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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, March 25

A suspected serial killer has been charged with the 1981 murder of a Bronx woman. Jesus Aguilera is already serving life in prison for two similar crimes.  Here's a look at the homicide detective who worked the case.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Happy Land fire. This evening, a mass will be held St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (1900 Southern Blvd). Afterwards, a remembrance service will take place at the Happy Land memorial site, across the street from where the fire occurred. More here.

A detailed look at the impact (some say lack of impact) federal stimulus money has had on creating jobs for Bronxites.

More than 20 percent of teachers in the South Bronx could lose their jobs if budgets cuts in Albany go through, according to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.   

Fordham University have hired a new basketball coach.  Tom Pecora, formerly of Hofstra, is expected to earn a cool $705,000 a year.

State Senator Jeff Klein is embroiled in a "pay for play" scandal, after offering to sell union bosses "chairmanships" at $50,000 a pop on the newly created Senate Labor Advisory Council. Here's a Daily News editorial on the continued failure of Senate Democrats to clean up Albany.

In the Bronx, only two percent of Census questionnaires have so far been returned, the lowest rate of any borough. 

From a couple of days ago: When it comes to same-sex marriages, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his father, State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., are on the same page, according to a gay rights advocate. "Bigotry is a family trait" says a flyer Allen Roskoff and his suppoerters have circulated.

On his radio show, Roberto Perez interviewed Luis Sepulveda, an attorney who is gunning for Assemblyman Peter Rivera's seat.


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