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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 9, 2019

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’s 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:

PLANE-EMERGENCY LANDING

NEWARK _ Smoke reported on board an Air Transat flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida forced an emergency landing Saturday at a New Jersey airport, where the 189 passengers were evacuated by emergency slides.

ARGUING OVER ISRAEL

NEW YORK — For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on college campuses, in state legislatures and in many other venues nationwide, the polarized debate about Israel is a familiar conflict and likely to intensify in the months and years ahead. By David Crary. SENT: About 1100 words.

EXCHANGE:

UNIVERSITY-COMPETITIVE GAMING

GALLOWAY _ The days of college athletics being defined by the swinging of a bat or throwing of a ball are over. Students bustle inside a repurposed computer lab on a chilly February morning at the Galloway campus of Stockton University. Voices overlap the mashing of keys and frantic clicking of mouses. This lab plays host _ much like a field or court _ to Stockton’s newest competitive program: its eSports team. Yes, the university has entered the realm of competitive video gaming, meeting a demand for a growing trend around the globe in the process. This isn’t some fly-by-night club of college students looking to kill time or skip class. Records are kept and championships awarded. This is a legit collegiate sport. By Anthony Coppola, The Vineland Daily Journal. SENT: About 1220 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES _ Gas prices continue to move up in New Jersey and around the nation due to crude oil prices above $55 and refineries in seasonal maintenance that can temporarily limit production.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25--VILLANOVA-SETON HALL

NEWARK, N.J. _ No. 23 Villanova can clinch its fifth outright BIG EAST title in the last six years with a win at Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. The Pirates upset No. 16 Marquette here on Wednesday. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700, photos. Game starts at noon. EST.

HKN--DEVILS-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The area rivals and Eastern Conference also-rans meet at Madison Square Garden. The Devils, who have lost five in a row, are on a six-game road trip. The Rangers have lost six in a row and haven’t won since beating the Devils on Feb. 23. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. EST.

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