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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 10

Weather: A lovely one in the Bronx today, filled with sunshine and warm-but-not-stifling temperatures (low 80s). Enjoy.

On to your Bronx News!

A dramatic scene from Parkchester yesterday, as an irate man held a knife to his crying baby boy during a brief standoff with police in the pouring rain. Russel Rivera Jr., 30, was arrested and the boy was later returned, unharmed, to his mother.

According to City Hall News, Bronx Sen. Gustavo Rivera is the first State legislator to join the social media site Foursquare--where users "check in" to locations to let followers know where they are and what they're doing in real life. Rivera is using the site to promote community events, his spokeswoman said.

Mott Haven pizzeria Yolanda's celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.

As Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuser Nafissatou Diallo takes her case to Bronx Civil Court, legal experts predict she'll benefit from the so-called "Bronx effect," the idea that jurors here tend to be more sympathetic and generous with plaintiffs. "When you think of the words 'Bronx jury,' dollar signs go floating through your head," one judge told the Daily News.

Norwood's own Next Millennium baseball team is off to California this week to compete in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series of the Babe Ruth League. The group of 12-year-olds are the first team from the area to compete in the tournament.

Tenants at a Townsend Avenue building finally got their hot water turned back on yesterday after 13 long days without. The property is owned by Mount Hope Housing Company.

The Bronx High School of Business is being teamed up with an educational advocacy nonprofit, the Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association, in an attempt to boost the school's poor academic performance.

Police are still looking for the suspect in Monday's deadly shooting of a 20-year-old man outside of a deli on Mace Avenue.

Students at M.S. 223 in the South Bronx participated in a special arts enrichment program this summer.


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