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–Following a deadly charter bus crash in Queens, attention once again focuses on Yep Tour, a notorious Chinatown/Lower East Side operator with a shaky safety record. Bottom line: local officials are powerless to stop Yep and other intercity bus companies from doing business in New York City. [New York Times]

–Safety records show that three Chinatown bus operators are among the nation’s worst when it comes to safety. [New York Post]

–Party activists tonight will push Democratic leader Keith Wright to give up his lobbying gig. Wright was instrumental in choreographing the undemocratic process to select former State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s successor. [New York Post]

–Here are the details for tonight’s Democratic Party meeting. [Facebook]

–Two men tied up workers of a Canal Street jewelry store and made off with items worth $600,000. [Daily News]

–After punching a principal from a neighboring high school in the face in 2016, a teenager formerly enrolled at Murry Bergtraum High School got a gift from a local judge: conditional release. [New York Post]

–Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum are photographers documenting what’s left of the Jewish Lower East Side. Amy Stein-Milford, former associate director of the Museum at Eldridge Street, shares some thoughts about their important work and about her own experience working and living in the historic neighborhood. [Tablet]

–At the Dimes grocery store on Division Street, you’re not just buying organic kale and heirloom tomatoes. You’re embracing a “lifestyle brand.” [Eater]

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