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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Thursday, July 7

Weather: Really hot and humid, again. High in the 90s, with a miniscule chance of rain early this afternoon. Should cool down tomorrow.

Story of the Day:
Darlene Urena, the 5-year-old Soundview-area girl who was shot in the stomach over Memorial Day weekend, is well on her way to recovery. On her way to friend's home to share a bag of Doritos, Urena was caught in a hail of gunfire, which police say was the result of a feud between rival gangs. During three hours of surgery at Jacobi Hospital, doctors stitched up a main artery and removed Darlene's appendix as well as a part of her intestines. While she still takes injections to prevent blood clots and is frightened by the sound of fireworks, Darlene "frolicked" around her apartment the other day and smiled as the Daily News took a photograph of her and her family. "I'm good!" Darlene said.

Quick Hits:
Meet Josue Vargas, a 13-year-old boxing prodigy from Morris Park. He fights tonight at the Loew's Paradise Theater on the Grand Concourse. 

Bronx SalsaFest, a celebration of the Latin dance style that Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. says the Bronx helped propel into becoming an "international phenomenon," kicks off tonight at Pregones Theater. Here's details.

Loads of juicy Bronxip (get it, Bronx + gossip = oh, forget it, they're not all winners) from the DN's Bob Kappstatter today, including: how Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein is capitalizing on the success of his new independent caucus; the borough president's new aerodynamic do ("It was either this, a comb-over or a cowboy hat," Diaz said.; a feud between the BP and Maria Carmen del Arroyo over a City Planning appointee; and a couple of big Bronx drug busts.

A Fieldston "castle" is on the market for around $3 million.

15 Bronx teenagers are running a farmer's market in the borough this summer.

A 20-year-old Bronx woman has started a college scholarship program with the help of borough politicians.

Residents and community leaders in Highbridge say two new homeless shelters for men are going to compound noise and violence problems that are already on the rise in the neighborhood.

St. Barnabas Hospital broke ground on its first parking garage last week.

The debate on education reform continues with references to the South Bronx and apples and grapefruits and other fruit-inspired comparisons.

Snapshots from the Bronx Riviera (aka Orchard Beach).

NewsOne reports that the University of Connecticut has rescinded its offer to accept 13-year-old Bronxite Autumn Ashante.


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