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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, June 28

Apologies for the lateness of today's roundup--we're busy going to press with the latest Norwood News, which will be out tomorrow. Here are some other Bronx headlines to keep you up-to-date in the meantime.

Weather: Cloudy and around 80 degrees this afternoon, with thunderstorms expected later tonight.

Gay Bronxites and their straight allies are basking in Friday's historic decision by the state legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week, Bronx Community Pride Center became the first local LGBT group to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., by and large the Bronx's most vocal same-sex marriage opponent, tells the Christian Post that it was a lack of organization on behalf of Christian groups that led to the bill's passage last week (also, the coming Apocalypse). "The problem with the Christian movement, with the Christians and pastors, is that they pray too much and act too little," Diaz said.

A Bronx judge considers closing off his courtroom to the public and the press after a key witness in the trail was beaten and threatened by gang members. The defendant on trial is Brandin Santiago, a reputed gang member accused of murdering a 17-year-old girl in 2008.

This slideshow from the New York Times chronicles a very cool art installation project going up in Hunts Point; photos at the link.

Indictments in the ongoing and massive NYPD ticket-fixing probe could come for some Bronx officers as early as this week.

A group of students at Performance Conservatory High School won't be able to graduate this spring, as they expected, because of a credit mix-up by the school. The kids will have to attend classes this summer before they can get their diplomas.

While the last day of school usually calls for a celebration, it's bittersweet for students at John F. Kennedy High School, which is set to be phased out by the DOE and replaced by two charter schools.

Woodlawn Cemetery could become a National Historic Landmark; U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing the designation for the 148-year-old graveyard, which is home to the remains of many famous Americans and Bronxites.

A teacher at PS 246 Poe Center, on Grand Concourse, is suing the DOE, claiming physical labor she performed while working at the school are to blame for the stillborn baby. 

Clason's Point Library, on Morrison Avenue, has collected more signatures of support (over 10,000!) from patrons in their fight against city budget cuts than any other branch.

1 comment:

  1. is Rev. Diaz aware that the NYS Senate and his church are two different and, by law, separate institutions? Incredible.


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