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    "Do you wanna hang out this weekend?" "Nah, I'm just gonna hang out at home tonight."

    "One of the most popular, culturally significant, but almost impossible to translate slang expressions in the English language: Hang Out." -- reallifeglobal.com.

    The website goes on to note that "hanging out" is one of those multipurpose phrases that often confuses those new to the English language. Examples of its varied use include:

    34122-1.jpgAnimals have an instinctive ability to "hang out." 

    "Do you wanna hang out this weekend?" (do something together socially, verb)

    "I'm just gonna hang out at home tonight." (relax by myself, verb)

    "I used to hang out a lot at that park when I was a kid." (to frequent a place, verb)

    "Can you just hang out for a second while I get ready?" (wait in a relaxed way, verb)

    "I'm tired of spending my time at (place). I need a new hangout. (noun)

    I personally would define "hanging out" as a situation involving more than one person where the act of doing nothing becomes the focus of the gathering.

    Here's a gallery of people "hanging out" in New Jersey. And, here are links to similar galleries.

    Vintage photos of people 'hangin' out' in N.J.

    Vintage N.J. candid photos

    Vintage candid photos in N.J.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    The accidental discharge went through a door and into the parking lot at shoulder-height where it hit two vehicles

    A sheriff's officer inadvertently fired his pistol into the parking lot at a police firing range last week while trying to teach recruits about gun safety, NJ Advance Media has learned.

    IMG_9108.jpgAn accidental discharge of a firearm inside this trailer last week created a bullet hole in the door, which can be seen near the deadbolt. The bullet struck two cars in the parking lot.  

    Two law enforcement sources, who had been told of the incident, described the misfire as careless and said the bullet, which was at about shoulder-height when it hit two vehicles, could have killed someone if they were walking to their car. 

    Middlesex County officials confirmed the incident, in which no one was injured, and said the county sheriff's department's internal affairs unit was investigating.

    The mishap happened one day after a Woodbridge officer accidentally shot himself in the hand at the same range. 

    County officials said the second discharge happened March 28 at the Middlesex County Police Firing Range in Woodbridge and damaged a door, a county vehicle and someone's private car.

    The law enforcement sources told the news outlet the misfire occurred inside a trailer next to the parking lot and the instructor was training recruits about proper gun techniques.

    Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A list of all N.J. girls lacrosse seniors committed to a Division 1 college program.


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    The victim was hit about 1:15 a.m. Friday by a train east of the Dunellen train station.

    A man was struck and killed by a train early Friday near the NJ Transit station in Dunellen, authorities said.

    The man was hit about 1:15 a.m. by a train on the Raritan Valley Line just east of the station, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic.

    The train had earlier left Newark Penn Station, Torbic said.

    NJ Transit did not immediately know the man's identity and described him as a trespasser on the tracks.

    The incident, which remains under investigation, was not expected to cause delays for the morning commute, Torbic said.

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Volunteers describe Felix as "a wonderful, loving guy."

    mx0408pet.jpgFelix  

    EDISON -- Felix is a 13-year-old male cat in the care of Hope for Animals Rescue.

    He was adopted as a kitten and lived in one home his whole life before being surrendered due to allergies developed by a family member.

    Volunteers describe Felix as "a wonderful, loving guy." He has been spayed, is FIV/FeLV negative, is housebroken and is up-to-date on shots.

    For more information on Felix, call Mary at 732-236-9305 or email mjeroland@gmail.com. The nonprofit Hope for Animals is a small group of volunteers that give a second chance to homeless and orphaned cats.

    Shelters interested in placing a pet in the Paw Print adoption column or submitting news should call 973-836-4922 or email middlesex@starledger.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    It was a soft opening to the spring season, and with snow on the way, what can we expect in Week 2?


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    NEW BRUNSWICK -- Four unidentified women are shown relaxing in New Brunswick in this late-19th century photo. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey The kettle, cups and saucers on the table suggest tea was the beverage of choice for the group. If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call...

    NEW BRUNSWICK -- Four unidentified women are shown relaxing in New Brunswick in this late-19th century photo.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    The kettle, cups and saucers on the table suggest tea was the beverage of choice for the group.

    If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call 973-836-4922 or send an email to middlesex@starledger.com. And, check out more glimpses of history in our online galleries on nj.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Stephen and Kendra Lanzo were awarded the verdict after a trial in Middlesex County near the pharmaceutical company's headquarters

    A New Jersey man who sued Johnson & Johnson and other companies after getting cancer he says was caused by asbestos in baby powder has been awarded $30 million by a jury.

    A jury of seven women sitting in New Brunswick also decided Thursday that Kendra Lanzo, the wife of Stephen Lanzo III, must be paid an additional $7 million as a result of the mesothelioma contracted by her husband.

    The jury will decide next week whether to also award punitive damages to the Lanzos.

    "While we are disappointed with this decision, the jury has further deliberations to conduct in this trial and we will reserve additional comment until the case is fully completed," Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement emailed to NJ Advance Media.

    N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson posts $10.7B loss after U.S. tax change

    Bloomberg.com was the first to report on Thursday's verdict. The decision is the first to find that Johnson & Johnson's baby powder led to a person being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

    Mesothelioma is cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs.

    Johnson & Johnson is responsible for 70 percent of the damages, while France-based Imerys SA must pick up the rest of the tab. Imerys supplied the talc used to manufacture the baby powder. 

    Attorneys for Lanzo, 46, of Verona, argued the investment banker contracted mesothelioma as a result of applying the company's products to his skin for more than 30 years.

    Lanzo's suit claimed Johnson & Johnson knew its products contained asbestos, but didn't properly warn its consumers.

    The company, represented by Drinker Biddle & Reath and Kirkland & Ellis, said during the more than two-month trial that its products never contained asbestos and that the plaintiffs used faulty test methods to prove otherwise.

    Lawyers for Johsnon & Johnson said Lanzo grew up in a house in Montclair that received an abatement 16 years ago for basement pipes wrapped in asbestos. The schools in Montclair that Lanzo attended have also been treated for asbestos, the company's lawyers argued. 

    The trial began in late January, according to NJLawJournal.com. 

    Plainfiffs have won five of the six lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in the past two years in which women claimed baby powder caused ovarian cancer. Two of the verdicts that ruled in favor of plaintiffs have been reversed, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    The latest news and notes from around the state in N.J. girls lacrosse.


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    The Woodbridge man was gunned down in the hallway of an Elizabeth apartment complex in 2014

    Two Elizabeth men already serving time in state prison were convicted Thursday in the shooting death of a 25-year-old Woodbridge resident following a dispute in the hallway of an apartment complex more than three years ago. 

    augustin-torres.jpgFiricin Augustin, left, and Gregory Torres.

    Gregory Torres, 23, was found guilty of murder and two weapons charges while Firicin Augustin, 25, was convicted of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

    Torres faces 30 years to life in prison, while Augustin could get 10 to 20 years. They will be sentenced June 8.  

    Bilal Fullman, of Woodbridge, was shot eight times around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2014, in the Oakwood Plaza complex on Parker Road. 

    Torres was arrested in Richmond, Virginia more than two months after the shooting. 

    Torres is serving a four-year sentence following a racketeering conviction, while Augustin is serving a five-year term for a weapons conviction. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     


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    The 26-year-old died following a 2-vehicle collision on Route 130 in North Brunswick

    A 26-year-old man killed in a two-vehicle collision on Route 130 in North Brunswick might have been driving the wrong way on the highway, authorities said.

    Peter Garay Jr., of New Brunswick, was pronounced dead following the 1:39 a.m. crash on the northbound side of Route 130 near Renaissance Boulevard, North Brunswick police said in a statement.

    Homicide charge after fatal head-on crash reduces cars to twists of metal

    The driver of the other vehicle was brought to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to be treated for injuries not considered life-threatening. There were no passengers in either vehicle. 

    Police closed Route 130 for about two hours to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call North Brunswick police at 732-247-0922 ext. 316.

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    There are now eight E. coli cases in New Jersey, health officials say

    New Jersey health officials have confirmed two more E. coli cases in the state amid a cluster of cases spanning four counties and possibly linked to a restaurant chain.

    The Warren County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that it -- along with the state -- was investigating certain Panera Bread restaurants the potential source of exposure.

    At least eight E. coli cases have been reported so far in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren counties, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement on Friday.

    The state Health Department said that all eight of the E. coli patients had been hospitalized but that five of the eight were discharged earlier in the day on Friday.

    In a statement Friday afternoon, the state noted that there may be other sources of the illnesses and that it is "still awaiting lab tests to determine if these cases are linked at all."

    "It can be very difficult to determine where someone got sick ... They could have eaten at several restaurants, at home or eaten food purchased at a supermarket," the statement said.

    Sarah Perramant, public health epidemiologist in Warren County, told NJ Advance Media on Thursday that health officials were looking into a Panera Bread in Phillipsburg one of the possible sources of E. coli exposure.

    However, she noted that the matter remains under investigation.

    Panera's corporate office, located in Sunset Hills, Missouri, did not return a request for comment on Friday.

    There has only been a single E. coli case in Warren County so far, and some of the cases in the other counties were reported as far back as the third week of March, according to Perramant.

    She stressed that people should not be overly concerned, saying that illness from E. coli is typically not that severe.

    This N.J. Panera is being eyed as possible source of E. coli

    Most strains of E. coli are not harmful. However, the bacteria can still cause some awful symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.

    The state Department of Health reiterated on Friday that it plans to conduct many interviews with those who have gotten sick to gather food history data.

    Once the source of the E. coli is pinned down, it will be tested in a lab. The state will then send its findings to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, officials have said.

    Nick Falsone for LehighValleyLive.com contributed to this report.

    Spencer Kent may be reached at skent@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerMKent. Find the Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A 25-year-old New Brunswick man is charged with attempted murder.

    One man is hospitalized and another in jail following a Friday night shooting in New Brunswick, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

    Sheldon William, 25, of New Brunswick, is accused of shooting a 36-year-old man in the parking lot of a Quentin Avenue apartment complex shortly before 6 p.m.

    The victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Saturday afternoon.

    Following the shooting, William allegedly ran back into the apartment building and barricaded himself in one of the units before surrendering to police without incident.

    William was charged with attempted murder and various weapons offenses.

    He was placed in Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending court appearances.

    Authorities have not disclosed a motive in the shooting.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5200 or Detective Felix De La Cruz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3115. 

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us: nj.com/tips.

     

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    Killmurray became mayor in April 2017 following the death of South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese.

    South Brunswick Mayor Christopher J. Killmurray died Sunday, nearly a year after succeeding the township's longest-serving mayor upon his death.

    Killmurray, 55, an attorney and law firm partner, died at home Sunday morning, according to an announcement from South Brunswick Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic.

    Additional information was not immediately available.

    South Brunswick Councilwoman Josephine Hochman said Killmurray, a married father of four, was "a really good family man."

    "He cared so much about people and he cared about this community. I just really liked him so much, as a person and as a mayor," Hochman said.

    Killmurray, a Democrat, was elected to the South Brunswick Council in 2003.

    After Mayor Frank Gambatese died in March 2017, just over halfway through his fourth term, Kilmurray was named mayor on April 12.

    In November, Killmurray was elected to fill the remaining year of his Gambetese's term, defeating a Republican, John O'Sullivan.

    Killmurray received his law degree from Rutgers University and was a partner at the firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas.

    Rob Jennings may be reached at rjennings@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobJenningsNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    An 88-year-old man struck another car when he drove north in the southbound lanes of Route 9 on Sunday, Woodbridge police said.

    An 88-year-old man driving the wrong way on Route 9 struck another car head-on Sunday morning near Metuchen Avenue in Woodbridge, police said.  

    Police said the man began mistakenly driving north in the southbound lanes of Route 9 when he struck a 26-year-old driver in a head-on crash. The collision caused one of the vehicles to catch on fire, and both men were rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital via medevac. 

    Both directions of Route 9 were closed near the crash for about 10 minutes, Woodbridge police said, but the northbound lanes were cleared quickly. The southbound lanes remained closed for about two hours. 

    Police did not have an update on the condition of the drivers on Sunday afternoon. 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Consider adopting one of these homeless dogs and cats.

    The United States Postal Service wants to share these tips on pet safety for mail carriers.

    * If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

    * Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.

    * The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area's Post Office.

    Such safe practices also apply to any package delivery services and most anyone who comes to your door. Take a moment to be sure about safety.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    The former Passaic man faces up to 5 years in prison

    A former union official accused in a scheme that allegedly defrauded Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield out of about $6.6 million faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a less serious offense. 

    Former Passaic resident Sergio Acosta, 65, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Trenton to one count of theft/embezzlement of funds from an employee welfare benefit fund.

    Acosta, who now lives in Utuado, Puerto Rico, also faces a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 21, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey said in a statement.

    The number of union workers in N.J. and every other state, ranked

    Acosta served as the president of Edison-based United Auto Workers Local 2326 and was responsible for overseeing the local's benefit plan during his time as president, federal officials said. 

    As the trustee of the union's health plan, Acosta failed to collect money from the local union for four to five employees who were covered by the plan. He didn't admit to personally receiving any money, his attorney Alan Sibler said. 

    Acosta's alleged co-conspirator Lawrence Ackerman, 53, of Old Tappan, created two shell companies -- Atlantic Business Associates and Atlantic Medical Associates -- that he used to market healthcare insurance to people who weren't actually employed by the companies.

    Prosecutors say the two men used Ackerman's companies to cover 700 to 800 ineligible participants, who Ackerman allegedly recruited from across the country.

    Acosta permitted some of those ineligible participants to remain on the union's self-insured healthcare plan after Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield discovered the fraud and rescinded coverage, according to federal prosecutors.

    Both Acosta and Ackerman were indicted in January. Charges against Ackerman are still pending.

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    The 88-year-old entered Route 9 and started driving north in the southbound lanes

    A 88-year-old man who drove the wrong-way on Route 9 in Woodbridge and slammed into another vehicle has died from his injuries, authorities said Monday.

    Thomas McHugh, of Cranford, died Monday morning at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to Woodbridge police. 

    The other driver, a 26-year-old man, was seriously injured. He has been transferred from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, police said. 

    Video obtained by police shows McHugh driving his Nissan Pathfinder along King Georges Road before he somehow entered Route 9 and began traveling north in the southbound lanes. Police aren't sure which ramp he used to access Route 9.

    Anyone who might have seen the Pathfinder before the crash is asked to call Woodbridge police officers Joe Angelo or Steven Botti at 732-634-7700.

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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