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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 16

A car splashes through a puddle on Southern Boulevard in Bedford Park
during yesterday's record-setting  rainstorm. (Photo by David Greene)
Weather: Good news! The torrential and record-setting rains from the last two days have finally ceased. Skies will stay overcast today (with some light showers this afternoon) with fall-like temperatures in the high 60s. The sun will return and things will warm up again tomorrow.

Story of the Day: Street Name Honors Pregnant Traffic Agent Killed in Tragic Accident
The corner of Webster Avenue and E. 188th Street has been renamed Donnette and Sean Sanz Place, after a 33-year-old Bronx traffic agent who was struck and killed by a van three years ago while crossing the street on her lunch break. Sanz was seven months pregnant at the time and her unborn son, named Sean, died later. The man driving the car that struck her, Walter Walker, 72, had a history of license suspensions and served six months behind bars for criminally negligent homicide.

Quick Hits:
Speaking of Bronx re-namings, a newly opened South Bronx park, Charlton Thompson Garden, honors two soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Everyone should check out this beautiful Time slideshow of photographs by Stephen Shames, who spent decades, from 1977 on, chronicling the lives of young people in the Bronx. His shots, compiled in his recently released "Bronx Boys," captures some quintessential scenes of urban life (kids playing in fire hydrants, a boy sleeping out on the fire escape) as well as some more tumultuous spots in the borough's history (street fights, kids shooting up).

Police are looking for a man suspected of shooting a 22-year-old woman on Southern Boulevard and Freeman Street earlier last week. See the video of him, below. (The victim survived the bullet wound, which grazed her chest.)

A Bronx deli worker has been repeatedly locked up by authorities after being mistaken for a big time drug pin who has the same name.

A Bronx family has reached a number of success milestones--including a stint for one son on hit TV show "Project Runway,"--despite the fact that they've been homeless for the last several years.

Missed this last week: former Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin criticizes Mayor Bloomberg's new Young Men's Initiative in his latest op-ed for the NY Post. The city program will invest $30 million into reducing the economic disparities faced by young men of color, though Benjamin says it ignores "the necessity of promoting monogamous marriage and reducing sexual promiscuity and connecting people to real jobs."

More on Bronx-born Christina Santiago, one of five people killed this weekend when a stage collapsed at a concert in Indiana.


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