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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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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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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
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
May 18, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Specca Farms in Burlington County, Bill Hlubik stooped down in a large furrowed field, picked a plump red strawberry and took a bite. "That's the best berry I've had in my life, and I'm not just saying that," he said enthusiastically. "Wow, that is a good berry. " Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, ought to know. He helped develop and test the new "Rutgers Scarlet" strawberry, which is now being praised by farmers and consumers as particularly sweet, juicy, and flavorful - superior to strawberries shipped in from California, Florida, and Mexico.
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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May 27, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie was gone, trailed by reporters as he left the Portsmouth, N.H., park where he had called for military investment and tougher intelligence. But not everyone had dispersed. "That's really important in politics - show who you are," Matt Mowers said, talking with a couple who approached him after last week's speech. Once tasked with assisting New Jersey mayors as an aide in Christie's administration and courting their endorsements for his 2013 reelection campaign, Mowers, 25, now is trying to build relationships for Christie in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, seen as key to the governor's presidential chances.
NEWS
May 27, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody would call New Jersey's property taxes appetizing. But when Glassboro Councilman Hector Cabezas buys his daily bagel egg sandwich and coffee from Ry's Bagels on Delsea Drive, you might say his tax bill decreases bite by bite. On his third-quarter property-tax bill this summer, Cabezas will save about $170 after less than a year of using a property-tax reward card during his typical transactions in the Gloucester County town. Cabezas pays more than $8,000 in property taxes annually, so the relief isn't monumental, but it's something.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Over the past 200 years, the country has lost half of its wetlands. Even in this era of environmental awareness, the rate has accelerated from 60,000 acres a year in 1998 to 80,000 a year in 2009. This matters because wetlands filter water for plants and animals that are integral parts of the food chain and provide rest stops for migratory birds. They also serve as a sponge in storms, protecting people and property. Some of New Jersey's wetlands have the misfortune of being near its popular beach towns.
NEWS
May 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
If Gov. Christie's relationship with New Jersey were a marriage, now would be the time to make a critical decision about whether to make up or break up. Christie's performance ratings are tanking, a trend exacerbated by his long affair with presidential politics. Because he was out buffing his national image, he hasn't slept in the state regularly for years. Residents aren't laughing at his jokes as much anymore either - such as telling a citizen to "sit down and shut up" or threatening a heckler while clutching an ice cream cone.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit that attempts to educate the public on the potential problems of gambling, appointed Neva Pryor as executive director. Before joining the Hamilton, N.J., nonprofit, Pryor was gambling supervisor with the Office of Addiction Services for the City of Philadelphia. The council had $975,553 in revenue in the year ended June 30, 2014, most of it from government grants, according to its most recent tax return. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - See, Atlantic City does want you. The saga of the A.C. Expressway Welcome Sign - yanked down abruptly by the South Jersey Transportation Authority last week over permits - reached an amicable conclusion Wednesday as a new sign was installed - on orders of the state Department of Transportation. Crews put the new sign - with this season's green and purple "Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore" brand - back on the iconic, decades old, spot over the Atlantic City Expressway, just east of Exit 2. The sign replaced the old "One Mile to a Million Miles Away" sign that was removed last week after SJTA bureaucrats questioned its lack of permits.
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May 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A new nonprofit development corporation, first proposed by Gov. Christie's Atlantic City advisory commission, is in talks to bring the South Jersey Gas headquarters and a Rowan University medical school to struggling Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Development Corporation, or AC Devco, is an offshoot of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and for the time being is chaired by Jon F. Hanson, who chaired the governor's Atlantic City commission that recommended its creation.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writers
With new safety measures in place, passenger trains resumed shuttling between Philadelphia and New York City on Monday, restoring full service to the bustling Northeast Corridor for the first time since last week's deadly Amtrak derailment at Frankford Junction. Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said the railroad installed an automatic train-control system over the weekend on the northbound tracks to limit speed approaching the curve to 45 m.p.h. Train 188 was traveling at 106 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Bass Pro Shops opened here April 15, and the outdoor gear and apparel retailer surpassed expected sales by "40 percent" for its first month. "It was outstanding," said Eric Clements, the store's general manager, whose Springfield, Mo., firm doesn't release specific sales numbers. The Bass store sales represent a hopeful blip in this ailing gambling town, where four casinos closed last year, snuffing out 8,000 jobs. Retail is expected to play a bigger role here.
NEWS
May 19, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Chris Christie, then the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, declared in 2004 that an indictment of a fund-raiser for Gov. Jim McGreevey painted "a very vivid picture of the corrupt and broken political system in the state of New Jersey. " Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said in January that corruption charges against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exposed "the very core of what ails Albany: lack of transparency, lack of accountability, and lack of principle joined with overabundance of greed, cronyism, and self-dealing.
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