Along With Population and Diversity, Stress Rises on Staten I.

There are residents of Staten Island who, with a kind of sincere sarcasm, still call the expressway that divides the northern, urban third of the borough from its more suburban southern end ''the Mason-Dixon line,'' a symbolic border between, in this case, the white south and the more racially mixed north. That nickname has seemed especially appropriate this month, as a dozen complaints of racially charged attacks -- on blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians -- have made headlines and stirred up emotions. But if anything, it is inadequate to describe a borough that has become divided in many more complicated and surprising ways.

By JOSEPH BERGER and IAN URBINA

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