Four survivors of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., joined a rally in Livingston on Sunday to urge action on gun control, The Record reports. Harris Jaffe, 16, a Parkland sophomore who was born in Livingston, told the crowd at Temple B'nai Abraham that his “whole world flipped upside down” because of the Feb. 14 shooting. Meanwhile, students at Ann Street School in Newark sent more than 1,200 hand-painted hearts to Parkland to greet the high school students when they return to class today, NJ.com writes.
NEWARK PASSENGER OPENS JETLINER’S EXIT, DELAYS FLIGHT
A passenger who boarded United Airlines Flight 1640 from Newark to Tampa on Sunday evening, opened an emergency exit door and used the inflatable slide to leave the plane, WNBC reports. The 25-year-old passenger was arrested and the flight was delayed for more than five hours. Another United flight, from Newark to Portland, Oregon, popped a tire on takeoff. Portland fire crews were on standby as Flight 1551 landed safely in Oregon, Fox News reports.
MURPHY FOCUSES ON GUNS AND RAIL TUNNEL AT GOVERNORS MEETING
Gun safety and the Gateway rail tunnel project were on Gov. Phil Murphy’s priority list as he attended his first National Governors Association meeting over the weekend, The Record reports. The New Jersey governor and the governors of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island have created a coalition to share information on tracing guns used in crimes. Murphy, a sharp critic of President Donald Trump, is expected to be among the governors who will meet with the president today.
ATTORNEY GENERAL CREATES OFFICE TO FIGHT OPIOID EPIDEMIC
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is opening a new state office to help fight the opioid epidemic, NJTV says. The office, to be known as NJ CARES, will coordinate efforts between police, mental health advocates, substance abuse counselors and first responders.
STATE SENATE TO VOTE ON PROPERTY TAXES AS CHARITABLE GIFTS
The state Senate is set to vote today on a bill that would allow municipalities, counties and school districts to convert their budgets into charitable trusts, The Record writes. Under the bill, property owners would make charitable donations instead of paying property taxes to fund government services. They would then receive a 90 percent tax credit to apply to their federal income taxes. This would effectively allow New Jerseyans to avoid the $10,000 limit on deductions for property taxes under the Trump administration’s tax overhaul.
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