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July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
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.
NEWS
January 23, 1997 | By Mary Beth Warner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Imagine driving down the New Jersey Turnpike at night, when suddenly your car is hit from behind. It slides off the road. Your spouse is unconscious in the passenger seat. You reach for your cellular phone. You dial 911. But it's dark. When the dispatcher asks you where you are, you have no idea. Rescue workers don't know where to find you. Soon, though, they may. Federal and state officials converged at the Gloucester County communications center here yesterday to unveil a new technology to pinpoint the location of 911 calls made from wireless phones.
NEWS
January 4, 1999 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike They've all come to look for America - From "America" by Paul Simon Richie Donahue, a member of the turnpike's litter patrol, will tell you that in the mad dash to find itself, America leaves behind a trail of waste like a comet does ice crystals. Tires, gems, money, chains, suitcases, purses. Once there was a canary in a birdcage, and, yes, there have been bodies. Most of the debris is accidental or due to carelessness, but some of it is deliberate, such as the disposable diapers tossed out by litterbugs, or the guns that might have been used in a crime.
NEWS
November 23, 1989 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
You have to wonder whether there was one small moment or incident, sort of like when Proust ate the madeleine, or the apple fell on Sir Isaac, that made two ordinarily sane, intelligent individuals like Angus Gillespie and Michael Rockland look at this abysmal stretch of asphalt, this least Edenic expanse of the Garden State, and think - in all seriousness - that it was an ideal subject for a book. But, no, it wasn't so simple. "The turnpike is bigger than that! It's about ideas and values and American aesthetics!"
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | By Jere Downs and John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer suburban staff writer Mary Anne Janco contributed to this story
A cluster of crashes, including one in which a 73-year-old man was killed when he was thrown from his car and run over, closed lanes and trapped commuters in slow-moving traffic for hours yesterday. Accidents plagued the area for much of the morning and snarled midday traffic in South Jersey. In the most serious incident, William Dawson, 73, of Fleetwood, Pa., was killed when he was ejected from his car and run over by a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike in Florence, Burlington County.
NEWS
June 28, 2000 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Seeking the dismissal of attempted-murder indictments against their clients, lawyers for two state troopers yesterday accused prosecutors of deliberately misleading a grand jury when laying out the facts of the now-infamous "turnpike shooting. " At a hearing in Mercer County Superior Court, the defense said prosecutors unfairly undermined the troopers' credibility by highlighting inconsistencies in their statements, not allowing that the officers might reasonably have believed they had to fire in self-defense.
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | By Brian Woodward, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As the ferry trudged through New York's foggy, mizzling inner harbor, 12-year-old Ryan Capinski sat below deck and began digging through the pockets of his khaki trousers. A moment later, as the palatial buildings of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty broke through the fog, Capinski had found the crumpled index card and began reading the information line by line. "His name was Joe Cap. C-a-p or C-z-a-p or C-z-o-p," he said. "Left Hamburg, Germany, sailed on ship Molke.
LIVING
January 4, 2001 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
South Jersey is Eagles country; North Jersey bleeds Giants blue. If you didn't know that before, you certainly learned it this week, when the New York Giants let Ticketmaster sell 5,000 playoff tickets for Sunday's game against the Eagles - but only north of Trenton. The Giants guys know what they're talking about. From the Jersey capital east to the ocean, there's an invisible borderline that divides two football nations. Drive north on the New Jersey Turnpike and you feel it right around the Woodrow Wilson service area, near Exit 7A, outside Trenton in Hamilton.
NEWS
November 1, 2000 | By Tom Avril and Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A New Jersey judge dismissed charges yesterday against the two state troopers involved in the 1998 turnpike shooting, calling them victims of politics who were denied a fair shake because prosecutors cast them as "the poster boys for racial profiling. " Troopers James Kenna and John Hogan, both 30, hugged relatives silently, Hogan stifling tears, after Judge Andrew J. Smithson announced the decision in Mercer County Superior Court. Leaders of the African American community, on the other hand, called on the U.S. Justice Department to pursue civil-rights charges against the two white troopers, who during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County fired 11 shots at a van carrying four young minority men to a college basketball tryout.
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NEWS
May 22, 2016
Small brush fires along the New Jersey Turnpike in Camden County were causing traffic delays Friday evening, authorities said. The brush fires were reported near Exit 4 in Cherry Hill on the northbound side and were first reported around 5 p.m. No injuries or traffic closures were reported, but the Cherry Hill Fire Department advised motorists to avoid the area. - Robert Moran
REAL_ESTATE
May 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
I'm looking at economist Kevin Gillen's recent take on New Jersey's economy and housing outlook, and the first thing that comes to mind is the New Jersey Turnpike. Are you as blown away as I am about how easy it is now to navigate the turnpike from Exit 8 to Exit 4, and vice versa, since they finished the reconstruction? It's just mind-boggling, not having to wait 45 minutes while a zillion cars, trucks, and buses from six lanes try to merge into three, or ease from three lanes into six. I just wish the outlook for the economy and housing that Gillen recently presented to the Atlantic Builders' Conference was as positive.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
"My passion for our region," Devon Perry declares, "is explosive . " Take her word for it: Perry, the interim executive director of Visit South Jersey, has enthusiasm to burn. What her nonprofit destination-marketing organization hasn't got enough of is money. Annual support from the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism has declined from $128,000 two years ago to the current $126,000 - even as a study commissioned by the division found tourism-industry sales rising 3.7 percent statewide, to $40 billion, in 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
Tattle has some friends who take "Star Wars" seriously. Then there's Charles Roy . Roy, of Helena, Mont., was arrested, according to People magazine, after he allegedly threatened to shoot one of his Facebook "friends" for "spoiling" some of the new film's plot points. No "like. " The 18-year-old was detained last Friday on a single felony assault with a weapon charge. He has since been released on $10,000 bail. According to the arrest report obtained by People , Roy began talking about "The Force Awakens" last Thursday with a boy he'd befriended on the social networking site.
NEWS
August 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey's transportation agencies announced Thursday the road closings and special transit schedules they will put in place when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia next month, warned of massive crowds and traffic delays, and urged those unable to walk long distances to keep clear. "We can only get so many people into Philadelphia," Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox told a news conference at Pennsylvania Station on Thursday morning. "If you're not prepared to walk a considerable distance," he said, "you may want to reconsider your attendance.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
NOT MANY women could pull off the backless pearl gown that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars. But at least one criminal did. The morning after the big bash, the "12 Years a Slave" star left her Calvin Klein Collection dress, designed by Francisco Costa and made with 6,000 pearls over a whole month, in her room at Hollywood's The London West hotel. When she returned that evening, the $150G frock had vanished. Poof! Cops were called. Videos were examined. At press time, the thief remained at large.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
THE CRAFT-BEER world's fixation with India Pale Ale shows no sign of fading. Just last month, for example, Philadelphia welcomed a new portfolio from California's Knee Deep Brewing that includes no fewer than five different IPAs, including a double, a triple and a heretofore unknown "Quad IPA. " Which is all perfectly fine if you're a hop addict, craving your next big fix of Simcoe, Citra or some other variety of the famously bitter, aromatic plant....
NEWS
December 25, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Thirty-five years after she broke out of a New Jersey prison, Joanne Chesimard is at the center of the debate over President Obama's move to reestablish relations with Cuba. Chesimard, who was convicted of fatally shooting a state trooper following a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973, turned up in Cuba in the 1980s after escaping from a women's correctional facility where she was serving a life sentence. A Black Liberation Army member who now is known as Assata Shakur and is said to be the step-aunt and godmother of the slain rapper Tupac Shakur, Chesimard, now 67, is thought to be living in Cuba, according to the FBI, which put her on its Most Wanted Terrorists list in 2013.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has entered the debate over President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba, urging him to demand that the Cuban government return a woman convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper. In a letter to Obama released Sunday by Christie's office, the governor seeks the return of Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of killing Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973 during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, escaped from prison in 1979 and at some point fled to Cuba.
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