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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 6

Happy Three Kings day, to those of you who celebrate it! The holiday, which marks the arrival of the three kings to Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus, is popular in Latin American and Caribbean cultures. There are a few community celebrations taking place in the Bronx this weekend; see our events calendar for details.

Two teenagers are facing assault and attempted murder charges for Wednesday's stabbing of a 16-year-old boy outside his public school in Westchester Square. The victim, Negro Rivera, remains in critical condition.

A 70-year-old woman was found stabbed to death yesterday inside her 15th-floor apartment on Crotona Avenue. There have been no arrests so far.

The health department and local community leaders are looking to curb the effects of second-hand smoke in the South Bronx,which has the highest smoking rate in the city--and the highest rates of children with asthma.

Loeser’s Kosher Deli, at 214 W. 231st St. in Kingsbridge, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. On Saturday, the deli will be having food specials to mark the big day.

And for another big Bronx anniversary: the public library on City Island is celebrating its centennial.

More on the opening of a men's homeless shelter in Highbridge, which has upset a number of residents in the area.

David Johnson, an ex-top aide to former Gov. David Paterson, appeared in a Bronx court yesterday for a hearing on his alleged assault of ex-girlfriend Sherr-una Booker.

A Bronx man accused of holding an Albany family hostage during a Dec. 23 standoff with police appears to have shot himself during the altercation. Police say that at least two of the five bullets that injured 38-year-old suspect Isaac Peterson came from his own gun.

The city's plan to rezone Webster Avenue could help revitalize the thoroughfare. Here's the Norwood News' coverage of the rezoning from July's issue.

An 8-month-old tiger cub from Pennsylvania is moving to the Bronx Zoo.

Renowned Jazz pianist and longtime Riverdale resident Billy Taylor died of heart failure on Dec. 28, at the age of 89.


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