NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A cartoonist and several New Brunswick Today journalists can now call some of their work "award winning," after the NJ Society of Professional Journalists (NJ-SPJ) announced the winners of its annual "Excellence in Journalism" contest on May 12.

In total, this newspaper won six awards, including four first-place honors.  Matt Katz of public radio station WNYC earned the top honors, and the title "Journalist of the Year."

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UPDATE (5/14): Authorities said the suspect has surrendered on charges of attacking and severely beating a female student in New Brunswick last week.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On May 4, 37-year-old Michael P. Knight attacked a female Rutgers University student and tried to sexually assault her until bystanders intervened, according to the latest statement from law enforcement.

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SKILLMAN, NJ–Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (J&J) said on April 27 that it will acquire Princeton-based NeoStrata Company, Inc., a global leader in “Dermacosmetics” or products that join beauty and health.

“The acquisition will include NeoStrata’s affiliates and parent company TriStrata, Incorporated, a privately-held company," said J&J in a press release. 

J&J has not disclosed financial terms of the deal or said how much it is paying for the cosmetics/dermatology company.

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PISCATAWAY, NJ–Sky Blue FC, New Jersey’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team, lost its second home match of the season 2-1 against the Western New York Flash on Saturday evening, May 7, at Yurcak Field.

The Mother’s Day weekend match, a regional rivalry, represented the two clubs' first kick-off against one another this season. Sky Blue is now in 8th place (1-2-1, 4 points), in the 10-team NWSL.

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–Aeropostale Inc. (Aero) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 4 and announced the “prompt closure” of 113 U.S. stores, but the company has spared its Garden State stores for now.

Aero will shutter its Times Square location in Manhattan, as well as four other New York stores, and three in Pennsylvania.  The retailer will also close all 41 of its stores in Canada.

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EVANSTON, IL–May 5 was quite the day for Rutgers lacrosse, as both the men's and women's teams picked up wins in their respective Big Ten Tournaments.

The women took the field first, taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes, ranked 17th in the nation, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Rutgers "WLAX" had struggled during the regular season in 2016, finishing with just a 6-11 record.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three different law enforcement agencies are investigating a violent incident on the flagship campus of Rutgers University, according to a pair of crime alerts issued by Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD). 

According to the alerts, a Rutgers-affiliated woman was the victim of an "aggravated assult" on May 4 at about 3:30am in the area of Van Dyck Hall, located on the campus' main academic quad: Voorhees Mall.

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