April 7, 2016 |
TRENTON - For the second consecutive fiscal year, the Christie administration and the Legislature's chief budget officer offered similar revenue projections, portending a smooth budget process even as the governor and Democrats fight over initiatives like a proposed constitutional amendment to mandate pension funding for public employees. During much of Gov. Christie's tenure, the state's revenue estimates proved to be overly optimistic, leaving the state to scramble near the end of the fiscal year to balance the budget, as required by the New Jersey constitution.
November 14, 2015 |
The sins of the father are visited on the children - and then some - in the provocative documentary What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy . A study in guilt, shame, acceptance, and denial, David Evans' sobering film tracks Philippe Sands, a human-rights lawyer and a Jew whose family was riven by the events of the Holocaust, as he meets and travels with two septuagenarian sons of high-ranking officers of the Third Reich. One, Hans Frank, was tried and sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trials; his son, Niklas, struggles with the knowledge that the DNA of "the butcher of Poland" courses through his blood.
October 5, 2015 |
RIBERA, N.M. - Anna Nupson lit another Marlboro Smooth as she sat in the garage that doubles as her office. The cluttered folding table beside her white Jeep is a makeshift desk. She smokes half a pack a day here, on an idyllic 40-acre ranch in the New Mexico plains - land she purchased using inheritance money from her family's tobacco business, John Middleton Inc. The A Star M Ranch is sprawling, with its horses and alpaca, glass-enclosed artwork, and sparkling chandeliers. But an overwhelming anxiety pushes Nupson away from the opulence and into the garage.
September 30, 2015 |
Gov. Christie said Monday that he would not consider raising the state's tax on gasoline unless lawmakers pared back other levies, though he didn't endorse a specific plan. Christie's transportation commissioner has said the state will run out of money for road, bridge, and rail projects in July. "I will consider any option that's presented to me as long as those options include tax fairness for the people of New Jersey," Christie said Monday morning at a breakfast in Morris County hosted by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.
July 29, 2015 |
And the Houston millions? Celebs, including Oprah Winfrey , Wendy Williams , Dr. Phil , and Missy Elliott mourned the death Sunday of Bobbi Kristina Brown , 22, who had been in a medically induced coma since being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31. Her illness and death are something of a mystery. An autopsy is in the works, but an official cause of death may not be available for weeks, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said on Monday.
April 20, 2015 |
What are you going to do with all your stuff ? Baby boomers amassed serious assets during their lifetimes. Say you want to leave your children and grandkids some personal belongings - art, furniture, books, sterling silver and collectibles. Often that's done through a will. But it's best to have "the talk" while you're alive. Perhaps more than one child wants something with memories: mom's cookie jar, dad's pipe, or grandma's overstuffed chair. Welcome to an inheritance minefield.
December 22, 2014 |
Getting an inheritance, even a small one, offers financial opportunities and risks. Don't blow it, most experts say. But how, since being named a beneficiary is a rare event in most of our lives? Drawing on an interview with financial adviser Jason Flurry, Bankrate.com writer Judy Martel says many people jump into risky investments with inherited money - a move that could sweep away a windfall. "Many heirs don't know how to handle a windfall and end up no better off than they were before," Martel writes.
July 18, 2014
I HATE "urban music," whether it's rap, hip-hop, gangsta or whatever else they're calling it these days. The brutal assault on my ears and my dignity (Beyonce, honey: Jay Z and your gynecologist should be the only ones gazing at . . . that) makes me wonder what Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston would think of the trashy mess. When I wrote something similar a few years ago, I got called a lot of things that would fit right in with an urban melody. I also, predictably, was labeled a racist because, as everyone knows, you cannot malign rap, etc., without also wanting to repeal the 13th Amendment.
February 16, 2014 |
Theirs is not the kind of medical history anyone wants. The grandchildren of George Melling hope others can learn from the trail of death and damaged hearts that runs through their family tree. Four cousins - the children of two of George's daughters - died decades ago when their hearts stopped suddenly. Two were teenagers; another was 22 years old. When one of the mothers developed heart problems, a Johns Hopkins University doctor began looking for inherited heart defects in other family members and readily found them.
January 17, 2014 |
WHEN OFFICER Gennaro "Gerry" Pellegrini Jr. became the first Philadelphia cop to lose his life while serving in the Iraq War in 2005, the badge he wore, which belonged to his father before him, was retired. Today, that badge - No. 3722 - will be called out of retirement and placed on the chest of Pellegrini's first cousin, Gregory Kravitz, who will graduate as an officer from the Philadelphia Police Academy this morning. Kravitz's mother, Denise, was proud of her son's decision to become a cop. Her brother, Gennaro Pellegrini Sr., served more than 25 years on the force and her husband, Officer Howard Kravitz, has almost 24 years with Philadelphia police.