NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A law firm that has made representing public housing authorities into a cottage industry charged the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) over $98,000 during the last fiscal year, vastly exceeding the amount budgeted by the agency.

Yet, for a second straight year, the NBHA's Board of Commissioners approved a budget on November 15 that included just $18,000 for legal expenses, costs that will also include bills from at least one other law firm.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Students and parents are expected to speak out at the upcoming Board of Education meeting after recent incidents have led to increased safety concerns.

On the morning of January 19, images purportedly depicting a gun inside New Brunswick High School (NBHS) circulated among the student body, leading to an intense lockdown.

The lockdown began at exactly 9:20 am, disrupting classes for more than two hours, before giving way to a "shelter in place" at approximately 11:55 am, according to a student.

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METUCHEN, NJ—The owners of a bail bond company found themselves on the wrong side of the law on December 12 when they were arrested on charges of money laundering and insurance fraud.

The married couple behind Road Runner Bail Bonds, Larry and Kelley Embry, were arrested on December 12 and "charged with various counts in an attempt to cover up the use of illegitimate monies as a bail source for a defendant," according to authorities.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As part of an effort to come to terms with its own history of slavery and discrimination, Rutgers University changed the names of two buildings to honor African Americans with ties to the school community.

The changes, which also included naming a walkway after a slave who helped build the university's administration building, were announced as part of the school's 2017 celebration of Black History Month.

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FRANKLIN, NJ—New Brunswick's neighbor saw one of its key municipal officials charged with theft and insurance fraud and quietly suspended from duty in December.

According to the story broken by TapInto Franklin's Malik Lyons, Franklin Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy faces criminal charges that she deceived her health insurance company, Horizon Blue Cross.

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