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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 24

Good morning, lovely readers! Your weather forecast for today, luckily, does not include an earthquake (did you feel it?) but does call for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s. Enjoy.

Something else you can enjoy: the latest issue of the Norwood News , which as we speak is being delivered to its usual spots, and will be up online shortly. It's a special back-to-school edition, chock full of great local school stories (with other news in there too, of course.) Make sure to pick up your copy.

Story of the Day: Bronx Mom Killed Over Petty Bodega Line-Fight
Jeffry Ramirez, the 19-year-old whose stray bullet struck and killed 24-year-old Yaritza Pacheco on E. 174th Street early Sunday, told police that he fired his gun during an argument that started when his friend cut another man in line at the bodega.

From Gothamist: "Ramirez's friend cut in front of 23-year-old Leonard Shoulders at the bodega; when Shoulders returned with guns and backup, Ramirez told police he 'was afraid of those guys,' so he then went and got his own gun." Pacheco was at the deli getting a sandwich when she was struck; she'd been on her way to meet her boyfriend and her 4-year-old daughter.

Quick Hits:
Julio Lora, a livery cab driver and Bronx father of six, died from injuries he sustained during an attempted robbery at the end of March, when he was shot by a passenger. Lora's family is seeking donations to send his body back to the Dominican Republic; a wake is scheduled for Wednesday at Ortiz Funeral Home.

A Bronx woman's malpractice lawsuit against Lincoln Hospital is among the first of its kind, since New York’s highest court changed state law in 2004 allowing mothers to sue for their emotional suffering in the case of a stillbirth caused by medical carelessness.

The Times City Room blog captures a beautiful early morning moment at the Botanical Garden's 50-acre forest.

Another NY1 story inspired by the 2010 Census numbers reports that the surge in the Boogie Down's population this decade (52,000 new residents!) can be attributed to a similar boom in housing (the story quotes Gregory Lobo Jost, of the University Nieghborhood Housing Program, a BxNN guest blogger).

Congressman Joseph Crowley is imploring Craigslist to ban the sale of drop-side baby cribs on the site. The cribs are illegal to manufacture because of safety issues, but people are still trying to sell their old ones online.

Former Fordham University professor John Riley has been hired as the new principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, replacing Frank Borzellieri, who caused controversy last month of holding white supremacist views.


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