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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, June 23

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Story of the Day: Kemba Walker Ready for His NBA Close-up
Soundview native Kemba Walker, who was launched into basketball stardom after leading his UConn Huskies to a national championship this spring, is expected to be a lottery pick in tonight's NBA draft, telling the Hartford Courant that he's "excited, nervous, ready." He could join any of five teams--Charlotte, Detroit, Toronto, Sacramento and Utah. "It's a dream come true no matter where I am selected," Walker told the paper.

"The Bronx, and all of New York City really, will smile knowingly and burst with pride," tonight, the NY Post's Steve Serby writes. Good luck, Kemba!

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In other news related to talented Bronx athletes: North Riverdale Little Leaguer Sean Gallagher, 9, pitched a perfect, 8-inning game last week. 

Bruised and black-eyed MTA bus driver Marlene Bien-Aime recounts her assault by a passenger yesterday, after she refused to let the 17-year-old girl board the Bx9 bus with her dog in Belmont. See the video below for more.

Jasmine Maxine Nunez, the Bronx woman whose body was identified by police this week as one found in a Dutchess County park, was supposedly on the verge of leaving her controlling live-in boyfriend at the time before her death. The boyfriend, 26-year-old Andres Ceballos, killed himself during a standoff with police in Virginia on Monday.

Construction of a new South Bronx charter school starts today.

Here's a little preview of how things went down at last night's public hearing over the future of the Muller Center in Wakefield; more to come on that later.

Williamsbridge history buff Hank Stroobants is doing everything he can to preserve the neighborhood, and enlighten others about the its roots.

All your Bronx political gossip in Bob Kappstatter's weekly column, including some Board of Elections drama, and the emergence of a Tea Party movement here in the Boogie Down.

Fordham Road shoppers offer some fashion inspiration. 

It was a sad day yesterday for students at St. Augustine's School: the 150-year-old Morrisania institution closed its doors for good.  St. Augustine's and five other Bronx parochial schools were shut down by the New York Archdiocese this year because of budget issues.

South Bronx organization Grace Outreach is helping woman pass their GED exam.

Superstar Broadway actress Bernadette Peters is coming to the Bronx Zoo this Saturday to perform and sign copies of her new children's book.

Speaking of the Bronx Zoo, it made Time Out New York's list of "20 touristy things to do that don't suck." Agreed.

As State lawmakers continue to debate the details of a same-sex marriage bill, Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.--the only Democrat opposing the measure--says that if the bill passes, the Senate Republicans are to blame.

Former Bronx City Councilwoman Maria Baez challenging administrators at her grandson's elementary school in New Rochelle, saying the school did little to stop violent bullying against the 4th-grader.


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