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U.S. Unemployment Rises To 9.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to 9.2 percent in June, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The economy added 57,000 private sector jobs, but that was offset by a drop of 39,000 government jobs for a net increase of just 18,000.

Community Calendar

Blood Drive • July 9 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. & July 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Writer’s Block: Say Bye-Bye To Summer Vacation?

Some things are just destined to go down in flames. I’m starting to think that the time honored and much cherished summer vacation from school is one of them. As an educator, I don’t like this because I am so use to my life revolving around the traditional school calendar that I don’t think I could adjust to something new at this stage of the game. But, the writing’s on the wall.

Raids Net 10 Alleged Members Of Plainfield Street Gang

PLAINFIELD – Nearly a dozen reputed members of the MS13 street gang were arrested or charged during a number of raids by law enforcement over the last several days, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. The alleged gang members lived and operated in Plainfield and are charged with a variety of crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder.