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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Tuesday, March 29

Weather: Very similar to yesterday -- sunny and cold this morning, gradually warming up into the mid-40s in the afternoon and then cooling down again at night. 

To the news!

Story of the Day:
The legal morass deepened yesterday for Pedro Espada Jr. as federal prosecutors unveiled new charges against the ex-Bronx State Senator and health clinic mogul, as well as his son, Pedro Gautier Espada. The father-son duo were hit with new tax evasion and wire fraud charges, according to the indictment filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, where the Espadas are being tried. Both are out on $750,000 bail after being charged in December with stealing more than $550,000 from Pedro Jr.'s nonprofit health care clinic empire in the Bronx to pay for, among other things, a $49,000 down payment on a Bentley. Prosecutors indicated yesterday that they would be willing to offer the Espadas a plea deal that could lead to reduced sentences if he admits to wrongdoing. 

Quick Hits:
We'll start the hits with Vanity Fair's hilarious take on the Bronx Zoo's missing Egyptian cobra, which is apparently now Tweeting as it slithers about town. Already, the snake boasts a Twitter following of 10,000 fans. "Right now, it's the snake's game," the Zoo said in statement.

Police are searching for a body in Riverdale Park after two suspects told authorities they had killed a man and dumped him there 11 years ago.

Though details have yet to be released, two special needs schools in the Bronx are happy that their state funding has been tentatively restored.

Police are asking assistance in tracking down two armed robbery suspects.

Bronx native and two-time presidential candidate Ellen McCormack died on Sunday at the age of 84.

Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein launched a crusade against Four Loko, which returned to NYC stores last month minus the caffeine, but is still packing a stiff, 12% alcohol, punch and comes in brightly colored cans. He's calling Four Loko and other similarly-loaded and fashioned drinks, "alcopop."  (By the way, who knew Klein's girlfriend was neat-freak fellow state senator, Diane Savino of Brooklyn/Staten Island?)

100-year-old east Bronx resident Lily Rapaport is sharing her life story through a new federal program called StoryCorps.

Meet the latest super-sized Bronx rap sensation, Fred The Godson, who was the only NYC rapper featured on the cover of the hip-hop magazine XXL's "Freshman of the Year" issue.


  1. Just FYI, StoryCorps isn't a "new federal program". (Are there any new federal programs these days?) It's a nonprofit that's been around since 2003 collecting people's stories from around the nation and archiving them in the Library of Congress. You can hear snippets from StoryCorps on NPR's Morning Edition about once a week. (Maybe Lily's story will make it!)

  2. I hope the cobra is hanging out on Mosholu Parkway waiting to strike those who do not pick up after their dogs!


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