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Jun 9, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Oscar Lopez Rivera honored during Bronx visit


Former FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera received a hero’s welcome Thursday in the Bronx — his first appearance in New York since setting off a firestorm surrounding the Puerto Rican Day Parade.


Supporters showered Lopez Rivera, wearing white from head to toe, with red flowers and chanted his name during an appearance at Hostos Community College.


The inclusion of the Puerto Rican nationalist in Sunday’s festivities led to sponsors and participants pulling out of the parade.


“I want to express my profound gratitude to that committee,” Lopez Rivera said of the organizers of the march. “For one reason they did not succumb or run away from the challenge. They did not allow certain corporations to blackmail it or dictate what it should do.”

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The 74-year-old was just released from prison for his leadership role with FALN, a terror group responsible for deadly bombings across the U.S. — including one that killed four at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan.


Initially, parade organizers planned to honor Lopez Rivera as a “National Freedom Hero,” but the designation was met with derision.


“No Puerto Rican should allow themselves to be dictated how to live,” Lopez Rivera said.


City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito offered Lopez Rivera a warm welcome.

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“Oscar, enjoy all the love and warmth that you’re getting here tonight,” she said. “It is incredibly overdue and it is the least that we can do for you.”


Not everyone in New York shared the speaker’s sentiments.


Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl said Mark-Viverito should resign and “go back to Puerto Rico” over her support for the former FALN leader.


“I’m really angry. She should resign. I’ll tell you what. I’ll give her two tickets if she wants to go visit Puerto Rico — let her go back to Puerto Rico. I mean that,” Dietl said at a press conference outside City Hall Thursday.

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“The odds of Melissa resigning are about as good as the odds of Bo Dietl being elected mayor,” her spokeswoman, Robin Levine, shot back.


Mayor de Blasio, who plans to march in the parade Sunday, said the Lopez Rivera situation unfortunately overshadowed Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.


“It’s a parade. It’s not an actual thing. It’s a parade,” he said. “An actual thing is health care. An actual thing is an economy that’s failing 31/2 million people.”


Dietl lost his appeal Thursday to get on the Republican or Democratic Party lines because he voided his voter registration by checking boxes to be both a Democrat and an Independent.

With Stephen Rex Brown

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Jun 9, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Family of NYC boy shot on his birthday hopeful he will recover


The waiting game continued Thursday for relatives of a Bronx boy fighting for his life after a stray bullet pierced his brain on his fifth birthday.


Jaheen Hunter, left in a coma after the Monday shooting, has been able to respond when doctors asked the boy to relax in his bed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.


His great-grandmother Barbara Holmes remained optimistic that the beloved little boy would recover.


“They are lowering his medication so he’ll slowly come out of his coma,” she said inside her apartment. “He was fidgeting and they were able to talk him down, which means that part of his brain is working.”

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Other relatives kept a bedside vigil over Jaheen, who still had bullet fragments in his head.


An anti-violence rally was scheduled for Friday night at Washington Ave. and E. 167th St., the spot where the bullet allegedly fired by ex-con Michael Quiles tore into the boy’s head.


Organizers announced the candlelight prayer walk would begin around 5 p.m.


“How many funerals?” the event flyer read. “How many babies have to be wounded? How old?”

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Jun 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC real estate firm sued for improper rent hikes

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Jun 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC school officials look for kid who posted suicide note online

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Jun 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC teen who hit 91-year-old with cane to get competency exam

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Jun 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx revenge porn victim sues Tumblr over shared sex footage

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Jun 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Ex-con accused of shooting Bronx 5-year-old jailed without bail


The ex-con accused of firing a stray bullet into the skull of a 5-year-old Bronx birthday boy was jailed without bail Wednesday as the young victim struggled to survive.


Defendant Michael (White Boy) Quiles stood silently in a Bronx courtroom as a prosecutor declared he would face murder charges if the small shooting victim dies from his injuries.


Despite surgery Tuesday, there were still bullet fragments left in the head of little Jaheen Walker and his recovery was uncertain, said Assistant District Attorney Felicity Lung.


“Doctors say he’s in critical but stable condition,” Lung told the judge. “They can’t tell his prognosis, and are not sure whether he’ll survive.”

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The little boy’s great-grandmother offered some optimism as the family stood vigil at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.


“All we need is prayers right now,” said Barbara Holmes in an interview with the Daily News. “I didn’t think prayers worked, but they must be because he’s getting better.”


She said the bullet was removed during surgery Monday, and confirmed that some fragments remained in Jaheen’s skull. Doctors were taking a wait-and-see approach to his recovery.


“They are waiting for the anesthesia to slowly (wear off),” she said. “They want him to wake up slowly and see what they’re dealing with.

Boy, 5, shot in the head in the Bronx


“He’s gradually coming out of it. The surgeons have been great.”


Quiles, 27, knew the gunshot victim’s father by name and apologized for firing the stray bullet before bolting from the crime scene, sources told the Daily News.


Jaheen was walking with his dad and sister when Quiles punctuated a Monday street argument with two men by pulling his gun and blasting away, cops said.


Dad Charlie Hunter tried to use his body as a human shield to protect his boy, but one of the bullets slammed into Jaheen’s head, tore through his brain and lodged in the back of his skull.


Lung repeated the allegations against the suspect, who was on parole after serving more than six years for attempted kidnapping.


“He was aiming a loaded firearm at another individual, missed that individual and hit a 5-year-old child on his birthday,” she said.


Quiles was released from prison just seven months ago, and was due to remain on parole through October 2021.


Quiles, wearing handcuffs for the hearing, uttered just one word twice in the courtroom. He responded with a faint “Yes” when asked two questions before he was led back to a cell.

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Jun 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo’s family accept Medal of Honor for NYPD hero

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Jun 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Clean air project plants fruit trees in Bronx garden


A tree grows in the Bronx.


Nearly three dozen students and residents planted fruit trees on the north lawn of Dewitt-Clinton High School in Bedford Park on Tuesday morning.


It is all part of the Fruit Tree Project, which aims to add up to 1 million extra fruits to underserved communities across the U.S., and eliminate up to 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


Dewitt-Clinton English teacher and sustainability advocate Ray Pultinas, 57, brought the program to the school.

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It started with a five bed garden in 2009 and now has more than tripled with 17 beds.


“We’ve expanded every year each of these trees will be a garden to feed hundreds for the next 50 to 75 years,” Pultinas said. “We are creating a system that will keep this space growing and feeding for many years to come.”


The garden at Dewitt-Clinton will be named “Meg’s Garden,” after community leader and health activist Megan Charlop, who was killed in a biking accident in 2010.


“This is something that we can come together as students and just do better for the world,” explains Nathanial Gary, 17, a student in Pultinas’ sustainability class.


Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth brought star power to the initiative, as an ambassador for the project.


“I love the Fruit Tree Project,” Garth said. “It’s helping an issue very near and dear to me.”


The Fruit Tree Project is a collaboration between Vitafusion, an adult gummy-vitamin brand and the international non-profit The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which donated 35 fruit trees to the high school’s garden.

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Jun 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: New map shows wealth of marine life in local waters


There’s something in the water — and it’s not just the 300,000 ships that pass through New York each year.


A new map, created by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium and National Geographic, highlights an array of sea life that call the waters around New York City home.


Copies of the double-sided map will be handed out for free at the Brooklyn aquarium on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. in celebration of World Oceans Day.


Whales, sharks, sturgeon and sea turtles number among the creatures the map locates off the area’s shorelines — one of the most urbanized seascapes in the world.


But these animals remain largely out of sight and out of mind to most New Yorkers, according to wildlife society vice president and New York Aquarium director Jon Forrest Dohlin, who said many residents assume that marine life exists “somewhere else.”


“The truth is, New Yorkers don’t have a deep-seated cultural identification with the maritime location as other coastal cities,” Dohlin said. “The map is designed to awaken people in the tristate area to the wildlife that shares their waters.”


Continued coexistence between New York’s coastal industry and its sea life, however, is no guarantee. The Coney Island aquarium’s map includes threatened and endangered animals native to local waters, including leatherback sea turtles and right whales.


“Whales are crossing these super-busy shipping lanes,” Dohlin said, adding that wildlife society aims to use sensors on buoys to help ships steer clear of whales.


“The question is how to maximize both ecological and economic benefit . . . and one of the map’s goals is to get people’s minds around the ecological riches right here in our waters,” he said.

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Jun 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 2 men in NYC drug-lab explosion indicted for manslaughter charges


A Bronx grand jury handed up manslaughter indictments against two men whose marijuana grow house exploded, killing a firefighter who responded to a report of leaking gas.


Michael Fahy, 44, battalion chief of the 19th division, was killed by falling debris as he and his crew evacuated a house at W. 234th St. near Irwin Ave. on Sept. 27, 2016.


Garivaldi Castillo, 32, of Manhattan, and Julio Salcedo, 34, of the Bronx, recklessly caused Fahy’s death by sealing the windows of the building, where they were illegally growing marijuana, prosecutors said.


By sealing the windows, they allowed leaking gas to become trapped inside the building, which exploded, sending the roof crashing down on Fahy.


“Chief Fahy responded to a situation that was a catastrophe waiting to happen,” said Bronx DA Darcel Clark.


“These defendants allegedly were growing marijuana, and had sealed the windows of the building, trapping leaking gas. Chief Fahy ordered residents out of the building — including one of the defendants — and saved their lives. When the gas exploded, it blew off the slate roof and a section of it struck and killed him.”


Firefighters responding to the two-story building at 300 W. 234 St. found numerous marijuana plants as well as heaters, fertilizer and tanks of helium.


Castillo and Salcedo were already facing assault and criminal possession of marijuana charges. The second-degree manslaughter charges leave them facing up to 25 years in prison.


Fahy, 44, was married to Fiona Fahy, with whom he had two sons, Michael, 11, Cormac, 6, and a daughter, Anna Elisabeth, 8.


Fahy, a 17-year veteran, joined the FDNY in 1999, following in the footsteps of his father Tom Fahy, who retired as a decorated battalion chief in 2001 after 33 years on the job.

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Jun 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx 5-year-old’s suspected shooter cuffed in U.S. Marshal raid

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