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October 26, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York state and New Jersey announced mandatory quarantines of arriving passengers who had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa early Friday evening, and within three hours Gov. Christie reported that a health-care worker who flew through Newark Liberty International Airport had developed a fever and was in isolation at University Hospital Newark. The developments came as state and local health departments were gearing up to carry out the latest federal directive for containing Ebola: monitoring for 21 days all travelers from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone who fly into the United States.
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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
October 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Thursday stood by comments earlier this week - criticized by Democrats - that he was "tired" of efforts to raise the minimum wage. "I'm going to be very clear, and I'll say it again: I do not think parents in this country are sitting around the kitchen table saying to themselves that their lives would be better if their children could only make a higher minimum wage," Christie told reporters during a campaign stop with Republican congressional candidate Tom MacArthur at Mastoris Diner in Bordentown.
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October 22, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have started taking more aggressive action to prevent drug overdoses. New federal statistics suggest that the action is overdue. Both states had among the biggest increases in overdose deaths nationally between 2010 and 2012, even as mortality appears to have leveled off in some other parts of the country. During that period, New Jersey's drug fatality rate rose 40 percent, the second-biggest increase after Alaska's, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Every "qualified" health insurance plan sold on the Affordable Care Act individual or small business marketplaces must include 10 essential health benefits. They are mandated by the law, and cover everything from emergency services and hospitalizations to maternity care and prescription drugs. But there's one little rub: Each state has a surprising amount of leeway to define what is essential. And benefits in Pennsylvania are a lot stingier than in New Jersey. "Pennsylvania is one of the states that doesn't do well," says Janet Weiner, associate director of health policy at the Leonard Davis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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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.
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
August 22, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday endorsed Republican Steve Lonegan for the U.S. Senate, rebuking political observers who speculated that the governor would not campaign vigorously on his former adversary's behalf. As he delivered a strongly worded, five-minute endorsement for Lonegan in a packed room at the Hunterdon County Republican headquarters, Christie said he had been asked by a reporter earlier in the day "what kind of energy" he would have for his Lonegan endorsement.
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March 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures released new documents Monday that show more communications involving Gov. Christie's former campaign manager than previously disclosed. The e-mails and text messages, filed with Superior Court, indicate that the campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was notified of the Fort Lee mayor's frustration with the lane closures while they were underway in September. They do not show exactly what Stepien knew about the lane closures, or include new revelations about the incident.
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October 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO, WHAT'S NOT to like about Hawaii? Unless maybe it's five time zones away from your home. Welcome to Keith Kirkwood's world. The wide receiver from Neptune, N.J., opted to accept a scholarship to play for the Rainbow Warriors instead of going to Rutgers as a preferred walk-on. But, after one season in paradise, he wanted to come back. "Everybody always talks about how beautiful it is," Kirkwood said. "But you can get a little tired of it, experiencing the same things every day. Your family is 5,000 miles away and you're stuck on an island with no other people you know beside the family that's your team.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The expansion cost more than an NBA team, but to drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike, their delay-free travel Sunday on the three new northbound lanes was a blessing worth any price. "We just breezed through," said Albert Nagell, 90, of Reston, Va., who was en route to New York with his daughter. "And we are delighted. " The northbound lanes of the $2.3 billion project between Mansfield in Burlington County and East Brunswick in Middlesex County - better known to frequent motorists as the 35-mile bottleneck of I-95 between Exits 6 and 8A - opened Sunday.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, died a month ago today as emergency workers fought a deliberately set fire in their home and tried to revive the couple. And yet almost as little is known about who or what killed them now as on the morning of Sept. 28. Especially in light of Sheridan's long-standing prominence as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System and a onetime member of New Jersey's cabinet, the dearth of information about his death is remarkable and disturbing.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - The old saying that calm seas never made a good sailor may apply to Salvatore Calabrese when it comes to operating his family's bay-front Blue Water Marina, which was nearly washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Two years and more than $1 million later, Calabrese has weathered the storm after the storm: a series of challenges and setbacks including spending $100,000 just to remove debris from the site and finding adequate funding to complete the rebuilding. The marina is set to fully reopen in the spring.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
What's the key question you're likely to hear if you call a Philadelphia-area lawyer about a consumer dispute? Before such basics as "How strong is your evidence?" you may well be asked: "Where do you live?" And chances are, the lawyer will be hoping your answer is Camden or Cherry Hill, not Philadelphia or Ardmore. Call it a Tale of Two Legal Systems. Pennsylvania has some of the weakest consumer protections in the country. New Jersey has some of the strongest. That could change under legislation being pushed by the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute, itself backed by a who's who of business and industry groups.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York state and New Jersey announced mandatory quarantines of arriving passengers who had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa early Friday evening, and within three hours Gov. Christie reported that a health-care worker who flew through Newark Liberty International Airport had developed a fever and was in isolation at University Hospital Newark. The developments came as state and local health departments were gearing up to carry out the latest federal directive for containing Ebola: monitoring for 21 days all travelers from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone who fly into the United States.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey's candidates for a U.S. Senate seat held their only debate Friday, sparring over issues ranging from the Ebola outbreak to the prospect of a casino in North Jersey. U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker, a Democrat seeking a full six-year term in the Nov. 4 election, sought to portray Republican Jeff Bell as a tea-party extremist who would block progress in Washington. Bell, a former campaign aide to President Ronald Reagan who was the GOP nominee for Senate in 1978, said Booker would work to advance what he described as President Obama's failed economic policies.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
CRANBURY, N.J. - In a collective sigh of relief, top state leaders met outside a New Jersey Turnpike service area Friday morning to hail a long-anticipated expansion of the major roadway that is expected to ease commuter frustration. The $2.3 billion turnpike-widening between Mansfield in Burlington County and East Brunswick in Middlesex County is expected to prove its worth in coming days, with the added northbound lanes set to open Sunday. Between Exits 6 and 8A, lanes in each direction were doubled, from three to six. North of that, to Exit 9, one lane was added on each side, bringing the whole turnpike portion in question to a span of 12 lanes.
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