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Gunmen Tie Up Family In Their Own Home, Wpix

Three men broke into a family home in Morris Heights on Sunday afternoon, tied up a father and his two children in a back room and robbed them of their valuables, Wpix reports.

The three Hispanic males forced their way into the apartment at 1705 Andrews Avenue at 2pm on Sunday. The man who lives there sustained minor injuries as he tried to stop the thieves from entering.

Once inside, the suspects brandished a gun as they tied up the victims and robbed the house of cash, jewelery and cellphones, police said.

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Audit Ranks Bronx School Worst For P.E., Daily News

A city audit ranked PS 163 in the Bronx worst for physical education facilities out of 31 school visited, reports the New York Daily News.

The school on Webster Avenue has no gym or P.E. teachers. Trailers accommodating overcrowded classrooms take up space in the playground that might otherwise be used for education facilities.

None of the 31 schools reviewed by the audit offered gym classes as regularly as they should under state regulations.

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Last Post Office In Morrisania Under Threat, Bronx Times

The United States Postal Service is considering closing the last post office in Morrisania, reports The Bronx Times.

The post office, located at 167th Street between Washington and Webster avenues, is one of 33 in the city being considered for closure. Half of the offices under threat are in the Bronx.

Morrisania residents would have to walk 10 blocks to the next nearest office on 174th Street and Third Avenue if the closure goes through.

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Bronx father gunned down for gold chain

Christian de la Santos was described by neighbors as "an honorable man".

A Bronx father of two was gunned down a block from his house at 11 p.m. last night, in what police said was an attempted robbery.

Christian de la Santos, 34, who worked in a downtown hotel, was leaving Penelope Grocery at 1803 Mansion Street, when he was shot four times in the back, leg and head. Residents said they heard multiple gunshots ring out in the deserted streets.

By the time police arrived, de la Santos, who lived on Commonwealth Avenue with his wife and two daughters, was dead.

De la Santos’ brother in law said he was robbed of his expensive gold chain. They have no suspects yet. “It all comes back to the chain,” said Andre Roig, de la Santos’ brother in law.

Penelope Grocery owner Rensy Talvis, 40, said de la Santos had been watching television and drinking beer with four other friends at the store for much of the night.

After kicking the group out just before closing at 11 p.m., Talvis said he heard multiple gunshots outside.

“For the first few seconds I tried to hide,” Talvis said. “Then I walked outside and saw him laying there on the sidewalk.”

Talvis said de la Santos was a regular at the store and would come in to buy beer a few times a week.

“I was shocked, because that was our guy,” said Talvis. “He was always in here.”

The shooting shocked residents in what many feel to be a safe neighborhood. But store owner Talvis said he’s not going to let the incident scare him.

“I’m going to take all the precautions I normally do,” he said.

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First New School In Hunts Point In 30 Years Officially Welcomes Students, NY1

A new charter school officially opened in Hunts Point yesterday, though it has been accepting students for a few weeks. NY1 has a special report.

The Hyde Leadership Charter School will eventually hold 300 9th through to 12th grade students.

It is the first educational facility to open in Hunts Point in 30 years.

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Failed Bus Company Still Running After Bronx Bus Crash, New York Times

A bus company that was shut down by the federal motoring association after allowing its drivers to violate hours of service is still carrying passengers under a new name, The New York Times reports.

World Wide Travel was shut in June after a fatal bus crash on the I-95 in the Bronx on March 12 in which 15 people were killed.

The owner of World Wide Travel, Michael Schub, continues to run bus operations through two other companies from the same address in Brooklyn.

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New Start For Ex-Con After He Pleads For Work, Daily News

A Bronx man released from a 26-year prison sentence for murder pleaded for work at a local clergy meeting in his neighbourhood of Williamsbridge, NY Daily News reports.

Philip White, 45, said that no employer would touch him since he had been released, despite the fact that he has top grades for certificates in computer technology.

White’s speech impressed Claremont Neighborhood Center director Abraham Jones, who hired him as a caseworker to assist young troubled boys.

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Bronx Hall Of Justice ‘Shabbiest’ Court In NY, Daily News

The Bronx Hall Of Justice At 265 E 161st St. has fallen further into disrepair over the last year, reports The New York Daily News.

Problems include glitches in the lighting system, a gushing leak on the sixth floor, broken escalators, blackouts and mould.

“It’s still the shabbiest, most poorly built, least maintained courthouse in the city,” one court employee told the Daily News.

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