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School Violence Shatters Record (NYP)
Yoav Gonen reports: “Instead of hitting the books, they’re clocking classmates. School-violence stats have hit an all-time high since detailed record-keeping on fights, crimes and other incidents began in 2005, according to new State Education Department data. The record-breaking numbers show that the overall count of incidents — which include serious misdeeds like sexual assault and fighting, as well as minor altercations and infractions — has skyrocketed by more than 50 percent since 2005, to 68,313 incidents.”

Manhattan Dem Leader: BoE Trying to Sabotage Espaillat in September Primary (NYDN)
Juan Gonzalez reports: “A top leader of Manhattan’s Democratic Party is claiming foul play by the Board of Elections against rebellious state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Marc Landis, chairman of the borough’s Democratic organization, asserts in an explosive Aug. 21 letter that Tim Gay, the Manhattan board’s deputy chief clerk, directed him not to approve poll worker applications for the September primary from Democratic leaders allied to Espaillat — a directive Landis did not follow.”

Dems Float Karim Camara as Brooklyn Party Chair after Lopez Resignation (City & State)
Laura Nahmias reports: “New York state Democratic insiders are pushing for Assemblyman Karim Camara to replace Vito Lopez as chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. The push for Camara came quickly on the heels of Lopez’s announcement yesterday that he would not stand for re-election as the powerful head of the Brooklyn Democratic party  amid allegations Lopez sexually harassed two of his former employees.”

Five Facts About About Frank Seddio, a Leading Candidate to Replace Vito Lopez (Observer)
Colin Campbell reports: “The speculation has traveled around between various potential candidates with varying degrees of probability. While it’s impossible to discount other contenders, especially as there may be a big push for a female or minority candidate to replace Mr. Lopez, the early frontrunner seems to be Frank Seddio who has been calling around securing support for the bid.”

Silver Hit By ‘Hu$ h’ Probe (NYP)
Erik Kriss and Josh Margolin report: “A state ethics committee created by Gov. Cuomo has launched a potentially damning probe into the six-figure Assembly payout to two of Vito Lopez’s alleged sex-harassment victims — a deal Speaker Sheldon Silver now admits he green-lighted, sources said yesterday. With his role in the scandal facing intense scrutiny, Silver made a stunning mea culpa last night.”

$ 3.5 Million Settlement in Mortgage Bias Case (NYT)
Russ Buettner reports: “Nearly all of the settlement money to be paid by the company, GFI Mortgage Bankers, will go to 600 black and Hispanic borrowers who federal authorities said paid unfairly high rates from 2005 through 2009. The settlement also included a fine of $ 55,000, the maximum under the federal Fair Housing Act. The company, which concentrates on the New York, New Jersey and Florida markets, agreed to develop new policies to reduce the discretion of its loan officers in deciding fees and rates.”

City Shells Out $ 22 Million to Settle Civil Rights Cases Against NYPD (DNAInfo)
James Fanelli reports: “The hefty sums were among 35 settlements and judgments worth $ 100,000 or more that the city paid between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, to end lawsuits accusing the NYPD of violating civil rights, New York has learned. In total, the three-dozen cases cost the city $ 22.8 million, according to data compiled by the city comptroller’s office. The largest payout this past year was $ 15 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing police of illegal arrests for loitering.”

Occupy Sets Wall Street Tie-Up as Protesters Face Burnout (Bloomberg)
Max Abelson reports: “Occupy Wall Street, the global movement against inequality that ignited in Manhattan last year, will mark its first anniversary by trying to block traffic in the financial district and encircle the New York Stock Exchange. Planning for the Sept. 17 protest, dubbed S17, follows months of internal debate and flagging interest, according to interviews with organizers. The morning action may include attempts to make citizens’ arrests of bankers, and some activists intend to bring handcuffs, they said.”

FreshDirect to Deliver Food on Bicycles (DNAInfo)
James Fanelli reports: “The mobile grocer is mulling a Midtown pilot program to use bicycles to ferry food to customers, according to sources. The program could start in as soon as a month. To prep for the program, FreshDirect employees boned up recently on the city’s bicycle rules. Two workers attended an Aug. 14 forum the city’s Transportation Department hosted to explain its upcoming enforcement of commercial cyclist rules in January.”

Tip o’ the morning to you! (NYP)
Amber Sutherland reports: “It’s the first tip jar that takes plastic! DipJar is a new credit-card scanner shaped like a tip jar that makes it easy for patrons who pay with credit cards to show their appreciation for good service at coffee shops and bars.”

Editorial: Do No Harm (Jewish Daily Forward)
The editorial page writers write in favor of the city’s proposed circumcision policy that would require parents to give their written consent performs metzitzah b’peh, an ancient Jewish practice that has a mohel use his mouth to suction blood from the open would he made when he removed the baby’s foreskin: “Supporters of metzitzah b’peh are not convinced by this data. They insist that the city’s own records showing that 11 infants were infected with herpes between 2004 and 2011 by this practice (two of whom died) are based on circumstantial evidence and not indicative of a broader risk. There’s no polite way to say this: They are wrong.”



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