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New York Post. Amanda Knox. As trial gets underway in Perugia, Italy, this week, a new image has eclipsed the first: that of an incredibly unlucky college coed caught up in a sensational crime of which she may be innocent. (Read the article by Stephanie Cohen)

THE INDEPENDENT. Two thousand years of culinary tradition are coming to an end in the Italian capital, as supermarket competition and rising costs are driving its famous neighbourhood delicatessens out of business. (Read the article by Peter Popham)

New York Times. ....But can paranoia and xenophobism - gastronomic racism, as it’s called here
(what a term!) — really keep food from changing? Is Italian food so sacred that it must be “preserved” (and therefore die)? ( Read the article by Mark Bittman)

New York Times. An Iraqi journalist working for The New York Times in Falluja was one of the first people to meet Luca Marchio, the Italian tourist who turned up unexpectedly in a public bus at the entrance to the city on Friday on the third - and soon to be abruptly-truncated - leg of his tourist trail around Iraq. (Read the article)

New York Times. The paper next to the courtroom door announced the charge for the day’s hearing in tiny type that hardly seemed equal to its gravity. “Mord,” it read in German. Murder. Josef Scheungraber, 90, is charged in the deaths of 14 Italian civilians in June 1944, when he was a lieutenant in the Wehrmacht. (Read the article by Nicholas Kulish)

New York Times. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn unveiled a proposal on Saturday to convert four Roman Catholic schools singled out for closing into public charter schools, an 11th-hour lifeline meant to preserve the education provided in the buildings and stave off potential overcrowding in city schools. (Read the article by Javier C. Hernandez)

AUTONEWS. Some questions about the proposed hook-up between Fiat and Chrysler LLC. 1. Do the guys from Fiat call Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli "Roberto?" (Read the article by Edward Lapham)

BROOKLYN RAIL. Michael Agovino’s The Bookmaker, a sensitive, honest, and often paradoxical chronicle of an Italian-American family living in one of the most neglected corners of New York City, will help revive interest in this rich immigrant experience.  (Read the article by Alessandro Cassin)

THE LAMRON. Professor Thomas MacPherson's artwork captures American immigrant culture in his exhibit, "Tom MacPherson: Italian American Family Album," currently displayed in the Lederer Gallery in Brodie. (Read the article bly Deborah Berthsman)

The Saratogian. Saratoga Springs. Rather than just learning how to speak, read and write Italian, students are learning all about the European country’s contributions to art, fashion, science, literature and music and how the language fits into everything from international business to foreign relations. (Read the article bu Paul Post)