April 27, 2013 |
TRENTON - The names of hundreds of thousands of current and former New Jersey residents who have been involuntarily committed to psychiatric facilities have been added to an FBI database used to bar firearms purchases by people with criminal records or a history of mental illness. New Jersey court officials said that they began forwarding digital records to the FBI earlier this year and that they expect to complete the program by the end of May. The Civil Commitment Automated Tracking system has turned over identities of 280,000 people subject to involuntary civil commitment dating to 1975 in 16 of the state's 21 counties.
September 28, 2004 |
Fishermen, if not the fish, got a reprieve yesterday as Gov. McGreevey signed into law new size limits for striped bass that will bring the state into compliance with national regulations. An emergency vote by the state Senate - followed by the governor's signature just three hours later - averted a federal ban on the popular fishing season just as it was getting under way. The new daily catch and possession regulations, which allow anglers to keep one fish 24 to 28 inches long and another that measures more than 34 inches, were adopted by the Assembly in June.
April 7, 1998 |
This is the first and only state that allows doctor-assisted suicide. And now that two such deaths have taken place, many Oregonians worry that the federal government may try to nullify the law. The general feeling in Oregon seems to be that the statute worked precisely as it should when two people ended their lives in recent weeks using lethal drugs prescribed by their physicians. "I think people in Oregon made a decision and the Congress should leave us alone," said Sheri Williams, 29, a bank clerk from Waldport, Ore. "You can't just do it, you know.
February 8, 2008 |
The state Assembly yesterday approved a measure that asks New Jersey voters to allow Atlantic City casinos to take bets on professional sporting events. Before the vote, the bill's sponsors promised to amend the measure to possibly include sports wagering at the state's ailing racetracks if it passed in the Senate, which has not yet taken up the issue. The Assembly voted 58-17 to approve the bill, even though federal law limits sports betting or lotteries to four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.
March 7, 1996 |
The new federal ban on Internet "indecency" isn't even being enforced by the government, but that hardly matters to journalist Jim Warren. He insists that he has already been censored because of it. And he's quitting. "I am right now writing my final column [for BoardWatch, a print and online magazine], because I'm resigning," Warren, 60, of San Francisco, said this week. An intentionally crude reference to the imagined sexual practices of a U.S. senator was excised from Warren's latest column denouncing the indecency ban. Warren's editor, David Hakala, said yesterday that he cut the offending paragraph only out of concern for readers' sensibilities.
October 31, 1994 |
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Singel went toe-to-toe here yesterday with 15 angry members of the Elk County Militia, a group of gun owners upset over his position on assault weapons. The group confronted the lieutenant governor as he entered a political dinner. Before it was over, Singel got into a shouting match with a man who said Singel had violated his oath of office for supporting legislation that conflicts with the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The group also accused him of not being tough enough on people who break the law, a reference to Republican Tom Ridge's assertion that Singel has been "soft" on crime as chairman of the state Board of Pardons.
December 22, 2012 |
Friday's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., has spurred talk of reviving a ban on assault weapons - a term so loosely used its meaning depends on who is speaking. So, what is an assault weapon, exactly? Was Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's .223 caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle one? Colloquially, the phrase "assault weapon" is often used to describe semi-automatic, military-style rifles. Semi-automatic means that each pull of the trigger fires one round. These firearms have a broad set of cosmetic features that make them look like military weapons.
February 19, 2016 |
Lawyers for professional sports leagues and the State of New Jersey clashed in oral arguments Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case that could decide the fate of a years-long effort by New Jersey to institute sports betting. The case features two of the nation's top legal guns, Paul Clement, who represented the sports leagues, and Theodore Olson, who argued on behalf of New Jersey. Both served at different times as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush.
June 13, 2015 |
Padge-Victoria Windslowe - Philadelphia's self-styled "Michelangelo of buttocks injections" - was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison for killing a woman and injuring another with illegal liquid silicone injections. As when she testified in her defense in March, Windslowe, 43, a transgender woman who also goes by the handle "Black Madam," insisted she believed her buttocks enhancement injections were safe. "I never knew the danger of this product," Windslowe told Common Pleas Court Judge Rosemarie DeFino-Nastasi.
February 26, 2008 |
IT IS TIME TO END the federal ban on blood donations from gay men. The policy, established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1983 after the rise of the AIDS crisis, is based, at least, on outdated science, and, at worst, on bigotry. The FDA forbids the use of blood donated by any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, claiming on its Web site that they "have an HIV prevalence . . . 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first-time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than repeat blood donors.