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Protecting The Shield
Killed. Beaten. Stalked. More than 200 citizens across the state have been victimized in recent years by out-of-control rogue cops. In many cases, the cops kept their jobs, even got promoted – while tens of millions of your tax dollars kept the abuses quiet. Until now. Our investigation exposed the deadly price the public plays when known bad cops remain on the streets. Reforms we proposed came within weeks.
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Youth sports: Why is it 'easy' to steal from Little League, other teams?
New Jersey parents pay about $800 million for youth sports like Little League and Pop Warner. But most leagues break the law, often without penalty.
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NJ municipal courts treat you like an ATM: Justice or a shakedown?
For nearly a half-century, the judiciary has known about the dangers of local politics — and revenue — becoming entwined in its local courts.
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Long Branch: How a billion dollars helped raise the city from a riotous past
The pivotal year was 1994. While a heated mayoral race kept the city on edge, a riot broke out on Broadway.
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MS-13 threatens NJ suburbs
New Jersey has become a hub for MS-13 activity on the East Coast, with high-ranking leaders here directing regional operations beyond the Garden State.
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High Hopes: What NJ could look like with legal weed
The USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey sent three journalists to Colorado and California to get a first-hand look, smell and taste at what the future holds for the Garden State if marijuana as legalized, as Gov. Phil Murphy and top legislators are hoping to do as soon as this year.
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Renter Hell
Our investigation into New Jersey's rental housing found a system that favors even the most negligent landlords. It allows them to conceal their identities while some collect millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded rent subsidies. Renters, especially those with low incomes, bear the brunt of this 21st-century squalor.
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The Children of Heroin
More than 5,000 people died of heroin in New Jersey in a decade, but what about the most vulnerable survivors of those casualties and of the tens of thousands of people addicted to the powerful opiate? In this three-part series, the Asbury Park Press explores the little-known story under the surface of the heroin epidemic.
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EXCLUSIVE: SCHI overcharged Lakewood, others by $340,000
SCHI school overcharged struggling public school districts by hundreds of thousands of dollars, among other problems.
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Beaten, bloodied and dead
An inmate died at Monmouth County Jail hours after being arrested. The family says he was beaten to death. Officials say he died from heart disease.
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Six-figure mayors
At least 43 mayors earn more than six figures from taxpayer-funded jobs, according to an analysis by the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey.
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A look at Lakewood's BMG
Beth Medrash Govoha, the largest college for dedicated study of Jewish law in the U.S., started with just 13 students 75 years ago in Lakewood. We take a look at the school and the man behind that growth, Rabbi Aaron Kotler, who is president of BMG and has molded this institution and Lakewood into a destination for Orthodox Jewish families throughout the Northeast.
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Career academies: The best education tax money can buy?
Vocational schools have expanded to attract some of New Jersey's top young talent. Specialized, hyper-focused career academies now are eclipsing the once idealized well-rounded high school education for students with college aspirations.
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