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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 17

A Bronx cop-turned-pest exterminator claims many exterminators tell homeowners they have bedbugs when they don't. A single bedbug treatment can cost thousands of dollars. According to a new poll, one in ten New Yorkers has had a run-in with the bloodsuckers.

U.S. News and World Report has released its annual list of the nation’s best colleges and universities. Fordham came in 56th.

The father of a Bronx teen shot dead in Williamsbridge at the weekend believes his son's death may have been the result of a gang initiation.

Police in Yonkers are hunting for three men who stabbed and beat a Bronx man last Friday.

The Bronx Zoo has been leading an effort to save an almost extinct species of toad.

With help from The Fortune Society, an organization that assists the formerly incarcerated, a one-time crack addict has landed an apartment in Norwood, a job, and is heading back to school.

The Bronx Democrats have seized control of the city Board of Elections, according to the Daily News' Bob Kappstatter in his weekly column.

Parents and students angry at a falloff in text scores disrupted a Panel for Educational Policy meeting in Manhattan last night. At one stage, an 11-year-old boy from the Bronx climbed onto the stage and had to be escorted off by security.

From last week's City Limits, the city's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is expanding its efforts to clean up the East River and Long Island Sound.

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr., who has long history of flouting campaign finance laws, neglected to report contributions and expenditures for a committee formed on his behalf last year.

From a couple of weeks ago: a 13-year-old girl from the Bronx has her eyes on the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. With a personal best of 12.01 seconds in the 100 meters, Lauren Lyons is the fastest athlete in the country among girls her age. Oh, and she excels academically, too.


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