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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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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.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's official: Amoroso's Baking Co. will close its longtime Southwest Philadelphia bakery this fall and make bread and rolls at a new plant in Bellmawr, the company told employees starting with the production shift Wednesday night. About 200 employees will be laid off. The layoffs will start Oct. 6, with the closure expected no later than Dec. 4, the company said. "It's a sad thing," said Hank McKay, president of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents many Amoroso's employees.
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.
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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.
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
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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January 30, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
New Jersey didn't flunk, though some patients said it deserved a D or an F when its medical marijuana program was graded by a nonprofit that lobbies for cannabis patients. The state got a C in the annual report issued by the Americans for Safe Access Foundation, which evaluated the programs of 40 states nationwide. New Jersey was given credit for adopting a plan but lower marks for its slow pace in implementing it and for allowing too few patients to participate. About 5,000 patients have enrolled.
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January 28, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
If there was any doubt that New Jersey needs to comprehensively fortify its back bays, last weekend's storm washed them away. The resulting floods carved a path of destruction in some Shore communities that was far worse than the damage wrought by recent hurricanes. In the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, Ocean City, and other popular resort towns, wind-whipped high tides augmented by a full moon breached bay-side bulkheads and backed up storm drains, flooding homes and businesses.
NEWS
January 28, 2016
ISSUE | WEATHERING THE STORM Christie should attend to Job 1 The pain on Gov. Christie's face as he was briefed on the blizzard Saturday was not the pain of empathy after hearing how the people in the Shore communities were suffering ("Back from blizzard, Christie slams rivals," Monday). You just know he was thinking, "Man, I wish I were back in New Hampshire. " Christie, who was an absentee governor for 261 partial or full days last year, needs to come to Cape May County to understand the depth of suffering in Shore communities, including Sea Isle City and the Wildwoods.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has shut down the harvesting of a coastal turtle due to its declining numbers and a rise in demand from overseas markets for food products. The season for commercial harvesting of the northern diamondback terrapin began Nov. 1 and was scheduled to continue until March 31, but DEP Commissioner Bob Martin signed an order Tuesday ending it immediately. "The diamondback terrapin has long been special to many people who live in or visit our coastal communities," said Commissioner Martin in a statement.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Just in time for the blizzard of 2016, New Jersey's "Right to Shovel" bill became law last week, paving the way for teens and others to clear driveways and sidewalks without having to apply for a solicitation permit that could cost a few hundred dollars. A year ago, as a storm threatened the area, two teens in Bound Brook, Somerset County, were stopped by police while going door-to-door handing out fliers to homeowners and offering to shovel in their neighborhoods. They were told a local ordinance required them to obtain 24 hours in advance a permit that could have cost them about $200, according to published reports.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. - Two days after forgoing the campaign trail for New Jersey ahead of a winter storm, Gov. Christie returned Sunday to New Hampshire - and wasted no time incorporating the blizzard into his leadership pitch. Contrasting his presence in New Jersey with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's skipping votes during the campaign, Christie said the storm demonstrated the duties governors face. "Your responsibility is to go when you are needed," Christie said during a town-hall meeting at a VFW hall in Portsmouth, N.H. Rubio's explanation for his missed budget vote, Christie said, would be like Christie's saying, "I really don't like being governor anymore, and I really prefer running for president.
SPORTS
January 25, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
The slogan is new. The sentiment is old. Every Rutgers coach for the last 50 years or so has preached the importance of persuading New Jersey's top football players to stay home and play for the state university. Under new coach Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights have summed up the strategy in three words, "Fence the Garden" - a clever Twitter hashtag and catchphrase that came courtesy of new receivers coach Zak Kuhr. Rick Mantz, the program's new director of high school relations, said the new staff is determined to make inroads in recruiting the state's top players and establishing strong connections with coaches in South Jersey.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
NASHUA, N.H. - Not long after she entered Chez Vachon, a Manchester, N.H., restaurant known for its poutine - and visits by presidential candidates - Mary Pat Christie was hearing about attack ads featuring her husband. "We've been getting all kinds of mail, particularly from Bush's super PAC, about all the things that are bad about your husband," Earl Rinker said, after Christie took a seat at his table Saturday. "You guys have got to respond to that. " Christie said her husband's campaign had reached voters by knocking on 30,000 doors.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
If Trenton takes over Atlantic City, Mayor Don Guardian might want to hear - and perhaps heed - the advice of his former counterpart in Camden. "I would tell him, 'Gather your residents around you, empower them, and they will help you fight,' " said Gwendolyn Faison, who vividly recalls the state's taking control of her City Hall in 2002. That eight-year takeover's most significant legacy, beyond an enduring sense of disenfranchisement, was to channel nearly $100 million in public money to development projects at major city institutions, such as Cooper University Hospital.
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January 24, 2016 | Reviewed by Miriam Díaz-Gilbert
American Governor Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption By Matt Katz Threshold Editions. 464 pp. $28. Matt Katz's hefty Chris Christie biography, American Governor , can be a bit exhausting, but it is definitely not boring. If you have not given much thought to the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate - whose popularity has been tarnished by Bridgegate, and who currently is in the low single digits in national presidential polls - American Governor might have you thinking twice.
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