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Posted inEducation

Rutgers Students Shaken as Pandemic Disrupts School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On March 17, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi cancelled all in-person classes and events for the remainder of the school year, including the long-awaited commencement ceremonies. It’s part of the latest drastic measures taken to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19–measures that have been met with frustration and heartbreak by students, […]

Posted inGovernment & Politics

Hating on His Own Party, Dem Zoning Chair Spreads False Claims About “Illegals”

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Chairman of the city’s Zoning Board spread bad information on his public Facebook page, some of it targeting his own political party. John Cox, a Mayor-appointed board member for 18 years, has repeatedly spread false claims about so-called “illegals” who “belong in jail” and attacks on “dummycrats” despite being a registered Democrat […]

Posted inLaw & Public Safety

Rutgers Closes Eco-Preserve After Coyote Bites Student on Livingston Campus

PISCATAWAY, NJ–The 360-acre ecological preserve at Rutgers University has been closed after a student was attacked by a coyote in the early morning hours of November 14. The community was alerted to the Livingston campus incident in the afternoon, when the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) issued the first of two statements on the matter. […]

Posted inEducation, Activism & Organizing, Environment & Climate

Rutgers President Barchi Backs Off Climate Pledge, Shifting Blame to Student Newspaper

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University administration’s commitment to cut net carbon emissions completely by 2030 lasted about four days, and officials still can’t get their stories straight. While hundreds gathered to call for immediate action to combat the climate crisis, just a few blocks away, Rutgers’ outgoing President Robert “Bob” Barchi was cracking jokes at […]

Posted inGovernment & Politics, Activism & Organizing, Environment & Climate

Voters Deal Another Blow to Edison Mayor, Effectively Killing His Privatization Deal

EDISON, NJ—In a special referendum election, voters in Edison overwhelmingly approved a citizen-initiated ordinance to protect their water and sewer utilities from further privatization. More than four out of five voters approved the new law that will effectively prevent a massive privatization scheme targeting the Township’s sewer system, and much of its drinking water service. […]

Posted inLaw & Public Safety, Government & Politics, Business & Labor, Environment & Climate

After 6-Month Lapse in Compliance, Crane Permit Was Issued 12 Days Before Collapse

INTERIM CITY ENGINEER: “I DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT.” NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The construction crane that came crashing down on two homes during a July 21 storm was apparently operated without a proper city permit for over six months, according to records obtained by New Brunswick Today. The red crane was observed in action […]