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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 13

Weather: The painfully oppressive heat that's plagued us for the last few days drops off a bit today, with temperatures cooling to the mid-80s. Skies will remain partly cloudy.

Story of the Day: Diaz Sr. Just Won't Quit
State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., continues his tirades against the legalization of same-sex marriage, despite the fact that the bill was signed into law two weeks ago. The Rev. is planning yet another protest, this time in front of Gov. Andrew's Cuomo's midtown office, to "protest the redefinition of marriage and demand that all New Yorkers have the right to vote on this very serious social issue." The announcement of the rally came via a letter to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, inviting him to the event. Diaz held an anti-gay marriage rally back in May, and was the only Democratic state legislator to vote against the measure in the Senate.

Quick Hits:
After allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death, a man in Edenwald barricaded himself in his Needham Avenue apartment yesterday in a three hour standoff with police.

A 26-year-old Bronx man was arrested after DNA linked him to three act of sexual abuse against women on the subway over the last decade.

An NYPD raid yesterday ended with the arrest of a dozen alleged drug dealers who'd set up shop on Creston Avenue near Grand Concourse.

The adorable triplet tiger cubs at the Bronx Zoo are celebrating their first birthdays. Video below.

Police identified a 29-year-old woman who plunged to her death yesterday after jumping off the Tappan Zee Bridge as Alfa Choice, believed to have at one time been a teacher at Bronx High School of Science.

Cuts to rein in the federal deficient could mean huge funding losses for the country's teaching hospitals--including Montefiore Medical Center, which would be among the hardest hit.

An Albanian mobster botched what prosecutors say was an attempted mob hit inside East Tremont Avenue restaurant Tosca Cafe.

A 19-year-old Bronx student who was learning to swim drowned in an Adirondack lake over the weekend, after his life jacket slipped off.

New technology is helping the FDNY track firefighters and equipment during emergencies. 

The Fresh Air Fund sends inner-city kids to the country for the summer to experience the joys of rural life (heartwarming photo at the link.)

Hip-Hop legends Brucie B and Slick Rick performed last night in Crotona Park.

A group of Bronx residents are fighting the DEP's plan to cut down a grove of 75 trees in Jerome park Reservoir.

Editor's Note: We're still tallying the days until the NYPD releases neighborhood sector crime stats, which we requested from them via a Freedom of Information Law request last year. The Village Voice covered our campaign recently; read the story here. For some more background, see our Norwood News' editorial here.

1 comment:

  1. What does Rev. Diaz mean when he says, "demand that all New Yorkers have the right to vote on this very serious social issue"? All New Yorkers had and have a right to vote on this issue by voting for our legislators and governor. Does the Rev. not understand the basics of law making in NYS? There is no other way for New Yorkers to vote on this issue. Unlike Maine and California there is no possibility of a direct voter referendum or proposition. Just one more way Rev. Diaz is an embarrassment to the Bronx.

    The Rev.'s idiocy aside -- the polls on this issue suggest that he and NOM would lose anyway.


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