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Independence Day Began With Two Men Shot at Throop and Delavan

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating an apparent shooting at a notorious corner in the Second Ward that injured two men in the early morning hours of July 4.

Sources in the neighborhood told New Brunswick Today the shooting was a perpetrated by a local drug dealer who recklessly shot up the corner in a beef over a few dozen doses of heroin.

Police said their investigation is still active in response to a request for information filed under the state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA).

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Minimum Wage Increases, But Tipped Workers Largely Left Behind

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Don't forget to tip your waiters and waitresses when you dine out, because their minimum hourly wage still lags far behind that of other workers.

Those who wait tables or sling drinks here in the Hub City might not surpass $5 per hour in wages for another three years, despite legislation intended to put more money in the pockets of the working poor passing earlier this year.

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Famous Author Finishes First Year as Gloria Steinem Chair at Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last fall, author, journalist, and activist Naomi Klein joined Rutgers University as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University.

The three-year rotating position comes with a $225,000 annual salary and was inspired by Steinem’s career, which spanned the worlds of journalism and feminist activism and allows Klein to continue in that tradition.

The position also encompasses the topics of women’s issues, human rights and social justice.

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South River Water Official Arrested on Safe Drinking Water Act Violation

SOUTH RIVER, NJ—State law enforcement has arrested the licensed operator of the South River Water Department and charge him with submitting false water samples that tested them for coliform bacteria.

Robert Baker, a 56-year old resident of Mine Hill Borough, became the second water operator in Middlesex County to face criminal charges for failing to conduct required testing in recent years.