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GROUNDBREAKING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ORDINANCE PASSED BY NEWARK CITY COUNCIL

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The Newark City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance that seeks to offer greater protection to city employees who have been victims of sexual harassment. Elana Knopp of TAPinto Newark says the ordinance also ensures that victims of harassment can come forward without fear of retaliation and calls on members of the city council to be made aware of accusations brought by city employees.

JOE BIDEN RAPS 'PHONY POPULISM,' HEDGES ON 2020 RUN AT DREW FORUM


Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a sold-out crowd at Drew University in Madison on Wednesday. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Biden called out President Trump during the speech for everything from riding a wave of “half-baked nationalism … and phony populism,” to attacking the press and other national institutions.

WHY PARCC TESTING IS NOW MANDATORY AT WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Even though Gov. Phil Murphy has promised to end PARCC testing in New Jersey, the controversial student evaluation program is now mandatory at Westfield High School. Daniel Han of TAPinto Westfield says parents of students in grades 9-11 will no longer have the ability to "opt-out" of the testing. 

BLACK KIDS IN OUTER SPACE: KALA LA FORTUNE
VELO Bloomfield has launched a local video series called Black Kids in Outer Space. BKOS covers transportation and urban planning with an equity lens. The latest episode features an interview with Kala La Fortune, a native and current resident of Newark. La Fortune is the founder of Girls on Bikes. She is a Rutgers graduate who is dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and cheering women to get out there and ride.

MERCER COUNTY TO HOST HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL AND ELECTRONIC WASTE DISPOSAL DAY
The Mercer County Improvement Authority is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal Day on April 7 to encourage residents to safely dispose of household waste. Mary Galioto of MercerMe says the event does not require prior registration, but it is only open to residents of Mercer County. 

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