Bronx News Roundup, March 1

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Welcome to March, everyone. We made it through a bizarre, quick, cold February and I don't know about you, but I feel one step closer spring! The first day of the month will be sunny and cool, with temperatures reaching freezing levels tonight and then fluctuating wildly throughout the rest of the week.

Story of the Day:
Fantastic story and video on Riverdale's own Mr. Mummy, Bob Brier, an Egyptologist who has dedicated his life – and three consecutive apartments – to collecting what he calls “Egyptomania.” Brier, 67, a world-renowned mummy researcher, has amassed countless Egypt- and mummy-related items, “a collection that runs the gamut, from rare artifacts to dime-store kitsch, from authentic mummy parts to pop culture merchandise,” writes the Times' Corey Kilganon. Brier once sent his daughter to school with a mummified cat and says (jokingly?) that he'll be buried with all his Egyptomania.

Quick Hits:
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York is testing out a new smart phone app with young diabetes patients in the Bronx and Manhattan. The app is designed to help them manage the disease.

The City Council is considering legislation that would regulate so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which seek to deter women from having abortions. The Bronx has the highest rate of aborted pregnancies – 48% – of any borough.

An insurance company is threatening to pull the plug on coverage for obstetricians at Bronx-Lebananon Hospital, which delivers some 2,700 babies each year.

ABC goes behind the scenes with the Bronx warrant squad. Here's the video:

Looks like city and state officials getting serious about keeping the Hunts Market in the Bronx. Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. said last week he was confident a deal would get done.

Big heroin bust on Bronx Park East.

Bronx businesses and cultural institutions are gearing up for the return of Yankees baseball on March 31.

Pregones Theater will be celebrating Latin music and dance all month long.

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