NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson (J&J) kept selling its original talc baby powder in the 1970’s, even after bringing its non-toxic cornstarch version to store shelves as a safer alternative.

But now, decades later, the powder that has been one of the company's most popular products has cost the Brunswick-based pharmaceutical giant $72 million, the result of a February 24 jury verdict in St. Louis, Missouri.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty, current NFL football stars who once played for Rutgers, hosted a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) on February 20.

The “Tackle Sickle Cell” blood drive was organized in collaboration with the twins and the Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit that helps children with cancer and blood disorders.

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 8, in a room full of political leaders, community figures, and local residents, Kevin McEvoy was sworn in as the 31st mayor of East Brunswick.

McEvoy, a former schoolteacher, is stepping in to complete the eleven months left on David Stahl’s term, who resigned on January 13 after seven years as East Brunswick’s mayor to accept a municipal judgeship in Woodbridge.

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MIDDLESEX, NJ–Inspired by the Jersey Devil, the legendary monster that haunts the Pine Barrens, Demented Brewery in Middlesex is bringing a unique craft beer drinking experience to Central Jersey.

“I remember hearing stories about the Jersey Devil when I was growing up, and [the name] Demented just popped into my head,” said owner Tom Zuber.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An abandoned and contaminated parking garage is one step closer to being cleaned up after the parking authority's board voted unanimously to approve a three-way agreement with the county government and a non-profit developer that often works with the NBPA.

The agreement puts New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) in charge of supervising the county government's efforts to conduct required environmental remediation at the site of the Ferren Mall and Parking Deck.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In October 2015, Rutgers University's Board of Governors approved a new article to the student code of conduct that prohibits various behaviors such as sexual harassment, stalking and violence.

The policy, 10.3.12, was devised by the school's Title IX Committee, with representatives from all three major campuses of the university, and was announced by University President Robert Barchi in a campuswide email on February 4.

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ASBURY PARK, NJ—New Brunswick's Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., and the state's two US Senators have actively joined in the campaign to fight the oil industry from exploiting the Atlantic Ocean through 0ffshore drilling.

Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker rallied in Asbury Park on January 31, along with Congressman Pallone and over 100 local leaders, environmentalists and tourist groups to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drilling in the Atlantic on the economy and environment of New Jersey.

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