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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, March 9

Late start for the roundup today as we began distributing the latest edition of the Norwood News. We'll be rolling out all the latest stories over the next few days on this site. So, without further adieu, to the news!

Story of the Day: 
My obsession with Bronx-bred St. John's guard Dwight Hardy's rise to national prominence this year is well-documented on this site (see: here and here), so it tickled me deeply (thoroughly?) to see a profile of the John F. Kennedy High School product in the New York Times today. The story follows Hardy's winding path from Kennedy to a North Carolina prep school to an Iowa community college and then, finally, back to New York City and St. John's. After coming off the bench last year, Hardy was named All-Big East earlier this week and is the primary reason St. John's is on its way back to the NCAA Tournament. One problem with the story: the reporter writes that Hardy grew up in Melrose and then attended "nearby" JFK, which is in Marble Hill, nowhere near Melrose. The Bronx is a big place, New York Times!  

Quick Hits:
The State Senate's Latino/Puerto Rican caucus elected Adriano Espaillat, who represents part of Riverdale, as its chairman and northwest Bronx rep Gustavo Rivera as its vice chairman.

A Bronx transgender woman was denied a marriage license by the borough's city clerk's office, which then issued an apology for the error.

A fire at the St. Mary's Houses on Westchester Avenue smoked out a woman who was harboring some 60 cats, and a badly-outnumbered dog. Nary a litter box was found. Three cats died in the fire.

Many of the dogs rescued from a Grand Concourse apartment building fire are still in treatment.

Robberies in Crotona Park spiked last year compared to the year before.

A Hunts Point apartment building is overrun with insects and vermin.

A hot dog vendor who plies her trade near Montefiore Medical Center is the focus of a story about how food-cart permits are "skyrocketing."


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