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Jul 23, 2014

Newark, N.J., schools investigated after claims of race discrimination

By David Jones

NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it is investigating claims that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students.

A parent-led group in New Jersey’s largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the “One Newark” plan disproportionately affect black students.

Jul 22, 2014

Feds: Police misconduct rampant in Newark, N.J., city OKs monitor

By David Jones

NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

The city has agreed to accept the findings of the DOJ probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

Jul 18, 2014

13 gang members in New Jersey charged with racketeering, murder

By David Jones

NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – Two men described by prosecutors as New Jersey members of MS-13, a street gang with turf stretching from Salvadorean prisons to U.S. coastal cities, were due to appear in a New Jersey federal court on Friday on charges of racketeering and murder conspiracy.

Marvin Garcia-Cruz, 31, is the leader of a local MS-13 clique in New Jersey’s Hudson County, and Rudy Gutierrez, 22, is a member of a neighboring MS-13 clique, prosecutors said.

Jul 3, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes gun legislation

By David Jones

NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday vetoed a bill approved by the state legislature that would have reduced the legal size of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 bullets, saying it would do nothing to end mass shootings.

Christie, in sending the measure back to legislators, instead proposed new rules boosting access to mental health services and allowing the mentally ill to be involuntarily committed if they were at risk of rapid deterioration.

Jun 17, 2014

Ukrainian man sentenced to 30 years in prison for child porn

By David Jones

NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – A Ukrainian man who pleaded guilty to starting and operating a hard-core child pornography website for three years was sentenced to 30 years in U.S. prison on Tuesday by a federal judge in New Jersey.

In January, Maksym Shynkarenko, 35, of Kharkov, Ukraine, had admitted to one count of conducting a child exploitation enterprise for running the site between 2005 and 2008.

Jun 11, 2014

Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty

, June 11 (Reuters) – A Georgia truck
driver pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of vehicular
manslaughter and assault by auto in connection with a pileup on
a New Jersey highway that critically injured comedian Tracy
Morgan and killed another comic.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc delivery driver Kevin Roper, 35,
who was arraigned in New Brunswick, New Jersey, had not slept in
more than 24 hours when he triggered the fatal crash, according
to prosecutors.

Jun 9, 2014

Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash hadn’t slept in 24 hours -court papers

, June 9 (Reuters) – A Wal-Mart
truck driver charged in the fatal New Jersey traffic accident
that left comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured had not slept
in more than 24 hours, according to a criminal complaint filed
on Monday.

Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart employee who was driving a
company tractor trailer at the time of the crash, has been
charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of
injury by auto, according to the criminal complaint filed in
Middlesex County Court.

Jun 9, 2014

Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash had not slept in 24 hours: court papers

NEW BRUNSWICK (Reuters) – A Georgia truck driver charged in the New Jersey crash that killed one man and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.

A tractor trailer driven by Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, slammed into a limousine van carring Morgan, known for his television roles on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” and his associates early on Saturday.

Jun 9, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan critical but ‘more responsive’ after crash

By Bruce Konviser and David Jones

NEW BRUNSWICK N.J. (Reuters) – Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition in hospital but was more responsive a day after he was badly hurt in a deadly New Jersey highway crash, his spokesman said on Sunday.

Morgan, who gained fame as a member of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble before co-starring on the hit NBC television comedy “30 Rock,” was injured when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the limousine bus he was riding in early on Saturday with four other passengers.

Jun 7, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan in intensive care after New Jersey road crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 7 (Reuters) – Actor and
comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for his roles on “Saturday
Night Live” and “30 Rock,” was badly injured when his limo bus
overturned in a multi-vehicle crash that killed another comic in
New Jersey early on Saturday.

Morgan, 45, was in critical condition in an intensive care
unit at a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, police and his
spokesman said.

    • About David

      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
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