The families of three college-bound friends murdered in a Newark schoolyard in 2007 have reached a $5 million settlement with the city schools and state.
The settlement was announced Tuesday, several weeks into a civil trial.
The state attorney general's office said the Department of Education is responsible for $3 million and the Newark school district is liable for $2 million. The state has oversight of the Newark schools.
Neither defendant admitted liability.
The families claimed the school district was negligent for leaving gates to the Mount Vernon School open at night when the schoolyard was a known gang hangout.
Six men and boys charged with the murders are serving prison terms.
The state is suing an insurance company that has refused to indemnify it in the lawsuit.
June 19 is National Dine Out Day. Restaurants and vendors across the country are contributing a percentage of their revenues for the day to the NJ Relief Fund to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power. A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the bird touched a transformer on Clinton Street near Columbus Park Wednesday morning.