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Friday, August 6, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 6

A 61-year-old Bronx man has contracted West Nile virus. According to the city's Department of Health, it's the city's first confirmed case of the year.

A piece of stone from the old Yankee Stadium has a new home: the Bronx Museum.

In an editorial, the Daily News had some praise for State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. He deserves credit, the paper says, for his farm worker bill which would have granted farm workers basic labor protections. Despite Espada's efforts, the bill was narrowly defeated on Tuesday, after several Democrats who had earlier supported the legislation voted no.

Daniel Padernacht, an opponent of Espada's in this September Democratic primary, was recently interviewed on the radio show, The Perez Notes.

An investigator for the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General has been convicted of attempting to bribe a Bronx pharmacist.

A corrections officer who worked at Rikers Island has been sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of ordering inmates to beat up two teenage prisoners in 2007. (Here's the press release from the Bronx District Attorney's office. And see here and here for earlier news stories about the case.)

Fare-beaters are continuing to abuse the honor payment system onboard Bx12 Select buses, which run along Pelham Parkway and Fordham Road.

Lloyd Ultan, the Bronx borough historian, has a protégé.

A group of graffiti artists have painted a mural of Keith Elam, aka MC Guru, on a building on East 174th Street near Webster Avenue. Guru, a rapper and producer who hailed from Boston, died in April aged 48. You can see pictures of the mural here.

1 comment:

  1. Fare-beaters are also continuing to abuse the rear door on bus lines throughout the city. There is a lack of perspective here, and I really can't understand the hysteria about the Bx12 Select.

    Anyone who ever rode the old Bx12 Limited knew there were tons of people boarding through the back door at Fordham Plaza, White Plains Road, and Pelham Bay. Often I had mixed feelings about it, since it did make the bus leave more quickly. Then again, I also remember coming back from the beach and getting the Bx12 at Pelham Bay one time, when I almost didn't get on even though I was sixth in line. The bus filled that quickly (for free) through the rear door!

    People were cheating before. They're cheating now. At least the bus is running faster.

    (Plus, I suspect the enforcement is easier for the police now they can screen everyone on the bus at once, instead of riding around trying to catch people individually as they got on.)


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