March 1, 2012
LISBON - Portugal won't extradite American fugitive George Wright to the United States for crimes he committed four decades ago, after the U.S. ran out of possibilities to appeal the decision to let him stay, a Portuguese court official said yesterday. Portuguese police captured Wright, 68, in September. He had escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1970. He was jailed for 15-to-30 years for killing a gas-station attendant during a 1962 robbery in New Jersey. Senior Judge Luis Maria Vaz das Neves said that the U.S. would need to find other grounds for an extradition request, such as a crime committed more recently, to reopen the case.
July 4, 1988 |
Grace Kelly spent her summers here. The money her father made from the bricklaying company bought every Philadelphian's dream: a place at the shore. Ocean City remains all these years later just as it was: a quiet island of charm and perennial pleasures. The movie theater on the boardwalk that once featured Rear Window is now showing Red Heat. The Chatterbox down at 9th Street remains the haunt of that mythic summertime impostor, High School Harry, the 16-year-old wearing a Villanova jacket.
February 14, 2012
TRENTON - A Marine from Bergen County, N.J., was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan last week, the Pentagon said Monday. Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, of North Arlington, died Friday in Helmand province, the Department of Defense said. Further details on his death were not immediately disclosed. Montes De Oca was assigned to the Second Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
August 10, 2012 |
The Army has followed the Navy in testing a new generation of blimps at the New Jersey military base where the Hindenberg infamously burst into flames in 1937. The Army's $517 million spy blimp - a high-altitude observation platform, according to the manufacturer - had its maiden flight Tuesday at Ocean County's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (See video: http://ow.ly/cRi5E .) The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, a 302-foot dirigible, can be manned or remote-controlled, according to Northrop Grumman.
February 16, 2013 |
The Flyers spent a brief but welcome spell at home before continuing to the third game of their six-game trip, Friday in New Jersey against the Devils. The Flyers lost, 5-2, in Toronto on Monday and beat the Jets, 3-2, on Tuesday in Winnipeg. They returned home after the win, practiced Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, then headed to Newark. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who has been sidelined since Jan. 24 with a shoulder injury, returned to practice. He was wearing a noncontact yellow jersey and skated in the beginning.
October 21, 2013 |
Government officials hailed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 as "a game-changer" at a regional economic summit Friday. "This is the most influential piece of legislation ever to impact South Jersey," Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. told about 300 business leaders, bankers, academics, entrepreneurs, and others at the Westin Hotel & Conference Center in Mount Laurel. "You should all get to know it. " Cappelli spoke at the eighth annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit, which gives an update on the region's economic health.
July 10, 2014 |
New Jersey's little-known Hurricane Sandy czar, who oversaw the distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid during a challenged recovery effort, stepped down Tuesday and will be replaced by his deputy, Gov. Christie's office said. Marc Ferzan, who ran the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, left "to support a career opportunity for his wife," according to a statement issued Tuesday by Christie's office. Kimberly Ferzan, a former Rutgers-Camden law professor, recently joined the law faculty at the University of Virginia, where Marc Ferzan will teach at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
September 15, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
September 10, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD Under a glorious blue sky, grape lovers tipped their glasses and sampled the offerings - red, white, dry, fruity - of 18 wineries that had come to this summer field. But the scene of this vine-inspired bliss was not France or California. Not even Upstate New York. Try Burlington County. New Jersey's got wine, and a lot of it is very good. That was the message behind the weekend's second annual Jersey Fresh Wine Festival, held at the Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield Township.
June 3, 2013
The apathy that generated a dismal 9 percent turnout in Philadelphia for Pennsylvania's primary election last month will likely be evident again when New Jersey voters take their turn at the polls Tuesday. Most New Jersey incumbents are unopposed within their parties, or they face opponents whose lack of name recognition and campaign funds doesn't add up to a winning combination. Many voters may choose to wait for the shootout in November. But the shooting has already started. Governor Gov. Christie's campaign has been airing TV ads for weeks attacking his prospective Democratic opponent, State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex)