Cory Booker, Innovator

NPR: Newark Mayor: New Black Leaders Must Innovate. NPR interviewed Booker last week as part of a series on black leadership. Booker generally sticks to his talking points in this interview: safety for the city, his debt to the black political leadership that came before him, and seeing himself as one of the Hip-Hop generation of leaders.

Although he could afford more, Cory Booker, an Oxford and Yale-educated lawyer, chose to live in one of Newark’s downtrodden neighborhoods. Booker, the recently elected mayor of Newark, N.J., lives in a public housing project with no hot water and no heat in the winter.

“It’s a little challenging living,” Booker tells Steve Inskeep. “But for me what is an inconvenience, to a lot of residents that live there it’s [an] issue of life and death.”

Cory Booker, Superhero

Philadelphia Inquirer: A new light in Newark. Reporter Cynthia Burton writes an upbeat piece on Booker’s efforts to take back the city of Newark.

On a steamy Sunday around 1 a.m., Newark’s new mayor, Cory Booker, arrives at the notorious Seth Boyden Terrace, a home to members of the violent Nine Trey Gangster set. He’s wearing a yellow T-shirt and navy gym shorts. Before he enters the courtyard, police finish a bust; then as Booker strides in, he starts getting recognized like a pop star.

“It’s the mayor! It’s Booker!” kids shout excitedly. They had been huddled around a 12-inch TV on the sidewalk, playing a video game under their mothers’ watchful eyes.

Booker joins their game as a member of his security detail asks a boy riding a bicycle “How old are you?” The boy stops and fans four fingers. “You should be asleep,” the officer says.

Booker chose Boyden because two weeks earlier, a man was shot at 4:30 a.m. – just a half-hour after a special summer police patrol went off duty there. And then on July 25, two alleged Nine Trey members at Boyden were among the 63 reputed gangsters a task force rounded up from Atlantic City to Newark.

Student Sues School District of AIDS Scandal

New York Times: Appeals Court Backs Student in Lawsuit Over H.I.V.

A former student at a Newark high school who says he was infected with H.I.V. by his band director can sue the school district, a state appeals court ruled on Monday, rejecting the district’s contention that he filed suit too late.

The band director at West Side High School in Newark, who was also a teacher there, was dismissed three years after the student, now 20, first reported that he had made sexual advances to the student — which eventually progressed to a full sexual relationship. The student’s accusations resulted in disciplinary action against two counselors at the high school who notified the principal but failed to tell child welfare authorities, as required by state law.

The former student was not fully identified in court papers because the events occurred when he was a juvenile, but an article in The Star-Ledger, which interviewed him last fall, identified him as Raymond Little, a 2004 graduate of the school. The court record in the case is sealed.

The chief issue before the appeals court was whether Mr. Little took legal action soon enough after he discovered in May 2005 that he had been infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.


Two More Shootings

7Online: Another deadly night in Newark. Two shootings in Newark result in what 7Online calls an “explosion of violence.” One wonders what effect Booker’s 100-day plan is really having to stem this violence in the city.

Two people were fatally shot and others injured in an explosion of violence on the streets of Newark overnight.

Police say an 18-year-old was killed and a second man was wounded during a drive-by shooting at around 11:30 p.m. on Court Street between Broad Street and Washington avenues.

Eyewitness News has learned the gunman opened fire on his victims, who were on foot. Multiple shots were fired from the red car with two occupants, which sped away from the scene along Court Street toward Martin Luther King Boulevard immediately after the shooting.