Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 24

A Nicaraguan diplomat was found dead in his Grand Concourse apartment yesterday morning. César Mercado, 34, had been slashed in the throat and stabbed several times. There have been no arrests. Just about every major city paper and media outlet covered the killing. Here’s the <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/nyregion/24diplomat.html?ref=nyregion”><em>Times’s</em> coverage</a>, the <a href=”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703384204575510322232468194.html?mod=googlenews_wsj”><em>Wall Street Journal’s</em></a>, the <em><a href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/09/23/2010-09-23_nicaraguan_diplomat_found_dead_throat_slashed_nearly_decapitated_in_bronx_buildi.html”>Daily News'</a></em>, the <em><a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/diplo_gory_slay_E1h6kUOScnYhRKGFbirv0I”>Post’s</a></em>, and <a href=”http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/125950/diplomat-found-dead-inside-bronx-apartment/”>NY1’s</a>.  <br /><br />Yesterday, the federal judge presiding over the trial of four men accused of trying to blow up two Riverdale synagogues, <a href=”http://bronx.ny1.com/content/top_stories/125865/judge-lawyers-have-heated-exchange-in-bronx-bomb-plot-trial”>chided the FBI informant</a> who is the government’s star witness.

Pelham Parkway Trees on BronxTalk

<span id=”goog_1045310473″></span> <span id=”goog_1045310474″><a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4cLwfuhZwFk/TJkUwXNByxI/AAAAAAAAADQ/eDi-nV14z8g/s1600/bronxtalk+logo.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”><img border=”0″ height=”73″ src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4cLwfuhZwFk/TJkUwXNByxI/AAAAAAAAADQ/eDi-nV14z8g/s200/bronxtalk+logo.jpg” width=”200″ /></a></span><br /><span style=”font-family: inherit;”>This Monday night <strong><em>BronxTalk</em></strong>, will present a discussion on the controversy over cutting down trees on Pelham Parkway.  Beginning at 9:00pm David Varenne of the Pelham Parkway Preservation Alliance and </span><br /><span style=”font-family: inherit;”>John Fratta, the District Manager of Community Board 11 will talk with host Gary Axelbank about the renovation of the historic parkway and what impact it will have on the environment.</span><br /><br /><span style=”font-family: inherit;”>Viewers can add their comments by calling in at 718-960-7241.</span><br /><br /><span style=”font-family: inherit;”>On October 4, BronxTalk will feature Bronx authors and the latest Bronx books and on October 18th the program will celebrate its 16th anniversary with Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.</span><br /><br /><span style=”font-family: inherit;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #333333;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: inherit;”>For the past sixteen years, </span><i><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: inherit;”>B</span></b></i><b><i><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: inherit;”>ronxTalk</span></i></b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: inherit;”> has been seen live each Monday night at 9:00pm on Bronxnet’s Cablevision channel 67. It’s also on Verizon Fios channel 33 and streamed live at bronxnet.org. Produced by Jane Folloro, BronxTalk is repeated each day at 9:30am, 3:30pm, and 9:00pm. Archives are available at blip.tv; search for “BronxTalk.”</span></span> </span>

All Are Invited

<embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf” width=”430″ height=”430″ flashvars=”host=picasaweb.google.com&hl=en_US&feat=flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2Fsatalwar%2Falbumid%2F5386613345925257537%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26authkey%3DGv1sRgCJPmtMjDidPu7gE%26hl%3Den_US” pluginspage=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer”></embed><br /><br />I made these photographs last year at the 2009 Jerome-Gun Hill Road BID festival. Hope to see you at the 2010 festival on September 25th, Saturday. Jerome Avenue will be blocked off for the PARTY between Gun Hill Road and Mosholu Parkway. The festivities shall start at 11:00 a.m. and last till 6:00 p.m.