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Former Bronx Judge Burton Roberts dies at age 88

Judge Burton Roberts, the former Bronx District attorney, died at age 88. (NY1)

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Charges dropped against 3 in Bronx antigay attacks

Citing insufficient evidence, the Bronx district attorney’s office on Tuesday dropped charges against 3 of the 11 young men involved in the attacks. (NY Times)

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Murder suspect blames evil twin

The lawyer for a man accused of killing a john during an armed robbery of a known Bronx whorehouse said the guy who really did it is an evil twin. (NY Post)

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Yanks clean out lockers in the Bronx

After a disappointing postseason, the New York Yankees are cleaning out their lockers. (NY1)

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Bronx gang “Goonies” might get plea deals

Several of the gang members involved in gay-bashing attack could be offered plea deals next week according to their lawyer. (NY Daily News)

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Swirls of Snow and Rain Bombard the City

1,600 plows and 365 salt spreaders are ready to clear the city. Photograph by Ashley Harris

1,600 plows and 365 salt spreaders are ready to clear the city. Photograph by Ashley Harris

By Ashley Harris

New Yorkers woke up to plump, soft snowflakes Thursday morning as yet another wintry mix blew through the Northeast. The city had barely recovered from the last snow storm before Thursday’s slush of snow and rain pummeled the city. City employees are scrambling to keep the roadways safe for commuters as forecasters predict as much as 12 inches to fall by Friday evening.

The Department of Sanitation has approximately 2,200 personnel working 12-hour split shifts, a spokesperson told the Bronx Ink. Trucks will continue to provide collection and recycling services as well as plowing and salting of streets.

Inside the dingy and dank sanitation garage at 215th Street and Broadway, workers moved swiftly to get in and out of the blistering cold. Thursday was the start of an anticipated four-day stretch of heavy snow, sleet and ice all mixed into a slushy mess.

The sanitation department has 365 salt spreaders throughout the city with 1,600 plows ready to deploy once the snow reaches two inches. Despite temperatures holding above freezing at press time, the city has 170,000 tons of rock salt ready to pour to dissipate the icy slush.

Still, with three major storms this winter, the increasing snow storms are blowing through the $41.8 million snow budget, according to Matthew Lipani, spokesman for the department.

The bad weather is linked to El Niño, a climate pattern that is much stronger than in past years, according to Richard Castro, spokesperson for the National Weather Service.

“El Niño coupled with a persistent high pressure system hovering over Greenland into Canada explains why so many storms are hitting all across the country,” he said. “The storm system keeps these storms stalling over the Northeast causing a lot of rain even after the snow tapers off.”

He anticipates that as long as El Niño stays strong, especially at the southern branch of the jet stream, New York City can continue to expect ugly storms heading into the spring.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Snow Day in the Bronx

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