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Friday, April 8, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, April 8

Weather: Cloudy with a high of 54, and a slight chance of rain this afternoon.

Story of the Day: Black Steps Down
As we mentioned yesterday, Cathleen Black, the former magazine executive and controversial Schools Chancellor, stepped down from the post yesterday after only three months on the job. Black was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg last fall, a move that drew criticism across the board (and from a number of Bronx electeds) because of Black's scant education experience.

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., sent out a press release yesterday in response to Black's announcement saying he "wishes her well" and praising her replacement, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott. Here's some background on the new Chancellor. 

Quick Hits:

The beloved Bronx Zoo cobra that went missing for a week last month has now officially been named. More than 60,000 people voted in the name-that-cobra contest that ended with the clever moniker "Mia." Cute.

An aide at M.S. 219 in Morrisania was arrested yesterday for allegedly showing pornographic photos on his cell phone to a 15-year-old female student. 

A group of housing advocates, tenants and elected officials are calling for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to take action against New York Community Bank, which owns the mortgages on 34 dilapidated apartment buildings in the Bronx that are in foreclosure. (See more here.)

Residents in Co-op City are sounding off over a loud hissing noise made by a nearby power plant. 

Two men were killed and a third was injured last night during a shootout near Devoe Park. No arrests have been made yet.

Mount Eden residents are shaken after a deadly shooting on Monday. Derick Cochran, 37, was shot and killed during a basketball game on the courts of the Highbridge Community Life Center.

A group of grandparents are holding bake sales to raise money for programs at the Grandparent Family Apartments, in Morrisania, which are being threatened by state budget cuts.

A former south Bronx homicide detective has penned a novel inspired by his experiences covering the beat.

A violent attack that took place last month at a bodega in Mott Haven was caught on surveillance tape. Police released the video this week in attempt to locate the assailant pictured. See below.

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