July 15, 2016 |
Proton packs, slime-blowers, a fully customized ecto-mobile, and a pop tune that's haunted humankind since 1984. Looks as if somebody called the Ghostbusters of New Jersey. The volunteer band of fans who wear custom-built Ghostbusters regalia to public events statewide "used to be just me and a couple of friends dressed up for Halloween," says GBNJ founder Bill Malkin, a customer service supervisor from Hamilton, Mercer County. The grassroots ghostbuster phenomenon was inspired by film promoter and costumed superfan Peter Mosen, and got started shortly after the movie's release.
July 15, 2016 |
Lawmakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are introducing bills to classify attacks on police officers as hate crimes, and a civil-rights group warns that such measures could aggravate day-to-day interactions between police and communities, and worsen tensions. Drivers or pedestrians who believe they were stopped for no reason and got into a heated verbal dispute with an officer, for example, could be charged with a hate crime, depending on the circumstances of the stop and the words used.
July 15, 2016 |
WHEN YOUR life and livelihood are based on living in front of TV cameras, when is a question too personal? Teresa Giudice decided it was yesterday when she was live on Access Hollywood . According to People magazine, which must still have enough staff for people to watch daytime TV, co-host Dave Karger asked Teresa about the chances of her husband Joe being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence. "Next question please," replied Teresa.
July 13, 2016 |
More children are being diagnosed with and treated for autism spectrum disorder due to state mandates requiring commercial health insurers to provide services to these children, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania. Still, they found, far too few children who need help are getting it. The study results were published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that from January 2008 to December 2012, states that required private insurers to cover care had higher rates of diagnoses: 1.8 per 1,000 children, on average, as opposed to 1.6 per 1,000 in states without a mandate.
July 12, 2016 |
A week had passed since Jay Radano lugged 1,500 wriggling minnows into a dark woods in Berlin Township. Now he was back to see the results. Parking his pickup truck Wednesday at the end of Jefferson Avenue, he reached for a white plastic cup on a long stick - one of the many tools of his trade - and swung the door open. "Watch your step," said Radano, an inspector with the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission, and made his way down slippery underbrush toward a small, shaded lagoon.
July 10, 2016
Ancient mariners Connecticut. See quality antique cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts on the Mystic Seaport Museum's waterfront. On Sunday, vessels parade along the river to Fishers Island Sound. Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous , Mystic, July 23-24. www.mysticseaport.org/event/antique-classic-boat-rendezvous/ Vive la révolution! New Jersey. You don't need a passport to attend this Gallic celebration, with art, food, family activities, and a couture show. Bastille Day , Frenchtown, Saturday.
July 8, 2016 |
The special investigations unit of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey generated $43.2 million in savings last year by rooting out fraud, the Newark, N.J., health insurer said Wednesday. Horizon said one of the latest trends in fraud is the "phantom doctor's office," which are shell offices that submit bogus claims using stolen insurance identification numbers and then vanish. Another increasingly common scheme, Horizon said, is "the impossible day," on which a doctor claims to have seen dozens or even hundreds of patients.
July 7, 2016
By Mark Edward Lender Our country just marked the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with the customary parades, fireworks, and family gatherings that have become American traditions. As welcome as these celebrations are, we should take a few moments to reflect upon the fact that - just 50 miles from Independence Hall, where that momentous document was signed - a modern academic institution is destroying the battlefield where the declaration's lofty ideals were secured by our nation's first soldiers.
July 7, 2016 |
After the humvee struck an IED during a dangerous convoy in Iraq and flipped over, the airman driving it was knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely. His face was unrecognizable, his right arm crushed. He was rushed by a Black Hawk helicopter to a U.S. military hospital in Kuwait where Capt. Joseph P. Costabile, head of the surgery department, was waiting. Costabile recalled hearing someone say that the patient was "already dead" while he was being carried in. Costabile had a busy vascular surgery practice in Cherry Hill and was a reservist in the Navy when he was called to duty in 2005.
July 5, 2016
Across wide swaths of the Shore, vacationers who are the lifeblood of New Jersey's multibillion-dollar tourism industry are spared from secondhand smoke wafting over from the next blanket. Why not every beach? That's the question Trenton lawmakers have asked - and answered with conviction - during two successive sessions, passing statewide bans on smoking on all beaches and in public parks. The most recent move came just weeks ago with a measure championed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester)