Newark Police find BMW X3 taken from Verona residence.
A car left idling on a Verona driveway Dec. 26 was stolen and recovered the following day in Newark, police said. The black BMW X3 was taken from an Oakridge Road residence just after 11 a.m., police said. “The resident reported that he started the vehicle and left the keys in it to warm up,” Verona police said. “When he came back outside the vehicle was missing from the driveway.” Newark police found the car the next day and contacted both State Police and Verona police, officials said. The car was then returned to the owner in Verona, police said.
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Newark's own, singer Whitney Houston, was welcomed home to the church where she began her singing career Saturday, in a rousing gospel-flavored funeral service before an audience of family, friends and celebrities. "Whitney, today is your day," the Rev. Joe A. Carter, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, said in beginning the service. A powerful choir of more than 100 singers, backed by a band that included drums and bass and horns, provided an emotional backdrop to a procession of singers, most of them from the world of gospel music. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry spoke of what he termed the grace that carried Houston through her life. "There was a grace that carried her down through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through …