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2 Bronx Girls Collapse in Idling Car

Two Bronx girls were found unconscious in a car on Thursday from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Their mother left them in the car while she shoveled snow to get out of a parking space. She had neglected to cover the tail pipe allowing fumes to escape, police said. When their mother saw what happened, she immediately asked a neighbor to call 911.

Help arrived in time and the girls, ages 4 and 7, were in fair condition after being resuscitated by rescue workers.  [New York Times]

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Guy J. Velella, State Senator From Bronx, Dies at 66

Guy J. Velella, a former Republican state senator from the Bronx died on Thursday in the Bronx after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 66-years-old. [New York Times]

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American Idol’s Bronx knock keeps on thumping

Last week Travis Orlando, a 16-year-old high school student and American Idol contestant from the Bronx made big headlines. It wasn’t because of his singing.

During his introduction, Orlando shared his life experience and described the hardships he faced growing up in the Bronx surrounded by violence and drugs.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz was not the least bit thrilled about Orlando’s description of the Bronx and immediately released the following statement:

“I am thoroughly disgusted with the treatment of the Bronx on last night’s American Idol. Rather than focus on the amazing revitalization the Bronx has seen over the past three decades, the producers of the show chose instead to highlight the negative stereotypes that have plagued our borough for years. The Bronx is the proud home of 1.4 million people, and over the past 30 years we have seen a dramatic drop in crime, incredible new business activity and the development of amazing new infrastructure. The portrayal of the Bronx by the producers of American Idol in such an extremely negative light is not only shameful, it does not accurately represent how far the Bronx has come.

For those who want to learn the truth about the vibrant neighborhoods, world-class cuisine, burgeoning economy and amazing amenities the Bronx has to offer, I invite them to visit the official website of the Bronx Tourism Council,”

The statement immediately sparked a fierce debate online on blogs and social networking Web sites.

Many online believe that Diaz is overreacting; others feel that American Idol producers owe the borough of Bronx an apology.

Check out what some are saying on the great “Bronx vs. American Idol” debate:

Bronx Borough Pres Slams American Idol [Daily News]

Did American Idol Slander The Bronx? [Gothamist]

The Bronx Blast American Idol [Perez Hilton]

Did American Idol Slander The Bronx? [The Wall Street Journal – Blog]

Response to American Idol’s Bronx Slander [Changing The Court – Blog]

Bronx Tall Tale [New York Post]

Idol and The Bronx [New York Post]

Twitter [Twitter]

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