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5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

This Commuter Video Takes the Cake

"Somebody donate this man an electric razor!"

(Newser) - A man caught on video lathering up and giving himself a shave while riding on a New Jersey train was violating the agency's rules, the AP reports. A fellow rider on the Northeast Corridor line of New Jersey Transit took the video Thursday night and tweeted it . Some commenters... More »

Teacher Will Wear Same Dress for 100 Days

It's a lesson in sustainability

(Newser) - A New Jersey art teacher has pledged to wear the same outfit for 100 days to teach students about sustainability, the AP reports. William W. Allen Middle School teacher Julia Mooney tells WPVI-TV that wearing a different outfit each day is "very wasteful" and that the fashion industry is... More »

NJ Bride Rescued From Flooded Car

She didn't even get her dress wet

(Newser) - A bride facing an enormous amount of rain on her wedding day was rescued from a flooded car in New Jersey on Saturday. Police in Bogota say they rescued the just-married bride and groom after their vehicle became trapped by floodwaters at an intersection at around 6pm, Time reports. The... More »

A Brazen USPS Scheme: One Worker, a Stolen Printer, 3 Helpers

Neglected printing machine was what jump-started fraud that cost the agency at least $100K

(Newser) - A neglected printing machine and nearly 200 blank money-order forms caught the eye of Marc Saunders sometime after he started working at the Postal Service's New Lisbon, NJ, branch in 2014. Four years later, Saunders has been hit with a five-year probation and ordered to pay the agency back... More »

Clueless School Teacher Helps Keith Urban Pay for Snacks

New Jersey woman had no idea she was paying the millionaire country star's Wawa tab

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman who thought she was helping a down-and-out man pay for his gas station food ended up footing the bill for country music star Keith Urban. Per the AP , Ruth Reed says she met Urban at a Medford Wawa ahead of his concert Friday night in Camden.... More »

Would-Be Bank Robber Balks, Asks to Open Account Instead

Unfortunately, he was lacking the proper ID to do so

(Newser) - A would-be bank robber turned into a would-be bank customer Friday afternoon, police say. The suspect walked into a Bayonne, NJ, bank and handed a teller a note demanding "all the money." But as the teller read the note, he snatched it back and said he wanted to... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Accused Mystery Pooper Resigns, Demands $1M

Thomas Tramaglini is suing police in Holmdel, NJ

(Newser) - The New Jersey school superintendent accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track has resigned, per the AP . The Star-Ledger reports the Kenilworth school board accepted Thomas Tramaglini's resignation Thursday. In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the board said it became clear his continued service... More »

A Rabid Fox Attacked Her in Her Yard: 'I Had to Do Something'

New Jersey's Tammy DuBois strangled it with one hand

(Newser) - A woman trying to fend off a rabid fox that was biting her in the leg reached down with one hand to hold shut its mouth and with the other strangled it, the AP reports. "I couldn't do anything else to get it away from me," Tammy... More »

Woman on Oxygen Tank Dies After Utility Cuts Electricity

Great-grandmother Linda Daniels was in hospice care in New Jersey for congestive heart failure

(Newser) - At 10am on Thursday, Linda Daniels' oxygen tank stopped; by 4:30pm, she had drawn her last breath. The reason for the New Jersey great-grandmother's death, per her family: PSE&G turned off her electricity due to an unpaid bill. Per NJ.com , relatives of Daniels, who was in... More »

Car Crash Kills Entire Family —Except One

Mary Rose Trinidad is currently in stable condition

(Newser) - The sole survivor of a horrific Delaware car crash is Mary Rose Trinidad, whose husband and four children all died in the Friday accident, People reports. Trinidad was admitted to hospital with serious injuries and is currently in stable condition and alert. Dead on the scene were Mary's husband,... More »

Jahi McMath's Mom Says It Was All Worth It

She says she gave everything up for daughter

(Newser) - The mother of a girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death says she does not regret moving from California to New Jersey so her daughter could receive care after being declared dead, the AP reports. Nailah Winkfield told reporters Tuesday that she gave up... More »

Jahi McMath Declared Dead in New Jersey

Family says she died after recent surgery

(Newser) - After more than four years of insisting her daughter was still alive, Jahi McMath's mother is grieving. Nailah Winkfield says Jahi—who was declared brain dead in California after routine tonsil surgery in December 2013, when she was 13—died in New Jersey last week from excessive bleeding and... More »

Charge Laid After Body Found in NFLer's Basement

Janoris Jenkins' brother held in death of music producer 'Trypps Beatz'

(Newser) - A body discovered at the home of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has led to a manslaughter charge for his brother. William Jenkins, released from a New Jersey prison in 2016 after serving time for drug charges, was arrested in New York around 2am Tuesday; he had violated his... More »

Her Principal Gave Her a Poker Chip. Hours Later, She Was Dead

Mallory Grossman's parents sue, say school's failures led to bullied 12-year-old taking her life

(Newser) - "It changes your DNA," Dianne Grossman told reporters Tuesday. The New Jersey mother was speaking on the suicide of her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory, who died last June after what her parents say was a relentless bullying campaign by classmates at Copeland Middle School. Now, per the Star-Ledger , Grossman... More »

NJ Arts Festival Turns Deadly

Trenton shooting ends with 1 suspect dead, 20 people injured

(Newser) - Shooting broke out at an all-night art festival early Sunday in Trenton, NJ, sending people stampeding from the scene and leaving one suspect dead and 20 people injured, a local prosecutor said. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference Sunday that 16 of the 20 injured were treated... More »

Sign Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Turns Up in France

It may have been on its 3rd ocean crossing

(Newser) - A real estate sign ripped out of a New Jersey yard by Hurricane Sandy in Nov. 2012 was rediscovered almost six years later—and an ocean away. Dianne Turton says one of her Diane Turton Realty signs was found a few weeks ago by somebody in France, more than 3,... More »

Woman Punched by Cops Was on Probation

Wildwood mayor says 'we're not dealing with an angel here'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia woman denies spitting on an officer before she was arrested Saturday and punched in the head at least twice, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "The cops smashed my head into the ground when he tackled me and I spit the sand out of my mouth," Emily Weinman... More »

Video Shows NJ Cop Punch Woman in Head

Police in Wildwood investigating underage drinking arrest of 20-year-old beachgoer

(Newser) - The police department in Wildwood, NJ, is investigating after a viral video showed one of its officers punching a 20-year-old woman in the head at a beach on Saturday afternoon. As NJ.com reports, the officers involved in the arrest of Emily Weinman have been "reassigned to administrative duty... More »

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