Bronx News Roundup, July 7

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Bronx mom Carmen Huertas rejected the opportunity to take a manslaughter plea yesterday for killing 11-year-old Leandra Rosado in a drunk driving accident. If Huertas does not take the plea by Aug. 10, she will go to trial.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued Bronx landlords for not showing available units to black applicants. Cuomo says the discrimination is a violation of housing and civil rights laws.

Mavon Chapman, 19, was gunned down at E. 149th St. and Morris Ave. in Mott Haven at 4 a.m. yesterday morning. He died before he arrived at the hospital.

Francisco Cruz, the principal of Clara Barton P.S. 50, may lose his job after redirecting after-school funding to a company whose trademark he jointly owns. The Daily News has the story.

It's just no fun in the sun,” 14-year-old Miguel Pena and 13-year-old Vincent Quiles of the Bronx told the Associated Press. Yesterday marked one of the hottest days in the past decade in the New York.

The Times reports that amidst the heat yesterday were mounds of garbage, across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Bronx native Jonathan Tropper was featured in The Dallas Morning News this morning, for his critically-acclaimed 2009 novel “This Is Where I Leave You.”

Congressman Joseph Crowley secured a $50,000 grant for the Centro Civico Colombiano, which has been used to purchase computers for after-school activities, homework preparation and high school equivalency training, citizenship prep tests and job training programs.