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Local News | Oct 24, 2006

Analysis finds NJ authorities offering more to workers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Workers at the North Jersey Planning
Authority get the week off between Christmas and New Year’s.
That’s one of the things that New Jersey’s Inspector General’s
Office found when it examined more than 50 independent authorities
around the state.
The agencies manage or borrow (b) billions of dollars.
An analysis found employees at the independent agencies, in many
cases, receive more vacation or sick days than other state workers.
In a report released yesterday, the inspector general
recommended revising policies where feasible to provide uniformity
with state public workers.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 23, 2006

McCain, Hillary Clinton campaign in NJ for Senate candidates

EDISON, N.J. (AP) – Some of the heaviest hitters in Washington come to New Jersey to campaign in a U-S Senate race that many polls show is still close.
Arizona Senator John McCain was in Edison yesterday afternoon to support Tom Kean (Kayn) Junior, the Republican hoping to take the seat from Democrat Bob Menendez.
McCain, who said New Jersey’s senatorial contest will likely determine which party controls the Senate, touted Kean as a “reformer” who would do his best for the state.
On the Democratic side, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton came to Paramus last night to campaign for Menendez.
She touted the work Menendez has done since joining the Senate in January, especially his efforts to bolster homeland security.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 23, 2006

Jury selection to start in Seton Hall fire trial

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Jury selection is set to start today in the case of two former Seton Hall students accused of setting a deadly dorm fire nearly seven years ago.
The suspects, Sean Ryan and Joseph LePore, are accused of murder, arson and other charges in the January 2000 blaze. Their lawyers have attempted — and failed — several times to have the indictment dismissed.
Three people died in the early morning blaze, which started in a third-floor lounge in Boland Hall, a freshman dormitory on the South Orange campus.
Prosecutors claim that Ryan and LePore, who were roommates in the dorm, ignited a banner on a couch in a third-floor lounge.
But the pair deny setting the fire and are free on bail.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 23, 2006

Suspect sought in fatal shooting of Asbury teen

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) – Schools are open in Asbury Park following a two-day shutdown because a student was shot on the street.
Tylik Pugh was shot in the head Wednesday morning and died Thursday night.
Authorities have issued a warrant for 19-year-old Shawn “S Dot” Johnson.
Education officials closed all five of the city’s schools out of fears the shooting could lead to reprisal attacks.
The district has 26-hundred students.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 20, 2006

BONO TESTIFIES AGAINST FORMER STYLIST

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – Bono is calling U2’s former fashion consultant an eccentric pain in the neck. Bono took the stand at an appeals court in Dublin, Ireland, in a hearing against Lola Cashman, who says she received lots of gifts from U2 when she actedas a stylist for their “Joshua Tree” tour in 1987 and 1988. Cashman claims the gifts included Bono’s Stetson hat that he wore for the tour, as well as clothes and nearly 200 backstage photos.

U2 claims Cashman stole the items and sued her after she tried to sell the items at a London auction house in 2002 and she published a book about U2. A lower court ruled last year Cashman must return the items to the band. As Bono put it during his testimony yesterday, “It’s our stuff, she has it, and a lot more beside. We want our stuff back. We want her to stop selling it.” Cashman claimed in testimony last year Bono gave her the Stetson and other items while dancing around in his underwear backstage after a concert in Phoenix.