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December 16, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
New polls show Gov. Christie has lost some of the popularity that put him at the top of the list of likely Republican presidential candidates. He will lose even more when voters outside New Jersey get wind of the lack of integrity he has shown in fulfilling a promise to fund state pensions. Three years ago, Christie promised to increase pension payments in exchange for Democrats' support of a legislative package that reduced costs by raising the state employee retirement age from 62 to 65, ending cost-of-living raises for retirees, and increasing workers' contributions to health-care and pension benefits.
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a heave of chrome shovels, the leadership of Rowan University and local politicians ceremonially broke ground Friday for a new home for the Rohrer College of Business. "What a day!" exclaimed Rowan's president, Ali Houshmand, who extolled the $63.2 million project as evidence of New Jersey's commitment to expanding educational opportunities for its high school graduates, many of whom are forced to look outside the state for higher education. When completed in spring of 2017, the four-story, 96,500-square-foot building will have capacity to serve 2,000 students, double the current business school enrollment at the university.
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's pick to head the state Education Department won unanimous approval Thursday from a Senate panel, even as one conservative lawmaker and members of the public expressed unease with his embrace of the divisive Common Core State Standards. David C. Hespe, who was education commissioner under Gov. Christie Whitman, has served as acting head of the department since March, following the resignation of Chris Cerf. He was chief of staff in the department during Christie's first term and returned to the administration after a stint as president of Burlington County College.
SPORTS
December 12, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ABOUT A THIRD of the way through their season, the Flyers' woeful record in road games in rivaled by only a select few of the NHL's other 29 teams. Only three wins in 15 games away from the Wells Fargo Center plays a big part in their sixth-place Metropolitan Division standing. And so these next four games, each against Eastern Conference teams and, more important, each at home in South Philly, are crucial for the Flyers (9-13-5). A chunk of points over the next 8 days is much-needed, especially considering another long road trip looms, this one of the seasonlong, eight-game variety.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As embattled former Port Authority Chairman David Samson sues to head off an Ethics Commission probe, the Christie administration finds itself in the awkward position of defending the ethics agency against a man who was a key ally of the governor. Samson, a former New Jersey attorney general who chaired Gov.-elect Christie's transition team in 2009 and was later appointed chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asked a federal judge to declare that the Ethics Commission lacks jurisdiction to investigate or act against him in his capacity as a member of the bistate agency's board.
SPORTS
December 12, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The South Jersey soccer season has come to a close, which means it is time for our annual All-South Jersey girls' soccer team. Here is the team as selected by The Inquirer's Chris Melchiorre. Paige Bergman, midfield, Triton In her senior season, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey girls' soccer again showed why she was one of region's best overall athletes and most highly rated soccer players. Featuring one of the strongest and most accurate legs in New Jersey, Bergman netted 34 goals this season from the midfield position, giving her 88 for her career - not bad for a player who is a defender by trade.
NEWS
December 12, 2014
CORY BOOKER is known for blazing his own trail, jumping into the national spotlight as mayor of Newark, then winning a 2013 special election to become the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey. Booker won a full term last month and, since that day, the vegetarian since 1992 has been conducting an "experiment" to eat strictly vegan for the rest of 2014. After that, who knows? He could become the first vegan U.S. senator. The day he tweeted his intentions was the same day that Center City vegan restaurant Vedge was named "Top Food" in Zagat's new Philadelphia Restaurant Survey.
NEWS
December 9, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The problem is not having too much of a good thing. It's knowing what to do with it. Cranberry growers have had abundant harvests over the last few years, flooding the market with fruit now finding its way into new products and markets. Nationally, they produced 8.5 million 100-pound barrels of cranberries this year, compared to 6.8 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the big Ocean Spray agricultural cooperative in New Jersey and other states as well as Canada and Chile turned out 7 million barrels, a steep rise over the 4.9 million in 2010.
SPORTS
December 8, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The conference's logo is plastered everywhere at Rutgers Stadium, making it impossible to forget that the Big Ten has come to New Jersey. And when Kareem Walker rushed past one of those logos and into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage Saturday, it was similarly impossible to ignore that Holy Spirit was playing against a New Jersey kid whose future Saturdays will be spent in the Big Ten. Or the SEC. Or pretty much wherever he wants. Holy Spirit's surprising playoff run ended with a 42-0 loss to Walker and DePaul Catholic in a rain-soaked Non-Public Group 2 title game.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
From the pork barrel to Pigasus - a hog nominated for president by the Yippies in 1968 - swine have served as an enduring American political metaphor. That's fitting given the outsize power of big agriculture, which extends even to this age of urbanization and our most urban state. Consider New Jersey's latest messy encounter with pork policy. Gov. Christie recently vetoed a bill banning the use of so-called gestation crates, which large hog farms use to cruelly confine pregnant sows so closely that they can't turn around.
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