♦ Winners…

  • JAILED INNOCENTS
    The Assembly Judiciary Committee approves legislation that would increase from $20,000 to $50,000 per year the compensation available to those wrongfully imprisoned.
     
  • NEW JERSEY
    The state receives $1.79 million of a $42.9 million, 33-state settlement with Pfizer in a suit alleging the company deceptively marketed Zyvox, an antibiotic, and Lyrica, used to treat neuropathic pain.
     
  • SCHOOLS
    Thanks to a new law, it took Vineland’s school board only four months to bring tenure charges against a fifth-grade teacher caught running naked in an apartment complex. Cases used to take a year.

… & Losers ♦

  • ROBERT MENENDEZ
    An unpaid intern in the senator’s office is arrested as an undocumented immigrant and registered sex offender.
     
  • NEWS MEDIA
    A Gloucester County judge denies requests by the Associated Press and three newspapers to open juvenile court proceedings of two brothers, ages 17 and 15, accused of murdering a 12-year-old girl.
     
  • NEW JERSEY
    Despite collecting $997 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, the state ranks last in an American Cancer Society report: spending zero state dollars on youth smoking prevention programs.