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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, July 6

Weather: Another hot one today, with temperatures in the high 80s and a chance of thunderstorms later. (If you or someone you know needs to get out of the heat, find one of the city's air conditioned cooling centers here).

Story of the Day: South Bronx, One End of the 'Wealth Gap'
An interesting and graphic-heavy feature from this week's New York magazine takes a comparative look at one of the nation's wealthiest Congressional districts--Manhattan's East Side--and the poorest, NY 16, or the South Bronx. Among the not-so-surprising but still-glaring differences are median income ($79,385 vs. $23,073, respectively), a typical family's weekly budget ($2,222.98 vs. $539.50), the number of Starbucks coffee shops (90 vs. 1), and the number of times Mayor Bloomberg visited each district in a year (42 vs. 10).

"Whatever is happening nationwide always manifests itself much more dramatically in the South Bronx. Always has," Congressman Jose Serrano, who has represented this district for decades, told the magazine. "When people are talking about 5 percent unemployment, we may be talking about 10 percent unemployment."

Quick Hits:
A wake was held last night for Isayah Muller, the 19-year-old Bronx student killed during a parking lot brawl after his Truman High School graduation last week.

Bronx Congressman Joseph Crowley issued a report last week on the potential effects of a Republican-proposed plan to restructure Medicaid.

A new HBO documentary chronicles the struggle of union workers at the now-defunct Bronx Stella D'Oro cookie factory, as they attempted to negotiate contracts with a new owner, a struggle that eventually ended with the loss of their jobs. More on the film, which premieres tonight at 8 p.m., here.

The Post reports that some cops involved in the ongoing Bronx ticket-fixing probe will lose vacation days as their punishment.

The Bronx woman and hotel housekeeper involved in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal is suing the New York Post for libel, after the paper published a series of articles reporting that she's a prostitute.

Bronx Bomber Derek Jeter has become a popular namesake for pet owners.

State lawmakers Jeff Klein and Jeff Dinowitz have introduced legislation to require ID numbers for car rims so police can track them once they're stolen.

A Bronx woman opened her own frozen yogurt shop featuring fresh fruit toppings from the Hunts Point market.


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