here's a rundown on some of the biggest news stories:

A fire erupted early Sunday morning in the second floor kitchen of a Morris Heights building. Firefighters rescued five people, including three children, from the building at 45 West Tremont Ave.

A 15-year-old girl was shot outside of an apartment building in Mount Hope Monday night, according to Eyewitness News, and is now in serious but stable condition at St. Barnabas hospital. The gunman fled the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Ex-state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. says it was bad legal advice that made him plead guilty to 2006 corruption charges, and now wants to withdraw his plea.

Dozens of wild chickens have made themselves at home on a street in Highbridge.

Bargain hunters can hit up Middletown for some good shopping deals this week, according to The Daily News. They’ve also rounded up the best places in the borough for a romantic Valentine’s Day.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, the News also reports a boom in the number of weddings at the Bronx Supreme Court’s chapel. 

A Bronx family is suing St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan after a fairly routine teeth extraction left a 33-year-old woman dead.

A decades long family feud over a father’s Bronx estate may finally be coming to an end.  Two sisters were granted three family properties in a Bronx court last week after 27 years of legal battle.

6 train straphangers who board at the Morrison Avenue-Soundview and Whitlock Avenue stations should brace themselves for an inconvenient commute. Both stations will be closed over the next few months for renovations by the MTA. In the meantime, riders can get free transfers on the BX4 bus.

A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit last week against two Bronx communities and a Bronx realtor on the grounds of racial discrimination, the New York Times reported Friday. The group accused Bronx communities Edgewater Park and Silver Beach Gardens of preventing black residents from buying homes there, according to the article.

Morris Heights Health Center secured funding to finish the construction of its new health center, dubbed Harrison Circle. MHHC hopes to have the project finished in April.

Residents who live in the 49th Precinct have reported a spike in the number of car break-ins, according to the Post. 


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