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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, March 10

Rain, rain and more rain today in the Bronx and surrounding areas as the National Weather Service has issued a "coastal flood warning" as well as a "hazardous weather outlook" for the region. Get out your galoshes.

To the news!

Story of the Day:
A nasty five-alarm fire destroyed a Hunts Point apartment building yesterday afternoon, injuring more than a dozen people, including one person who was taken to the hospital with burns over 50 percent of their body. Eleven firefighters suffered injuries while battling the blaze, including two that were shocked by dangling wires obscured by the billowing smoke. Tenants and a deputy fire chief praised the efforts of New York's Bravest, who they say rescued at least a couple of trapped residents. "The fire was shooting out like a blow torch out of the front windows and into the side windows," said Deputy Chief Michael Falotico. Tenants from about a dozen apartments are now homeless. A cause has yet to be determined.

Quick Hits:
In January, the Bronx suffered a big spike in home foreclosures, with Williamsbridge and Baychester getting hit especially hard.

More on the South Bronx topping the list of the hungriest areas in the city. 

Following an incident over the weekend in which a cab driver allegedly refused to take a group of young men to the Bronx and then ran into them after a stop at a police station, the city says it will crack down on cabbies who decline to drive passengers to outer boroughs.Gothamist has video of the problem in action. So does the NY Post:

More on the Bronx students who are in the running for an Emmy for their work on a Bronxnet show called "Open 2.0." (I knew we'd find some good news!)

A city resident files an iReport on CNN about the Botanical Garden's new Broadway-themed Orchid Show.

An ailing red-tailed hawk found on Webster Avenue in the Bronx was saved by veterinarians.

Angry former teachers have launched a campaign to oust Bronx Science principal Valerie Reidy.

A Bronx woman was convicted of aiding a mob hitman.

And finally, Kappy calls the Bronx DA race -- the only political race in the borough this year -- a snoozer and pleads for a "kamikaze" challenge to entrenched six-term incumbent Robert Johnson. He also rips off a couple of good burns the late Bronx comedian Mike DeStefano would have been proud of.


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