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23-Year-Old Camden Man Sentenced to 47 Years in Prison for Murder

NJ NEWS COMMONS: OVERALL CRIME IN NEWARK HAS HIT A FIVE-YEAR LOW

 

Newark is reporting its lowest crime numbers in five years. Overall crime is down 15 percent. Mayor Ras Baraka says the 280,000-person city is moving in the right direction due to economic growth and a rebuilt police force. A federal monitor continues to oversee the city. (NJ Advance Media)

NEW JERSEY IS GETTING SUED OVER SCHOOL SEGREGATION

A lawsuit filed on the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education alleges the state's public schools are unfairly and unjustly segregated. New Jersey is the sixth most segregated state for Black students and seventh for Latinx students, according to the UCLA Civil Rights Project. In August, a legislative working group released a report that recommended merging districts to save money, and to launch a pilot program for countywide school districts. (CityLab)

ATTORNEY GENERAL: JUDGE BOTCHED PENNEAST RULING

In a 19-page document filed in federal court, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal claimed that judge Brian Martinotti mistakenly granted PennEast permission to build on protected land. Though FERC gives PennEast eminent domain authority, Grewal says it hasn't been "designated the federal government’s exemption to New Jersey’s sovereign immunity protection.” (WHYY)

PROPOSED LAW WAS INSPIRED BY $400K GOFUNDME SCAM

A South Jersey Assemblyman whose district includes Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties has introduced a bill (A4863) in response to an alleged scam on GoFundMe that raised $400,000. The measure would make crimes more severe by one degree if the theft involves crowdfunding, as well as a $500 fine per contribution collected online. (Moorestown Patch)

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