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July 10, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Corp. is open to selling the Showboat to save the casino hotel from closure, the company confirmed Tuesday. "We're willing to sell if we receive a reasonable offer from a responsible buyer," spokesman Gary Thompson said. "We've received some expressions of interest from a number of groups and are reviewing them. " Caesars announced June 26 that the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat was seeing its last summer. Its 2,100 employees received notices the following day that the casino planned to close Aug. 31. Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers' union representing about 900 of Showboat's employees, will stage a protest Wednesday - starting at 5 p.m. at Brighton Park, just off the Boardwalk - over the planned closure.
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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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January 20, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Jamie Kerstetter is in her pink slippers with the pom-poms. And why shouldn't she be? It's a Sunday morning, and she's settling in to a long day during which she won't leave the apartment. The cards are dealt, on the screen, four tables going at once, a far cry from the 20 poker games this former tax lawyer used to fire up on her computer screen in Mexico, where she would spend hour after twitchy hour playing online Texas hold 'em. "My boyfriend and I would sit all day and not talk to each other except when one of us would say, 'Wanna order out?
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
July 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge may have its last opportunity, on Thursday, to hear from a high-ranking official in the Christie administration. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark has asked the panel to hold off on calling several witnesses, even as legislators prepared to take testimony from Gov. Christie's incoming chief of staff, Regina Egea. The committee had hoped to hear from "a number of individuals," said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
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
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
That New Jersey ranks highly as a good place to raise children isn't surprising. After all, its residents are among the wealthiest per capita in America.   But the makers of public policy in the state must address shortcomings in combating child poverty that the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kid's Count report says have gotten worse since the recession. New Jersey ranked fourth overall in the report — below New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Pennsylvania was 14th.
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July 21, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The Iraqi writer Faleeha Hassan liked an American friend's recent suggestion to collaborate on a poem about peace - until she realized she knew too little about the subject. "I don't live with peace," Hassan says. "I live with horrible things, with death, with children who are killed for no reason. I live with war. " No longer: Since 2012, Hassan and her two children have been living in Gloucester County. They were resettled in Washington Township by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, after fleeing Iraq for Turkey in 2011.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The corporate rush to pay less in U.S. taxes reached a new milestone Friday when drugmaker AbbVie agreed to pay $54.8 billion to acquire Shire P.L.C. In such so-called tax inversions, U.S.-based corporations buy other corporations whose tax "domiciles" are in countries with lower corporate taxes, while leaving most of their operations and employees in the United States. About 1,000 of Shire's approximately 5,000 employees (and 300 contractors) work in Chesterbrook - the deal's impact on them is unclear - with nearly 40 percent of revenue tied to medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures pressed a senior Christie administration official Thursday to explain why she didn't aggressively pursue allegations that the resulting traffic jams involved possible wrongdoing. As the hearing proceeded in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said at an event in Newark that media reports describing his office's investigation into the lane closures "have been almost entirely incorrect. " In what may be the panel's last chance to square off with the administration, legislators focused their questioning on a Sept.
SPORTS
July 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA STARS, 1983-84 Here is a look at the 2 years the Stars played in Philadelphia: 1983 About the Stars (15-3): Coached by Jim Mora after George Perles unexpectedly bolted for the Michigan State job just before the season started . . . Running back Kelvin Bryant was the league MVP, but it was coordinator Vince Tobin's "Doghouse Defense" that led the way in the regular season. Philadelphia allowed less than 12 points per game during the regular season (but 62 in their two playoff games . . . Played at Veterans Stadium where they averaged 18,650 in attendance . . . Overcame seven turnovers and a 21-point deficit with 12 minutes left to stun Chicago in overtime of a playoff game at the Vet. The game was terrific.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge may have its last opportunity, on Thursday, to hear from a high-ranking official in the Christie administration. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark has asked the panel to hold off on calling several witnesses, even as legislators prepared to take testimony from Gov. Christie's incoming chief of staff, Regina Egea. The committee had hoped to hear from "a number of individuals," said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
NEWS
July 17, 2014
THE DECLINE in the fortunes of New Jersey's casinos - Trump Plaza earlier this week was just the latest to announce it is expected to close - should surprise no one. But those of us in Pennsylvania who might secretly take small satisfaction from New Jersey's woes - because they were driven in good measure by our own encroachment into the gaming market with the passage of a 2004 law - should limit the gloating. In fact, instead of gloating, we should ask: When does our decline begin?
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite recent improvements, Pennsylvania remains one of the nation's most dangerous states for traffic fatalities, while New Jersey, by some measures, is among the safest, according to a new study. Pennsylvania had the fourth-most traffic fatalities in 2012, with 1,310 people killed in traffic accidents. New Jersey recorded 589 traffic deaths, which placed it 22d among the states. That represented a significant reduction from the number of traffic deaths in 2005. Pennsylvania's number of fatalities dropped by 18.9 percent, while New Jersey's was down by 21.3 percent.
NEWS
July 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Florence Matthews, 80, of Mount Laurel, beloved local restaurateur, accomplished cook, crack bartender, and hostess extraordinaire, died Wednesday, July 2, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. She was in the hospital for dehydration, her oldest daughter, Judy Dress, said. She had been receiving treatment for colon cancer. Mrs. Matthews, better known as Flo, spent her professional life in hospitality, and she learned it by doing it. At 15, she was waitressing at a diner in the nation's capital called the Dollhouse.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Attorney General's Office has advised South Jersey prosecutors to review all autopsies conducted by a former state pathologist who had been barred from practicing medicine in New Mexico. Hisham Hashish, 52, started work as an assistant medical examiner for South Jersey less than two months after he surrendered his medical license in New Mexico in 2011. He was barred from doing autopsies and practicing medicine there based on allegations of negligence, according to records reviewed by The Inquirer.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Corp. is open to selling the Showboat to save the casino hotel from closure, the company confirmed Tuesday. "We're willing to sell if we receive a reasonable offer from a responsible buyer," spokesman Gary Thompson said. "We've received some expressions of interest from a number of groups and are reviewing them. " Caesars announced June 26 that the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat was seeing its last summer. Its 2,100 employees received notices the following day that the casino planned to close Aug. 31. Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers' union representing about 900 of Showboat's employees, will stage a protest Wednesday - starting at 5 p.m. at Brighton Park, just off the Boardwalk - over the planned closure.
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