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South by South Bronx Festival to Celebrate Hip-Hop

Hostos Community College will host a music festival dedicated to hip-hop. DNA Info reports the South by South Bronx festival will host performances and workshops that explore the history and politics of hip-hop in its birthplace.

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Case Against a Bronx Police Detective in a Fatal Car Accident Goes to Jury

The trial of former Det. Kevin Spellman reached jury deliberation today, reports The Riverdale Press. Jurors will decide if Spellman committed aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2009 car accident that killed Drane Nikac.

Nikac’s family is relieved that the emotionally difficult testimony is over.

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Nine Hurt in Morrisania School Bus Crash

The cause of a school bus accident that left nine injured in Morrisania is unclear. DNA Info reports that the crash happened around 8:30 this morning. None of this injuries appear to have been serious, but it is not known at this time how many of those affected are children.

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Fire Injures Six in Throggs Neck

A fire on Longstreet Avenue in Troggs Neck injured six people, include three children. DNA Info reports that the fire started around 7:35 on Thursday evening in the laundry room of a seven-story residential building.

Sixty firefighters responded, ingbring the blaze under control within an hour.

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Lehman High School Receives Poor Grade from DOE Again

The Department of Education gave Lehman High School in the Bronx poor performance marks for a second year in a row, and is threatening possible closure again. The DOE has threatened to close the school in the past, the Bronx Times reports, but school officials say the D’s and F’s are the result of failed city-wide policies.

Lehman is one of eight Bronx schools placed on the “endangered” list this year.

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Hostos Community College Professor Named New York State Professor of the Year

Media professor Rees Shad of Hostos Community College has been awarded the title of 2012 New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. DNA Info reports that Shad is known for his work on game design that can be applied to teaching math, but is also adored by his students.


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Zaro’s Bakery Fined $118,000 for Unsafe Working Conditions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Zaro’s bakery on Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx for a list of violations, including the improper handling of chemicals and blocked exits. The Daily News reports that fines amounted to $118,000. Inspectors visited the facility after a portion of the roof collapsed.


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Vigil Held in Remembrance of 15-Year-Old Destiny Sanchez

Mourners gathered yesterday in memory of the 15-year-old girl found strangled on Friday morning. The Hunts Point Express reports that over 100 people attended the vigil, bringing candles, flowers and teddy bears. Speakers offered prayers and demanded the violence against young people in then Hunts Point community end.

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