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August 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
This Labor Day weekend, let's consider that excellent and endangered worker benefit, the guaranteed retirement pension. Let's look at the New Jersey state pension system , which more than 750,000 schoolteachers, troopers, and other public servants are counting on to keep them comfortable through their golden decades. The problem with this happy arrangement is that the politicians who promised - and who also collect - state pensions haven't set aside money to pay them all. New Jersey's pension funds have about $80 billion to pay at least $120 billion in future checks.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A KINGSESSING man involved with mob associate Ron Galati's alleged insurance-fraud and murder-for-hire schemes quietly pleaded guilty yesterday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Jerome "Rome" Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts each of attempted murder, witness intimidation, conspiracy and related charges connected to the case against Galati, a South Philly auto-body-shop operator with ties to reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. The case is under court-ordered seal, but yesterday's development could signal more trouble for Galati if Johnson agrees to testify against him in Philadelphia.
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
September 9, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Christie administration declared on Monday that, effective immediately, casinos and horse racetracks may legally offer sports betting, legislators were quick to welcome the move. "I'm happy," said Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union), a major proponent of sports betting whose bill designed to accomplish the same thing was vetoed by Christie this summer. "The governor reversed course, and we're ready to go," Lesniak said. By contrast, Atlantic City casino operators were quiet, an indication that legal sports betting is not likely to become an overnight reality in New Jersey.
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
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.
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.
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NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for children, finding that the law, signed by Gov. Christie last year, does not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors. In its opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a federal court ruling, citing the state's "substantial interest in protecting its citizens from harmful or ineffective professional practices. " The law bans licensed counselors from using "sexual orientation change efforts" with clients under 18. The federal court disagreed with the lower court's finding that the law didn't affect speech, only conduct.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after Gov. Christie called credit rating agencies "bums" for their failure to predict the financial crisis of 2008, Standard & Poor's Wednesday cut the state's credit rating to A from A-plus. The agency cited the Republican's failure to cut a deal with the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to either pay for or rein in growing public school and state worker pension costs. Lower credit ratings tend to force borrowers - in this case, taxpayers - to pay more when they raise cash by selling bonds for schools and other projects.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
New Jersey's foreclosure-filing rate skyrocketed in August, by 115 percent over the same month in 2013, pushing the state into the Top Five, housing-data analytics firm RealtyTrac said Thursday. The Garden State had the fourth-highest U.S. foreclosure-filing rate, one in every 553 housing units, RealtyTrac reported. By contrast, Pennsylvania saw its filing rate continue to fall, by 12.06 percent year over year. Among the nation's metropolitan areas, Atlantic City had the second highest foreclosure-filing rate - one in every 292 housing units, or nearly four times the national average.
SPORTS
September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - You don't need a cartographer to confirm the obvious: Penn State is a school in Pennsylvania. However, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is driving home the point by not referring to Penn State as, well, Penn State. Rather, the third-year head coach uses terms like "the team from Pennsylvania" or "the neighbor to the west. " Penn State coach James Franklin took the high road Tuesday, saying he is "good about" Flood's comments. He also said he has a lot of respect for the coach.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A KINGSESSING man involved with mob associate Ron Galati's alleged insurance-fraud and murder-for-hire schemes quietly pleaded guilty yesterday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Jerome "Rome" Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts each of attempted murder, witness intimidation, conspiracy and related charges connected to the case against Galati, a South Philly auto-body-shop operator with ties to reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. The case is under court-ordered seal, but yesterday's development could signal more trouble for Galati if Johnson agrees to testify against him in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
September 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a bid to help Atlantic City's ailing casino industry, the Christie administration issued a directive Monday declaring that New Jersey casinos and racetracks, effective today, may offer sports-betting pools to their patrons. Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman's directive says that, effective Monday, there is nothing in New Jersey law that "prevents casinos and racetracks from operating a sports pool. " "I'm happy," said Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union), a major proponent of sports betting.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney called on the state Attorney General's Office on Tuesday to review the decision by Atlantic County authorities to allow Ray Rice into a program that could help him avoid jail time. "This video and the violence it shows is extremely disturbing," Sweeney said in a statement of video images of the NFL player knocking out his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, with a punch to the face inside a casino elevator. Sweeney asked that acting Attorney General John Hoffman determine if state law needs to be "rewritten or revised" to specify who qualifies for pretrial intervention.
NEWS
September 6, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was plenty of bad news and a little good news in the latest report on America's weight problem. In their annual look at the state of obesity in America, two major foundations concluded Thursday that obesity was stabilizing in the U.S. but that we're still way too fat. There are still troubling racial and economic disparities when it comes to obesity, a risk factor for serious, expensive health problems. Baby boomers are the fattest generation. Children seem to be doing better.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The official cloak of secrecy on political contributions made by companies working for the Delaware River Port Authority may soon be a thing of the past. The DRPA's audit committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to restore public access to vendors' political contributions. The full DRPA board will vote on the proposal, made by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, later this month. "It's just common sense," DePasquale said Wednesday. "The public has a right to know who's donating to me. " "The idea of not letting this stuff become public is just silly.
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