Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 1

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We all knew this summer's been oppressively, relentlessly, shirt-stainingly hot, but now it's official. We are enduring the hottest summer in New York City history, according to the National Weather Service. Thankfully, temperatures are supposed to drop on Friday.

City officials unveiled a new $6 million dollar skate park near Yankee Stadium.

A lawyer has taken the Riverdale's Horace Mann School to court after the school suspended his son for three days. The schools suspended the 16-year-old after classmates found topless photos of a young woman on his computer.

Recordings show that one of the defendants charged with plotting to bomb two Riverdale synagogues expressed some hesitation about the plot, which also included plans to shoot down airplanes. The defense says this gives credence to their claim that the defendants were coerced into the plot by an FBI informant. More on the case here.

Researchers from the YIVO Insitute for Yiddish Research are combing through the apartment of famed Yiddish writer of Chaim Grade, whose widow recently died in the Amalgamated Houses near Van Corltandt Park.

Upstart Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, a real estate developer from Buffalo, recently touched down in the Bronx to talk with political leaders, including Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.

Speaking of Diaz Sr., Ken Padilla, a district leader in the Reverend's turf, says Diaz Sr. is engaging “politics of deception.”

It got ugly on the Cross Bronx Expressway last night when an overturned tractor-trailer dumped lumber all over an on-ramp.