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Principal Loses Post Over Misspelled Sign

Typos were up for a week in New Jersey

(Newser) - After a typo-ridden sign outside a public school became a thing on social media, the principal was reassigned to a different school—as a vice principal, reports CBS Local . The offending sign mentioned "Dicember" and a "progress reepor" at Public School 20 in Paterson, NJ. It was up... More »

Most Frequent NJ Lottery Winners: Lottery Retailers

Half of prolific winners are ticket sellers or relatives

(Newser) - Unless New Jersey lottery retailers are either incredibly lucky or are spending a mind-boggling amount of money on lottery tickets, something pretty fishy is going on, the Asbury Park Press reports. A Press investigation found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners in the New Jersey Lottery since 2009—... More »

Woman Cooking Sees Deer Run in Her Bathroom

She calls 911 as deer smashes things up

(Newser) - Police say a deer burst through the front doors of a New Jersey home, darted through the residence and ransacked the master bathroom. Galloway police received a 911 call at around 3:30pm yesterday from a woman reporting that a deer ran through her house while she was putting sweet... More »

Indian-Americans Face String of Home Invasions

NJ victims describe having hands and legs duct-taped

(Newser) - Since Oct. 20, a single New Jersey county has seen at least five home invasions targeting Indian-Americans, the New York Times reports. Most occurred in late October, when many families celebrate Diwali—a holiday that frequently involves gold jewelry. The latest Middlesex County incident, however, occurred on Saturday. "They... More »

Student Killed by Bear Took Pictures of It First

Darsh Patel lost shoe, told friends to go ahead

(Newser) - A Rutgers University student took five photos of a black bear that killed him soon afterward, and police yesterday released the images. They show the bear at a distance of about 100 feet from Darsh Patel , who took the pictures with his phone in the Apshawa Preserve in New Jersey.... More »

NJ College Buys $219K Table, Doesn't Get the Fuss

Kean University happens to be a state school

(Newser) - New Jersey's Kean University has a big new conference table. It seats 23. And it happened to cost $219,000. And that has one lawmaker up in arms over the purchase, which was made from a company in China, where Kean recently opened a branch campus that is being... More »

Cops: Goose Hunter Shot Himself Dead

NJ man was hunting with father

(Newser) - A man out hunting Canada geese with his father appears to have accidentally shot himself dead, according to police in West Windsor, NJ. Police say the 45-year-old man was in a hunting blind with his father in a wooded area of property they owned when he was shot in the... More »

Woman's Dog Peed All Over Lane Bryant: Cops

And reportedly ruined $2K worth of clothes

(Newser) - Fourteen dresses and 11 pairs of pants are now off the shelves (we're assuming) at a Lane Bryant in Toms River, NJ, after a woman entered the store on Monday and reportedly allowed her dog to freely answer nature's call wherever it saw fit. Police are now on... More »

'Tiger Lady' Murder Case Gets Second Life

Police release new sketches of woman found by New Jersey interstate

(Newser) - Police are hoping that new sketches of a woman known only as "Tiger Lady" will help solve a cold case that has gone unsolved for 23 years, the Star-Ledger reports. The woman's partly decomposed body was discovered beside I-80 in Knowlton Township, NJ, on Oct. 26, 1991, stripped... More »

Parents Must Pay Tuition for Estranged Daughter, 21

Michael Ricci, Maura McGarvey are appealing NJ judge's decision

(Newser) - New Jersey's Caitlyn Ricci appeared to take inspiration from Rachel Canning when she sued her parents for college tuition earlier this year—but Ricci won. The 21-year-old hasn't spoken to her divorced parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, since February 2013, when she moved out of her mother'... More »

9 Rookie Cops Fired After Wild Graduation Party

Port Authority in New Jersey cuts them loose quickly

(Newser) - Nine newly sworn-in officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to make it just hours into their careers before dooming said careers. All got fired yesterday for a taking part in a too-rowdy graduation party in a Hoboken bar, reports the Star-Ledger . When bouncers tried... More »

New Frog Species Has Croak Unlike Any Other

Atlantic Coast leopard frog discovered in NY, NJ is a 'cryptic' species, scientists say

(Newser) - A few years ago, researcher Jeremy Feinberg was looking into why the New York City area's southern leopard frog had disappeared when he stumbled onto a strange call between a bunch of frogs on Staten Island. The chuck, chuck, chuck sound his team heard was definitely different from the... More »

Parents Eye Brain Trauma in Teen Hockey Star's Suicide

A year after Zander Thomas killed self, multiple concussions suspected

(Newser) - A year ago today, 17-year-old Willy Alexander Thomas left his girlfriend's home, drove to the George Washington Bridge, sent goodbye texts to his parents and girlfriend, then jumped. Known as Zander, he had been treated for "mild depression," the New York Times reports, but his friends, family,... More »

Christie: Ebola Quarantine Will Be 'Nat'l Policy'

Others argue that science should prevail over one-size-fits-all policy

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have a pretty irate nurse taking the Garden State to task over the execution of his mandatory-quarantine policy toward Ebola, but he's standing by it. "I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later," he told Fox ... More »

NY, NJ to Require Quarantine After Ebola Contact

Health workers returning from West Africa face 'automatic' new rule

(Newser) - The governors of New Jersey and New York today ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other arriving travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. The move comes after a New York City doctor who returned to the US from treating Ebola victims in... More »

Toddler Bouncing on Bed Killed by Stray Bullet

$10K reward offered after NJ shooting death of 15-month-old Sania Cunningham

(Newser) - "We're surrounded by balloons, and there's not a party in sight," says a resident of Ellis Avenue in Irvington, NJ, to the New York Times . The memorial balloons he's referring to are for victims of the ongoing violence in his neighborhood—including 15-month-old Sania Cunningham,... More »

As School Axes Football Season, Dark Tale Emerges

Sayresville community is rocked by hazing allegations

(Newser) - Sayreville War Memorial High School's football team has won the state title three times in the last four years, so the New Jersey community was rocked when the Board of Education abruptly canceled the rest of the season on Monday, with Superintendent Richard Labbe citing "incidents of harassment,... More »

Boy Who Died of Virus Was Otherwise Healthy

Eli Waller, 4, went to bed with pinkeye and never woke up

(Newser) - A 4-year-old New Jersey boy who died after contracting enterovirus-68 had no symptoms other than pinkeye when his mom put him to sleep on the night of Sept. 24; by the time she went in the next morning to wake him up, he had died, Bloomberg reports. Eli Waller stayed... More »

NJ Bridge's Redesign Has Led to Wave of Suicides

At least 82 attempts made since 2004

(Newser) - A 2004 redesign of New Jersey's Victory Bridge created a 110-foot-high span that has since become a favored suicide destination. In the last decade, at least 82 people have attempted suicide by leaping off it, and 22 have died. The bridge, which connects Perth Amboy and Sayreville along Route... More »

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student

Darsh Patel is state's first bear death since 1852

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Rutgers University student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey since 1852 after an attack Sunday afternoon just a few dozen miles west of Manhattan. Police say Darsh Patel was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the... More »

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