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Bronx-born rock and roll performer dies at 72

Bronx-born Fred Milano, 72, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s has died.

According to the Associated Press, Milano died Sunday, three weeks after his lung cancer was diagnosed, said Warren Gradus, who joined the Belmonts in 1963. Milano lived in Massapequa, on Long Island, and died in a hospital, Gradus said.

Dion DiMucci, the lead singer who left the Belmonts in 1960, said on his Facebook page Tuesday, “May he rest in peace and rock on in heaven.”


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Fordham prevails vs Harvard in Bronx encounter

The 22-ranked Harvard Crimson left the Bronx with their heads bowed following a defeat against the local boys of Fordham University.

According to USA Today, the win was the first for Fordham (7-6) over a ranked team since a 68-67 win over then-No. 24 St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9, 2000. It was also the Rams’ first win against a Top 25 team at Rose Hill Gym since beating No. 19 Georgetown 63-59 on Feb. 26, 1978.

“Congratulate Fordham. They played inspired basketball,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. “Give them credit. They did a tremendous job.”

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Bronx residents protest dumping of health care center from Medicaid

Following Gov. Cuomo’s decision to drop a Bronx health care network run by ex-state Senator Pedro Espada from Medicaid, residents stormed the Westchester County hometown of Cuomo on Monday.

According to the NY Daily News, three busloads of patients, employees and Bronx residents staged a rally for Soundview Health Care Network at a park a few miles from Cuomo’s suburban residence on the border of Mt. Kisco and New Castle

Espada is facing federal charges that he looted Soundview to bankroll his lavish lifestyle.




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New East Bronx train line project eyed

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is eyeing a new train project linking four new stops in the East Bronx to Penn Station.

Charles Moerdler, an MTA board member from Riverdale, told the NY Daily News the new line would be a boon for East Bronx institutions such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as East Bronx residents working in Westchester County and Rockland County, as well as Manhattan.

The project would require at least $200 million from New York and $100 million from Connecticut – money that the states have yet to commit.

MTA spokesman said the Federal Environmental Assessment should be completed by 2013, so the project could not start until 2016.


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$350-M medical campus to rise in the Bronx

Morristown in the Bronx will soon be the home of a $350 million medical campus, Real Estate Weekly reported.

Located at a 50-acre site along 1500 Waters Place, the six-building complex will hold the offices the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Bronx Psychiatric Center.

According to its builder, the Spector Group the project will be completed in 2013.


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In Hunts Points, 52-year-old mother of four still working the streets

For 52-year-old Barbara Terry, working as a prostitute on the streets of Hunts Point in the Bronx is “a business, a regular job.”

“Most women don’t make it to my age out here,” Terry told the NY Times. “I call myself the last of the survivors.”

Terry said working the streets of the South Bronx neighborhood, which is home to the world’s second largest food market, made her tough.

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Jan. 10 set as strike date for Montefiore nurses

Unionized nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx announced on Wednesday a tentative Jan. 10 strike date if their demands are not met by hospital management.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the nurses made the announcement even as two other major hospitals reached tentative deals with their nurses.

The New York State Nurses Association represents about 2,000 nurses at the Bronx hospital.


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Indicted council member to get $350 K

Indicted Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook, whose corruption case ended in mistrial, will be allowed to distribute more than $350,000 in taxpayer money to community groups in his district, thanks to Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

According to the New York Post, Quinn, who is expected to run for mayor, approved the release of the funds to Seabrook, who was indicted for misusing $1.2 million in city funds from 2002 to 2009.

Quinn defended her decision saying checks and balances are now in place to prevent misappropriation of funds.

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