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Feb 12, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Principal ignites protests for barring black history lessons


The embattled principal of a Bronx middle school accused of barring a teacher from black history lessons will face two protests Monday: one at the opening bell and another as students head home.


Parents, activists and educators will stage a pair of protests against Principal Patricia Catania of Intermediate School 224.


The Daily News exclusively reported on Sunday that Catania had prohibited an English teacher, Mercedes Liriano, from teaching lessons last week on topics like the Harlem Renaissance and the writings of Frederick Douglass.


The NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, which is organizing the morning rally at the school, said about 25 parents would protest. Among their ranks will be several parents from Middle School 118 in the Bronx — where teacher Patricia Cummings was accused of singling out black students in January for a bizarre, traumatic lesson on what slavery felt like. Cummings allegedly told students to lie on the floor and then stepped on their backs to show them what slavery felt like.

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Natasha Capers, a coordinator with the coalition, said the two incidents were related.


“We will be at … 224 to show support for those parents and to show that this is clearly a systemic issue,” said Capers, a Brooklyn mother of two. “The mayor said that what happened at … 118 is an isolated incident, but what happened at … 224 proves otherwise.”


Advocates have called on Mayor de Blasio to expand anti-bias training for city teachers for months. But so far city officials have declined to do so.


A City Hall spokeswoman referred a request for comment to the city Education Department.

‘Racist’ principal bars black history lessons at Bronx school


“I worry about how much this is happening in other schools,” Annagine Lewis of the Parent Action Committee said. “Mayor de Blasio needs to address this issue and make cultural competency and anti-bias training a central part of his educational agenda moving forward.”


The after-school protest will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.


“We demand that she be removed today; if not, we turn up the heat and do what we have to do by any means necessary,” the Rev. Kevin McCall, crisis director at the NAN, said. “She will learn a quick black history lesson on the power of organizing against taking away students’ right to learn.”


The Education Department has said an investigation into the allegations against Catania was ongoing. Black history is on the school’s curriculum. The department was also probing the allegations against Cummings.

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Feb 12, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Cops on hunt for Brooklyn rapper slay suspect


A 34-year-old man is wanted in the slaying of an aspiring rapper blasted outside a Bronx housing development, police said Sunday.


Carl Henley is accused of shooting Melvin Batties, 33, with a single bullet to the neck in a courtyard outside the Sedgwick Houses, along W. 174 St. in Morris Heights, cops said.


Batties, a father of three from Brownsville in Brooklyn, performed under the hip-hop name Phanelli Deblasio. He featured the Sedgwick Houses in his “Half A Mil” music video.


Henley was believed to be living on University Ave., near Merriam Ave., about a half-mile south of where Batties was killed on Jan. 16, according to police.


The suspect has at least nine prior arrests, most of which are sealed, police said.


A witness to Batties’ death said she heard six to seven gunshots and saw two men run away south on W. 174th St.

With John Annese

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Feb 11, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx suspect accused of slashing Mexican has mental woes: mother

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Feb 11, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: University of West Indies’ benefit and after-party


The Legacy Continues” is a timely, appropriate theme for the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies’ annual black-tie Awards Gala on Feb. 22 at The Pierre hotel, 2 E. 61st St. (at Fifth Ave.), which maintains support for the university system as it marks its 70th anniversary this year.


From beginning to end, the affair is special. To start, all proceeds benefit needy students at the University of the West Indies — with close to 50,000 students on campuses and centers across the region.


The benefit includes a reception, dinner, an awards program, and dessert. There is an inaugural-after party affair hosted by Barbados-born hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh, a longtime American Foundation for the University of the West Indies supporter, who is serving as gala chair.



Honorees include NCB Financial Group head Patrick Hylton; award-winning Jamaican author Marlon James; “The Breakfast Club” radio personality Angela Yee; topflight celebrity publicist Yvette Noel-Schure; Guyana-born Hollywood actress CCH Pounder; Antigua and Barbuda-born designer and celebrity stylist June Ambrose, and, posthumously, Lowell Hawthorne, former president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill and former foundation board chairman.


To buy tickets or get more information, call (212) 759-9345 or visit www.afuwi.org


ST. LUCIA ANNIVERSARY EVENTS


St. Lucians and their supporters are in celebration mode — marking the nation’s 39th anniversary of independence with Sunday’s St. Lucian Marketplace and other events.


Highlighting new and established St. Lucian-run businesses is the goal of the free Marketplace, which will be held at the St. Lucia House, 438 E 49th St., Brooklyn, starting at noon.


The second annual event brings entrepreneurs in the diaspora together to display their products and services. And this year’s event includes a fashion show featuring works of St. Lucia designers.


The Marketplace and this past Feb. 3’s Independence Gospel Festival are two of the “Independ ence 39” activities coordinated by the St. Lucia Consulate in New York.


Call (212) 697-9360 for information.


GLENROY’S FASHION WEEK


It’s Fashion Week, and Jamaican designer Glenroy March is back with his D’Marsh couture this week in Manhattan at an invitation-only show. For more on the designer, visit www.dmarshcouture.com.


CLINTON CARIB INITIATIVES


Former President Bill Clinton, representing the Clinton Foundation, recently visited the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica, and announced a new Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery for the islands that were battered by Category 5 hurricanes last fall.


During his visit to Dominica and meeting with Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Clinton also reinforced the foundation’s climate initiative commitment to help the Caribbean nation become the world’s first climate-resilient country — a possible model to aid other nations around the world cope with climate change.


Visit www.clintonfoundation.org for information.

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Feb 11, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man cuffed for slashing Mexican immigrant walking with son


A Bronx man was busted Saturday for slashing a man in the face in front of his 1-year-old son, authorities said.


Joseph Key, 24, was arrested for slicing Ociel Herrera while he was walking home with his child on E. 139th St. near Willis Ave. in Mott Haven about 2 p.m. on Feb. 1, police said.



Herrera, a 41-year-old Mexican immigrant, told the Daily News that Key screamed, “F–k your country,” during the attack.


“I just felt a strike on my face. I noticed the blood. He had a blade. My son was in shock. He stood there paralyzed,” Herrera said Thursday.


The injured father ran after his attacker with his child’s scooter but Key escaped.



Medics treated Herrera at the scene. His son was not hurt.


Key is charged with assault and aggravated harassment as hate crimes, as well as weapons possession and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

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Feb 10, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Lovebug Starski, Bronx-born hip hop pioneer, dead at 57


Lovebug Starski, a rapper and D.J. who was instrumental in the birth of rap — and even claimed to have invented the phrase “hip hop” — died Thursday.


The 57-year-old Bronx-born artist died of a heart attack in Las Vegas, Rolling Stone reported.


Starski, born Kevin Smith, was right there in hip hop’s earliest days, spinning and rhyming.


In June, Starski told Amoeba Music he first used the “hip hop” phrase as a sort of placeholder.


“That was one of my rhymes when I would get stuck for words and I used to go ‘hip, hop, the hip, the hip, hip the hopping.’ You know it was just a nursery rhyme: nursery rhymes that coincided with the music and that’s the God’s honest truth.”


Starski released songs like “Gangster Rock” in 1979 and “Dancin’ Party People” in 1981.


DJ Premier tweeted “We Lost One Of Our Greatest Pioneers Of Hip Hop.”

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Feb 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bat-wielding woman like Deborah Danner can kill: expert


A baseball bat can deliver a deadly blow to the head when swung by a 66-year-old woman, according to a study commissioned by the legal team of NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry, on trial for the murder of Deborah Danner.


Biomedical engineer Chris Van Ee — who conducted the ,000 study — asked three women to strike a crash test dummy’s head, mimicking the blow that might’ve been dealt by emotionally disturbed Danner, if Barry had not shot her twice first.


“Any one of these women could swing that bat and produce a depressed skull fracture,” Van Ee told a Bronx courtroom Friday. He said the impact of the bat — which, when swung, exerted an average of 1,500 pounds of force and could present a “serious to severe threat to life.”


Assistant District Attorney Newton Mendys was quick to poke holes in Van Ee’s study.


The three women used to run the test were not the same height or weight as Danner, he said, and the two bats tested were similar in size, weight and material — but not identical.


Prosecutors have charged Barry with murdering 66-year-old Danner on Oct. 18, 2016 in her Castle Hill apartment in the Bronx after building workers dialed 911 on the mentally ill woman for creating a disturbance.

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Feb 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Alleged Bella Hadid stalker cuffed in NYC for threatening her


A man who threatened model Bella Hadid on social media was busted in lower Manhattan Thursday night, police said.


Brian Perez, 37, of the Bronx, allegedly threatened Hadid, 21, and her family in a series of messages and videos sent to her on social media beginning in December.


She filed a complaint with police about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, telling police she had also seen the suspect by her Tribeca home. Perez was arrested 12 hours later at E. Houston and Lafayette Sts.


He is charged with aggravated harassment and stalking.

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Perez has 12 previous arrests. Five are sealed, and the others include charges for drugs, reckless endangerment and motor vehicle infractions, a police source said.


He was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday.

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Feb 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Sneaker stealers swipe $4G worth of shoes from Bronx apartment


If the shoe fits, take it.


A pair of snooping sneakerheads snuck into a Bronx apartment and made off with over ,000 worth of shoes and sneakers stuffed into a trash bag, police said Friday.


A man and a woman waltzed into the well-heeled 28-year-old victim’s unlocked apartment near Richman Plaza and Roberto Clemente State Park Bridge in Morris Heights around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 4, according to authorities.


The footwear fetishists snatched 15 pairs of shoes, including Air Jordans, Timberlands and Adidas and a pair of women’s Maison Margiela heels valued at over ,000, cops said.

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Police on Friday released photos of the suspected crooks and are asking for the public’s help identifying them.


The man is described as black, around 5-foot-9, with a medium build and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark colored sweatpants and white sneakers.


The woman is described as black, around 5-foot-6, with a medium build and black hair. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt, dark colored pants and a multi-colored cap.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Feb 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: ICE grabs undocumented Ivory Coast man outside Bronx court


Immigration agents grabbed an undocumented Ivory Coast man Thursday outside Bronx Criminal Court, sparking an impromptu protest by public defenders.


Aboubacar Dembele, 27, was brought to the U.S. when he was 3 years old and had no prior criminal record, his wife, Zaquera Lanier said. He’d applied for “Dreamer” status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, but was denied last year.


He had another DACA application pending and was seeking a green card through his wife, who is an American citizen.


“He goes to work and comes home. He’s a good person making an honest living. He’s a family man. He’s just like everybody else,” Lanier said, steps away from where her husband had been grabbed by ICE agents.

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“It’s so messed up,” she said.


Around 75 attorneys from the Legal Aid Society and Bronx Defenders shared her outrage. Their protest brought many afternoon proceedings at the E. 161st St. courthouse to a halt.


An ICE spokeswoman said Dembele “entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and time,” and that he had an active “detainer” order filed against him when he left court.


Dembele faced felony assault charges after he punched out another man’s two front teeth on a city bus Dec. 15, according to a criminal complaint.

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Legal Aid Society spokesman Redmond Haskins said the case was reduced to a misdemeanor, though the court’s online docket still showed Dembele charged with felonies as of Thursday night.


Dembele, who is in community college and works full-time as a barista, had planned to accompany his wife to an OB-GYN appointment after his court appearance. He and Lanier were planning to start a family.


“They targeted him arbitrarily, from my perspective. He shouldn’t have been a priority,” Legal Aid attorney Casey Dalporto said.


Sightings of ICE agents in or near courthouses around New York State spiked from 11 in 2016 to 139 last year, according to a tally by the Immigrant Defense Project. 

With Rocco Parascandola, John Annese

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Feb 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: NYC jail guard cuffed for shooting tire of man’s car in the Bronx


A hot-headed city correction officer shot out the tire of another man’s car after a crash outside his Bronx home Thursday, police sources said.


Steve Thomas, 53, was off-duty when he and the 50-year-old victim got into a wreck, then an argument, on Colden Ave. near Burke Ave. in Williamsbridge at 4:50 p.m., cops said.


The gunplay unfolded a few houses away from where Thomas’ home, sources said.


Cops arrested Thomas for criminal use of a firearm, weapons possession, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

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Feb 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Investigators find $100G worth of fentanyl wrapped in fish filets


Investigators hooked quite a catch in the Bronx — 0,000 worth of fentanyl wrapped in fish filets, authorities said Thursday.


Bricks of the deadly opioid were found stuffed inside Styrofoam coolers placed in the backseat of an Acura during a Feb. 1 search in Parkchester, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor said. Law enforcement working a drug-trafficking case got a warrant to inspect the 2017 white Acura MDX.


One cooler had two fentanyl bricks underneath the fish slices, plus a third brick hidden in vacuum-sealed chili. The other cooler had another fentanyl brick smothered in filets.


The fish covering up the nearly 9 pounds of fentanyl appeared to be tilapia.

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Police arrested Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez, 35, who was in the fishy vehicle.


He was arraigned Feb. 2 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and was being held on 0,000 cash bail or 0,000 bond.


Santos-Martinez is due back in court later this month. His lawyer couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

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