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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Thursday, June 30

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bronx and beyond, welcome to the last Bronx News Roundup of June. Here's to a lovely Independence Day weekend and a fantastic July. Now, to the news!

Weather: Absolutely gorgeous, high in the low- to mid-80s, nice little breeze to cool the sweat beads on the back of your neck. No complaints here. Tomorrow, there's a slight chance of isolate thunderstorms in the afternoon, but we doubt it.

Story of the Day: Report Says Father's Rage Led to Bronx Football Star's Death

Yesterday, we linked to the brain-twisting and tragic story of Truman High School football star Isayah Muller, who was stabbed to death in a Bedford Park parking lot just hours after his graduation ceremony at Lehman College. Today, more details have emerged. According to the NY Post, after a post-graduation meal on City Island, Isayah's father, Andre Muller, became enraged when he couldn't locate an expensive bottle of cologne in his car. After dropping off Isayah's grandmother, the father drove back to the parking lot where the family had dropped off the car during the ceremony and angrily confronted two attendants who were on duty. A brawl ensued, with one of the attendants wielding a machete and the other a makeshift knife, both weapons were apparently on hand for protection. (You know, in case an enraged man accuses you of stealing expensive cologne and you need to shank somebody.) Isayah went to help his father and was stabbed by one of the attendants, once, in the heart. He was pronounced dead a short time later at St. Barnabas Hospital. Muller was charged with assault yesterday and was released after pleading not guilty. Neither of the attendants have been charged with a crime.

Quick Hits:

The DN's Bob Kappstatter says given "the mixed reviews" on the Borough President's Kingsbridge Armory report and the long-shot that the mayor will pony up money for redeveloping the dilapidated structure, the best idea might be to "tear it down." Of course, that won't happen because it's an historic landmark. He also has some fun with gay marriage. Apparently speaking from his extensive experience on the subject of holy matrimony, Kappy has some advice for any couple looking to tie the knot: "PRE-NUPT!"

Laid-off workers from the Stella D'oro factory that packed up from its Kingsbridge location and moved to Ohio in 2009 are getting together to watch a private screening of an HBO documentary about the workers' 11-month strike, which led to the company's sale and subsequent move to the midwest.

Dr. Janet Saraceno is out as principal of the Bronx's Herbert H. Lehman High School. She had been under investigation for grade tampering.

Two Bronx public school custodians, and other city employees, were accused of bilking the city for $500,000 through a janitorial no-show job scam.

Enterprise Community Partners helped secure $32.9 million in tax credits for extensive rehab work on dozens of Bronx apartment buildings.

Tension over noise complaints could lead to bigger problems at1226 Sherman Ave., near Concourse Village.

City swimming pools are open!


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