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Angry parents confront chancellor over toxins at schools, NBC NY

Angry parents didn’t hold back against Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a schools meeting in the Bronx Wednesday night, saying they still haven’t gotten enough answers about potentially toxic exposure to their children in school, NBC New York reports.

Parents said the Department of Education knew there were unsafe levels of a toxin called tricchloroethylene (TCE) in the schools.

The DOE is also creating a health registry to monitor the children exposed at P.S. 51. All other school buildings have been tested and are safe.

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Riverdale landlord sued for racial discrimination, News Junky Journal

A Bronx landlord of a Riverdale building is being sued by the Justice Department for race discrimination, News Junky Journal reports.

A Manhattan U.S. Attorney filed the civil rights violation lawsuit against the landlord for allegedly discriminating against African-Americans seeking apartments.

According to the civil rights violation complaint, Loventhal Silver Riverdale LLC, Goodman Management Co. and superintendent Jesus Velasco had “engaged in conduct constituting illegal discrimination” since at least April of 2009.

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“To Be Heard” film documentary features University Heights High School, NY Daily News

Words are at the heart of “To Be Heard,” a dynamic, award-winning documentary opening Wednesday at the IFC, the New York Daily News reports.

Focusing on three students at University Heights high school in the Bronx, the movie shows how a unique program called Power Writing combines spoken-word poetry, performance and literacy advancement to give teens the tools necessary to tell their stories.

Pearl Quick, Anthony Pittman and Karina Sanchez, were filmed overcoming personal and academic hurdles.

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Occupy Wall Street protester takes on the South Bronx, NY Daily News

Single Occupy Wall Street became Occupy 161st St. Tuesday, with protester from the downtown movement canvassing a welfare line in the South Bronx, the New York Daily News reports.

Protesters came from Zuccotti Park to the Melrose Job Center to protest New York’s welfare system and rally support for the cause.

Every weekday morning, hundreds of single mothers and out-of-work fathers queue up outside the Melrose welfare center, forming a despondent line that stretches three full blocks, from Morris Ave. to the Grand Concourse.

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Feds dole out $68M in NY storm relief funds, NY1

New Yorkers affected by tropical storms Lee and Irene are getting much needed help from the federal government, NY1 reports.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $68 million for the state.

FEMA says 334 applications have been filed in the Bronx alone.

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Van Cortlandt Parade Grounds reopening delayed a year, NY Daily News

Van Cortlandt’s eight cricket fields won’t reopen until next fall because the renovated Parade Grounds contain weeds and crab grass, New York Daily News reports.

The renovations began in 2009 and the fields were slated to open last spring. But the Parks Department contractor has botched the job twice.

The cricket fields will remain closed for a third straight spring season.

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Bronx DA security guard kills self, NY Post

An armed security guard shot himself to death atop the headquarters of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office early yesterday, New York Post reports.

Gilbert Cameron, a “special patrol” officer employed by the DA’s office, was found on a rooftop with a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest, Police sources said.

A 911 caller reported the fatal shooting at about 12:30 a.m.

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Hispanic Day Parade wows city with cultural riches, Daily News

More than 10,000 people representing 18 countries wowed more than 1 million spectators packing Fifth Avenue and cheering their Latin roots, New York Daily News reports.

Spanish dancers displayed some fancy footwork, Colombians countered with sexy salsa music and Bolivians proudly wore the red, green and yellow of their country’s flag.

Guatemala’s float, dancers edge out all the others to win the Daily News and Macy’s Cultural Appreciation Award, which will be presented to the Guatemalan Consulate General tomorrow.

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