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5K walk raises more breast cancer awareness, NY1

A citywide five-kilometer breast cancer walk attracted tens of thousands of participants including in the the Bronx, NY1 reported.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk were held at Orchard Beach in the Bronx and at parks throughout the four other boroughs last Sunday.

Both organizers and breast cancer survivors said early detection using mammogram tests after the age of 40 increase the chance of survival by 98 percent.


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Family accuses Bronx cemetery of losing grandma’s ashes, NY Daily News

Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is facing accusations of misplacing the ashes of a local grandmother, according to the NY Daily News.

Elisabeth Delfini’s family claimed that Woodlawn lost her ashes in February and then lied about the loss.

The alleged mishap is the second at a major Bronx cemetery in the last year. Recently, St. Raymond Cemetery was accused of burying the remains of a woman in the wrong grave.

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Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren were neighbors in the Bronx, Styleite

Fashion website Styleite reports about Calvin Klein talking about his childhood in the Bronx during the 1940s.

The son of Jewish-Hungarian immigrants, Klein said he was lucky to have parents who encouraged him to pursue his passion. Klein graduated high school from the Bronx’s High School of Arts and Design.

During the interview Klein revealed that another celebrity designer, Ralph Lauren was his neighbor. Klein said Lauren’s fashion sense was “peculiar” even then.


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Mom of college basketball star from the Bronx dies, ESPN

The mother of Bronx native and University of Arizona basketball forward Kevin Parrom has died, ESPN reports.

The announcement came just a few weeks after the 6-foot-6 junior Wildcat returned was injured following a Sept. 24 shooting in the Bronx. During that incident Parrom was shot in the leg.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family at this most difficult time,” Parrom’s coach Sean Miller said in a statment. “I have never been around a young person who has dealt with more hardship in such a short period of time than Kevin.


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Latinos in the Bronx piece together their own history, NY Daily News

As part of a year-long effort to collect the Bronx’s Latino history, the Bronx County Historical Society has installed a new exhibit featuring vintage photos, vinyl records of Latino music and old newspapers, the NY Daily News reports.

“We want to open up a dialogue about this,” Angel Hernandez told the newspaper. “We want to give people the opportunity to speak up and become a part of Bronx history.”

Today, Hispanics make up 53.5% of the borough’s population, up from 48.3% a decade ago, according to the latest government census.

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New details of tampering in standardized tests out, NYTimes

A report published in NYTimes revealed there have been 1,250 accusations of test tampering or grade changing across city schools since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took control of the public schools system.

Of that number, 14 cases had been substantiated including one against a teacher at Middle School 219 in the Bronx. The teacher received a 90-day suspension without pay after investigators claimed he had written answers on the back of paper rulers for the eighth-grade math examinees. The teacher has denied the allegations.

In another case a Bronx assistant principal at the High School for Contemporary Arts was found of tampering with student answers on the June 2008 algebra Regents exam. The assistant principal had been dismissed.


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Three Bronx men face drug charges in Pennsylvania, BCTV

Three Bronx men are facing drug charges in a Pennsylvania town following an arrest that netted thousands of packs of heroin, according to the community website Berks County TV in Reading, Pa.

The suspects who are in their early 20s allegedly distributed large volumes of heroin in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Police said large amounts of heroin with a street value of $73,000 were seized from a car with a New Jersey registration.

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South Bronx man is casting director for detectives, NY Times

Robert Weston of the South Bronx makes a living providing “fillers” or taking part in police lineups and for each lineup he fills, he earns $10.

Weston said he has never failed to produce lineups when asked, no matter what time of night. But these days, the work has slowed down.

“There’s not enough crime now,” Mr. Weston told NY Times. “But it comes and goes, and there’ll always going to be knuckleheads stealing phones.”

The practice, however, is under fresh legal scrutiny in light of new findings that suggested mistaken identifications in lineups are a leading cause of wrongful convictions, and that witnesses can be steered toward selecting the suspect arrested by the police.

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