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October 1, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight South Jersey school districts are among 21 statewide that are asking voters to approve building and capital improvement projects in referendums Tuesday, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Some districts are part of a continuing trend of security upgrades since the 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Conn. More than half of the 21, including Cinnaminson, Moorestown, Haddon Township, Glassboro, and West Deptford, are proposing enhanced security measures, according to the association.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Light shimmers through the trees and scatters on the surface of the Delaware River's back channel. About 45 of us have crossed a two-lane bridge from the mainland, cleared security, and parked on Petty's Island. "Welcome to Acquikanasara," tour guide Bob Shinn says, launching the vivid volley of vowels in the Lenape name for this place. There's anticipation, as well as the unmistakable aroma of autumn, in the air; the private island we stand upon has pretty much been closed to the public for 100 years.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles fans and other game-day motorists on I-95, beware: You might accidentally end up in New Jersey. A traffic pattern created by Philadelphia police after Eagles home games now requires all vehicles that exit northbound I-95 at Exit 19 (Packer Avenue/Walt Whitman Bridge) to get on the ramp to the Walt Whitman to New Jersey. The other option usually open to drivers, to get onto Packer Avenue, is closed off by police for about two hours after home games, the department says. The new pattern was first used after the Sept.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shaneen Allen, the South Philadelphia mother arrested for carrying a legally registered handgun from another state into New Jersey, must give up her .380-caliber Bersa Thunder and complete 25 hours of community service as part of her admission into a pre-trial intervention program, her attorney said Thursday. But the losses, attorney Evan Nappen said, are small compared with Allen's victory Wednesday, when the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced that it was reversing its decision to ban her from the intervention program.
NEWS
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)
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 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.
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.
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