July 30, 2014 |
TRENTON - A slight majority of New Jersey residents support legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medication prescribed by a doctor, a new poll released Monday found. About the same percentage of people say they would personally want that option, often referred to as physician-assisted suicide. The bill was scheduled for a vote in June in the Assembly but pulled at the last minute when it became clear it would come up just short of the 41 votes needed to pass.
July 28, 2014
New Jersey wants to double down on a losing bet. Sites are being considered for proposed North Jersey casinos that would soak up diminishing dollars from an industry that has already overplayed its hand. Both Gov. Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) say any casino up north must share proceeds with Atlantic City, just as gaming revenue from the south has traveled north over the years. But what can be the benefit to Atlantic City if new North Jersey casinos lure even more gamblers?
July 26, 2014 |
TRENTON - With less than two weeks to vote on a measure that could lead to pretrial detention without bail, New Jersey lawmakers remain divided over how to address the right to a speedy trial. The schism could upend the criminal-justice reform package that has been in the works for two years. The proposed constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval, would allow judges to deny bail if, following a prosecutor's motion, they are concerned that defendants would not show up to court, would threaten the safety of others, or would obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.
July 25, 2014 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - A two-day drive from home, they came on buses from across the country. They watched as the cornfields of rural America morphed into the lush, deciduous trees separating major East Coast cities. A series of "Welcome to" signs slipped by until their buses came to the end of the line - the Atlantic Ocean, something that many of the volunteers with Lutheran Social Ministries last week had never seen before. They weren't in Nebraska anymore. It was the Jersey Shore.
July 24, 2014 |
New Jersey's ranking for overall child well-being slipped to eighth best in the nation from fifth last year, and Pennsylvania inched up from 17th to 16th, according to data released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The information was collected for the foundation's 25th annual Kids Count Data Book. New Jersey rated second in the nation for education variables such as school performance and children attending preschool, the same as last year. The state rose from 18th to 16th on economic well-being and fell from ninth to 10th on family and community factors such as the percentage of children living in poor communities.
July 24, 2014 |
In the tough part of Brooklyn where she spent her younger years, Bridgette Brawner saw neighbors strung out on drugs, arguments that turned violent, families like her own struggling to get by. But most frightening was watching as other kids grew to accept, and expect, a bleak future. "You get to a certain age and you're shot. Or you get to a certain age and you have a child," she said, recalling Flatbush. " . . . There had to be something else outside of what I was seeing. " A profound thought for a young girl, especially one struggling with personal issues as dark as sexual molestation.
July 21, 2014 |
The Iraqi writer Faleeha Hassan liked an American friend's recent suggestion to collaborate on a poem about peace - until she realized she knew too little about the subject. "I don't live with peace," Hassan says. "I live with horrible things, with death, with children who are killed for no reason. I live with war. " No longer: Since 2012, Hassan and her two children have been living in Gloucester County. They were resettled in Washington Township by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, after fleeing Iraq for Turkey in 2011.
July 20, 2014 |
The corporate rush to pay less in U.S. taxes reached a new milestone Friday when drugmaker AbbVie agreed to pay $54.8 billion to acquire Shire P.L.C. In such so-called tax inversions, U.S.-based corporations buy other corporations whose tax "domiciles" are in countries with lower corporate taxes, while leaving most of their operations and employees in the United States. About 1,000 of Shire's approximately 5,000 employees (and 300 contractors) work in Chesterbrook - the deal's impact on them is unclear - with nearly 40 percent of revenue tied to medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
July 19, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures pressed a senior Christie administration official Thursday to explain why she didn't aggressively pursue allegations that the resulting traffic jams involved possible wrongdoing. As the hearing proceeded in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said at an event in Newark that media reports describing his office's investigation into the lane closures "have been almost entirely incorrect. " In what may be the panel's last chance to square off with the administration, legislators focused their questioning on a Sept.
July 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA STARS, 1983-84 Here is a look at the 2 years the Stars played in Philadelphia: 1983 About the Stars (15-3): Coached by Jim Mora after George Perles unexpectedly bolted for the Michigan State job just before the season started . . . Running back Kelvin Bryant was the league MVP, but it was coordinator Vince Tobin's "Doghouse Defense" that led the way in the regular season. Philadelphia allowed less than 12 points per game during the regular season (but 62 in their two playoff games . . . Played at Veterans Stadium where they averaged 18,650 in attendance . . . Overcame seven turnovers and a 21-point deficit with 12 minutes left to stun Chicago in overtime of a playoff game at the Vet. The game was terrific.