Bronx Weekend News Roundup, Feb. 7

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From Green Bay to Beloit, from Milwaukee to Madison, frome Brandon to Kenosha, Cheeseheads rejoiced following the Packers 31-25 Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. As a descendant of a long line of Pack fanatics, I can tell you with certainty that Wisconsinites will revel in this moment for months, if not years. Dairyland might not as productive for the next few days, but it will definitely be happier.

OK, back to the Bronx, where this relatively tropical weather (high of 42 degrees today!) will not last as temperatures will drop into the teens mid-week. We might see a small amount of rain/snow overnight.

Story of the Day:
Opponents of the city's plan to shut down John F. Kennedy High School say the Department of Education set the school up for failure. On Thursday evening (technically early Friday morning), the Panel for Education Policy voted eight to four (with one panel member absent) to phase the school out by 2014. Starting next fall, the school will eliminate a class each year.

This type of phase-out has been the fate of most large Bronx schools, as the city continues to push for smaller, themed schools and more charter schools. The teacher's union believes venerable northwest Bronx high school DeWitt Clinton could be next on the chopping block. They say the fact that Clinton's taking on more and more high needs students every year is crippling their chances for success.

Quick Hits:
Two Bronxites were killed overnight in separate fires.One occurred at 192nd Street and Valentine Avenue, the other at 15 North Street.

Cops busted 19 alleged gang members and drug dealers in Soundview last week. It was the culmination of a year-long operation that police say also netted suspects wanted in connection to a handful of murders.

A pothole epidemic compounded by this winter's historically bad weather is wreaking havoc on Bronx vehicles to the consternation of Bronx drivers.

The old PS 31 building near Hostos Community College, once dubbed the “Castle on the Concourse,” remains vacant and continues to deteriorate despite past promises by the city to renovate it.

Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino spent $8,300 worth of campaign funds on dining, mostly outside of the borough, last year.

A West African immigrant was crushed to death in Hunts Point Saturday while trying to load a vehicle into a container truck.

A 76-year-old Bronx man is suing the NYPD after police, looking for his son, an alleged drug dealer, raided his apartment and accidentally shot him in the mid-section.

Ilia Lopez, a 58-year-old mother of three adult children who live in the Bronx, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Harlem on Friday morning.

Rapid tax refund outfits are costing low-income taxpayers, including many in the Bronx, a significant amount in fees.

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