July 8, 2015 |
A Camden man sought in a shooting was hiding between two cars last week when he shot at a police officer who had been following his vehicle, prosecutors said during the suspect's arraignment Monday. The bullets from the 9mm handgun carried by Victor Bennett struck the windows of a police vehicle driven by Camden County Officer Prince Reed, prosecutors said. A bullet fragment also hit Reed's arm. In Superior Court in Camden on Monday, Reed sat toward the front with more than 20 Camden County police officers.
May 4, 2015 |
THE BOY SCOUTS, Bart Simpson, angry protesters and random kids in the woods with a stick and rubber band have used them for decades. In New Jersey, though, possession or transport of a slingshot is a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, and there are a few residents, a gun-rights attorney and a state assemblyman trying to change the law. "There was no crime wave of slingshots that ever resulted in them becoming illegal," said gun-rights...
March 17, 2015 |
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
March 14, 2015 |
The head of the Monmouth County, N.J., branch of the SPCA has resigned amid allegations that he sent racist, sexist, and homophobic text messages to employees. Victor "Buddy" Amato is accused of disparaging women, African Americans, Jewish people, and gays in dozens of messages, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Freehold. The lawsuit was filed by Sue DesMarais of Jackson, an animal-cruelty investigator, who says she lost her job when she complained to her superiors about the text messages.
February 8, 2015 |
A Monmouth County, N.J., lawsuit alleging that the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rights of an atheist schoolchild and sought to have them stricken has been dismissed. For a local high school senior, that was good news indeed. Samantha Jones, 18, who attends Highland Regional High School; her parents; and two of her siblings had intervenor status in American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District . The decision "does affirm our right to say under God in the Pledge of Allegiance," Jones said.
January 20, 2014 |
Patricia M. Morris, a soloist from Woodstown's Morning Star Baptist Church, stands regally on the bimah at Congregation M'kor Shalom, microphone in hand. "I worship you because of who you are," she sings, as a spirited multitude of voices - black, white, Christian, and Jewish - proceeds to raise the Cherry Hill synagogue's roof. And all this is a mere dress rehearsal for the Unity Choir's annual performances this weekend. "It is one of the greatest highlights of the year for M'kor Shalom," says Rabbi Richard Address, who calls the choir "compelling and uplifting.
September 2, 2013 |
It's over. Come Labor Day, gone is the summer tourism season of 2013, the one that held so much hope for visitors, businesses, and officials along the Jersey Shore after the region was ravaged 10 months ago by Sandy, probably the worst natural disaster to strike the area in modern history. The final grade? Fair. Visitors - whether day trippers, weekend warriors, or those who plan vacations of weeks or months - look for long stretches of perfect beach days. Up and down the coast, they want sunny, hot - not too humid - weather, and nice, warm, clean surf.
August 14, 2013
Midsummer in New Jersey brings to mind the boardwalk, the ocean, and, of course, the election. OK, the election is just this summer. Thanks to Gov. Christie's novel approach to election scheduling, which takes note of nothing so much as his own election, New Jersey will choose a successor to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in October - three weeks before Christie runs in the regularly scheduled November election. The Senate nominees will be chosen in a special primary today. On the Democratic side, The Inquirer has endorsed Newark Mayor CORY BOOKER , who has earned national recognition for his handling of urban issues.
August 14, 2013 |
Two grandmotherly radicals, a dude wearing a Soviet logo who calls himself "a run-of-the-mill anarchist," and a write-in candidate for governor who's barely old enough to vote. These were among the dozen or so revolutionaries who assembled Sunday for the Socialist Party of New Jersey's biennial convention, a gathering of Garden State residents with grand - if not grandiose - goals for the nation, perhaps the world. "Upheaval is exactly what we need. Our [current] system is corrupt and sends millions of people into poverty," declares party secretary Pat Noble, 20, who last year was elected to the Red Bank Regional School Board.
August 7, 2013 |
Fifth in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. In 1988, Marlene Howard threw her weight behind 37-year-old Frank Pallone for the U.S. House seat that her husband, James J. Howard, had held when he died. "Right out of college, he helped us. He was a hard worker. He used to register voters for my late husband, and he campaigned for us," Marlene Howard, 82, of Spring Lake Heights, recalled Friday. Since Pallone was elected that year, Howard said, he has "always continued everything Jim stood for. " Twenty-five years later, the family of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, whose death in June set up a special election for his seat, has endorsed Pallone as the only candidate "ready to continue Frank Lautenberg's progressive leadership in the U.S. Senate.