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COURT GRANTS ASYLUM TO NJ TEACHER HELD BY ICE  

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A Jersey City high school teacher, who has been held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since April, has been granted asylum, The Record reports. Ahmed Abdel-Basit faces the death penalty if he returns to his native Egypt. Human rights advocates say Abdel-Basit was targeted for his political activism. He came to the United States two years ago, applied for asylum and has been teaching at the Rising Star Academy. He was detained on April 5 by ICE, which can still appeal the court's decision.

8 RUTGERS FOOTBALL PLAYERS CHARGED IN FRAUD SCAM 

Eight Rutgers football players were involved in a credit-card fraud scheme last spring, stealing about $11,000, NJ.com reports. The players – four of whom have left the team – received summonses this week. The players are accused of stealing credit card numbers and transferring funds from various Rutgers University Express Accounts for their own personal use, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

POLL: MENENDEZ'S LEAD OVER HUGIN SHRINKS  

Sen. Bob Menendez's lead over Republican challenger Bob Hugin dropped to six percentage points – from 43 percent to 37 percent – among registered voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, The Record reports. In March, the incumbent had a 17-point lead over Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive. Since then a large number of attack ads have focused on Menendez's corruption trial, in which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, and his admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. Menendez, who began responding this week with his own ads, has attempted to downplay the poll results.

JERSEY SHORE: FECAL BACTERIA GONE; SYRINGES APPEAR

All Jersey Shore beaches were open to swimmers on Wednesday after tests showed improved water quality, the Asbury Park Press says. Three beaches had been placed under advisories because of excessive fecal bacteria. But it wasn't all good news: Medical waste, including needles and syringes, was found on the beaches at Lavallette and Mantoloking. 

HOW NEWARK CHARTER SCHOOL IS PUSHING BOUNDARIES

NJ Advance Media spent six weeks inside People's Prep Charter School in Newark to learn how teachers and students aim to confound the skeptics, NJ.com says. The school's goal is to have every student graduate from college, no matter where they start when they enroll in the school. 

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