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NEWARK — More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark's struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed teacher layoffs that threatens to derail the wider reform efforts, and has grown so contentious that the superintendent has stopped attending board meetings. Nearly half the money given with much fanfare has been invested in a teacher contract once praised by Gov. Chris Christie as a national model for remaking troubled urban school districts. But the implementation of the contract has devolved into a bitter fight between Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and the unions over the future of New Jersey's largest school district. By Samantha Henry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-RISING SEA LEVELS
ASBURY PARK — What makes the Jersey Shore attractive to millions of visitors every summer could prove to be its worst enemy over time. The sea is rising and projections show it could climb 31 inches by 2050. That poses a threat to the Garden State's $38 billion-plus tourism industry — fueled largely by the vulnerable Jersey Shore — and the taxpayers and businesses that benefit from it. By Kristi Funderburk of the Asbury Park Press. SENT: 803 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
GIRLS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
HACKENSACK — A man for who entered an unlocked northern New Jersey home and raped two young girls in their bedrooms has been sentenced to 28 years in state prison.
TRENTON — Authorities say an off-duty Trenton emergency services worker helped about a dozen people escape a fire at a city duplex this week.
KEANSBURG — Numerous charges have been filed against an accused drug dealer who allegedly punched a woman who claimed the man sold her ground-up soap instead of crack cocaine.
DEADLY I-280 CRASH
ROSELAND — State police say a man was killed when his car burst into flames after striking a tree along an interstate highway in northern New Jersey.
NEWARK — A night after giving up a season-high seven goals in Detroit, the New Jersey Devils return home to face the Hurricanes, Carolina blew a third-period lead in losing to the Rangers on Friday. By TOM CANAVAN. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
Eds: Game starts at 7 p.m.
PISCATAWAY — No. 15 Cincinnati will try to clinch a share of the American Athletic Conference regular season title when it faces Rutgers, the losers of 12 of 16 games. The Bearcats have not won a league title since 2003-04, when they were in Conference USA. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
Eds: Game starts at noon.
INDIANAPOLIS — After going 0-7 in February, Butler started March with win at DePaul and now will try to win its second straight Saturday against Seton Hall. It's the final home game for Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm and the last chance for the Bulldogs to extend their string of consecutive seasons with a winning record at home to 24. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
Eds: Game starts 4:30 p.m.
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