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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Dozens of current and former Rutgers students jumped to the defense of a university employee accused of conducting a “military style” lecture for incoming freshmen in the university’s Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program last summer.

    Students in the program are typically the first in their family to attend college, and incoming first-year students are required to pass a five-week "Summer Institute" to prepare them for college. The program usually begins just days after the students finish high school.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—The Rutgers Future Scholars Program, a program designed to help disadvantaged students get into Rutgers and pay for their education, is hosting a film festival on Sunday April 27 from 4pm-10pm in the new Rutgers Cinema on the Livingston Campus.

    Tickets are each $5 dollars, and can be purchased online at the Eventbrite invitation page.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the digital age, there’s at least one shady industry that’s growing rapidly: internet scams.

    Scam artists have found easy targets in the massive numbers of unemployed individuals and college students who are searching, sometimes desperately, for employment.

    Chantal Supardi, a new transfer student at Rutgers University, became a victim of a job scam in December after she applied to a job posting through Rutgers online career management system, CareerKnight.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Anne Egan, a nurse at New Brunswick High School, was killed on January 8 in a fatal car accident in Howell Township, Monmouth County.

    Egan, a 59-year-old resident of Sea Girt, was killed when her 2010 Subaru Forester was hit by a 2011 Ford Ranger pick-up truck who was being operated by Daniel Boden, 24-year-old man of Marlboro.

    A funeral was held at the O'Brien Funeral Home in Monmouth County on the morning of January 13.

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    FRANKLIN, NJ—A New Brunswick man was killed late Saturday afternoon after his car slammed head on into another vehicle near Hamilton Street, according to Franklin police.

    Officers responded to the scene around 5 p.m. and found 49-year-old Mark Byrd of New Brunswick, unresponsive in his 1997 Mitsubishi Galant.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 14, Rutgers embattled athletic director Julie Hermann was scheduled to speak directly to students at a "Town Hall" event held as part of a student government meeting.

    But Hermann called off the appearance and the following day, a new player abuse scandal befell her department.  Devon Tyree, a former football player for the university, accused defensive coordinator David Cohen of abuse.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A November 10 brawl between customers and bar employees at the Olde Queens Tavern left one man hospitalized in serious condition.

    The fight occurred shortly after midnight on a Sunday morning, when two patrons became “agitated and aggressive” when bar staff tried to kick them out but ended up physical, according to a report on

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    TRENTON, NJ—On September 9, Gov. Chris Christie signed a new law that requires out-of-state police to notify New Jersey's government officials before conducting counter-terrorism operations within the state.

    The bill, A2948, was passed by the state legislature after it was discovered that New York City police was conducting extensive surveillance on Muslim communities within New Jersey, including at Rutgers University.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On July 1, Rutgers finally absorbed the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a financially troubled but academically respected medical school that started as a part of Rutgers.

    Rutgers took over most parts of UMDNJ this summer.  Meanwhile, the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine was absorbed by Rowan University and Newark's University Hospital became a separate state-owned entity, no longer be affiliated with any university.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Today at 1pm, a newly-expanded Rutgers Board of Governors met for the first time to open its hearing on the 2013-2014 academic year tuition cost.

    But one of its newest members, New Brunswick resident Martin Perez was conspicuously absent.  Sources say State Senate President Steve Sweeney surprised the university with the threat of a lawsuit if Perez was permitted to participate in the meeting.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Bristol-Myers Squibb was recently fined in the deaths of two monkeys in their expansive facility on the border of the Hub City and North Brunswick.

    The pharmaceutical company was fined $2,625 for the deaths and two other violations in 2010 regarding expired drug treatments in an emergency medical kit and storage of food according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    The penalty was issued in February but was made public May 17 of this year.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—During their May 15 meeting, the five-member New Brunswick City Council made an abrupt reversal, unanimously deciding to table a law to ban smoking in parks and other public areas would not be passed as an ordinance.

    All five members had previously voted for the oridnance on its first reading, and several spoke in support of it, as we reported last month.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After videos of Mike Rice bullying the Rutgers men's basketball team became public on April 2, Tim Pernetti was forced to resign from his position as the Rutgers Athletic Director.

    Six weeks later, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and an enormous committee hedged over the final choice of who would replace Pernetti, a university alum and popular personality.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Inspired by the world’s problematic dependence on burning fossil fuels and coal for energy, professors at Rutgers University are researching better solutions for energy consumption in the hopes of combating the effects of climate change.

    One of the top research schools in the nation, Rutgers conducts a vast range of research for a greener society including studies on biofuels, solar energy, photovoltaic, energy policies, wind energy, and hydrogen.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council's five members are poised to adopt an ordinance that would to ban smoking in all city parks and other city property.

    A final vote scheduled for tomorrow will be preceeded by a public hearing where the council will hear questions and comments on the ordinance from anyone.

    The hearing will take place at the council's regular meeting, held on the top floor of City Hall at 6:30pm.

    Council President Rebecca Escobar, herself a smoker, has said publicly that she supports the law.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new initiative of the city's only soup kitchen, Elijah’s Promise, takes a different approach to helping the area's homeless population by directly finding and assisting those on the streets with shelter, medical care, and social services.

    A joint effort of the kitchen and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ), the Homeless Empowerment Action Recovery Team (HEART) is a mobile homeless outreach program that travels throughout Middlesex County in search for homeless individuals in need of help.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The three men convicted of robbing a bank and leading police on a dangerous chase in 2009, were sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of three police officers.

    Anthony Peterson, 47, James Holmes, 58, and James King, 56, all from Essex County, pleaded guilty last month to one count of armed robbery, and three counts of attempted murder for firing at the police officers.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Incumbent candidate for board of education Benito Ortiz had a lot to say on Thursday’s Meet the Candidate night as he assured the public he and the other incumbents running, Patricia Sadowski and John Krenos, are "doing the things that need to be done in our community."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The issue to televise New Brunswick School Board meetings was brought up during the Board of Education forum Thursday night and candidates told the public their opinion.

    Every month the School Board holds a meeting open to the public but the attendance is very low, causing concerns as to whether the residents of New Brunswick are fully informed of the issues going on in their city.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police and firefighters responded to a fatal accident on Joyce Kilmer Avenue Monday night where one man was killed and two others were injured.

    At approximately 6:08 p.m., a burgundy Toyota 4-Runner was traveling southbound on Joyce Kilmer Avenue near the intersection with 8th Street when it collided with a silver Toyota 4-Runner traveling northbound on the same street, according to police.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Neither city police nor Rutgers University notified the public of an incident where a man was slashed in the chest with a knife in front of the Corner Tavern last Saturday morning.

    The crime incident occurred on the corner of Somerset Street and Easton Avenue in New Brunswick at around 2:22 a.m., according to a report by's John Clayton.

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    BRONX, NY—The U.S. Marshals arrested a 21-year-old man from South Brunswick in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old community college student in a basement on Robinson Street, in New Brunswick's sixth ward.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Officials announced on March 6 that a suspended assistant director of the Middlesex County Correction Center has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a female inmate when she was being held at the youth detention center in October of 2000.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Peter Greer, a 38-year-old city man, has been arrested in connection with five bank robberies, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced on March 13.

    Greer is charged with five counts of bank robbery and made his first court appearance later that day before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On March 4, nearly a year after Brian Clements ran over a 52-year-old pedestrian while driving drunk, the Manalapan motorist was sentenced to serve up to 13 years in a New Jersey state prison.

    Clements pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of a fatality, after striking and killing Silvia Reyes-Ramos, a city resident and mother of four children.

    At the time of her accident, her only son was nine years old and her daughters were age 36, 29, and 18.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A "drug deal gone bad" scenario unfolded Monday night inside a commercial building on Bayard Street that left two suspects at large and one man shot, according to city police.

    The unidentified 22-year-old victim was shot in the leg shortly after 8 p.m.

    At 8:09 p.m., a police unit was dispatched in response to the shooting.  Within minutes, all available units were on their way to the 93-year-old office building.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Four years to the day after a violent shootout in the Sixth Ward, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced that the three men who survived plead guilty to armed robbery and attempted murder.

    On March 12, 2009, four men fleeing a bank robbery headed into New Brunswick where city police officers joined in the pursuit.