* Espaillat to challenge Rangel for congressional seat > State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who currently represents a sliver of Riverdale, announces his intention to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel and confirms he is currently circulating petitions to qualify for a spot on the state's primary ballot in June.
* EDC quiet on 230th Street mall while broker appears to announce winner and flogs retail space > City officials have apparently rejected housing in favor of big-box retail stores for the long-awaited 230th Street Broadway Plaza development.
* Diaz seeks relief for heating oil conversion cost > Member items should be partially used to help low-income co-ops comply with the city's controversial heating oil conversion mandate, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said.
* HHP killer sentenced to 30 years by NJ judge > A Jersey City judge has sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for killing his girlfriend and dumping her body along the Henry Hudson Parkway.
* New Healing Touch has two identities > A local massage parlor suspected of serving as a front for prostitution is apparently attempting to reopen under a new name, Green Forest Spa.
* Investigation at PS 24 hinder assistant principal choice > Efforts to fill the vacant assistant principal position at P.S 24 have stalled due to two separate pending investigations involving the school's administration.
* Delayed effects for Croton parks money > City officials insist The Bronx is seeing the fruits of the nearly $200 million it was promised from the controversial Croton mitigation fund and estimate the last cent will be spent by 2014.
* Petco and Bank of America set for Stella D'oro mall > Petco and Bank of America have filed letters of intent and are slated to join BJ's Wholesale Club at Riverdale Crossing, a yet-to-be-built shopping center located at the former Stella D'oro cookie factory site.
* Repaving relief for motorists > The DOT will repave two badly damaged streets in Riverdale, following a plea by Councilman G. Oliver Koppell.
Also in the Bronx Press:
* Opponents demand an end to police-patrolled schools > Dozens of students, teachers and their supporters gathered in front of the Bronx County Courthouse on March 9 to demand an end to what they call theoccupation of the New York City school system by armed members of the NYPD.