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May 11, 2013 | By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - The location of the trees that Joyce Kilmer wrote were more lovely than any poem has long been in dispute, with a handful of towns from Massachusetts to Indiana claiming to have inspired the verse. But a New Jersey historian said he now has irrefutable proof that Kilmer was stirred by the woods of the Ramapo Valley when he wrote the well-known words, "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. " Alex Michelini, founder of the Joyce Kilmer Society in Mahwah, said Friday that a letter written in 1929 by Kilmer's widow, Aline, to a graduate student shows that "Trees" was written on Feb. 2, 1913, at the couple's former home in Mahwah.
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August 26, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the calls for help came that September day in 1934, volunteer first aid squads were still new - and about to face a very real test. A fire had spread through the luxury liner Morro Castle as it rocked and rolled through a nor'easter off the New Jersey coast. Scores of passengers were burned and injured; 137 died. First aiders from 34 squads sprang into action, triaging victims and transporting many to area hospitals. Three years later, they were again called on for a major disaster when the luxury airship Hindenburg was engulfed in flames while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Ocean County.
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April 28, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The foreclosure nightmare that haunted U.S. homeowners during and after the Great Recession has loosened its grip considerably in most states. In New Jersey, the bad dream just gets scarier. Foreclosures there are 17 percent higher than they were in 2014, and bank repossessions of homes are up 18 percent, the housing-analytics firm RealtyTrac reported last week - even as the rest of the country logged the lowest foreclosure numbers in eight years. One in every 234 homes in the state with a mortgage is in some stage of the foreclosure process - the fifth-highest rate in the nation.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Burlington County Bridge Commission calls them "openings. " But to the hundreds of motorists stuck each time the deck of the Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington-Bristol Bridges rises, those random events are definitely closings. "My son has a doctor's appointment at 6 o'clock," said a frustrated William Lyou, stuck in an opening last week that had begun at 5:13 p.m. It was 5:32, peak rush hour. Traffic on Route 73 in New Jersey was backed up for nearly a mile, and vehicles on Robbins Street in Philadelphia were halted for blocks.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
Question 1 Do you approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, as agreed to by the Legislature, to allow contributions set by law to be taken from the salaries of Supreme Court Justices and Superior Court Judges for their employee benefits? (93% of the vote) Yes . . . 1,274,618 No . . . 774,121 Question 2 Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act"? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey's colleges and universities.
NEWS
January 19, 2006
In his inaugural, Gov. Corzine said he would "never settle for less than excellence. " What does that mean to you in terms of how the state operates? What should he do to ensure that fellow state leaders uphold that same standard? Share your ideas in essays of 250 words or fewer. E-mail us by Wednesday at sjvoices@phillynews.com, fax 856-779-3221, or write to The Inquirer, attn: Community Voices, 53 Haddonfield Rd., Suite 300, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002. Please put "Corzine" in the subject line.
SPORTS
June 8, 2012 | By Greg Beacham, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer shook up his lineup with the Devils down to their last gasp in the Stanley Cup Finals. Forward Petr Sykora and defenseman Henrik Tallinder cracked the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday night. And the Devils pulled out a 3-1 victory to stay alive. The Kings lead the series, three games to one. Tallinder has been out since January because of a blood clot, but apparently was ready to play in this series. "Peter Harrold played great, gave us some good minutes," DeBoer said.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
TRENTON - More than five years after New Jersey passed a law to start tracking prescription drug use, the state will launch a database to monitor use of dangerous drugs with the intent of helping doctors spot abusers more quickly and authorities stop drug dealers. The database, which has been collecting information since Sept. 1, contains more than four million prescriptions. Starting this month, doctors and pharmacies, including mail-order operations, can access detailed patient information on prescriptions for painkillers, steroids, sedatives, and stimulants.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Rick Short is convinced that red-light cameras are little more than "right-turn-on-red cash cows" for New Jersey municipalities. The self-employed father of four is so sure the devices don't make intersections safer - as proponents insist - he's challenged Cherry Hill officials to "prove me wrong. " And if they can do that, the township resident promises to "stand in the rain or snow for five hours at Route 70 and Springdale Road with a sign" acknowledging the mistake. I interview Short, 47, at a Cherry Hill Starbucks, where he arrives with charts, spreadsheets, and talking points.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
The results of New Jersey municipal and school board elections are available by phone and online. Camden County Board of Elections 856-401-VOTE (8683) or 1-800-418-9427 www.philly.com/camden Burlington County Board of Elections 609-265-5062 www.philly.com/burlington Gloucester County Board of Elections 856-384-4500 www.philly.com/gloucester
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June 29, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
He had them at "sit down and shut up!" In the summer of 2011, some Republican leaders and billionaire donors begged Gov. Christie to run for president to save the party. Less than thrilled with the available options, they loved his blunt style and success in a blue state. Christie wavered, but passed. "Now is not my time," he said. As Christie prepares to announce his 2016 presidential intentions Tuesday, after months of travels to early-voting states, some question whether he missed his moment.
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June 27, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie seemed to play coy Thursday night on his presidential plans even as people with knowledge of his intentions said he would announce a campaign next week. The Republican governor will make the announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School, in the North Jersey town where he grew up, two sources confirmed to The Inquirer. The planned announcement was first reported Thursday by WNYC. On his monthly radio show Thursday night, Christie said he had not decided whether to run. "There's been absolutely no final decision made by me," Christie said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor program.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware is opening its first medical marijuana dispensary Friday, three years after New Jersey took the leap in the region and allowed this type of business. First State Compassion Center is launching its new cannabis-growing and retail operation inside a former tile warehouse in a Wilmington industrial park. New Jersey has three dispensaries, including one in Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City. So far, 340 Delaware residents with qualifying ailments have registered to purchase a maximum of six ounces of cannabis a month, said Emily Knearl, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Public Health.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats' top priority in passing a budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday is to make a full contribution to the underfunded pension system for public workers. They have taken familiar steps to accomplish this, such as pushing legislation that would raise taxes on the state's highest earners and on corporations. Those components are part of a budget they advanced in committee Tuesday, setting up a full vote by the Legislature on Thursday. But Democrats also used a slick accounting maneuver to say they are making the full $3.1 billion payment for fiscal 2016, as was required by a 2011 law. (A state Supreme Court decision this month struck down that requirement.)
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Way back when, New Jersey was not the Garden State. It was the Kill or Be Killed State. And at the top of the heap was a fearsome creature called Mosasaurus , currently playing a memorable role in that new dinosaur flick you may have heard about. Mosasaurus was no dinosaur. It was a marine reptile, part of a broader family called the mosasaurs, in an era when much of New Jersey was underwater. While the toothy carnivores were common in much of the world, the first North American fossil specimens were found in New Jersey in the early 1800s, shaping our knowledge of prehistory well before anyone had a good idea what a dinosaur was. Fossil-hunters today continue to find mosasaur vertebrae and horror-movie teeth - some of them 5 inches long - at sites in Gloucester and Monmouth Counties.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington. U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected almost all of Menendez's arguments in favor of holding the trial in Washington and said a Newark trial would be more convenient to Menendez's constituents. "Justice's workings, such as judicial proceedings, should be readily transparent when possible," Walls said in reading his opinion from the bench.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
New Jersey's highest court has noted that the state "can boast a long and proud tradition of . . . hostility to secrecy in government. " Now a state court can correct a glaring affront to that tradition. Secrecy surrounded the investigation of the violent deaths of New Jersey insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, from its earliest days in September, and it persists even now - more than two months after the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office closed the case. As a recent lawsuit on behalf of Inquirer journalists notes, officials continue to suppress records related to the crime "even though the investigation is over, even though it consumed countless public resources, and even though the Sheridan family has raised serious questions about it. " Filed in state Superior Court in Somerset County, the complaint asks that state and local authorities be ordered to release records related to the crime and the investigation.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Debate over a huge international trade agreement has scrambled the normal political allegiances on Capitol Hill and across the Philadelphia region. The city's three Democratic House members - usually reliable White House allies - have lined up against one of President Obama's top priorities. Typical political foes such as Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) have sided with the president. Toomey voted to give Obama "fast-track" authority that could help him complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he walked into Mary's Cafe in Maple Shade that June night 65 years ago, he was planning to get a late meal with friends. But as the time passed and no one waited on them, a pleasant evening turned ugly. Martin Luther King Jr., fellow seminary student Walter McCall, and their dates were confronted by the restaurant's gun-toting proprietor and forced to leave. King later recalled the incident in congressional testimony as one of the inspirations for the civil rights struggle he would lead.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philly Pretzel Factory wants to take the distinct taste of the Philadelphia soft pretzel to the rest of America and around the world. Its first international store is set to open in Nassau in the Bahamas by the end of this month. The franchisee opening in Nassau already owns three pretzel stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "I get e-mails all the time from people all over the world who want to open a franchise," said Tom Monaghan, Philly Pretzel's first chief development officer.
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