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August 11, 2014
ISSUE | TEACHING Urban classrooms can be places of joy Urban teachers do have resources for success: quality induction programs, mentoring, workshops, professional development on a large number of topics, best-practices sessions, online courses, and advice from experts such as administrators, union leaders, school police, and more ("Sink-or-swim model for teachers needs reform," July 31). In my 17 years in the School District, I experienced many joys working in five different schools; four of them, unquestionably, with difficult environments.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too bad a sparkling blue train with a mighty engine isn't around to deliver thousands of tourists to Atlantic City. There once was. The Blue Comet had streaked across the length of New Jersey, bringing 367,000 passengers to America's Playground in a run that began a few months before the Great Depression hit in 1929 and that ended a dozen years later. So where is this iconic train now, at a time when the troubled seashore resort searches desperately for new ways to again be a destination?
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LINWOOD - Here in deep South Jersey, they do not need any fancy-pants TV weather forecasters, with their Doppler radar, team coverage, and complicated love lives. They've got big, lanky, cerebral, nice guy Dan Skeldon, the Jimmy Stewart of meteorologists, working for NBC40, based just outside Atlantic City, soon to lose its NBC affiliation (thanks, Comcast), still vowing to keep broadcasting, out of the converted Frito-Lay warehouse on Route 9. For locals, Skeldon, 38, a Cornell University graduate, was the face of Hurricane Irene, the derecho of June 2012, and the big one, Hurricane Sandy.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to income and wealth, Pennsylvania is a step behind - once again. A new report analyzing consumer spending in the 50 states and the District of Columbia finds Pennsylvania comfortably ensconced in the second tier. It is behind New Jersey and such high fliers as the nation's capital, New York state, with its Wall Street revenue, and even North Dakota, where a boom in energy development has boosted personal spending. But it is ahead of its Midwestern neighbor, Ohio, and such states as Illinois and Rhode Island, the sick man of New England.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie will travel to Mexico early next month on a trade mission intended to strengthen New Jersey's economic ties to the Latin American country, his office announced Thursday. The three-day visit - Christie's first international trip of his second term - will "promote increased trade, economic growth, job creation, and higher education" in New Jersey and Mexico, the governor's office said in a statement. It will include a meeting between Christie and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Christie's office said.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | Inquirer Staff
A woman who reported her 5-year-old son missing from a New Jersey carnival in 1991 has been arrested and charged with his murder. Timothy Wiltsey's remains were found nearly a year later in April 1992. On Wednesday, on what would have been Timothy's 29th birthday, his mother Michelle Lodzinski, 47, was arrested at her home in Port Lucie, Fla., and charged with the his murder, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said. She is being held at Florida's Martin County Jail awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcellus Shale natural gas production from Pennsylvania and West Virginia exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and now accounts for about 40 percent of US shale-gas production. Marcellus gas production has grown tenfold in five years and EIA on Tuesday projected the gas field is on track to supply the entire winter needs for Pennsylvania, West Virginia and five other states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a South Jersey gun-trafficking ring bought guns in South Carolina, brought them to New Jersey via Amtrak, and sold them in Camden, Clementon, and Lawnside, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday, announcing charges against six people. The arrests came after an investigation, begun in April 2013, in which Special Agent Renee Repasky of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives oversaw a confidential informant's purchase of more than 20 weapons, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and, in one case, an assault rifle.
NEWS
August 6, 2014
Gov. Christie's apparent lack of interest in making any adjustments to the discredited leadership of the Delaware River Port Authority is at odds with his past scolding of the bistate bridge and rail agency. But it's in keeping with his long-standing failure to back up his bluster. While the terms of New Jersey's eight DRPA commissioners expired more than a month ago - and while all of them were appointed by Christie's Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine - the Republican governor said last week that he felt no "sense of urgency" to make his own choices to run the agency.
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