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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 11

Weather: Another beautiful one in the Bronx today, with temperatures a bit cooler than yesterday (think high 70s/low 80s), blue skies and lots of sun. Take your lunch break outside!

On to the news. Lots of headlines this morning about the Soundview Healthcare Network run by former Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., which just got kicked out of the state's Medicaid program and is likely facing closure. You can read more on this in our previous post, here. According to the A.P., Espada says he'll fight the state's decision with a court order.

Bronx schools scored the worst of the five boroughs on the state's English exams last year, with only 31 percent of students passing (that's compared to 44 percent citywide).

Hansel Aguero, 17, of Soundview, is off to Amsterdam this week to compete in a Yu-Gi-Oh! world championship tournament (Yu-Gi-Oh!, in case you didn't know, is a Japanese trading card game the kids are apparently into these days. I think the equivalent of my generation's Pogs). We liked Hansel's oh-so-confident, hometown-pride attitude: "I feel pretty confident," he told the Daily News. "I'm from the Bronx. I'm not scared of nothing."

Rasheed Davis, the man charged with pimping out a 16-year-old Bronx girl to former NFL player Lawrence Taylor, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison yesterday.

Daily News columnist Michael Daly writes of the Marsh family of the Bronx, who saw their Prospect Avenue home looted by drug dealers after the city made them vacate because of a fire next door (the Belmont fire that killed a family of three back in May.)

Lots of Bronx political goodies in Bob Kappstatter's column.

Also from the DN today: Bronx's Patrice O'Shaughnessy's column celebrates its fifth year by paying tribute once again to Crotona neighborhood staple Father John Flynn, formerly of St. Martin of Tours, who was the subject of her first column.

Three Bronx men have been charged with stealing $5,000 worth of clothing and DVDs from a Walmart in Connecticut. 

A man stabbed his ex-wife to death outside of her Grand Concourse apartment building yesterday before calmly turning himself over to police.

Some Bronx parents are happy with the DOE's recent decision to mandate sex education in schools, hoping it will help lower the high teen pregnancy rates in some neighborhoods.

One of China's largest construction conglomerates is overseeing renovations of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.


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