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July 13, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
In a ruling hailed by municipalities and denounced as a victory for "wealthy towns," New Jersey's Appellate Division ruled Monday that cities and townships are not required to zone for affordable housing needs that went unmet between 1999 and 2015. "We hold that the Fair Housing Act does not require a municipality to retroactively calculate a new 'separate and discrete' affordable housing obligation arising during the 'gap period,' " the three-judge panel wrote. Instead, it said, municipalities should use previously established methods for calculating their present and future affordable housing needs through 2025.
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July 11, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
As a growing number of police departments nationally install video cameras on dashboards and purchase body cameras, a transparency activist in New Jersey says the footage should be made available to the public. "It's in the best interest of the police and in the best interest of the public," John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project, said last week. A state appeals panel has agreed with Paff, upholding a lower court that allowed him to see the dashcam video of a Jan. 29, 2014, traffic stop in which a Tuckerton Borough patrol officer allegedly sicced his police dog on an unarmed motorist.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The GOP-controlled legislature was within its powers when it approved an eleventh-hour delay - and rewording - of a ballot question raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, a Commonwealth Court panel has ruled. A three-judge panel found that the legislature acted properly when it approved the delay just weeks before the April 26 primary, when the question was initially scheduled to appear on the ballot. Legislators sought the delay because they said they believed the wording was obscure and confusing.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
By any measure, federal authorities said Thursday, she is an extraordinary young woman. A 24-year-old nursing assistant who, from the moment she was violently snatched off a Germantown street two years ago, had the presence of mind to leave behind the trail of clues that eventually would aid in her rescue. One who, even while locked in the trunk of her abductor's car as he drove her across three states, attentively noted the noises his tires made as he switched from paved to unpaved roads - a trick she'd picked up from a movie.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Delaware County Orphans' Court Judge Chad F. Kenney on Tuesday approved the sale of the tax-exempt Crozer-Keystone Health System for $300 million to Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., a court official said. Most of the money will go toward Crozer's liabilities, including its $160 mllion in long-term debt and pension obligations, according to a 191-page petition filed June 3 Prospect, which is based in Los Angeles and already has 14 hospitals in California, Texas, Rhode Island, and New Jersey, has promised to spend $200 million sprucing up the financially neglected Crozer facilities in its first five years of ownership.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
On Friday, two days before Paul Kuzan allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow in their Northeast Philadelphia home, the couple traveled to Carbon County, Pa., for a court hearing. There, a judge granted a six-month extension on a protection-from-abuse order that Kuzan's ex-wife had filed against him June 13 on behalf of herself and their two children. Given the ruling, his ex-wife's father, Richard Orr, said, he was sure that Kuzan, 41, would try to kill his daughter and grandchildren.
NEWS
July 1, 2016
ISSUE | ABORTION High court ruling a victory for women The Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday protected access to safe, legal abortion by blocking two unconstitutional Texas restrictions that threatened to close all but nine health centers in the state ("Texas abortion ruling could have wide impact," Tuesday). The court recognized that requiring clincs to meet hospital-like surgical standards and doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital were unjustified burdens.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
I VOWED that I would never vote for Donald Trump. I have written, at last count, seven columns explaining why he repulses me. That is still true; his being and character necessitate spiritual Dramamine. He is, to put it simply, the human equivalent of mayonnaise, the single most disgusting substance I have encountered in my 54 years on Earth. And yet, of course, the rest of this column will be devoted to why, barring some deus ex machina named Paul Ryan, I will vote for him in November.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
IF YOU WANT to read brainy prose about Monday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding abortion restrictions in Texas, you should totally check out the opinion that Justice Stephen Breyer penned for the court. Pour yourself some tea, lift it with a raised pinkie, and savor Breyer's facility with the English language. I'm telling you, the man has a way with words. But if you're squeezed for time, let me sum up for you the court's opinion in one sentence: "Don't make s--- up and expect us to buy it. " Hence, the court gutted the Texas bill called H.B. 2, which, in the guise of protecting a woman's health, instead impinged on her right to have an abortion.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell with a ruling likely to reverberate through other high-profile corruption cases, including those against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) Within minutes of the unanimous opinion's release, lawyers for Fattah - who was convicted last week on federal charges of racketeering, bribery, and fraud, and then resigned from Congress - were scouring the decision, which narrowed the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for official actions.
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