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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
September 4, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
TRENTON - Cross the Delaware River for work? Your taxes could go up in 2017. Gov. Christie on Friday scrapped a decades-long agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania that has allowed taxpayers to pay income tax in the state where they live, not where they work. The change is set to take effect Jan. 1, though Christie suggested he might reverse course if the Democratic-controlled Legislature fills a budget hole by acting swiftly to reduce public employees' health-care costs. Christie's decision means high-income Pennsylvania residents in Bucks County and elsewhere who work in the Garden State would be subject to Trenton's higher tax-rates.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITERS
Even bad weather steps aside for Queen Bey. A thunderstorm promising heavy rains, lightning, winds, and hail instead hustled offstage in a matter of minutes Sunday evening, leaving cloudy but dry skies for tens of thousands who gathered at Lincoln Financial Field for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour. The storm knocked out power for about 10,000 Peco customers, a large cluster of whom were in Chester County. It may have contributed to a car crash in Montgomery County, and it took out tree branches in Camden County, but across the region emergency responders reported relatively little harm done.
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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
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
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
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.
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 24, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
New Jersey lawmakers are grappling with how the state can prevent drivers from getting distracted when they get behind the wheel. During a hearing Thursday in the Assembly, experts urged lawmakers to force motorists to put down their cellphones and crack down on multitasking drivers. They testified on a distracted-driving bill introduced this year that caused angst that motorists could face tickets if caught sipping coffee while driving. The bill proposed by Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
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September 24, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A Camden man pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking, confessing his part in luring a minor through social media and forcing her to work as a prostitute. Aaron J. Gray, 29, appeared before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton, pleading guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Gray initially was charged in January in a criminal complaint that also charged Aja M. Easley, 22, of Camden, and Kenneth A. Mertz, 35, of Collingswood, with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, according to court records.
NEWS
September 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
NEWARK - The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told jurors Wednesday that when he ordered lanes to the George Washington Bridge reopened following days of traffic jams in 2013, Gov. Christie's office wanted them closed again. Patrick Foye, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, testified that Bill Baroni, Christie's top executive appointee at the agency, told Foye on Sept. 13, 2013, that "senior staff had been briefed on the matter and it was important to Trenton.
NEWS
September 23, 2016
ISSUE | TERRORISM Muslims offer help, urge tolerance The N.J. Muslim Coalition, consisting of more than 120 organizations, denounces and condemns the terrorist attacks in New York City and Seaside Park, N.J., and the planting of explosive devices in Elizabeth, N.J., last weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 29 innocent people who were injured in the blast in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and those in New Jersey who were put at risk. We also pray for the quick recovery of the Linden., N.J., police officers who were injured during their prompt and heroic actions to capture the suspect.
NEWS
September 22, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Some nonprofits and other programs whose state funding was put on hold by Gov. Christie earlier this year will now be able to access it. Christie said Tuesday that he would release $33 million he had placed in reserve, citing progress in negotiating state health-care costs. Programs affected by Christie's announcement include assistance for Holocaust survivors in South Jersey, domestic-violence prevention services, and cancer research. A variety of nonprofits and municipalities saw funding from the state frozen June 30, when Christie issued an executive order placing nearly $100 million in reserve.
NEWS
September 21, 2016
ISSUE | ZIKA VIRUS Health over politics Congress's inability to fund desperately needed Zika testing and research shows that ideological politics has become much more important to the GOP than dealing with critical health needs of U.S. citizens ("For Menendez, the Zika fear is real," Thursday). Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is nearly out of Zika funding, Republicans insist on excluding Planned Parenthood from funding for contraception, which can prevent transmission of the virus.
NEWS
September 21, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Less than a quarter of New Jersey registered voters view Gov. Christie favorably, according to a new poll registering record-low ratings for the governor. Christie is seen favorably by 23 percent of New Jersey voters, down three points since April and seven points since last year, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Monday. Sixty-seven percent of voters view Christie unfavorably, a new high during the governor's tenure, the poll found. It was conducted from Sept. 6 to 10. The Republican governor's job approval rating, meanwhile, was 26 percent - down five points in the Rutgers poll since April.
NEWS
September 20, 2016
New Jersey State Police have arrested and charged Daiquan Blake, 19, of Penns Grove, in the shooting death of Juanita Holley, 34, in her home in the Tips Trailer Park in Fairfield. Blake was charged Saturday with murder in Holley's death and the attempted murder of Holley's husband, Regie, along with aggravated assault and firearms charges. Superior Court Judge Kevin Smith set Blake's bail at $500,000. - Michaela Winberg
NEWS
September 20, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Gov. Christie said Sunday that the explosion of a pipe bomb in a garbage can along the route for the Seaside Semper Five charity 5k race in Seaside Park, Ocean County, the day before was an act of "terrorism. " In a televised interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie said that there are no suspects in the case yet, but that investigators do have "some promising leads. " Christie said there was no evidence to suggest that the bomb in Seaside Park had any connection to a bomb that exploded Saturday night in New York City, injuring 29 people, or a stabbing at a Minnesota mall that injured nine.
NEWS
September 19, 2016
Pat Browne is a Republican state senator from Lehigh County, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a certified public accountant and tax attorney In 1834, nearly two centuries after the Duke of York conveyed the land and water of the present state of New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, the U.S. Congress passed a compact between the states of New York and New Jersey. This compact was adopted to finally and permanently define the territorial rights over the Hudson River and the islands between the states.
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