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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Wednesday, Aug. 3

Weather:  Not too hot today, sunny with a high of 81. Tonight, thunderstorms in the forecast with temperatures in the high 60s.

Story of the Day:
15 people were injured yesterday afternoon when an MTA bus collided with a livery cab and a sports car. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. when a Bx55 bus, moving southbound on Third Avenue, made an unscheduled stop. The bus hit both the cab and sports car at the intersection at East 170th Street. EMS Deputy Chief Howard Sickles said that none of the injuries are life threatening.

Quick Hits:
The principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary school has been fired for his writings on white supremacy. Frank Borzellieri, who has ties to a group called American Renaissance, wrote a book titled "The Unspoken Truth: Race, Culture and Other Taboos," which talks about the "the myth of integration" and "multicultural madness."

A new bill sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera would allow charitable organizations to post bail for poor defendants held on petty charges. The Daily News reports that thousands of Bronxites serve time because they can't afford bail and Rivera says that many of them are innocent, but plead guilty instead of waiting behind bars for trials.We wrote about this way back in the day, but this story by the DN's Dan Beekman fleshes out the reasons and numbers behind the legislation.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that people over the age of 95 do not have healthier habits in terms of BMI, smoking, physical activity, or diet.

From now until Sept. 30, the Great Summer Zoofari is happening at the Bronx Zoo. Click here to check out the life-size animal lego sculptures.

Charlie Sheen is dropping the extortion lawsuit against the Bronx-born porn star who locked herself in the bathroom during his Plaza hotel rampage.

A Bronx man claims that a seizure he had years ago may have saved his life. In March 2007, Paul Torres had a seizure, collapsed, and fell onto the subway tracks at Penn Station. When the Tremont resident was taken to the hospital, doctors discovered a brain tumor. After years of chemotherapy, Torres says that he is now in "perfect health" and believes that his seizure may have saved his life.

Commuters may be experiencing delays on the train this morning due to limited 4, 5 and 6 train service due to a 6 train that was derailed in Harlem at 4 a.m. People are being advised to use M101, M102 or M103 bus making nearby station stops and or D train service to and from Manhattan. Bronx-bound passengers seeking service to stations between 42nd Street and 125th Street stations can get off at 125th Street and transfer to a downtown 4, 5 or 6 train.


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