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WINNERS Child Welfare Workers The state’s planned $320 million overhaul of the Department of Youth and Family Services calls for staff increases of over 1,460 workers and for a cap on the number of cases each worker must handle. N.J. Crime Fighters The Justice Department selects N.J. as the site for a regional forensic computer crime analysis center in Hamilton; the only other Northeast site will be in Buffalo. N.J. Pre-Schools A national survey finds the programs in the state’s poorest districts — ordered by the Supreme Court as one of its Abbott v. Burke mandates — one of the top 10 in the country, both in funding and quality. LOSERS Hodophobiacs A plaintiff did not meet the verbal threshold with a psychiatrist’s certificate of permanency stating that she suffered from ‘specific driving phobia’ as a result of a car accident, an appeals court rules. Medmal Plaintiffs A state appeals court rules that under the right circumstances, a plaintiff can be compelled to undergo an invasive procedure requested by the doctor to help establish a defense. Passengers A single carry-on bag containing an object that looks like a gun slips through security at Newark Airport’s Terminal A. Despite grounding of flights and an exhaustive search, the bag and its owner get away.

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