New Jersey

5:57am

Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Kai The 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' Is Accused Of Murder

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:10 am

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary.
Union County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office AP

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became an Internet sensation in February with his colorful account of how he bashed a man with a hatchet to stop an attack on a utility worker in California, has been arrested and charged with murdering a lawyer in New Jersey.

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8:14am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Hiring Julie Hermann, Rutgers Seeks A New Era In Athletics

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:18 am

Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann takes a question as university President Robert Barchi looks on Wednesday. Hermann' hire comes a month after the school fired its basketball coach over a video of abusive practices.
Mel Evans AP

Rutgers University officials are welcoming the arrival of new athletic director Julie Hermann as the beginning of a new era, as the school seeks to rebound from the turmoil that recently engulfed its athletics department.

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11:30am

Fri May 10, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Mother And Son Listen To The Past

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:18 am

In the late 1990s, Melissa Rodriguez struggled to create a stable life at home for her son, who is now a teenager. Together, they've faced many challenges.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Melissa Rodriguez

Hometown: New Haven, Conn.

Current city: Orange, N.J.

Occupation: Customer service representative

Then:

"I just started my life. I just started to go to school, I just started working, and I just didn't have anything settled yet."

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8:40am

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

N.J. Gov. Christie Underwent Weight-Loss Surgery In February

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:29 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is surrounded by security and journalists in 2012.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose weight has been both joked about and treated as a real health concern, told The New York Post on Monday that he "secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery [in February] to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids."

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," he told the Post. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

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5:28am

Tue May 7, 2013
Around the Nation

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Squashes Spider

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:04 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, was hosting a group of school children in his office when a spider appeared. Christie did not grant it a pardon. Kids laughed and cheered as he gave it the smack-down. Christie joked it's one of the perks of being governor - you can kill critters on your desk without getting into any trouble. Well, not completely true. The animal rights group PETA issued a statement criticizing what they called a thoughtless act.

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