March 16, 2016 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court appeared skeptical Monday that public employees had a contractual right to annual cost-of-living increases upon retirement, signaling that it may shoot down a second legal challenge to Gov. Christie's 2011 overhaul of the pension system. As part of that law, Christie and the Legislature suspended cost-of-living-adjustments for current and future retired public workers to help shore up the underfunded pension plans. A group of retired prosecutors and unions argue that the law violated the contracts clauses of the state and U.S. Constitutions by impairing workers' contractual right to COLAs, which are tied to inflation.
May 22, 2015 |
ONCE AGAIN, it's time for The Greatest Day in Sports: the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon followed by the Coca-Cola 600 at night . . . 1,100 miles of racin' . . . For race fans, this is the real Super Sunday. The 99th Indy 500 is scheduled for noon (6ABC). The Coca-Cola 600 will be on Fox 29 at 6 p.m. For Formula One fans, the day begins with the Monaco Grand Prix (7:30 a.m., NBC10). The 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks Kyle Busch's return to Sprint Cup racing following his recuperation from injuries suffered in a crash Feb. 21 in an Xfinity series race at Daytona.
May 30, 2013 |
FOR DECADES, 500 miles was a magical distance in racing. An event was considered big time if it was 500 miles. When H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler ran Charlotte Motor Speedway, he decided his track needed something special to compete with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Charlotte had hosted the World 600 for years, competing directly against Indy. In 1993, the race started running the later on the same day as the Indy 500. The 600-miler at Charlotte is unique because it is NASCAR's longest race.
May 28, 2013 |
ABOUT A QUARTER of the way through NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, something snapped. It wasn't Kurt Busch's temper or a fuel line under Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet. It was Fox Sport's overhead TV camera cable, which split and landed on the track, causing damage to a few cars. NASCAR said it will wait on Fox Sports' investigation before deciding if such technology will be used in future races. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Associated Press yesterday that there were no plans to use the system at upcoming races "so we'll have ample time to review.
May 23, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Sunday, 6 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox 29/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 400 laps/600 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole winner: Aric Almirola, 192.94 mph Track qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 193.708 mph (October 2012) Track facts: The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday: drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts, and engine builder Maurice Petty.
October 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday. Much of the 1.7 percent increase in benefits could get wiped out by higher Medicare premiums, which are deducted from Social Security payments. At the same time, about 10 million working people who make more than $110,100 will be hit with a tax increase next year because more of their wages will be subjected to Social Security taxes.
August 7, 2012
The idea that a family with an income of $250,000 be considered "rich" is ridiculous. Pay your mortgage, school tuition, car payments, buy groceries, put clothing on your children's back, take a week's vacation at the Jersey Shore, and that does not include all the little disasters that pop up all the time over the course of a year, and I don't consider that rich. I know there are many with less and I feel fortunate to make ends meet, but please stop that nonsense. This whole "get the rich" campaign is mere pandering by President Obama to secure votes from the people who are hurting the most and are looking for help.
August 1, 2012 |
TIMES ARE SO TOUGH for the city that your property taxes are going up for the third straight year to help balance the budget. In a show of compassion after the latest rocky budget session, Mayor Nutter and at least half of the city's other elected officials are declining a 2.8 percent cost-of-living pay increase that took effect this month. But at least nine elected officials are likely pocketing the cash, according to data from the City Controller's Office . "I am taking it," said City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez.
June 14, 2012 |
Four 12-ounce cans cola soda (6 cans are needed if making granita) 12-ounce bag frozen cherries, thawed Chopped maraschino cherries, to garnish 1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the cola to a boil. Use caution and stir regularly until the foam subsides. Boil until you reduce the mixture to 1 cup, about 20 minutes. 2. In a blender, puree the cherries until smooth. Stir the cherries into the reduced cola and cook for another 2 minutes.
May 25, 2012 |
THIS IS A WEEK my Daily News sports colleagues dread. I frequently remind them Sunday is "the greatest day in sports, the Indianapolis 500 followed by the Coca-Cola 600?…?1,100 miles of racin' !" From early afternoon until late night, race cars go, go, go. First, IndyCars hurry around famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A little after 6 p.m., the NASCAR Sprint Car rumble at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 is gradually regaining the appeal it had before the sanctioning-organizations split in the mid-1990s of the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams.