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House fire in Laurence Harbor kills two
A house fire in Laurence Harbor has left two people dead.  Authorities say the blaze at 445 Harding Road was reported a little after 11:30 Wednesday night.  The bodies of the victims were found shortly thereafter, and their names have not been released.  A cause of death has not yet been determined, with autopsies pending.  And while the cause hasn't been determined either, authorities say it is not being labeled suspicious.
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Man accused of sexually assaulting pre-teen girl he met on Facebook in Woodbridge
An Elizabeth man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook.  20-year-old Larousse Joseph remains in custody, awaiting bail to be set.  He's charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Joseph was arrested after officers found him having sex with the girl in a car parked on Martin Street in Woodbridge.  They later found out he had met the girl online.
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Bound Brook schools lauded for breakfast program
The Bound Brook school district is being held up as a positive example of the state’s “Breakfast After The Bell” program by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.  She and state Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher visited a fourth-grade class at Lafayette School Thursday to see first-hand how it’s helped.  83-percent of Bound Brook students participate in the program.  Principal Elizabeth Fischer says breakfast before school starts – the way they used to do it, when only about 12-percent participated – never worked quite as well. "(We had) very low attendance, very few students coming in," says Fischer, adding "now, the majority of students are here at school on time, and breakfast is served within the first five minutes." Superintendent Dan Gallagher says children need a good start to their day.  "You can't expect kids to come in and learn and do their best if they're hungry and they're stomach hurts," says Gallagher.  "This was something we felt was a priority as far as our academic program." Guadagno told Bound Brook officials she wants them to tell other districts about the program, so they’ll participate in the same way.  The “Breakfast After The Bell” program comes at no cost to Bound Brook, or ...
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Christie administration says judges should stay out of pension debate
Governor Christie's administration says there is no room for judges to intervene in the state government's budget process.  The administration made that assertion in its latest legal filing yesterday in a lawsuit over his plans to make lower contributions to public employee pension funds than called for in a 2011 deal.  The governor contends that it's inappropriate for unions to sue over his proposal for a state budget that's scheduled to kick in July 1.  Christie is calling for a $1.3 billion contribution, which would be the biggest ever for the state government, though it's less than half the size of what was called in the 2011 law.  In a separate suit, the state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for May on the litigation over the current year's contributions.
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