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Jun 5, 2013

Embattled incoming Rutgers athletic head says she had past troubles

By David Jones

(Reuters) – Rutgers University’s incoming athletic director, under fire over revelations that players at another school accused her of abusive behavior, said on Wednesday that she had difficulties in the past but that they left her well-qualified for her new post.

Julie Hermann has faced calls for her dismissal after the public exposure of complaints from her former volleyball players at the University of Tennessee.

Jun 3, 2013

Hatchet hero of California attack pleads not guilty to N.J. murder

NEWARK (Reuters) – A homeless man who briefly gained Internet fame when he thwarted an attack on a woman in California by rushing to her assistance wielding a hatchet pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he killed a 73-year-old man in New Jersey, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

The man, 24-year-old Caleb McGillvary, was arrested in May after police charged him with killing attorney Joseph Galfy, who was found bludgeoned to death in his house in Clark.

May 29, 2013

Sister of Boston bomb suspects pleads not guilty in drug case

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a Hackensack, New Jersey, court to marijuana-related charges, her attorney said.

Bella Tsarnaeva, 24, was arrested in December 2012 at her Fairview, New Jersey, apartment after police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance and found what they said was marijuana, said her attorney, Mario Blanch.

May 28, 2013

New Jersey man gets probation for Menendez campaign donor scheme

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A New Jersey man was sentenced on Tuesday to two years probation for conspiring with his brother to funnel illegal contributions to the campaign of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

Benedetto Bigica, 46, who lives in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, and owns a private radiology firm, pleaded guilty in federal court in January to conspiring to make $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions from 2005 to 2008, according to prosecutors.

May 27, 2013

Rutgers stands behind new athletic director after report of abuse

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University is standing by its new athletic director in the wake of a newspaper report that she had been accused of abusing her volleyball team 16 years ago at another school, the New Jersey school’s president said on Monday.

The athletic director, Julie Hermann, had been hired earlier this month after her predecessor resigned under pressure for not firing Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice for abusive behavior toward his players.

May 25, 2013

Newark archdiocese official resigns following priest’s arrest

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A leading official from the Catholic archdiocese of Newark has resigned his post as vicar general following the arrest of a priest accused of violating a deal that barred him from interacting with children, the archdiocese said on Saturday.

Monsignor John E. Doran, the No. 2 official within the archdiocese, has stepped down due to “operational failures” and will no longer hold a leadership position, according to letter to parishioners by Archbishop John J. Myers.

May 24, 2013

New Jersey cop says didn’t set blaze at police captain’s house

NEWARK (Reuters) – A New Jersey police officer on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges related to a suspected arson fire early this week at the home of an Edison police captain who was inside with his family.

Officer Michael Dotro, 35, was arrested at his home in Manalapan, New Jersey, on Thursday and charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson, for allegedly setting the fire, according to a statement from county prosecutors.

May 22, 2013

Judge rejects plea from men who sought to join al Qaeda affiliate

NEWARK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday refused to overturn the prison sentences of two New Jersey men convicted on terrorism charges, rejecting the argument that the decision was tainted by the Boston Marathon bombing.

The two men, Mohamed Alessa, 23, and Carlos Almonte, 27, were sentenced on April 15 to 22 years and 20 years respectively after pleading guilty to conspiring to join al Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group in Somalia with links to the al Qaeda terrorist network.

May 18, 2013

US Airways plane makes unusual belly landing at Newark airport

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A US Airways flight made an emergency landing on its belly at Newark Liberty International Airport early on Saturday after the plane’s landing gear failed to deploy, but no one was injured, airline and government officials said.

Piedmont Airlines flight 4560, operating for US Airways from Philadelphia with 34 passengers and three crew members, landed safely at 1 a.m., and passengers were evacuated on the tarmac and transported to the terminal, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said in an email.

May 15, 2013

Scandal-hit Rutgers names first female athletic director

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University picked a woman to head its athletic programs on Wednesday, as New Jersey’s largest public college looks to move on from a scandal that saw several top sports officials resign.

Julie Hermann, 49, who was a senior executive atheletic director at the University of Louisville, will be the first woman to hold the post of athletic director at Rutgers.

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      "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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