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Local Beat: 7-Eleven Robbery Was An Inside Job

Thursday May 28, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

7-ELEVEN ROBBERY WAS AN INSIDE JOB
An investigation into a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Lacey Township has concluded that it was an inside job. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says the man who allegedly robbed the store was dating one of the cashiers who was working at the time of the robbery. The cashier is believed to have played a role in the robbery by filing a false police report. Both have been arrested.

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Local Beat: Big Changes to NJ’s Car Seat Law

Thursday May 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

BIG CHANGES TO NJ’S CAR SEAT LAW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
A new law signed this month means big changes to NJ’s car seat law, and Catherine Donaldson-Evans of New Jersey Family has the lo-down on everything parents need to know to avoid the $50-75 fine for failure to comply. For instance, the new rules, which go into effect in September, now require babies to remain in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or weigh at least 30 pounds.

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Local Beat: How Job Sprawl Keeps New Jerseyans Impoverished

Thursday May 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

HOW JOB SPRAWL KEEPS NEW JERSEYANS IMPOVERISHED
How does the length of your daily commute affect your ability to pay your bills? South Jerseyist takes a closer look at job sprawl – the increasing scarcity of nearby jobs – and the effects it has on New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations, who are forced to travel increasing distances to find meaningful employment.

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Local Beat: Nuclear Power Plant Experiences Material Failures

Thursday May 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT EXPERIENCES MATERIAL FAILURES
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued two new findings last week regarding the safety of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, reports Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter. Oyster Creek – the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country – is set to begin the shutdown process in 2019. The NRC said one of the violations rose to the level of a Code Yellow–one step away from the obviously-serious Code Red–and admonished the plant owners to be more vigilant.

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Local Beat: Women Defy Vatican, Ordain Female Priests

Thursday Apr 30, 2015  |  0 comments

WOMEN DEFY VATICAN, ORDAIN FEMALE PRIESTS
A group of dissident priests at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ have defied the Vatican by ordaining seven female priests, reports Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green. An organization known as the Roman Catholic Womenpriests say they believe church practices should reflect the changes that have occurred in society since the days when the rules against female priesthood were written.

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Local Beat: Audible CEO Reveals Venture Fund Planned for Newark

Thursday Apr 23, 2015  |  0 comments

AUDIBLE CEO REVEALS VENTURE FUND PLANNED FOR NEWARK
Speaking to the TEDx Navesink audience at Monmouth University this month, founder and CEO of Audible.com, Donald Katz talked about his company’s ongoing relationship with Newark, and announced that he will be starting a venture fund and accelerator in the heart of the city. Esther Surden of NJ Tech Weekly says Katz has been planning to start the venture fund for at least two years and he wants to see more “social impact investing” in the Brick City.

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Local Beat: Learning About Messy Data Through Hacking at Hack Jersey 2.0

Thursday Apr 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. 

LEARNING ABOUT MESSY DATA THROUGH HACKING AT HACK JERSEY 2.0
Steven Galante of NJ Tech Weekly gives us a detailed play-by-play of his experience as a participant at Hack Jersey 2.0. Galante explains some of the many challenges his team faced, some of which actually helped them to come up with their team name: Team “Colleen Did It.” Galante and the rest of the teams faced off in March in a two-day effort to make journalism better through data, code, and play.

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Local Beat: Camden’s Waterfront Abyss Wins 2015 Golden Crater Award

Thursday Apr 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. 

CAMDEN’S WATERFRONT ABYSS WINS 2015 GOLDEN CRATER AWARD
Streetsblog readers submitted two dozen unbearable parking craters to the annual Parking Madness tournament, but none of them stood a chance against the waterfront lot in downtown Camden, NJ. Readers cited two major factors in their decision, other the sheer size of the lot: the waste of waterfront space and the lack of proximity to transit linking the area to nearby Philadelphia. Locals hope the Parking Madness infamy will lead to changes in the near future.

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Local Beat: Stonybrook Fourth Graders (and Yes, We Know, Menendez)

Thursday Apr 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

STONYBROOK 4TH GRADERS PEN BILL NOW BEFORE STATE SENATE
A group of fourth graders at Stonybrook Elementary School have drafted and submitted a bill that would make Thomas Alva Edison the official state inventor of New Jersey. Mary Galioto of Mercer Me says students Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Emma Smith and Zoe Kitson came up with the idea after a class trip to the NJ Statehouse. On March 9, 2015, their proposed bill became Bill No. S2771, and now sits before the Senate.

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Local Beat: New App Helps Deter Bullying in Schools

Thursday Mar 26, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

NEW APP HELPS DETER BULLYING IN SCHOOLS
Jonathan Pearl, a Livingston resident and graduate of Livingston High School, has developed a new mobile app called STOPit. Danielle Santola of TAP into Livingston says the app is designed as a way to combat a growing epidemic of cyberbullying. STOPit allows students to anonymously report instances of cyberbullying, and the app has already been adopted in thirteen states and four countries.

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Local Beat: Paramus Catholic Chaperones Avoid Sexual Assault Charges

Thursday Mar 19, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

PARAMUS CATHOLIC CHAPERONES AVOID SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that Paramus Catholic’s former vice-president of operations and assistant varsity football coach will not be prosecuted for sexual assault, reports Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot. The two are accused of having sex with three teenage students during a school trip to Germany that they chaperoned, but the Court says they won’t face prosecution because the alleged assault occured outside of New Jersey’s borders.

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