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Friday, April 29, 2011

Bronx New Roundup, April 29

(Sorry for the delay today. Lot's going on in terms of getting our newspapers out.) 

Weather: Sunny with some clouds today with temperatures in the mid 60’s. More sun to come this weekend, with a high of 68 both Saturday and Sunday.

Quick Hits:

Yankee’s center fielder Curtis Granderson donated $50,000 worth of equipment to baseball and softball teams at South Bronx HS. After contacting PSAL, Granderson learned that there were a shortage of bats; his donation will provide 300 Louisville Slugger bats to the baseball and softball programs.

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of two off-duty police officers accused of beating up civilian, Marlon Smith, in 2008. Yesterday, the officers were convicted on charges of official misconduct. The jury seems to be having a difficult time making a decision when it comes to the assault charges.

There was a fire this morning in University Heights on Jerome Ave. According to FDNY, the fire started in the Super Laundromat, but the flames spread to a connecting building. So far, there have been no reports of injuries.

Last night the citywide school panel decided that three more schools will be closing next year, making it a total of 27 school closures. Bronx Academy High School is one of the three that has just been added o the list. Although there has been a lot of controversy over the closing of Bronx Academy High School, the city vote last night finalized the decision to close the school and voted to open a new transfer school called Bronx Arena.

16-year-old Bronx resident, Charles Cordington's bail was set at $1,000 today after his arraignment. Cordington was accused of beating a Chinese food delivery man. Cordington and a 15 year old accomplice turned themselves in after a surveillance video of the attack was released. Cordington's mother, Carmen, said, "Honest, he's a good boy, he just fell in with a bad crowd."


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