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September 26, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT'S NOT EASY being Shaneen Allen, a single mom juggling jobs and raising two kids, while trying to avoid getting mugged again in Philly. But about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, Allen, 27, learned she had one less thing to worry about: a prison sentence for bringing her legal Pennsylvania handgun to New Jersey. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, in a statement, said it had reversed a previous decision and will allow Allen to enter a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders for her October 2013 handgun-possession arrest in Hamilton Township.
SPORTS
September 25, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The College of New Jersey extended its season-opening win streak to eight games with a 4-1 field hockey win Tuesday at Gwynedd Mercy. Lindsey Hatch (Washington Township) scored on an assist from Jaclyn Douglas (Great Valley) and assisted on two other goals for the Lions. The Griffins fell to 4-3. Women's soccer. Gloucester Catholic graduate Korrie Harkins notched her third goal of the season as the College of New Jersey (6-1) rolled to a 5-0 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (2-4-1)
BUSINESS
September 25, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia-based farm-labor contractor failed to pay minimum wages to 125 temporary nursery workers, according to a lawsuit filed against the contractor by the U.S. Department of Labor. The workers, employed by Heng Heng Agency Inc. and its president, Visith Oum, cultivated nursery stock at Medford Nursery Inc. in Medford, the department said. A nursery official was unavailable for immediate comment, and a phone number for Heng Heng was inoperative. "Visith Oum, who has served as the farm labor contractor in this case, has a history of labor law violations and employs vulnerable South Asian and Hispanic workers in the Philadelphia area," said Charlene Rachor, director of the U.S. Labor Department's Southern New Jersey District Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER NBC10 reporter Marisa Brahney , who's now at New Jersey's News 12, had some tragic news to share on her Facebook yesterday: Brahney lost her baby girl shortly after birth. "After a perfect and fast labor, our little girl Charlotte Madison was born early Saturday morning, but had breathing complications at birth," Brahney wrote on her Facebook page. "After 2 hours of working on her they couldn't save our little girl and we lost her. We are devastated and heartbroken.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unemployment rose in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in August, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. In New Jersey, as the first of Atlantic City's casinos shut their doors, 800 more people became jobless, compared to July, and the unemployment rate rose from 6.6 percent from 6.5 percent. New Jersey payrolls dropped by 900 jobs over the month, even as they expanded by 3,000 jobs since August, 2013. Pennsylvania's jobless ranks grew by 6,200 statewide as the employment rate rose to 5.8 percent in August from 5.7 percent in July.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday announced his selection of a veteran Democratic lobbyist and member of former Gov. Jim McGreevey's administration to lead the state Department of Transportation. Naming Jamie Fox as his choice for transportation commissioner at a Statehouse news conference, Christie said it would "come as no great shock" that Fox was a registered Democrat. Fox, a fixture in state political circles, served as chief of staff to McGreevey and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli.
SPORTS
September 16, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Penn State running back Bill Belton heard the trash talk all week, and, admittedly, it was hard for him to keep his mouth shut. But in a homecoming for 15 Penn State players from New Jersey, Saturday night's 13-10 win over Rutgers gave them something to talk about. Belton, a native of Sicklerville, N.J., created a stir when he stated at July's Big Ten media days that he passed on Rutgers to play at a big-time college program. The chatter between the two sides flowed since, but as Rutgers continued jawing throughout game week, Belton said the Lions made it a point to keep their heads down and not give the game any more unnecessary hype.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background, Holtec International's chief executive, Krishna P. Singh, in July faced the news media, Gov. Christie at his side, and talked about plans to build a $260 million factory on Camden's waterfront, bringing, eventually, 3,000 jobs to the impoverished city. Maybe, someday, Camden would be the place where newly designed small nuclear reactors would revitalize the nuclear power industry. "We look at this as our social responsibility," Singh, 67, told reporters as officials described how New Jersey would provide $260 million in tax incentives and Singh would guarantee 400 jobs.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As the Rutgers marching band reached the front of High Point Solutions Stadium, fans filling the driveway cleared a path. It all felt like big-time college football as the band stopped to play the fight song. A man in a rain slicker held up a sign: "We Believe That We Belong. " Not exactly a rousing manifesto, but appropriate for how Rutgers got started Saturday night in the Big Ten. Not too big of a claim: We're here, and we won't be embarrassed. Oddsmakers had this one right, to the point.
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