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Apr 30, 2013

Attorneys for New Jersey men say Boston bombing influenced sentences

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Two New Jersey men convicted of conspiring to join an al Qaeda-linked militant group have appealed their sentences, arguing that prosecutors were unduly influenced by the Boston Marathon bombing, one of their attorneys said on Tuesday.

Mohamed Alessa, 23, and Carlos Almonte, 27, were sentenced to 22 years and 20 years respectively in prison on April 15, just after two bombs exploded at the iconic race in Boston.

Apr 30, 2013

New Jersey couple charged with physically abusing foster children

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A U.S. Army major and his wife were arrested and charged on Tuesday with child endangerment for physically abusing their three foster children, whom they later adopted, and forcing their three biological children to help cover up the abuse.

Federal prosecutors said the couple, Major John Jackson, 37, and his wife, Carolyn Jackson, 35, engaged in a conspiracy between August 2005 and April 2010, to abuse the three children they fostered and later adopted.

Apr 26, 2013

Man accused of carrying improvised explosives on New Jersey train: report

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A Jersey City man was charged with having explosives material at his home and on a train just days before the Boston Marathon bombings, but authorities said there was no indication he planned to detonate the devices, the Jersey Journal reported on Thursday.

The article on the paper’s website also said the man, Mykyta Panasenko, 27, was charged in New Jersey state court and released.

Apr 24, 2013

Rutgers hires Eddie Jordan to restore “dignity” to basketball program

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University introduced Eddie Jordan, a star player on its 1976 Final Four team, as the new head basketball coach on Tuesday and said he would restore an atmosphere of respect to the program.

Jordan, who had been a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach since last year, replaces former head coach Mike Rice, who was fired by Rutgers earlier in April after ESPN aired footage of him screaming homophobic epithets at players, hurling basketballs at them and shoving and kicking them.

Apr 23, 2013

Singer Lauryn Hill gets reprieve on tax evasion sentencing

NEWARK (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill was given a two-week reprieve on her sentencing for federal tax evasion on Monday as a federal judge admonished her defense counsel for failing to come up with most of the tax money promised prior to her scheduled hearing.

Hill, a solo artist and a member of the Fugees rap trio, pleaded guilty in June 2012 to failure to file federal tax returns from 2005-2007, when she earned $1.8 million. She faces up to a year in prison for each charge.

Apr 15, 2013

Two New Jersey men with al Qaeda links sentenced to prison

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Two New Jersey men were sentenced in federal court on Monday to spend at least two decades in prison for conspiring to join the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab and wage a holy war against non-Muslims.

Mohamed Alessa, 23, and Carlos Almonte, 27, were arrested in June 2010 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as they were trying to board flights to Egypt, authorities said.

Apr 8, 2013

New Jersey’s Rutgers to review handling of basketball abuse claim

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University plans to commission an independent review of how the school handled allegations that its men’s basketball coach physically and verbally abused his players, Rutgers officials said on Monday.

“It is our intention to move quickly with this review,” Robert Barchi, the university’s president, and Ralph Izzo, the chairman of the school’s board of governors, said in a statement.

Apr 6, 2013

Rutgers academics speak up for scandal-embattled president

, April 6 (Reuters) – Nearly 40 Rutgers University faculty members have signed a letter voicing support for the school’s president, who has been under fire since video footage emerged of former basketball coach Mike Rice abusing and berating his players.

Robert Barchi has drawn heavy criticism for his apparent lack of action in handling the situation since firing the Scarlett Knights coach for his behavior – shouting homophobic slurs at the players on the men’s team and hurling basketballs at their heads during practice session over a two-year period.

Apr 6, 2013

Rutgers athletic director resigns over coach abuse scandal

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University’s athletic director on Friday became the latest official to exit New Jersey’s largest public college, three days after revelations that its former basketball coach abused players and berated them with homophobic slurs.

The school’s president, Robert Barchi, held the support of Rutgers’ board of governors, and state Governor Chris Christie commended his “decisive leadership” after Barchi fired the coach, Mike Rice, and negotiated the exit of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

Apr 5, 2013

Rutgers athletic director out in abuse scandal : reports

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti will leave his post, U.S. media reported on Friday, making him the latest official to depart the New Jersey school after revelations a basketball coach had verbally and physically abused players.

The Star-Ledger newspaper and ESPN based their reports on sources who were not authorized to speak publicly.

    • 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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