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WKNJ Newscast

Date: December 3, 2914
Maria Soldi

Good afternoon, it’s Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11 o’clock and you’re listening to
90.3 WKNJ-FM, Union, New Jersey, and I’m _____________ with the news.

In Local News…

Paterson- On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Marilyn C. Clark ruled that the five men
accused of raping another student at William Paterson University's Wayne campus were
not flight risks and therefore should have their bail lowered. The two hundred thousand
dollar bail is now set to fifty thousand for freshmen students Noah Williams, Darius Singleton, Garrett Collick, Termaine Scott and Jamel Latimer.
The students were arrested on Saturday after a female student at the university told campus police that she was raped in a dorm room by the five men.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges made against them.
As of now, all five men are banned from entering campus and from contacting the victim.

Now for a story that really hit close to home…

Union- An email was sent to Kean University students, faculty, and staff on Monday
that supported the school’s controversial purchase of a two hundred nineteen thousand
dollar conference table. The emailed assured that this multimedia conference table will
benefit students directly and is more of an investment rather than just a piece a furniture
for Kean University. Executive Vice President of Operations Philip Connelly said that,
“Students benefit from Kean’s enhanced image that is the result of more external individuals going to meeting held in Kean’s world-class meeting spaces.”
This emailed referenced President Dawood Farahi’s Vision 2020 initiative, a plan to improve academic standards and university relations while developing the school into a
global institution.

In National News…

Washington - Jaleel Tariq (TA-REEK) Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, was charged on Tuesday
for threatening to kill resigned Ferguson officer Darren Wilson - identified by federal authorities only as “D.W.”
Jabbaar, who has been posting threats on his Facebook page since August is facing three
counts of making interstate threats. Jabbaar allegedly threaten to kill D.W., members of
his family, and other law enforcement officers. In one of his posts Jabbaar wrote, “..give
back those bullets that D.W. fired into the body of Michael Brown. If we’re unable to
locate Officer D.W. then we’ll return them to his wife and if not her, then to his children.”
After the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, Jabbaar messaged an unidentified
person on facebook and wrote “Time to kill a cop.”
All three charges are punishable by up to five years in prison.

In other Ferguson related news….

Washington - President Obama, in response to the unrest of protestors across the
country, said on Monday that he will tighten the provisions of military-style equipment
of local police department and provide funds for cameras to be worn by police officers.
The president stressed the fact that trust between law enforcers and the public must be
restored. President Obama stated, “Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St.
Louis” he went on to say “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
The president was avid in focusing not just in Ferguson but on how this issue serves as a
lesson for the country as a whole.

One Giant Step for NASA….

NASA’s new capsule, Orion, will launch on Thursday to ascend beyond low Earth orbit a feat that has not been attempted since Apollo 17 returned from the moon back in 1972.
What started as a program to send astronauts back to the moon under the Bush administration, was cancelled during Obama’s term for being too expensive and behind schedule. However, after NASA redesigned Orion, congress decided to go ahead with the project.
Orion, is currently at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled
for 7:05 a.m.

In International News…
Tabare Vazquez won Uruguay’s presidential election for the second time on Sunday.
Vazquez was president from 2005 to 2010, and under his administration he helped slash
poverty after a huge crisis in early 2000 and sparked economic growth for Uruguay.
With over 53 percent of the support to keep the leftist ruling in office, Vazquez will succeed President Jose Mujica.

In other news.…

Auto firm Jaguar Land Rover has started construction for it’s first fully-owned factory
outside the UK in a town just outside of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The two hundred ninety million dollar complex will be home to an education and business center, the British
firm stated on Tuesday. The new state-of-the-art plant will provide employment to four
hundred workers for production. Jaguar hopes that this will create close relationship with
the community. Rio’s state governor Luiz Pezao (Pay-ZAO) said that this plant is “an
historic achievement for the state of Rio.”

More news, sports, and weather coming up………
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In Sports…
Bad News …Ravens?

The Baltimore Ravens are making rounds again in social media. Janay Rice appeared on
Monday, on the Today show, to talk about the whole incident that went down after a video of her husband Ray Rice striking her unconscious went viral. After taking a lot heat
for apologizing for her role in the elevator incident in a news conference held in May,
Janay told Matt Lauer that it wasn’t entirely her idea. Janay suggests that the Baltimore
Ravens gave her and Ray a “general script” to go by. She also went on to say she was
willing to do it, to help with their appearance in the media and with Ray’s image and career.
The NFL has reinstated Ray Rice as of last week and he is now eligible to play.

Hands up Don’t shoot the Rams…
The five Rams players who entered the field with their hands in the air in a -Hands up,
Don’t shoot - pose, will not be fined for their actions. The players were showing their

support for protestors in Ferguson, but the St. Louis Police Officers Association
(SLPOA) were not impressed. Business Manager for SLPOA, Jeff Roorda (ROOOR_DA), said in a statement, “I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the
good people of St. Louis”.
While the Rams organization and police department attempt to bury hatchet, the Rams
still stand by their players and insist that they were simply showing positive support for
the community and exercising their right to free speech.

Your WKNJ hourly weather update …

Don’t put away those umbrellas just yet..

Right now on the campus it is 43 degrees with highs of 50. Occasional rain showers
throughout most of the day.
Tune in later for meteorology reports on 90.3 FM.

In Entertainment
Iconic Mexican Comedian passes way at 85…

Roberto Gomez Bolanos better known as Chespirito (CHES-PEE-REE-TOE), passed
away at his home on Friday.
Bolanos has brought joy and laughter to many with his Chespirito and Chavo del Ocho
(CHA-VOE -DEL- OH-CHO) characters he created in the 1970’s.
Many celebrities took to twitter to thank the comedian, the hashtag #Chespirito became a
worldwide trending topic in less than an hour after the announcement of his passing.
Bolanos famously said in a 2005 interview with La Jornada, that he wrote his comedy
specifically to bring joy to those who needed it the most, the working class.
The show Chespirito was a staple in Latin American homes for three decades and his series has been translated into various languages and aired in many countries around the

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_____________________ and we’ll be right back after this.
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Name: Maria Soldi

Date: 12/03/14