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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, June 8

State legislators have approved $775 million in cuts from New York’s health care budget. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, and St. Barnabas Hospital are slated to lose out on $13.9 million, $8.8 million, and $4.4 million, respectively.

The latest political news from the Daily News' Bob Kappstatter, including confirmation that the Bronx Democratic Party will be supporting Hector Ramirez over Nelson Castro, the incumbent assemblyman, in September's Democratic primary.  (We were at Castro's reelection party last night.  More on this later.)

Former mayor Ed Koch is no fan of State senators Pedro Espada and Ruben Diaz, Sr.  Interviewed by New York Magazine, he calls them - and their colleague Carl Kruger - the "three rats."

The police have ignored the plight of four women seriously hurt in last month's Bronx River Parkway car crash, says the Daily News' Patrice O'Shaughnessy.  Two cops - including the driver, who was drunk - died in the wreck.

The trial of a man accused to gunning down 18-year-old Chelsea Frazier in Castle Hill last year is wrapping up.

A Bronx man who  spent the day of his father's funeral in jail on false charges of soliciting sex from a prostitute, has been awarded $40,000 by the city.

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore has been named among the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, for the third consecutive year. It was ranked in the top 10 for Kidney Care, and the top 25 for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

A Bronx woman's life has been saved following a blood transfusion at St. Barnabas Hospital. Her family, who are devout Jehovah's Witnesses, wanted to leave her fate in God's hands, but doctors went to court for an emergency order.

A new book, City on Fire, examines the city's bungled response to the fires that swept the South Bronx, Harlem, and parts of Brooklyn during the 1970s.

Another new book, Freedomland, details the rich history of a long-closed theme park in Co-op City.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Sen. Eric Schneiderman are under fire from supporters of charter schools.

Big cats at the Bronx Zoo have a penchant for Obsession for Men, a Calvin Klein fragrance. 

World Cup fever is about to take over the Bronx, and much of the city for that matter. The first games are on Friday.


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