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Monday, November 15, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Nov. 13-15

A 17-year-old Bronx girl was severely injured Saturday night when she was hit by a truck on City Island Avenue. Police say the driver was drunk. 

During an undercover sting last Tuesday, 11 out of 28 Bronx bodegas visited sold the controversial drink Four Loko to a minor. The brew (aka: "black-out-in-a-can") comes in 23.5 ounce cans and has an alcohol content similar to wine. It's been blamed for several deaths and the hospitalization of dozens of college students across the country. The drink's already been banned in four states and New York is up next. Yesterday, Gov. Paterson and the State Liquor Authority announced that the Chicago-based company that makes it has agreed to stop shipments to the state. State Senator Jeff Klein has been one of Four Loko's most vocal critics.  

A 60-year-old woman died on Saturday after a fire broke out in her Throggs Neck home.

Vada Vasquez, the Bronx teen who was shot and nearly killed by a stray bullet last November, has been speaking about her experience. Now 16, Vada has staged a miraculous recovery. 

A man has been charged with attempting to murder another man in Claremont on Sept. 18. 

Police are investigating a shooting in Parkchester that left the girlfriend of a Triborough Bridge and Tunnel officer wounded by a round from his gun

The sister of a man who died at an East Tremont assisted-living facility says morgue workers treated his body like a "bag of trash."  She's suing the city's Medical Examiner's Office

Since booth clerks were laid off at the Kingbridge Road subway station (B and D Trains), fare evasion has become rampant, and straphangers say they feel unsafe.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to launch an exchange program which will see 15 American visual artists travel abroad to collaborate with artists and youth in creating community-based projects.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has been awarded a $714,649 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train future teachers how to make the most of the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden. The program will become part of Lehman College's postsecondary teacher education course.

Retailers in Hunts Point are hoping to attract a big name store to the area. 

On Saturday, Manhattan College will induct eight athletes (two posthumously) into the college's Hall of Fame.


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