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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 26

Yup, more snow. A winter storm warning is in effect today until 6 p.m., so bundle up; the weather folks are saying four to eight inches.

President Obama gave his second State of the Union Address last night, one that called for a bipartisan effort to fix the nation's economy and a proposed 5-year spending freeze.

Salon.com has named Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel number three on a list of Congress' "top five biggest aisle hogs"--politicians who stake out an aisle seat before a big speech in hopes of getting a handshake and a few words from the President. Check out this video of the worst offenders through the years:

The family of a 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy, one of four victims believed to have been murdered by a serial killer on Long Island, say they received taunting phone calls on the woman's cell phone in the days after she disappeared.

Police are searching for a group of ten men who shot up a Melrose street last night, killing a 21-year-old man.

A Bronx woman pleaded not guilty yesterday to manslaughter charges for hitting and killing a woman with her car in Manhattan in November.

A Lehman College student stuck in Chile during protests there this month became the unofficial spokesman for about 1500 other stranded tourists, and earned himself a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. State Department.

Plans to lay seven miles of pipe from Van Cortlandt Park to Hunts Point have been scrapped by the city due to soaring costs. The plan was part of the ongoing Croton Water Filtration Plant project.

A Bronx couple is facing jail time for animal cruelty charges after nearly 100 emaciated cats were found in their artist's loft in Brooklyn. A neighbor told the Brooklyn paper the two were simply trying to care for the neighborhood's strays.

The widow of a murdered Throgs Neck man gave chilling testimony in court yesterday against her husband's accused killer, an alleged mob man.

A mugger tried to steal the cell phone of former Gov. George Pataki's eldest daughter at the Freeman Street subway stop.

The State Senate's Republican majority gave committee chairmanship roles to Jeff Klein and the other members of his Independent Caucus. Klein will chair the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

A 17-year-old student at Celia Cruz High School for Music was found dead in the snow on a Harlem street over the weekend. Loved ones of Gregory Willis Jr. say they are baffled by the quiet teenager's mysterious death; autopsy results are pending.

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  1. Representative Engel's behavior is embarrassing to the Bronx. More embarrassing than the American Idol kerfuffle if you ask me.

    How many hours on the tax-payer payroll has Engel wasted over the years? It was reported that he was at his seat at 8:30am yesterday. That would be about 12 hours he should have been working for the Bronx, getting more federal dollars, etc. Instead he is getting paid to wait for a photo-op? Additionally -- I've noticed he has collected the Presidents' autographs over the years. Where are those signed copies of the speech? They are valuable. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/jan/25/obamas-john-hancock-most-popular-poll-says/ They should not be considered his personal property since he is allegedly doing the business of his constituents when he obtains them.

  2. Add today's filtration plant news and the WSJ story and video to the list. When it's all said and done this is going to be one of the great NYC scandals of all time.

  3. "...the weather folks are saying four to eight inches."

    Accu-weather says we got 19 inches.

    Good job of predicting, weather folks!


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