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Local News | Oct 10, 2006

Jewish, Muslim women live together to seek peace, understanding

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – Peace and understanding is the goal for about a dozen women students living together at Rutgers University.
The new Middle East Coexistence House was created for students to spend enough time together to bridge their differences. The group includes some Muslims and some Jews.
Says senior Danielle Josephs: “When you’re brushing your teeth next to someone every morning, you just can’t hate them.”
The 21-year-old Josephs has an Israeli father and a Jewish-American mother. She proposed a conflict-resolution living area to a school dean two years ago.
She wanted to help curb the hostility she witnessed on campus between Jews and Muslims.
The coexistence house has eleven women residents — five Jews, three Muslims, one Hindu, one Christian and an agnostic.
Students in the dorm say they spend a lot of time together. And they gather once a week in the residence hall for a conflict resolution class.

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

Local News | Oct 10, 2006

State testing high-tech surface designed to reduce ice

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) – Transportation Department officials are testing a high-tech road surface in Paterson that is designed to reduce icing.
The ramp from Route 19 North to Interstate 80 East is prone to accidents in the winter. There were 137 crashes on the ramp between 2000 and 2002.
SafeLane combines epoxy and aggregate stone and can absorb anti-icing chemicals for as long as 15 years.

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

Local News | Oct 10, 2006

Limo driver killed in crash with police car

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say a limousine driver died when his vehicle was struck head-on by an Old Bridge police car.
Anatoliy Verbitski was less than a mile from his home.
Middlesex County prosecutors say Officer Brendan Ward swerved after hitting two deer and went into the limo driver’s lane yesterday.
Ward is a six-year veteran of the force. He’s in stable condition.
The limo driver was 50 years old and the married father of two college-bound daughters.
The crash is under investigation.

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Local News | Oct 09, 2006

Newark police find thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Newark police say they discovered 25,000 bootleg CDs and DVDs. Police also say they uncovered a factory where the illegal music and movies were produced.
The discs have a street value of $115,000.
The raids took place at warehouse and two other locations.

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Local News | Oct 09, 2006

To force town mergers or not? That is the question

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Another busy week ahead for New Jersey lawmakers.
They’ll continue discussions on a proposal that would force some towns to merge as a way to help cut the state’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
A special legislative committee discussing property tax reform has informally supported the legislation. It would create a special commission to decide which municipalities should be merged and calls for the plan to get a single, up-or-down vote from legislators.
But some lawmakers want voters to get final say.
Meanwhile, another committee debating whether the state needs a new school funding formula will hold a public hearing in Collingswood tomorrow.
And another panel debating public worker benefits will meet Thursday to mull measures to reduce state and local pension and health benefit costs.

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