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March 15, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A City Council committee approved bills Thursday that would add electronic cigarettes to Philadelphia's smoke-free law and ban sales to minors, joining dozens of states and localities that are trying to slow fast-growing sales of a largely unregulated product in the absence of federal action. The known dangers of tobacco and the unknown long-term safety of e-cigarettes have split the public health community. Most of the physicians and scientists who testified at City Hall supported a prohibition on sales to minors.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Wednesday sharply criticized the Christie administration's handling of Hurricane Sandy relief programs, blaming Trenton, not Washington, for long delays in getting aid to homeowners. Menendez did not mention Gov. Christie by name, but in a hearing attended by two Democratic senators and no Republicans, it was clear he was trying to rebut the Republican governor's complaints that federal red tape was the biggest culprit slowing recovery from the 2012 storm.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fancy electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is mulling its future in New Jersey , since the state Motor Vehicle Commission on Tuesday passed rules Tesla says will protect established car dealers and prevent it from opening planned company-run car stores. Texas , like New Jersey, has rules that make car companies sell through franchised dealers. So instead of company stores there, Tesla has "galleries," where it promotes cars but cannot disclose prices, or offer test drives.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Mary Pat Christie presented the award, once cameras stopped flashing and the crowd dispersed, Jodina Hicks - the latest "New Jersey Hero" - finally got to see the person who she says saved her life. Carter, age 4, ran up to his mother with flowers and a wide smile. "He was a big part of giving me something to really get up for," Hicks said Wednesday. My job "absolutely was, too, but on a very personal level, he was really what I needed, and me for him, too. " Hicks, executive director of Urban Promise, an award-winning youth services powerhouse in Camden with two private schools, after-school programs, and leadership, job-training, scholarship, and mentoring initiatives, became the 26th recipient of the New Jersey Heroes award and the first from Camden County.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tesla , the small but growing electric-car maker whose stock-market value has zoomed so high on hype that it is already worth half as much as auto giants General Motors and Ford , is blaming Gov. Christie for blocking its plans to bypass neighborhood auto dealers and sell cars directly to New Jersey drivers through company-owned stores in shopping malls. "Tesla is under attack in New Jersey," Diarmuid O'Connell , vice president of business development at Tesla, said in an open letter to the press Tuesday.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news photographers, state officials, and wildlife specialists were lined up with cameras in hand, like paparazzi waiting for celebrities at a red carpet event. The big moment had arrived. A white sheet was pulled back from a large crate, and the top was removed to reveal an adult bald eagle, who spread his wings, then shot up into the sky over Winslow Township. A week earlier, the bird - with a six-foot wingspan - had been locked in a life-and-death struggle with another eagle over territorial claims in West Cape May, and was losing the fight when rescued by a state biologist.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations. Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
Back in 2011, Gov. Christie bragged that the pension and health benefits deal he had cut with the Legislature was a "model for America. " It would save the benefits funds and save the state, and it had a cherry on top: It was the fruit of bipartisan cooperation. Now Christie is saying the same funds are poised to collapse and bring New Jersey down with them. And if the Legislature doesn't cooperate with his plan to solve the problem, he said at a recent town-hall meeting, "I'll have to take more extreme measures to deal with it. " Such bombast makes one wonder whether the governor is striving to draw attention away from investigations of the epic traffic jam caused by his aides.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryan Dobzanski wanted to make history before closing the book on his wrestling career. Mission accomplished. Dobzanski, a senior at Delsea, won his second consecutive state title and finished his career with a flourish Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. "I wanted to go out with a bang," Dobzanski said after beating Don Bosco Prep junior Zack Chakonis by a 3-1 score in overtime in the 220-pound state final. Camden senior Andrew Stevens (285 pounds), St. Augustine Prep senior Jack Clark (152)
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal auditors have found that the Christie administration complied with state and federal standards in issuing a no-bid contract to a Florida firm tasked with cleaning up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the interest of speed, New Jersey awarded a six-month contract to AshBritt Inc. two days after Sandy made landfall to clean up the hundreds of thousands of tons of debris at the Shore. Democrats held hearings on the subject last year, attacking Gov. Christie for hiring a politically connected firm that they suggested was overcharging for its work.
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