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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 10

The Bronx woman who drove drunk and crashed her car on the Henry Hudson Parkway last October, is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter today.  The car hit a tree and flipped over, killing one of the passengers, an 11-year-old girl.  Her death led to tougher punishments for those who drive drunk with a child in the car.

A Bronx man who was shot dead during a wild gunfight in Harlem on Saturday night was probably killed by a police officer, the authorities now say.  

Assembly candidate Luis Sepulveda is accusing the incumbent assemblyman, Peter Rivera, of not living in the 76th District, reports the Daily News' Bob Kappstatter in his weekly column.  Also in the column: details of Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's poor attendance record at Assembly sessions in 2009. 

The new pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Hunts Point recently shocked congregants when he forced out a well-liked nun who had worked out of the church, donating clothes and food, for close to 50 years.

A 45-year-old woman died yesterday when a fire tore through her apartment on Walton Avenue in Mount Hope.

State Senator Jeff Klein in warning brides-to-be not to buy bridal gowns from a woman who allegedly takes the cash and runs.  At least a dozen woman have been ripped off, Klein says.

The city is investigating the possibility of turning Fordham Plaza into a pedestrian-friendly public square, with a farmers' market, concerts series and more.

This Thursday, a gay activist group is planning to protest State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. - an ardent opponent of gay marriage - during a fund-raiser for Diaz at Maestro’s Caterers on Bronxdale Avenue.   

Diaz was in Staten Island yesterday to denounce recent bias attacks there.  His presence maddened a local assemblyman, who held up a wig and a pair of high heel shoes and said: "If you are going to act like a media whore on Staten Island, please have the courtesy to dress like one."


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