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July 20, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Monday said Donald Trump had offered a generous donation to a charity for Hurricane Sandy victims in response to a solicitation by New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie. But reporters could not find a record of the contribution, and Christie's office later said the "governor misspoke this morning. " "Mr. Trump has given to other New Jersey charities, including the Drumthwacket Foundation," spokesman Brian Murray said in an email. Speaking at a hotel near Cleveland, host of this week's Republican National Convention, Christie described the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as "extraordinarily generous," and said that when his wife was working to raise money after Sandy, "one of her first calls was to Donald Trump.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Next month, when thousands of delegates and politicians descend on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, they'll be invited to cross the river. Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at a free concert for DNC attendees at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden waterfront July 28, the last day of the convention. The invitation-only event will be held in the afternoon, hours before Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the party's nomination for president.
NEWS
August 16, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
At age 16, Donyea Phillips hit rock bottom in segregated housing at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, with a bed sheet for a noose. "As my fingers and toes started going numb, I remembered Sarah," he said. That's Sarah Morris, who runs arts workshops for children in the city's adult jails: She was the only person he could recall encouraging him. "She told me I was good at writing poems. At the last minute, I remembered that. When I got a sheet around my neck, she saved my life.
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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.
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
August 6, 2016 | William Bender and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Gambling, loan-sharking, gun trafficking, and ... skin-cream fraud? Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino was arrested in Florida on Thursday as part of a sweeping East Coast mob takedown that snared dozens of well-monikered alleged gangsters. "Mustache Pat," "Nicky the Wig," "Muscles," "Anthony the Kid," "Patty Boy," "Tony the Cripple," "Tugboat," "Fish," and "Rooster" were among the 46 alleged La Cosa Nostra members, leaders and associates named in the federal racketeering indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Howard Gensler, STAFF WRITER
WHEN YOUR life and livelihood are based on living in front of TV cameras, when is a question too personal? Teresa Giudice decided it was yesterday when she was live on Access Hollywood . According to People magazine, which must still have enough staff for people to watch daytime TV, co-host Dave Karger asked Teresa about the chances of her husband Joe being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence. "Next question please," replied Teresa.
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.
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August 16, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
At age 16, Donyea Phillips hit rock bottom in segregated housing at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, with a bed sheet for a noose. "As my fingers and toes started going numb, I remembered Sarah," he said. That's Sarah Morris, who runs arts workshops for children in the city's adult jails: She was the only person he could recall encouraging him. "She told me I was good at writing poems. At the last minute, I remembered that. When I got a sheet around my neck, she saved my life.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
New Jersey's generous but underfunded public pension system bought billions of dollars' worth of hedge funds in the years after other states began having second thoughts about the risky, high-fee funds. Now it's getting out, also late. Pennsylvania invested billions and laid out hundreds of millions of dollars for hedge-fund fees, starting in the early 2000s. It was a hedge-fund pioneer. "I was open-minded," then-state workers' pension system (SERS) chairman Nicholas Maiale recalled, when he stepped down from the job after Gov. Tom Corbett declined to reappoint him in 2013.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Sports-betting fans in New Jersey may finally have run out of luck. A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected the state's attempt to legalize sports betting for the third time in three years. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, ruling in Philadelphia, said that the state's initiative to legalize sports betting at casinos and race tracks - an effort to revitalize the faltering casino industry - breached the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Cerner Corp., a health-care information technology company, will add 250 jobs in Malvern over the next three years with the help of a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First grant, Gov. Wolf said Monday. As part of the deal, Cerner, based in Kansas City, Mo., will invest $75 million in the site and retain its 2,000 current employees. When Cerner bought the former Siemens Health Services in Feb. 2015 for $1.3 billion, Siemens Health had 2,800 employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware attributed to Malvern.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
You've seen them on the roadway: motorists driving while grooming, eating, reading the newspaper, checking email on a laptop, or turning the music dials. A New Jersey lawmaker wants to crack down on distracted driving under a proposed bill that seeks to stop motorists from multitasking when they get behind the wheel. "We have slowly but surely made our cars into extensions of our living room," Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex) said in an interview Monday. "As a consequence, we have people engaging in conduct that was never intended for a motor vehicle moving at 40 or 50 mph. "I've driven down the turnpike a number of times and seen people reading a newspaper folded on the steering wheel or working on their laptop in the passenger seat," he said.
NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Whenever a South Jersey diner closes, its customers lament. Whether it's a fire that destroys the building, financial woes, or owners' exhaustion, the New Jersey staples are missed by regulars. Olga's Diner in Marlton opened in 1959 and shut down in 2008. The sign remains outside the abandoned building. The Freeway Diner in Deptford, open since 1978, shut down in May 2015. The Crystal Lake Diner in Haddon Township opened in 1990 and hasn't reopened after a two-alarm fire back in 2014.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
ISSUE | N.J. PENSIONS State must pay up New Jersey's transportation funding is a priority to help fix our ailing infrastructure, but the teachers' pension funding is a greater priority and has long been a problem ("Sweeney: No transport fund fix, no pension vote," Friday). All state government employees deserve the pensions they paid into and were promised. We chose to participate in a plan with a promised payout because we believed in our elected officials. Those officials must come to the decision that they owe the state pension plans the required money.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | William Bender and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Gambling, loan-sharking, gun trafficking, and ... skin-cream fraud? Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino was arrested in Florida on Thursday as part of a sweeping East Coast mob takedown that snared dozens of well-monikered alleged gangsters. "Mustache Pat," "Nicky the Wig," "Muscles," "Anthony the Kid," "Patty Boy," "Tony the Cripple," "Tugboat," "Fish," and "Rooster" were among the 46 alleged La Cosa Nostra members, leaders and associates named in the federal racketeering indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza and Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITERS
Urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system or risk losing in global workforce competition, Philadelphia business and community leaders rallied Wednesday on Independence Mall, releasing fresh state-by-state data on the economic impact of foreign-born newcomers and launching a campaign they call Reason for Reform. Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, called on elected officials to "enact policies and reforms that will support immigration as critical [to]
BUSINESS
August 4, 2016
Health insurers have requested rate changes for individual plans that will be offered this fall on New Jersey's Affordable Care Act marketplace, according to data posted Monday on HealthCare.gov. The biggest requested increase was from Oxford Health Insurance Inc., a unit of UnitedHealthcare. Its Oxford NJ EPO (exclusive provider organization) asked for an average rate increase of 32.3 percent, which would affect an estimated 3,441 people. The state's largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, requested increases for individual plans ranging from slightly less than 1 percent for its basic catastrophic plan to 7.55 percent for an Advantage exclusive provider plan.
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