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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Feb. 1

Welcome to February, Boogie Downers. Everyone enjoying Mother Nature's offering  this morning of a swirling, prickly mongrel mix of snow and ice? It feels like someone's tossing a fistful of tacks at you while you walk around in this stuff.

This type of sleet/snow is expected to continue through the morning, tapper off in the afternoon and then pick back up tonight with winds blowing everything around after midnight. Then, for a fun change of pace tomorrow, it's going to rain!

[Pause for everyone to throw something or bang their head against their desk.]

OK, we've regrouped. On to the news.

Story of the Day:
Norwood's Foodtown supermarket, which burned down 13 months ago in a fire that investigators say was the result of arson, is scheduled to re-open this month, say co-owners Dan and Noah Katz. Residents say Foodtown's big (11,000-square-feet of shopping space) return will be a boost to a community beset by two devastating 2009 fires.

The other fire, on Halloween of last year, destroyed a bustling commercial corner (where Bainbridge Avenue turns south toward Mosholu Parkway) of 10 businesses. That lot remains vacant and serves as a constant reminder (read: eyesore) to residents. But as we reported last month (and the Daily News reiterated today), West Bronx Stores, Inc., the entity that owns the lot is actively trying to lease and develop the property. Stay tuned.

Quick Hits: 
Despite vague and gossipy rumors of a serious illness, the Bronx's own Father of Hip-Hop, DJ Kool Herc, aka Clive Campbell, is simply recovering from surgery to remove kidney stones. However, it is true that Herc doesn't have medical insurance and is struggling to pay for continued health care.

The Baron Ambrosia, aka Justin Fornal (does everyone have a moniker these days?), the colorfully eccentric star of Bronxnet's "Bronx Flavor" food show, hosted the First Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society Small Game Dinner at the old Bronx Borough Courthouse. The Baron asked chefs to prepare meats taken from small woodland creatures, including beavers, muskrats, otters, a squirrels, an opossum and a fisher. Yum.

Cory Gunz, the Bronx rapper managed by his father, Bronx rapper Peter Gunz, is set to star in a new show on MTV

More reflections from Bronx-born filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green following the debut of his film "Gun Hill Road" at Sundance.

The DN's Bob Kappstatter says Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein's bold move to break away from the Democratic minority conference and form his own independent caucus is paying dividends, as the foursome has garnered three chairmanships (which are handed out by the GOP majority) and is increasingly making the John Sampson-led Democrats "irrelevant." Kappy also has some nice to things to say about the late Bronx pol Guy Velella who died last week and a buffet of other Bronx nuggets.

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  1. I see you are still refusing to clarify why some negative (personal attack) comments are allowed to stay and others are not. Shameful indeed!

    What about the truth scared you?

  2. so u link to kappstatter's column this week but not last? b/c his column doesn't contain negative info about your site this week i guess?

  3. Why is it okay to call one person a 'turd' but not to call another an 'asshat?'

    Why is it okay to leave a comment that refers to white folks a Gringos? Do you support using racial slurs when they are directed at white people?

    Is it okay if I leave a comment calling white people 'crackers?'

    Can we get a list of accepted phrases and illicit epithets? Is there some style guide at this blog site? Are there the "Seven word you can write in blog comment?"

    What is your journalistic and philosophical stance, in general, on censorship?


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