N.J. to Archdiocese of Newark: Get out of the headstone business

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A view of headstones inside the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J. A lawsuit alleged that Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark illegally sell headstones and private mausoleums, then don't pay required tax on them. Photo courtesy of Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger

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NEWARK, N.J. — In the 18 months since the archdiocese began marketing headstones, some headstone dealers saw business drop off by 40 percent.