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New Jersey Essay

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On July 12, 1967, a taxi driver named John Smith was beaten by police after allegedly violently resisting arrest. He had driven around a double-parked police car. A crowd gathered outside the police station where Smith was detained. Due to miscommunication, the crowd believed Smith had died in custody, although he had been transported to a hospital via a back entrance to the station. This sparked scuffles between African Americans and police in the Fourth Ward, although the damage toll was only $2,500.

Subsequent to television news broadcasts on July 13 however, new and larger riots took place. Twenty-six people were killed; 1,500 wounded; 1,600 arrested; and $10 million in property was ...view middle of the document...

Each year, this world-class ensemble performs in Prudential Hall as well as in other venues throughout the state.
Since its opening the Prudential Center in 2007 has presented Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, The Eagles, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Spice Girls, Jonas Brothers, Metro Station, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, David Archuleta, Taylor Swift & American Idol Live!, among others. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the National Hockey League's (NHL) New Jersey Devils, the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team. It is also the temporary home of the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) New York Liberty during the renovation of Madison Square Garden and the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New Jersey Nets until the new Barclays Center opens in Brooklyn.

One in four Americans live within four miles of a Superfund toxic waste site. In New Jersey, we have 114 of these sites, more than any other state in the nation. That’s shocking, considering our small size. Worse, many of our Superfund sites are 20+ years old.

The major polluters that create these toxic sites are not only jeopardizing the health of millions, they are also sticking American taxpayers with the cleanup bill. Toxic substances contaminate the land, air, surface waters and groundwater in communities across the country. In 2004 alone, New Jersey industries released over 17 million pounds of toxics to our air and water. We also have over 14,000 known contaminated waste sites.
[edit] Crime
In 1996, TIME Magazine ranked Newark "The Most Dangerous City in the Nation."[30] By 2007, however, the city recorded a total of 99 homicides for the year, representing a significant drop from the record of 161 murders set in 1981.[31][32][33][34] The number of murders in 2008 dropped to 65, a decline of 30% from the previous year and the lowest in the city since 2002 when there were also 65 murders.[35]
In the 2006 Morgan Quitno survey, Newark was ranked as the 22nd most dangerous city in the United States out of 371 municipalities.[36] In the 2007 rankings, now...

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