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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 19

Weather: keep the sunblock handy and the AC cranked on--another hot and sunny one today, with temperatures in the low-90s. The heat will continue through the rest of the week, hitting a peak on Friday.

Story of the Day: Former Council Speaker Turns Bronx Builder
Today's Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at Gifford Miller, a former City Council speaker and one-time mayoral hopeful who, according to the story, "has no interest in ever returning to politics." His new career path--real estate--has brought him to the Bronx, where his firm is attempting to rezone a swath of land  in West Farms/Crotona Park to build a massive affordable housing complex.

We wrote about the $400 million project, which will consist of 10 high-rise buildings around the Cross Bronx and Sheridan Expressways, in the June issue of the Tremont Tribune, and some readers seemed wary of the plan. Read more here. 

Quick Hits:
The family of a 13-year-old Bronx girl say they will sue the Department of Education, claiming the girl was repeatedly raped by a computer repairman employed at her Harlem school.

A fruit vendor was arrested last night in connection to the assault of Jason Fordell, the Fordham-area man who was beaten on the No. 4 train platform over the weekend and said the attack was racially motivated. A lawyer for Barinthe Ramoutar, the accused, says it's a case of mistaken identity.

There are more people in the Bronx worried about becoming homeless than in any other borough, a recent poll found.

A kindhearted Manhattan newsstand vendor helped a new Bronx medical student track down her lost Iphone.

A "Family Day" celebration at the Bronx River Houses is being postponed because of fights and gang-related violence that plagued the event in years past.

State Sen. Jeff Klein is teaming up with the DOE to battle the Bronx's sky-high child asthma rates. 

Local leadership of the Episcopal Church is split over whether to let priests officiate at same-sex marriages. The bishop of the New York Diocese, which oversees churches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, has decided not to wed gay couples in those boroughs.

Kevin Leighton, the head baseball coach at Manhattan College, will now head Fordham University's team.

Some photos from the Paul McCartney concert at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Why you always putting the weather up front? I don't come here for the weather report. Give me something about the Bronx.

    Stop burying the lead!


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