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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 12

On its website yesterday, the Archdiocese of New York said it intends to close 27 schools across the state, saving $10 million in the process. Some 3,700 students will be affected. Six of the schools are in the Bronx: Saint Augustine; Saint John Vianney; Saint Martin of Tours; Saint Dominic; Saint Anthony-Saint Frances; and Saint Pius V Girls High School.

All 27 schools appeared on an "at risk" list released by the Archdiocese in the fall. Parents, students, and board members at Saint Martin of Tours in Crotona and Saint Augustine in Morrisania - and no doubt other schools, too - have been highly critical of the plans. See here and here.

More on the murder of 14-year-old Philip Johnson in Williamsbridge on Monday evening. The authorities say two groups of feuding teenagers used text messages to organize a fight. Johnson was shot twice in the chest and died before he reached the hospital. Police are looking for the killer, described as being over six-feet tall and more than 200 lbs.

Three rookies cops are being praised by their superiors for seizing an AK-47 assault rifle and two other guns on Jan. 5. The cops made the discovery when they pulled over a car on the Grand Concourse at East 169th Street, and looked inside a suitcase on the backseat. Two arrests were made.

In October 2001, a Bronx man was stabbed to death in his Eastchester home. Nine years later, and his nude housekeeper -- a man who advertised his services on rentboy.com -- is being tried for the murder.

A few days ago, Walmart launched a new website in an effort to drum up support for the opening of a new store somewhere in the city. Now the retail giant is upping its public relations campaign by mailing postcards to Bronxites and other outer borough residents. Walmart is facing opposition from the City Council and others, but claims the majority of New Yorkers - and a massive 80 percent of Bronx residents - would welcome them with open arms.

Still on Walmart, Greg David of Crain's says the City Council's decision to wreck Related Companies' Kingsbridge Armory plans, has - in a roundabout way - opened the door for a Walmart in Brookyn.

From late last week: more trouble is brewing for Pedro Espada, Jr., the former state senator. He now faces tax evasion charges.

If you missed this yesterday, the head of a non-profit with deep ties to Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera faces corruption charges.

The Gotham Gazette has a long piece about affordable housing and rent regulation and what might happen under the new governor.

Finally, last night's snow storm hit the Bronx the hardest, with more accumulation than any other borough. No major public transport delays were reported.


  1. Where are the Bronxites of the Year???????

    One delay and then not making good on your promise?

    Did you not agree with the nominations?

  2. Apologies for the continued delay. We'll be posting readers' suggestions later this afternoon - and this time we mean it. Thanks for your patience.


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