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Monday, October 3, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, October 3

The Hall of Justice, the 4-year-old criminal court building on 161st Street that was supposed to be something of a civic architectural gem, is still plagued with faulty elevators, electrical wiring and fire alarms, not to mention a leaky roof and an underground parking garage and courtyard that remain off limits, the Daily News reports. Councilman Oliver Koppell said his calls for an investigation of the $421 million facility have gone nowhere.

A City Island resident is the winning bidder for Rat Island, which he can see from his backyard.

A 14-year-old boy in Mt. Eden fell out of his apartment window and died from his injuries at Bronx-Lebanon hospital on Friday. He was helping his mother put up curtains.

After months of testimony, a Bronx jury is expected to soon issue indictments in the ticket-fixing scandal.

The Manhattan College Jaspers defeated the Fordham Rams in women's tennis yesterday.

The Norwood News reports that children in District 10, which covers most of the northwest Bronx, scored lower on state education math and English tests, compared with the rest of the city and state. PS 280 in Norwood, which has consistently scored well, and PS51/The Bronx New School scored well above their counterparts throughout the district.

More on the city education front: To better understand the grading system for the city's school report cards, this "cheat sheet" from City Limits is a must read.

The Bainbridge Avenue bakery that renovated after a 2009 fire only to be destroyed by another fire the same week it was to reopen, is returning to the block.

The Living Wage bill that stemmed from the Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment battle is entering a new phase in the City Council, as the bills proponents, including Oliver Koppell and Annabel Palma, have changed the bill to make it affect less businesses and more attractive therefore to holdout Councilmembers. That puts Council speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn in a bit of a bind and she seeks to both widen her appeal in the business community, but also tend to the grassroots which gave her a boost into public office in the first place.

Following the shooting death of a 16-year-old Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. takes his "Peace in Our Streets" initiative to Soundview. (Video)


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