September 11, 2013 |
TRENTON - Accepting changes required by Gov. Christie, the Assembly passed legislation Monday that would expand the availability of tax breaks for businesses across the state, with one lawmaker calling the measure "the most comprehensive overhaul of state incentives" in New Jersey's history. The bill, which goes back to the Senate, includes perks for South Jersey: Businesses in eight southern counties would have to create fewer jobs and invest less than companies elsewhere in the state to qualify for the tax credits.
September 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Tax breaks for businesses, medical marijuana for children, and requirements aimed at tracking seized guns will be on the agenda Monday when the state Assembly convenes for the first time since June. The session comes with every Legislative seat up for election in November and lawmakers in the midst of reelection campaigns. The Assembly is set to reconsider the medical marijuana and gun legislation following conditional vetoes of both bills by Gov. Christie. It also plans to take up a measure that Christie was expected to conditionally veto, but had not acted on as of Friday evening.
September 6, 2013 |
BILLY DAVIS certainly isn't inflating expectations unrealistically. "I'm very anxious for the Redskins to show us who we are and where we are," the Eagles' defensive coordinator said in his weekly meeting with reporters yesterday. "The truth will be, at the end of that game, we'll know defensively how far along we are. We're coming up against the top rushing offense in the NFL last year, fifth in scoring, one of the top offenses out there. They're very talented across the board. They played all 16 games together last season," which can't be said of Davis' defense.
August 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.
August 9, 2013
WHEN IT first crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America in 1985, "Les Miserables" was arguably the greatest spectacle Broadway had ever seen. With its groundbreaking, turntable-driven staging, space-dominating barricades and brilliant, reality-altering lighting schemes, "Les Miserables" provided a powerful visual experience that matched the sonic intensity of the score. But during the past decade, the venerated "sung-through" version of Victor Hugo's classic 19th-century novel of love, deceit, despair and redemption has been shrinking.
August 8, 2013 |
The custom-suit comeback - replete with cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, and gingham-checked dress shirts - has arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. Within the last two years, three companies offering made-to-measure services hit the Philly streets: Indochino, Robbini Bespoke, and Suitsupply. Before those, Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants and Commonwealth Proper started making inroads as a new generation of tailors. And don't forget the established haberdasheries we've come to know and love - Ron Wilch Custom Tailoring and Boyds Philadelphia.
July 26, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I must take issue with your answer to "Needs the Right Words. " He asked about his son and his son's half-brother visiting his beach house. (He didn't want the half-brother included.) Once you become a father, it is not all about "you" anymore. The 12-year-old boy is now, and forever will be, his son's half-brother. Unless this man wants to distance himself from his son and cause permanent damage to their relationship, he needs to get some therapy so he will be able to think of that boy in a different way and can deal with him in the future.
July 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he is fast-tracking legislation that would allow him to put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a national referendum - an apparent attempt to silence hard-liners in his party and coalition government. Netanyahu spoke three days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress has been made toward a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled for five years. Kerry has invited Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington for preliminary talks, though wide gaps remain on the framework of the actual negotiations.
July 19, 2013 |
THE NOTORIOUS MURDER at the end of the astoundingly well-judged "Fruitvale Station" lurks behind a dreamy mirage of social progress. It's New Year's Eve 2008, a Bay Area Rapid Transit train carries a happy Oakland-bound cargo of blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians and combinations in between. The mood is warm, buzzed, congenial - everyone makes room, everyone seems prepared to give up his seat to someone more tired, or older, or pregnant. For a moment, on this train and in this place, the purported Obama era dream of a post-racial America seems possible - what a smart, smooth sequence this is. Then there's a scuffle.
July 18, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned "Stand Your Ground" laws Tuesday, saying the measures "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense" and may encourage "violent situations to escalate. " On the books in more than 30 states, the statutes have become a focal point of a complicated national debate over race, crime, and culpability following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of murder charges on Saturday.