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November 10, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Hoping to avert a costly legal battle over whether New Jerseyans should be able to bet on sports, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said he would introduce a bill Monday giving the state an exemption from a federal ban on sports betting. Pallone, a Democrat in the GOP-led House, said his bill would take effect immediately upon passage. How likely it is to get through Congress remains to be seen. It would represent the most direct path to approving sports betting in New Jersey.
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March 31, 1995 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal court judge yesterday ordered the state to make it easier for citizens to register to vote. The federal government sued the state for not implementing the federal "motor voter" law, which requires states to let citizens register to vote when they apply for driver's licenses, welfare and many other public services. The state opposed the law, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to order a state to implement the law. Bob Gentzel, a spokesman for Attorney General Ernie Preate, said the state also was concerned about a segment of the law that would stop the state from purging voters who hadn't voted in 2 1/2 years.
NEWS
February 2, 1995 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Pennsylvania yesterday drew another line in the sand in its fight with Washington over the motor-voter act when a Senate panel approved legislation that would circumvent a major provision of the federal law. By a 6-4 party-line vote, the Republican-led State Government Committee sent to the full Senate a bill that would not change state law on purging voters from registration rolls if they fail to vote in five straight elections. The federal law disallows voters to be dropped from the rolls, except when they die or move.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
SO, THAT'S what they mean by Miller High Life . With this month's ballyhooed legalization of marijuana in Colorado, some beer makers are adding playful drug references to their brand names and labels, and regulators can do little to censor them. Label oversight, a quirky if contentious area of federal alcohol law, has confounded breweries for years with often capricious standards that bear little on consumer protection. Federal law, for example, oddly prohibits the use of coats of arms or wording that promises "pre-war strength," whatever that means.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the second-biggest mistake of LaRue Y. Smith's life. Laid off from his job, Smith went to his computer, copied out a list of 7-Eleven stores in and around Philadelphia, grabbed a gun, and started sticking them up. The clerks and customers were terrified. Smith fired his revolver once, by accident, and almost shot himself in the leg. Police caught the former Marine eight weeks after his crimes had started in June 2007. Within hours, he confessed to a dozen robberies that netted him an unimpressive $2,510, plus cigarettes, chips, and soft drinks.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. President Obama's continued call on Friday for "commonsense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun" is something that everyone agrees with. Unfortunately, the president is misleadingly claiming what his proposals would do, and they are more likely to do more harm than good. Consider "background checks. " According to Obama and gun-control advocates, "40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check. " That is just false.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
October marked the 75th anniversary of the first federal law criminalizing marijuana. In November, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug, joining 32 states and municipalities that embrace marijuana's medicinal value or effectively ignore those who possess it in perfect health. One of the nation's most patriotic potheads, Ed Forchion, wanted to celebrate the Election Day victories, but the doors to his Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary were locked.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 34-year-old convicted felon was charged Friday with arranging the purchase through straw buyers of 17 handguns and semiautomatic rifles, including AK-47 and AR-15 assault weapons. Ilya Goldenberg, 34, of Trevose, Pa., faces a maximum 190 years in prison if convicted of all the charges against him. A federal grand jury charged Goldenberg and one of the alleged straw buyers, Larisa Rudka, 38, also of Trevose, in a 23-count indictment unsealed Friday. The indictment alleges that Goldenberg used Rudka and another straw buyer, who was identified only as MK and was previously charged, to purchase the weapons for him. According to the indictment, Goldenberg is a convicted felon and known cocaine user who is barred under federal law from owning firearms.
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NEWS
January 10, 2014
SO, THAT'S what they mean by Miller High Life . With this month's ballyhooed legalization of marijuana in Colorado, some beer makers are adding playful drug references to their brand names and labels, and regulators can do little to censor them. Label oversight, a quirky if contentious area of federal alcohol law, has confounded breweries for years with often capricious standards that bear little on consumer protection. Federal law, for example, oddly prohibits the use of coats of arms or wording that promises "pre-war strength," whatever that means.
NEWS
December 29, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law a bill increasing compensation for people who are wrongfully imprisoned, from $20,000 per year of incarceration to $50,000. The increase in the cap on statutory damages to $50,000 per year - or twice the claimant's income in the year before incarceration, whichever is greater - puts New Jersey in line with what federal law provides, according to the nonprofit Innocence Project. New Jersey is among 29 states and the District of Columbia providing some form of compensation to victims.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a landmark case being watched closely by other states, New Jersey made a final appeal Wednesday to be able to offer wagering on pro and college sports. And lawyers for the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA reiterated their position why New Jersey should be forbidden to do so. The two sides appeared in a packed courtroom for a 11/2-hour session before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. The three-member panel hearing arguments consisted of Judges Julio Fuentes, D. Michael Fisher, and Thomas Vanaskie.
NEWS
June 27, 2013
"I believe the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA was a critical step in strengthening equal rights for all. " - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D. Pa.) "Every American should have equal rights under the law, including the legal right to marry who they love and are committed to. " - U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor "The . . . ruling is now the law of the land. While the national debate over marriage will continue, it is appropriate that legally married same-sex couples receive equal treatment and benefits under the law. " - U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
NEWS
May 29, 2013
THE OBAMA administration's invasive search of Associated Press reporters' phone records offers another sharp reminder of why the nation needs a federal shield law to protect journalists' confidential sources: Government can't be trusted to always tell the truth or to always do what's right. Government officials often will have interests and agendas they want to protect from view. That's one reason the Founding Fathers created three branches of government to balance those interests and why they put press and speech protection in the First Amendment.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Jerry Markon, Sari Horwitz, and Jenna Johnson, Washington Post
Federal prosecutors charged the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings with terrorism on Monday, outlining a chilling plot in which the man and his brother allegedly used low-grade but deadly explosives timed to detonate a block apart. As he lay seriously injured in a Boston-area hospital, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property, counts that could bring him the death penalty. He made his first court appearance in an unusual, nonpublic proceeding in which a federal judge and several lawyers went to his hospital bed. The toll from the bombings, according to court documents and interviews on Monday, could have been far higher.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - How it affects children will be one factor the Justice Department weighs as it determines how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told Congress on Thursday. "I think among the kinds of things we will have to consider is the impact on children," along with factors such as violence connected to trafficking and organized crime, Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee. He commented in response to questions about ballot initiatives legalizing the drug.
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April 15, 2013 | By Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court this week will hear an emotional challenge to federal law on the adoption of Native American children, with several states, tribes, and children's welfare groups lining up to support current rules. The case involves a South Carolina couple fighting for custody of their adopted daughter who, after a court battle, was returned to her biological father in Oklahoma. At issue is the Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978 because of the high number of Indian children being removed from their homes by public and private agencies.
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