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SMOKE-FREE BEACHES

New Jersey considers restrictions on shore smoking

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) - To smoke or not to smoke?

That is the question smoldering on New Jersey's beaches as the state awaits a decision by Gov. Chris Christie on a bill that would greatly restrict lighting up on the sand.

A bill passed in June would ban smoking on public beaches but would give towns the option of setting aside 15 percent of their beaches as smoking areas if they want.

Lawmakers originally wanted a total smoking ban for beaches but eventually compromised.

Several shore towns already have total smoking bans of their own. Those would still be allowed under the new bill.

Nonsmokers say having secondhand smoke blown into their face by coastal winds is gross.

But smokers say there's plenty of room for everyone to get along on the sands.

MAN SHOT IN CAR

Newark man found shot to death inside parked car

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The slaying of a Newark man found shot to death inside a parked car has been ruled a homicide.

Essex County prosecutors say Newark police found 29-year-old Ernest Bradley around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, when they responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Avon and Ridgewood avenues in the city's Central Ward.

Prosecutors say Bradley was shot multiple times, but a motive for the slaying has not been determined.

Further details on the shooting have not been disclosed, including what type of weapon was used or how many shooters may have been involved.

The deadly shooting comes two days after 44-year-old Michael Franklin was shot and killed a few blocks away from where Bradley was found. But it's not yet known if the shootings are connected.

MAN FATALLY STABBED

Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

Camden County prosecutor's say 25-year-old Shakeysha Pruitt of Berlin must serve about 17 years of the term imposed Friday before she becomes eligible for parole.

Pruitt had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter in the July 2013 death of 33-year-old Kafarr Logan-Horton.

Prosecutors say Pruitt went to the victim's Oaklyn home and they began arguing. She then got a knife from his kitchen and stabbed him.

Authorities have not said what the pair were arguing about when the attack occurred.

SCISSORS STABBING

Police: Dispute over woman ends with man stabbed

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

ENGLEWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) - An argument over a woman ended when one northern New Jersey man allegedly stabbed another with scissors.

Elmwood Park police tell The Record that 30-year-old borough resident Frank Vargas was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

Police say the argument occurred Sunday afternoon, when a 29-year-old borough man allegedly was "disrespectful" to a woman who was with Vargas. The argument soon became physical, and Vargas allegedly stabbed the victim "numerous times."

The victim suffered a punctured lung and was hospitalized in stable condition. But he was expected to recover.

Vargas' bail was set at $300,000 and it was not known if he had retained an attorney.

PARKWAY CRASH

State Police ID 2 women killed in parkway crash

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - State police say a woman and her mother were killed in a Garden State Parkway crash that also injured four children and two other adults.

The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday near milemarker 63.6 in a southbound lane in Stafford Township.

Authorities say a car driven in the right lane by 45-year-old Naoma Johnson apparently entered the center lane and struck a pickup truck. The collision sent both cars careening off the left side of the highway.

Johnson and her 70-year-old mother, Frances Hill, both of Washington Township (Gloucester County) were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Two 14-year-old passengers in her car - a boy and a girl sitting in the back seat - were injured, along with two adults and two young children in the pickup.

DEADLY I-80 CRASH

Woman gets 6-year sentence in deadly highway crash

(Information in the following story is from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com )

BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman who was driving drunk and traveling the wrong way when she caused a deadly head-on crash on a northwestern New Jersey highway is now headed to state prison.

The Express-Times of Easton, Pa. reports that 23-year-old Amanda Rivera of Paradise Township received a six-year sentence on Friday. She had pleaded guilty last month to vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto stemming from the December 2013 crash.

Authorities have said Rivera drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Hardwick Township for a few miles before she crashed into a car carrying four people.

A rear-seat passenger in the car, 25-year-old Jason Frey of Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania, was killed. Three others in that car were injured, as was Rivera.

FATAL CAR CRASH

2 teens killed in car accident were 'best buddies'

RANDOLPH, N.J. (AP) - Family and school officials say the two victims of a fatal car crash in Randolph were high school football players and "friends from childhood."

NJ.com reports that Jackie Timmerman says her son, Jack, and his friend Calvin Verduga, were riding in the back seat of a classmate's car Saturday afternoon when it careened off the road, killing them both. She says the two were "like best buddies" and childhood friends.

Two others in the car were hurt.

Randolph Superintendent of Schools David Browne issued a statement Sunday confirming the students had been killed and offering grief counseling.

The teens were spending their summer preparing for the upcoming football season

Police say the car was speeding down a road when the driver lost control and hit a tree.

HOUSE FIRE-WOMAN KILLED

Woman killed in northern New Jersey house fire

ESSEX FELLS, N.J. (AP) - A woman found inside a burning northern New Jersey home has died from her injuries.

But authorities say the cause of the deadly blaze in Essex Fells remains under investigation.

Essex County prosecutors say firefighters responded to the Fells Road home around 2:35 a.m. Sunday. The woman was soon found in the home and was taken to a hospital, where she died shortly after 4 a.m.

A cause of death has not been determined.

The woman's name was not released, pending notification of relatives. It appears that she was alone in the home when the fire started.

No other injuries were reported in the blaze.

NYC BUS TERMINAL

NYC's aging bus terminal to get patchwork fixes

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's busiest bus terminal serves more than 200,000 riders a day in buildings with cracked floors, crumbling ceilings and a failing air-conditioning system.

Now, New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal will get a much-needed makeover.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week approved an extra $90 million to fix at least some of the problems. That means more cooling fans, better cellphone service, clearer signs and cleaner restrooms in the two buildings that are a walk from Times Square.

Vice Chairman Scott Rechler (REHK'-ler) complains that it's "sort of like putting lipstick on a pig."

But Port Authority officials say it's the best they can do until a new terminal is built, at an estimated cost of $1 billion or more.

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