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December 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers celebrate mothers-in-law. I was in a marriage that ended sadly but amicably. I've kept in touch with my mother-in-law, with whom I had become quite close, in spite of the fact that we were two very different women. About two years ago, I was going through a difficult financial and emotional time. I don't know if she heard through my ex-husband or just sensed it, but she knew I needed help. She sent me an email: "When you and [son] parted ways, you asked me to hold on to your engagement ring.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A New Jersey judge ruled Tuesday that a law that allowed Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden from rival Virtua Health was unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Hurd, ruling orally from the bench in Trenton, ordered the Christie administration not to implement the law. Hurd did not issue a written decision. Richard P. Miller, chief executive of Virtua, praised the ruling and said the hospital looked "forward to continuing our focus on what is most critical to South Jersey residents, which is our ongoing provision of experienced, award-winning, and high quality EMS services for the people in the city of Camden, and the 76 other municipalities we serve in Camden and Burlington Counties.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
J-Law: Yes, I did it Jennifer Lawrence , 25, admits that on at least one occasion, she continued to kiss Hunger Games costar Liam Hemsworth after the cameras stopped rolling. But it doesn't mean anything, people. "Liam and I grew up together. Liam's real hot," she said on Watch What Happens Live . The Oscar-winner was informed Justin Bieber recently said he finds her "so sexy" and "so cute. " Would she ever date the warbler? "I'm going to say a hard no," said J-Law.
NEWS
December 23, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie called Monday for loosening New Jersey's "extraordinarily strict and expansive gun control laws," endorsing a report he commissioned that said state regulations had placed unfair burdens on law-abiding residents who want to obtain, carry, and transport firearms. Christie released the report six months after he announced he had created a commission to review the state's gun laws. A day after he signed an executive order announcing the commission, Christie officially declared his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A federal judge on Wednesday said the law firm retained by Gov. Christie's office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case engaged in "opacity and gamesmanship" while conducting a taxpayer-funded investigation into the matter. But U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton nevertheless ruled that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P. did not have to turn over documents requested by two former Christie allies accused in the case, because the documents either did not exist or were not pertinent to the charges they faced.
NEWS
December 18, 2015
A Montgomery County businessman was charged Wednesday with violating environmental regulations by discarding water samples that did not meet federal standards and falsifying reports. Federal prosecutors said Matthew Brozena of Telford, president of MAB Environmental Services Inc., violated the Clean Water Act while operating wastewater treatment plants for BC Natural Chicken and Buckingham Valley Nursing Center. Brozena, 58, allegedly instructed his employees to discard water samples that had more pollutants than federal permits allowed and to falsely report test results.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
The Center City law firm Fox Rothschild said it would merge with the Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in January, bringing the number of lawyers at the Philadelphia firm to more than 700. Fox Rothschild has been on a steady growth trajectory since early 2014, when the number of lawyers stood at 530. Its strategy of focusing on a large and diverse group of clients, many of them privately held businesses, has helped to insulate it...
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, STAFF WRITER
Edward W. Mullinix, 91, formerly of St. Davids, a retired partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P., died Wednesday, Dec. 9, of Alzheimer's disease at the Forest at Duke in Durham, N.C. Mr. Mullinix started his career with Schnader in 1949. He specialized in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. During his most active years, he worked principally in litigation involving commercial and antitrust cases, and in lawyer and judge disciplinary proceedings.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ballard Spahr lawyers are betting on a handful of area start-up companies they hope will become the next Comcasts or Microsofts. The Philadelphia law firm has launched a program to promote small to medium-size businesses by offering them discounted legal and financial advice, in the belief the firms will prosper and stick with Ballard for legal representation. Gregory Seltzer, cochair of the firm's emerging-growth practice, said companies are selected on a competitive basis. Companies admitted to the program are offered monthly sessions with financial planners, tax experts, and lawyers versed in the complexities of forming new businesses.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MAYBE FRANK Rizzo could've sorted this out. Because even Rizzo, the hard-nosed Philadelphia police commissioner-turned-mayor, saw his son-in-law Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr. for what he was: a good man. Maybe Rizzo could have explained to the prosecutors and the judge that "Joe Vito" was actually a kindhearted genius and a compassionate workaholic who was generous to a fault - even if he made a living as an unrepentant sports bookmaker....
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