UPDATE: The school budget was approved by voters by a wide margin 134-32.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–For the third time in history, New Brunswick citizens will vote in a referendum on the $198 million budget for the city school district.

Registered voters can vote in today's school election at their regular polling locations between 7am and 9pm.

The budget, and in particular the $27 million to be raised from local property taxes, is being put to city voters in the form of a ballot question.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA–On February 23, a jury awarded $2.5 million in damages to a 20-year-old man with autism who took Johnson & Johnson's antisphycotic drug Risperdal as a teen and grew size 44D breasts.

"This trial is important publicly because it provided for the first time a window into the real risks of the drug," said one of the man's attorneys, Thomas R. Kline of Kline & Specter, who has been trying drug cases for 37 years. 

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 11 and 12, Rutgers hosted its 16th annual Dance Marathon, the state's largest philanthropic event, which serves as a fundraiser for the city-based Embrace Kids Foundation.

Funded by student organizations, fraternities and sororities, Rutgers alumni, and other company sponsors, just over $692,000 has been raised this year, adding to the total of $4.2 million raised since the event’s inception.

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NEWARK, NJ–On April 1, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and his friend of over twenty years, a Florida optomologist named Salomon Melgen, were indicted on crimes including Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Bribery, and False Statements.

The following day, both Menendez and Melgen entered not guilty pleas in federal court.  Menendez was indicted on 14 counts, and Melgen on 13.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–"Lord Nelson," a 42-year old horse that had served Rutgers University for 37 years, has died. 

Lord Nelson was reportedly born at a quarter-horse ranch in Oklahoma, and by about five years later, he was living at Roosevelt Sales Stables in Edison, when Rutgers acquired him in 1978.

That year, Lord Nelson's education consisted of training with the New York Mounted Patrol for a season.  He was driven into NYC each day during this training session.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On December 31, Angel Aguilar, a five-year-old boy living in New Brunswick, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a malignant form of cancer which typically strikes during early childhood.

This form of cancer is profoundly resistant to all forms of treatment, and the last few decades of research have shown little improvements in cure rates or treatments.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—coLAB Arts, a local non-profit arts organization, is working to put on a series of "48-hour Musicals" event, the first in the area, in conjunction with the Hub City Music Festival.

The non-profit has paired theater professionals with New Brunswick DIY-scene bands, and tasked the groups with creating new and original 15-minute musicals within a 48-hour time frame.

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