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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

August 5, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP

BRIDGEWATER — President Donald Trump insulted NBA star LeBron James from afar but passed up an opportunity to criticize him on his own turf, sticking to Democrats, the news media and other familiar targets during a campaign rally Saturday night in James’ home state of Ohio. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: About 800 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LUMBER YARD FROG

MIDLAND PARK — A certain frog is making a big name for himself in Midland Park. Even if no one at Kuiken Bros. Co. Inc. seems to know just what that name is. “Everybody kind of has a different name for him,” says Mike Harris, who works in the lumber company’s purchasing department. It’s not every lumber company that has a mascot. But this frog, who seems to have popped out of a drain pipe about 10 years ago and has been living in the window well of the men’s bathroom ever since, is a bit of a celebrity. The staff has adopted him. Customers — and especially customers’ kids — ask for him. Jim Beckerman, The Record. SENT: About 440 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — Authorities say a New Jersey man showing off his handgun accidentally shot himself and his friend.

SPORTS:

FBN--JETS-TIGHT ENDS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — All the attention is obviously on the quarterbacks — particularly Sam Darnold, of course — in New York Jets camp. But another hotly contested competition is at the tight end position where five players mostly without household names are trying to earn spots on the roster. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

BOX--KOVALEV-ALVAREZ

ATLANTIC CITY — Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear. He never let up in his first shot at the title. After three years of waiting for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled on the canvas, enveloped by a victory celebration. He dropped Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 175-pound championship by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night. By Dan Gelston. SENT: About 810 words.

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