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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Friday, Aug. 12

Happy Friday folks. Let's get down to Bronx business. To the news!

Weather: Not a cloud in the sky today and tomorrow, with temperatures staying relatively mild in the mid-80s. Look for Sunday showers to break the loveliness.

Story of the Day: Striking Workers Bash Verizon Scab Practices

Yesterday, the Village Voice found a handful of striking Verizon union workers in the South Bronx criticizing their scab worker replacements for shoddy and unsafe work practices. At least a few Bronx politicians, including State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, have voiced their support for the 45,000 members of the Communications Workers of America who say Verizon is unfairly "dictating" (not negotiating) terms for a new contract. Here's video the Voice shot yesterday:

Quick Hits:

Former Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada held another press conference yesterday to denounce the state's attempt to stop his network of health clinics from receiving Medicaid payments, calling it a "political vendetta." Espada stands accused of embezzling a half million dollars from the clinics he founded.

A Bronx Supreme Court ruled that a state policy that keeps sex offenders incarcerated after they've completed their sentences is unconstitutional.

A look at Kids Day, part of the week-long Bronx Open tennis tournament in Crotona Park.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look inside old-school John's Boxing Gym.

Well before the state mandated sex education in New York public schools, students at the Bronx's PS/MS 218 have been learning about pregnancy, STDs and sexual orientation as part of a program called Just Ask Me.

Two Bronx schools -- Bronx Expeditionary Learning High School and Lehman High School -- are being investigated by the DOE for possibly inflating Regents scores.

Artwork by 72 participants from Bronx Museum's Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program is now on display at the museum and Wave Hill. The Times reviews some of the highlights.

Tenant watchdogs continue to remain vigilant at the Diego Beekman Houses on E. 141st Street.

Soup kitchen and multi-service center Part of the Solution (POTS) needs men's clothing.


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