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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 26

Weather: Sunny and in the mid-80s today.

Story of the Day: Are Bronx Subway Stations the Ickiest?
A new report out of the MTA found that the Bronx's many subway stations are the dirtiest  in the city, plagued by garbage, leaks and rodents. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, who lives in Riverdale, told his fellow board members that some local stations were in such bad shape they could be condemned, a sentiment echoed by Borough President Diaz who says the Bronx is tired of waiting for much-needed station renovations.

Which made us want to ask you, our dear readers: what do you think is grimiest subway station in the Boogie Down? Where would you most like to see a makeover? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

A 52-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly robbing three different Bronx banks in the last month.

Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., is still on the anti-gay marriage warpath: he's threatening a lawsuit, claiming the same-sex marriage ceremonies that took place on Sunday were done illegally since couples were waived the 24-hour waiting period normally required for a marriage license.

A man, armed with a screwdriver, tried to hijack a No. 5 train in the South Bronx yesterday by climbing into the motorman's car through a window. One passenger caught the frightening incident on tape; see below.

Gov. Cuomo is suspending the licenses of eight tour bus companies for safety breaches, the result of a state-wide crackdown following the March bus accident in the Bronx that killed 15 people.

Times writer Michael Powell says the resurgence of the South Bronx represents "the greatest public rebuilding achievement since World War II."

Parents and teachers at a school in Mott Haven say that toxic groundwater leaks are making the campus unfit for children.

An air conditioning system malfunction shuttered the Van Nest library during this weekend's heat wave.

A science professor from Lehman College and a botanist from the Botanical Garden have discovered two species of blueberries that are packed with more nutrients and antioxidants than the typical fruit.

Dr. Rob Ostfeld, a cardiologist at Montefiore says eating more plants and eating less animal products is the best way to prevent heart disease and other diet-related illnesses.   


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