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TOP STORIES:

DUNE WARS

BRICK — They love their beaches at the Jersey shore. What they don't love so much are the massive construction projects to keep those beaches nice and wide, particularly when they happen during the height of summer. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 820 words, photos.

VATICAN-CARDINAL RESIGNATION

VATICAN CITY — In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced on Saturday that Francis ordered McCarrick to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" even before a church trial is held. By Frances D'Emilio. SENT: About 930 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE--FAILED ROAD TREATMENT

PASSAIC — The state Department of Transportation is investigating why a $2.8 million project to enhance wet-weather safety on Passaic County roads has gone so wrong. In the summer of 2017, the county covered 16 miles of county-maintained curves in Bloomingdale, Ringwood, Wanaque and West Milford with a high-friction surface treatment. That sandpaper-like treatment has already chipped and flaked off, leaving behind a patchwork of shallow craters. A forensic investigation is being conducted in cooperation with The Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, said state transportation department spokesman Daniel Triana. By David Zimmer, The Record. SENT: About 1030 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES — Drivers in New Jersey are seeing prices at the pump dip a bit further, but they remain much higher than last year.

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