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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Thursday, July 14

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bronx and beyond, welcome to Thursday's edition of the roundup. Enjoy.

Weather: Gorgeous. Cooler. Enjoy.

Story of the Day: Ex-Chilean Guerrilla Turned Bronx Social Activist Fights Deportation
Victor Toro, a South Bronx immigrant rights activist and social worker, continues to fight an uphill battle against deportation back his native Chile, where Toro says he was tortured during the 1970s by the military regime of Augusto Pinochet. He fears prosecution a Chile now run by another ruler with a military background. Toro, who co-founded the leftist guerrilla group MIR in late 1960s, was expelled from Chile after spending a year in concentration camps. A doctor at Montefiore Medical Center testified that Toro still suffers from post-traumatic stress as a result of the torture he experienced during that time. He ended up bouncing between countries for several years before arriving in the Bronx in 1984. Since then, he helped found the La Pena community center and been a staunch and vocal advocate for immigrant rights. Arrested by immigration officials in 2007, Toro's court appeal is close to coming to a conclusion.    

Quick Hits:
The naked suicide plunge taken by a Bronx couple off the Tappan Zee Bridge continues to baffle friends. One of the jumpers, Alfa Choice, was a former teacher at Bronx Science.

Police shot a Bronx man who they say fatally stabbed his girlfriend. A standoff with the injured suspect came to an end when police gave him a cigarette.

More on the "Creston Avenue Crew" busted for drug trafficking and related crimes yesterday morning.

A Navy police officer with Bronx ties opens up about her life on a ship stationed permanently abroad

The Bronx's Justin Bieber, Dominican-American singer Prince Royce, who grew up in Mott Haven, is set to open for Enrique Iglesias during the headliner's upcoming nationwide tour.

The Department of Homeless Services says a mother lied about finding bedbugs at the shelter she and her kids were living at in Mott Haven. 

Seized drug money is being used to fund a play street in Morris Heights.

Two specialized chairs are helping disable beach goers enjoy the water at Orchard Beach.

While police say two Bronx sisters who had been reported missing were found, two other missing Bronx teens -- Angelique Nogue, 13, and Shayba Douglas -- are still missing.

The Daily News' Bob Kappstatter previews tonight's County Democratic Party fundraiser at Marina Del Rey, where you might see him salsa dancing with Assemblyman Jose Rivera. Also included: a reference to "City Council Speaker Rosie O'Donnell - oops! We mean Christine Quinn." Wicked burn, Kappy!

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.


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