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April 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
At a time when Verizon's rivals Comcast and RCN Telecom Services are bringing customer-service calls back from overseas, the New York-based telecommunications giant is closing domestic call centers and sending some of the work abroad. The extent of the movement of calls out of the country is a key bargaining issue in the strike against Verizon, which enters its 10th day Friday. About 37,000 to 39,000 union members from New England to Virginia walked off the job April 13, with job security as a top priority.
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
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
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.
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
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
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie on Thursday pardoned a Philadelphia woman who had faced up to five years in prison for bringing into the state a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania but not in New Jersey. Shaneen Allen admitted during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway that she had the firearm in her purse. Allen, 27, a phlebotomist, was indicted after her Oct. 1, 2013, arrest on charges of illegally bringing a concealed weapon into the state, and in September agreed to enter a pretrial intervention program.
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NEWS
May 23, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY Let residents rule Gov. Christie's plan for an immediate state takeover of Atlantic City is putting the city at risk ("Lines in the sand," May 15). If no one blinks, Atlantic City will become the first municipality in New Jersey since the Great Depression to miss a debt payment or go bankrupt. Christie was not elected prince of Atlantic City. In a democracy, residents elect their government leaders, and Mayor Don Guardian is standing up for this right. As leaders of the New Jersey chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP have noted, "The governor's and Senate president's plan would essentially dissolve local government by providing the state . . . with the authority to dismantle any of Atlantic City's municipal authorities or contracts and veto any City Council vote.
TRAVEL
May 23, 2016
Music and more Pennsylvania. A four-day extravaganza, with eight music festivals from country to Celtic, booth displays by 100 juried artists, kids' hands-on arts activities, and international foods. Mayfair Festival of the Arts , Allentown, May 27-30. www.mayfairfestival.org Bargain alley New York. If you brake for yard and garage sales, get ready to give that pedal a good workout! Explore 200 miles of garage sales along Routes 28, 30, and 3 to browse among vintage and rustic furniture, jewelry, antiques of all sorts, clothing, linens, glass, and other finds.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A proposed state ban on the commercial harvesting of diamondback terrapins in New Jersey comes with dire warnings that the turtles could be teetering on the edge of extinction if more measures are not taken to protect them. The medium-size turtle - which biologists say is the only species in the world that lives exclusively in brackish waters with some salinity - was recommended for strict global trade restrictions three years ago at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok, Thailand.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Jobs in Pennsylvania fell by 16,900 to 5,877,700 from March to April, although jobs were up 55,000 compared to last April, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday. The state's unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in April from 4.9 percent in March, and from 5.2 percent in April 2015. Over 344,000 Pennsylvanians were unemployed in April. In New Jersey, jobs fell by 7,500 to 4,066,400 in April, up from 4,002,500 a year ago. With 213,841 unemployed, the state had an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in April, compared to 4.4 percent in March.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Wa-What: Privately held convenience, gasoline retailer; 725 stores in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland - $9 billion in 2015 sales. Wa-Where: Wawa, Delco. Wa-When: Wood family started iron foundry in 1803; switched to dairy, home milk delivery in 1902. First store opened in 1964. Wa-Who: 28,000 workers, 12,381 here; 900 corporate.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. But it also means summer kitchens are heating up for the season's rush up and down the coast. In the case of Chesapeake & Maine (316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-3600; dogfish.com ), Dogfish Head's hot new seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, there's smoke bred right into some curious raw oysters with a special tea. They're potently flavored and appropriately named "Smoke on the Water. " And they're just the latest clever draw to the beer-centric juggernaut of Sam Calagione's ever-growing Dogfish Head empire, which a couple of years ago also added an inn. With a complete menu built around some ambitious seafood inspired by both the Chesapeake Bay and the state of Maine (which inspired the brewery's name)
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie intends to nominate his acting attorney general for a judgeship, less than three months after naming Robert T. Lougy the state's top law enforcement official. Christie on Wednesday notified the Democratic-controlled Legislature of his intent to nominate 18 people to Superior Court. The governor said he would also nominate, in addition to Lougy, Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D., Essex), and Deborah Gramiccioni, a trusted Christie confidante. Christie, a Republican, named Lougy acting attorney general in late February after John J. Hoffman left that post for a job at Rutgers University.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
The number of U.S. houses left vacant because of foreclosure was down at the start of the second quarter compared with the same period last year. But New Jersey's share of these "zombies" continues to be tops in the nation, real estate information provider RealtyTrac said Thursday. Zombie homes are defined as houses that mortgage borrowers vacated for which the foreclosure process was never completed. In the United States overall, just 19,187, or 4.7 percent, of residential properties in the foreclosure process were zombies as of May, according to the Irvine, Calif., company, which monitors foreclosures nationwide.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Before and after Anthony M. Lario was a New Jersey Superior Court judge, daughter Lynn Miller said, he was proud of his work as a pro bono lawyer. "I can't tell you how many times there were food items and pastries left on our back steps," Miller said. "Left by people he would help and not charge. " Those clients, she said, were often "a lot of immigrants . . . people he knew could not afford it. " On Sunday, May 15, Judge Lario, 95, of Cherry Hill, a Superior Court judge in Tax Court from 1979 to 1990, died at Methodist Hospital.
SPORTS
May 19, 2016
The Flyers announced their 2016 preseason schedule on Tuesday. It is highlighted by home games against the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Flyers 2016 Preseason Schedule Home games at the Wells Fargo Center   SEPTEMBER 26 (split squad) at New Jersey, 7    p.m. and at N.Y. Islanders, 7          p.m. 27 N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. 28 vs. New Jersey, PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. 7 p.m. OCTOBER 1 Boston, 7 p.m. 3 N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. 6 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. 8 at Boston, 5 p.m.  
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