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BLACK GIRLS FROM PATERSON SPEAK AFTER BIAS INCIDENT 

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Four African-American girls from Paterson, ages 12 and 13, told The Record on Sunday that their first-ever outing to the Jersey Shore ended on a bitter note Friday when they were told to leave a gift shop in Point Pleasant Beach by an employee who said, “You’re not welcome here.” The girls, part of a larger group on a day trip with a Paterson-based summer youth camp, said that a gift shop worker at Jenkinson’s Aquarium told them to leave because they didn’t have a chaperone, even though, they said, white children were in the store unattended. On Sunday, the employee who kicked out the girls was suspended amid an internal investigation.

IS STEPHEN SWEENEY THE STATE'S STRONGEST LEADER? 

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney is testing the pecking order in New Jersey's leadership, NJ.com writes. Often clashing with Gov. Phil Murphy, a political newcomer, Sweeney has spent the past few months asserting his strength. Sweeney, who is in his ninth year as the Senate's leader, has forced the governor to concede on two budget priorities, has pushed through an overhaul of the state's school funding formula and is promoting major changes to the way the state operates.

MAKING MORE OF – AND FROM – NJ ROLE IN REVOLUTION

As the United States approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding, some legislators and historic preservation advocates want New Jersey to take full advantage of its rich colonial history, NJ Spotlight reports. A bill that is waiting for Gov. Phil Murphy's signature would establish an American Revolution anniversary program in New Jersey leading up to 2026, with a $500,000 annual appropriation as part of the bill. Lawmakers also held a lengthy discussion focusing on other ways the 250th anniversary could generate recognition for New Jersey’s role in the nation’s founding, as well as some much-needed economic activity.

FIREFIGHTER RAPPELS DOWN WATERFALL TO RESCUE DOG

A Paterson firefighter rappelled down the Great Falls on Sunday in a dramatic effort to save a stray dog, NJ.com writes. The effort drew the attention of a crowd of excited spectators, including the city's mayor. Fire Capt. Scott Parkin said that the dog showed no signs of aggression and that the main concern was getting down to him safely. The fire captain said he had been confident that his crew would be able to lift him and the dog back up. The dog, now named Paterson, has been taken to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.

U.S. SPORTS BETTING MARKET: COULD NJ BECOME NO. 1?  

Adam Small, president and chief analyst at DGS Media, which tracks and analyzes New Jersey’s sports betting and online gambling industry, says it is not so far-fetched to think that the state could overtake Nevada in sports gambling, Forbes reports. Las Vegas is popular among tourists, but New Jersey population is bigger and wealthier than Nevada's. And New Jersey's established online gambling business may be an advantage in sports betting.

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