Gilbert Collins wins five games on Jeopardy!
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Gilbert Collins wins five games on Jeopardy!

Gilbert Collins won five games on Jeopardy!, earning himself a spot in the Tournament of Champions, an annual tournament featuring the longest-running champions and biggest money winners from the past season or seasons. The Princeton University administrator at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs lost his sixth game on the episode that aired Wednesday night…

Princeton University employee will seek another win on Jeopardy! tonight
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Princeton University employee will seek another win on Jeopardy! tonight

Princeton University administrator Gilbert Collins will defend his title champion on Jeopardy tonight at 7 p.m. on ABC. Collins won $8,300 on Jeopardy! on Wednesday. He is the associate director for the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the Woodrow Wilson School. Previously he served as the Woodrow Wilson School’s Director of Graduate Student Life. The…

Writer Patrice Nganang of Hopewell detained in Cameroon
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Writer Patrice Nganang of Hopewell detained in Cameroon

Cameroonian-American writer Patrice Nganang, a resident of Hopewell who teaches literature, media criticism and creative writing at Stony Brook University, has been detained in Cameroon for publishing a piece in an online news outlet that was critical of the government. On Dec. 6, Nganang was reported missing from the Douala airport in Cameroon, where he was preparing to take…

Princeton resident Paul Josephson named senior adviser and transition counsel to governor-elect
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Princeton resident Paul Josephson named senior adviser and transition counsel to governor-elect

Princeton resident Paul Josephson, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, has been appointed as a senior adviser and transition counsel to Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition committee. Josephson most recently served as Murphy’s campaign counsel. “Having represented the governor-elect since he announced his candidacy, it is an honor to now assist him in the transition effort,” Josephson…

David Cromwell, former Princeton Police captain, firefighter and first aid squad member, dies at 75
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David Cromwell, former Princeton Police captain, firefighter and first aid squad member, dies at 75

Princeton native David Cromwell, who served on the Princeton Township police force for more than a quarter century, died on Nov. 23, surrounded by his family. He was 75. The son of Kenneth and Erna Cromwell, he was born and raised in Princeton and later lived in Hamilton and Robbinsville. He moved to Manahawkin after…

Iran releases TV footage of jailed Princeton University graduate student
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Iran releases TV footage of jailed Princeton University graduate student

One of Iran’s state television channels aired a video this weekend of Xiyue Wang, the Princeton University graduate student who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for allegedly infiltrating the country and spying. Wang was arrested while he was doing doctoral research last year. In the program that aired on the state television channel IRIB2, Wang is…

Lifelong Princeton resident Thomas Murray, Jr. dies at 81
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Lifelong Princeton resident Thomas Murray, Jr. dies at 81

Thomas R. Murray, Jr. 81, of Princeton died on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was 81. Born in Princeton, Murray was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1954 and from the Peddie School in 1955. He…

Institute for Advanced Study board of trustees appoints new member
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Institute for Advanced Study board of trustees appoints new member

Mark Heising has been appointed to the board of trustees for The Institute for Advanced Study. Heising is the founder and managing director of Medley Partners, an investment firm based in San Francisco, California. Previously, he worked as a chip design engineer and founded VLSI Cores, which designed and licensed cryptographic integrated circuits. He holds six…

Princeton resident is new head New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association board

Princeton resident Hugh O’Beirne has been chosen to be the next president of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. The association is a non-profit trade association that is working to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. O’Beirne replaces outgoing President Pete Cammarano, who was appointed as chief of staff to  Governor-Elect Phil Murphy this week. O’Beirne is…

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Best-selling author John Grisham to speak at Princeton University

Novelist John Grisham will speak at Princeton University at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Richardson Auditorium. The title of the event, “Appearing at the Scene of the Crime, John Grisham Visits Princeton,” references his recent popular novel “Camino Island,” which opens with a suspenseful theft scene in which the F. Scott Fitzgerald papers…

The other F word: Princeton professor teaches students how to handle failure
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The other F word: Princeton professor teaches students how to handle failure

It may seem odd for a group of first-year students at Princeton University to start their academic careers by talking about failure. To hear visiting lecturer John Danner tell it, though, it may be the most important thing to learn as students begin college. “Failure’s like gravity,” Danner said. “Failure is a force and fact…

Former American Boychoir School director will lead Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
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Former American Boychoir School director will lead Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, the former music director of the now defunct American Boychoir School, has been named the next artistic director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. He will begin his new post in August of 2018. Malvar-Ruiz served as the music director of the American Boychoir School from 2004 to 2017. The school was closed…

Princeton Tech Meetup sparks connections
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Princeton Tech Meetup sparks connections

Every month, members of the Princeton area technology community pack into the community room at the Princeton Public Library to exchange ideas, plans and business cards. The Princeton Tech Meetup, now in its sixth year, brings together coders, investors, engineers and other people associated with central New Jersey’s tech industry. The meetup group has grown…

Lawrenceville native appointed to top post at ACLU-NJ
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Lawrenceville native appointed to top post at ACLU-NJ

Lawrenceville Native Amol Sinha, who recently led state advocacy campaigns  raising awareness about wrongful convictions nationwide at the Innocence Project, has been named the new executive director of the ACLU-NJ. Sinha, a Jersey City resident, will begin his new position on Sept. 1. He has a long history with the ACLU that dates back to…

Princeton High seniors created their own summer debate camp for students
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Princeton High seniors created their own summer debate camp for students

Summer camp might conjure up thoughts of swimming pools, camping and the great outdoors for most people. But Princeton High School senior Amy Wang associates summer camp with other things: crossfire, case studies and resolutions. Those terms were bandied back and forth across the Princeton Public Library’s common room during Wang’s inaugural summer debate camp,…

Q&A with Nicholas Nehamas, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and Lawrenceville School grad
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Q&A with Nicholas Nehamas, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and Lawrenceville School grad

It took 10 years for Nicholas Nehamas to go from compiling the Prize Papers at The Lawrenceville School to working on the Panama Papers for the Miami Herald. Nehamas, a Princeton native, won a share of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting after extensive investigations concerning the Panama Papers, a massive set of leaked…

McCarter Theatre managing director accepts job in San Diego
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McCarter Theatre managing director accepts job in San Diego

Timothy Shields, McCarter Theatre Center’s managing director since 2009, is leaving Princeton for a top post at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. Shields will begin his new job as managing director of the Old Globe Theatre in October. Shields praised McCarter’s staff in his announcement about his departure, saying they “have been…