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This week, WBGO announcers take over Take Five with 12 — wait, make that a baker’s dozen — favorite holiday tracks. 

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Tessa Souter is a literally international singer. According to the analysis from a DNA-checking service, she’s made up of genes from an English mother, a Trinidadian father, and a variety of other peoples, including from eight countries around Africa. 

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Pianists Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Miguel Zenón, and vocalists Gregory Porter and Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards.

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The chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy testified at the State House Tuesday that he told an employee accused of rape to leave state government in late March, but the man did not resign until October.

Pete Cammarano testified that he told accused rapist Al Alvarez on March 26, 2018, that he should step down as chief of staff in the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, a post he got after Murphy took office.

But Alvarez remained on the job until October, when he quit after being called by a Wall Street Journal reporter. Alvarez denies the sexual assault.

As the New Jersey legislature prepares to vote on a $15 minimum wage bill, advocates for restaurant employees are making their case to ensure the industry isn’t left out.

Seven states have a ‘One Fair Wage’ bill, where restaurant employees make the state minimum wage with tips on top.  Opponents of the restaurant wage hike say it would hurt the industry, particularly small businesses.  Advocates believe otherwise.

Lawmakers in New Jersey have approved a bill that would require the state attorney general to investigate any deaths that occur while suspects are in police custody or during an interaction with police.

Activists who say local prosecutors cannot impartially investigate police officers they regularly work with are gratified with the move.

Yet state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the man who would find himself in a newly powerful role should the bill become law, said it could damage faith in the justice system.

New Jersey Transit will meet a federally mandated deadline to install positive train control, an automatic braking system, by the end of the year, officials announced Monday.

Gov. Phil Murphy said late trains and curtailed schedules that riders experienced over the last year as officials rushed to meet the Dec. 31 deadline should ease up as the transit agency begins testing the equipment.

“NJ Transit can now focus its energies on improving communications and conditions and on on-time reliability and service,” Murphy said at a Monday press conference.

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