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Monday, May 3, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, May 3

First news roundup of May. Some good, some bad.

The Building Indicator Project database -- created and compiled by our friends at the University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) -- is being hailed by city officials and advocates as a huge step in helping housing agencies identify problem buildings. According to the database, the number of financially and/or physically distressed buildings is up 19% from last year. Subscriptions to the database should be available in June.

A nice story by the Daily News' Wayne Coffey about a 25-year-old Lehman College baseball player, named Alberto Alicea, who has endured through a rough upbringing and the battlefields in Iraq to find peace on the ball field.

The Bronx's Bangladeshi community is banding together to combat what they say is becoming a wave of hate crimes against them.

The contest to name the Bronx Zoo's new lion cubs is turning a "battle of the boroughs." 
A Mott Haven father who was shot in twice in the chest, allegedly by his wife's former lover, is going to live. 

In six city school districts with minority populations, including one in the south Bronx, not enough local kids are qualifying for the gifted and talented programs. Advocates say this highlights the city's achievement gap.

The state appeals court threw out a $10 million verdict against the city. The lawsuit was awarded to a Bronx woman was was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend in 1996 after police told her she would be safe.


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