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Bronx’s Little Italy set for Sunday festival

The Belmont area of the Bronx will celebrate its annual Ferragosto festival to mark the end of the summer season this Sunday, DNAinfo reported.

Food vendors, musical guests and other merchants are set to line the streets of Arthur Ave. in the Bronx. Other entertainment is also scheduled throughout the day in honor of the annual Italian tradition, which marks the change of seasons with food and festivities.

Frank Franz, chairman of the Belmont Business Improvement District, says most people consider the festival to be the “biggest and most successful festival all year” within the Belmont area.

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Nearly half of NYC’s failing schools are in the Bronx

A newly released list issued by the New York State Department of Education states 53 schools in the Bronx are in need of shaping up or risk closure, the Bronx Times reported.

A total of 123 schools, ranging from elementary to high school, are on the list. Among the 43 percent of schools in the Bronx are high schools Christopher Columbus, John F. Kennedy, Lehman, Dewitt Clinton, Banana Kelly, Samuel Gompers, Grace Dodge, Jane Addams and Alfred Smith.

According to the Bronx Times, the city has until next month to develop plans for the at-risk schools.

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Unarmed Bronx bodega worker shot dead by NYPD in case of mistaken identity

In an apparent case of mistaken identity, an unarmed Bronx bodega worker was shot dead by the NYPD early Friday morning as he was fleeing a robbery at his uncle’s store, the New York Daily News reported.

Police officers were responding to a three-man masked robbery at Aneurys Deli Grocery on Franklin Ave. in Morrisania at around 2 a.m. when an officer mistook the fleeing Reynaldo Cuevas, 20, for a suspect. While the owner had opened the door to the bodega with his hands up and said, “They’re robbing me!”, Cuevas fled the scene in silence, without raising his hands, according to an eyewitness.

Another witness said none of the officers identified themselves or shouted out before the fire was shot and Cuevas dropped to the ground. The police then pulled the body to a stretcher, according to witnesses. Cuevas was pronounced dead not too long after the incident at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

All three suspects were arrested, and the store owner escaped unharmed.

The NYPD has not released any comments on the witness accounts, but has confirmed that a 20-year-old Hispanic male was killed at the scene.


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Critical reviews from the Bronx on stop and frisk

According to a New York Times public opinion poll, a significant majority of New Yorkers believe the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy disproportionally targets blacks and Hispanics. The policy allows police officers to stop and search people they consider suspicious as part of a larger effort to reduce crime.

In the Bronx, several residents claim the strategy traumatizes those who are searched, and prevents them from wanting to trust the police. Their views mirror a larger consensus among New Yorkers featured in a recent multimedia presentation.

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