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Renowned Infectious Disease Expert Is Felled by COVID

Dr. Rajendra Kapila, 81, had traveled to India to care for family before his death

(Newser) - COVID-19 has claimed an infectious disease expert who put his brilliant mind to work on the coronavirus itself. Dr. Rajendra Kapila, a professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society, tested positive for COVID-19 in India on April 8 before...

NJ Gov: Want a Beer? Get a Shot First

Launches 'Shot and a Beer' vaccine program to encourage residents to get vaccinated

(Newser) - New Jersey apparently wants its residents partying this summer—safely. As part of "Operation Jersey Summer," Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday the state is launching a "Shot and a Beer" program. "Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and...

Teacher Swears at Students, Calls George Floyd a 'Criminal'

NJ science teacher Howard Zlotkin has been suspended

(Newser) - A New Jersey teacher with strong feelings about the George Floyd case was suspended after he shared them with high school students in an expletive-laden rant during what was supposed to be an online discussion about climate change. Zlotkin, a science teacher at William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey...

'Torso Killer' Pleads Guilty to 1974 Murders

Richard Cottingham says he kidnapped, drowned New Jersey teens

(Newser) - Authorities in New Jersey say they can close the book on two unsolved murders from 1974 after a confession from a serial killer linked to at least nine other killings. Richard Cottingham—known as the "Torso Killer" because he often dismembered his victims—pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 17-year-old...

Girl, 3, Dies After Falling in Campground Septic Tank

Police in NJ say they don't suspect foul play

(Newser) - Police are investigating the tragic death of a toddler at a campground in southern New Jersey Saturday night. Police say a 3-year-old girl died after falling into a septic tank at a campground, reports. Officers called to the campground around 9:30pm found the unresponsive girl, who had...

Suspect Admits to Killing 16: Police

Sean Lannon was charged with one slaying when he confessed to others, prosecutor says

(Newser) - A suspect charged in a New Jersey slaying not only admitted the crime but told police he killed 15 other people in New Mexico, authorities said. One of the New Mexico victims was Sean Lannon's estranged wife, CNN reports. A prosecutor made the revelation Friday in court, during a...

School District Settles Over Editing of Trump T-Shirt

Retired yearbook adviser said she was made a scapegoat

(Newser) - A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $325,000 to a retired teacher who said she was made a scapegoat after a Trump T-shirt was edited out of a student's yearbook photo. Susan Parsons had sued the Wall Township School District in 2019, per . She...

Suspect Is Arrested After Murders in NJ, NM

Sean Lannon was apprehended in St. Louis

(Newser) - A fugitive wanted in connection with a quadruple murder in New Mexico and a killing in New Jersey is now in custody. Sean Lannon, 47, was arrested in St. Louis Wednesday morning after a cross-country manhunt, CBS Philadelphia reports. He is accused of killing four people—including ex-wife Jennifer Lannon—...

Cops Investigating After Mom, Son Found in River

Pair appear to have accidentally drowned in New Jersey

(Newser) - A New Jersey family has experienced another tragedy after far too many of them in recent weeks. Warda Syed, 35, and her 11-year-old son, Uzair Ahmed, were found dead in a river in Boonton's Grace Lord Park on Tuesday evening after a passerby called 911 to report that a...

Trump Plaza Is No More
Trump Plaza
Is No More

Trump Plaza Is No More

It's the 'end of a not-so-great era' in Atlantic City

(Newser) - Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has disappeared in a cloud of dust. The gutted casino came down in a planned implosion in Atlantic City, NJ, on Wednesday morning, with the New York Times quipping, "It was not the biggest or the best implosion ever." Still, there was "...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts comes out on top

(Newser) - Schooling has been upended during the coronavirus pandemic, but education remains paramount for future opportunities, so WalletHub took a look to see which states offer the best chance at becoming an egghead. The site examined all 50 states across 18 metrics in two main categories: educational attainment, which includes the...

'Long and Ugly History' at Women's Prison Gets Uglier

2 sergeants, correctional officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility facing charges

(Newser) - Two sergeants and a correctional officer at what the New York Times calls a "notorious" women's prison in New Jersey are facing charges after an inmate was allegedly repeatedly punched, leaving her with a broken eye socket and concussion. Sgts. Amir Bethea and Anthony Valvano had ordered a...

Stuck Driver Dies After Refusing to Let Off the Gas

Police in NJ say SUV was 'engulfed in flames'

(Newser) - A New Jersey driver stuck in a snowbank burned to death after he refused to stop revving the engine, police and firefighters in Little Ferry say. Police say the driver, a 62-year-old local man, got stuck in the snow Wednesday morning after jumping a parking divider, the Daily Voice reports....

Huge Fire at Recycling Plant Could Take Days to Put Out

Dozens of fire departments are fighting the blaze at Atlantic Coast Fibers in Passaic, NJ

(Newser) - A massive fire engulfed a northern New Jersey recycling plant overnight and raged into Saturday morning as firefighters battled flames, frigid cold, and wind. The blaze broke out around midnight at the Atlantic Coast Fibers plant in Passaic, sending flames shooting into the dark as more than two dozen fire...

US Records First Death From UK COVID Variant

CDC says monitoring of new strains is being stepped up

(Newser) - A month after the first case of the coronavirus variant detected in Britain was found in the US , the first known death from the strain has been reported. New Jersey state health commissioner Judy Persichilli said Wednesday that a man with no recent history of international travel had died from...

'Devil' Coaster Coming This Year Will Smash 3 Records

Six Flags Great Adventure's roller coaster in NJ will be the world's tallest, longest, and fastest

(Newser) - If a "tension-building ascent" up 13 stories, followed by zooming along a track at nearly 60mph is your idea of a good time, Six Flags Great Adventure has a ride coming later this year that might pique your interest. Per CBS Philadelphia , the Jersey Devil Coaster will open over...

Court: Prosecutor Shouldn't Have Shown Jury Shining Image

Photo from horror movie helped NJ prosecutors secure robbery conviction

(Newser) - New Jersey man Damon Williams didn't brandish an ax, stick his face through a door, or say "Heeere's Damon" when he stole $4,600 from a bank in 2014, and his lawyers say it was unfair for prosecutors to liken him to Jack Nicholson's character in...

State Gives Vaccine Priority to Smokers

New Jersey teachers 'incensed' at the decision

(Newser) - Teachers in New Jersey are furious over the state's vaccination rollout, which gives priority to smokers over educators. Now that some 300,000 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered to frontline health care workers, residents of long-term care homes, police officers, and firefighters, New Jersey has begun offering vaccines...

Black Couple Separated From Infant Son After Traffic Stop

NC cops say marijuana was found; the couple disputes that

(Newser) - A Black man says a deputy told him he would never again see his son during a traffic stop in North Carolina earlier this month. And he says he hasn't had custody of his 9-month-old in the three weeks since. Raymond Cheley Sykes, 34, and Kaila Boulware, 27, of...

She Avoided COVID for Months. A Generous Act Undid It All

NJ nurse's mother gave ride home to a friend with a cough

(Newser) - A New Jersey nurse who works in a nursing home and is "well versed in COVID-19 safety protocols" had managed to keep herself and her immediate family safe from the virus since the pandemic started earlier this year. That streak recently came to an end, however, after what NorthJersey....

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