NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—One hundred years ago, an outbreak of the flu virus became one of humankind's deadliest disasters, according to a presentation at the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Henry Guest House.

Brian Armstrong, the President of the South River Historical Society, gave the talk on Thursday, February 22.

He has written and spoken extensively about New Jersey during World War I, which lasted from 1914 until 1918.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick man convicted of stalking and killing his former girlfriend could spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced by Judge Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr.

As we reported, 28-year-old Giver Quiroz-Vasquez was found guilty by a jury in the June 24, 2015 murder of 24-year-old Alicia Martinez-Izaguirr, who was also a city resident.

Under Jimenez's sentence, he will be locked up until at least his 43rd birthday.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A longtime member of the Board of Education gave a misleading report on the school district's drinking water testing at a February 20 public meeting.

Edward Spencer grossly overstated the New Brunswick school district's track record of testing for contamination in its water system.

"For the City of New Brunswick Board of Education, we're going to be [testing the drinking water] annually like we have been doing for the past ten years," said Spencer.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) placed the Rutgers University football program on probation through September 2019 after the school admitted to a slew of violations.

At the start of the 2017 fall semester, Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced the conclusion of NCAA proceedings related to the multiple scandals that were first brought to light in 2015.

That spring, NCAA enforcement officers determined that the football program had violated several NCAA rules.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two city government boards have retained new lawyers to represent them in 2018, after their attorneys faced ethics complaints filed by this reporter in 2017.

The New Brunswick Ethics Board itself faced a crisis when they had to sideline their own attorney, Anthony Vignuolo, for several months in the wake of a complaint alleging that he had failed to file required financial disclosure paperwork.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 2, a former Fire Commissioner was found guilty of sex crimes in four different towns, including several against children, following a five-week trial in Superior Court.

Thomas Canales, a 39-year-old Franklin Township resident, was found guilty of seven criminal counts, according to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

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