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Caught in the Crisis: A Bronx church responds to news of clergy abuse

An independent board decides that the evidence against a priest who served in a South Bronx church between 1969 to 1995 has credible and substantiated allegations of clergy abuse against him. The current priest of the church delivers this news to the parish in the middle of the dark season of sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church.

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Family-owned Hunts Point bakery up against the city’s anti-organized crime commission

Il Forno, a family-owned bakery in Hunts Point, is refusing to pay steep registration fees to the Business Integrity Commission, the city’s anti-mafia enforcement agency for public wholesale businesses. “Kind of like a shakedown, was what it felt like,” said Jenny Eduardo, the owner’s daughter.

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Hidden hospital courtrooms, where the mentally ill fight forced treatment

Every Wednesday a judge comes to Bronx Psychiatric Center and oversees hearings in which the hospital wants to force a patient to stay hospitalized or take treatment. How do these small makeshift courtrooms straddle the balance between respecting civil rights and ensure that patients get the treatment they need even if they don’t want it?

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U.S. Congressional candidate Ocasio-Cortez may have what it takes to reverse low black voter turnout in November

“There are a lot of folks that are in other districts who are a little scared to say things like, ‘Black Lives Matter,'” 14th District Congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said at a local Bronx campaign rally.

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Why would a Black Republican run for State Assembly in the Bronx?

Alpheaus Marcus is a rarity, particularly in the Bronx, the borough with the highest percentage of Democrats in the city. What drove him to run as a Republican, in a race he has little chance of winning?

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Mentors key to getting kids to school in the Bronx

One in three kids miss too much school in the South Bronx, and the rate climbs to one in two as students reach their senior year — a new mentorship program aims to reduce chronic absenteeism by paring caring adults, who check-in daily, with absent students.

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A different kind of corner store: A story of surviving homelessness

Dennis Pentier, a 48 year-old Jamaican immigrant, has been homeless here in New York City for the past eight years. Ejected from a city shelter, he survives day to day from his makeshift outdoor shop on a block in the Tremont neighborhood that he currently calls home.

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Flood-proofing Hunts Point with resilient power

The Hunts Point Produce Market, responsible for more than half of the city’s produce, is finally set to get central air conditioning. This is part of the Hunts Point Resiliency project’s proposal to install more reliable and efficient power sources in the industrial area of Hunts Point.

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