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.
July 18, 2014 |
The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge may have its last opportunity, on Thursday, to hear from a high-ranking official in the Christie administration. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark has asked the panel to hold off on calling several witnesses, even as legislators prepared to take testimony from Gov. Christie's incoming chief of staff, Regina Egea. The committee had hoped to hear from "a number of individuals," said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
July 17, 2014
THE DECLINE in the fortunes of New Jersey's casinos - Trump Plaza earlier this week was just the latest to announce it is expected to close - should surprise no one. But those of us in Pennsylvania who might secretly take small satisfaction from New Jersey's woes - because they were driven in good measure by our own encroachment into the gaming market with the passage of a 2004 law - should limit the gloating. In fact, instead of gloating, we should ask: When does our decline begin?
July 16, 2014 |
Despite recent improvements, Pennsylvania remains one of the nation's most dangerous states for traffic fatalities, while New Jersey, by some measures, is among the safest, according to a new study. Pennsylvania had the fourth-most traffic fatalities in 2012, with 1,310 people killed in traffic accidents. New Jersey recorded 589 traffic deaths, which placed it 22d among the states. That represented a significant reduction from the number of traffic deaths in 2005. Pennsylvania's number of fatalities dropped by 18.9 percent, while New Jersey's was down by 21.3 percent.
July 15, 2014 |
Florence Matthews, 80, of Mount Laurel, beloved local restaurateur, accomplished cook, crack bartender, and hostess extraordinaire, died Wednesday, July 2, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. She was in the hospital for dehydration, her oldest daughter, Judy Dress, said. She had been receiving treatment for colon cancer. Mrs. Matthews, better known as Flo, spent her professional life in hospitality, and she learned it by doing it. At 15, she was waitressing at a diner in the nation's capital called the Dollhouse.
July 11, 2014 |
The Attorney General's Office has advised South Jersey prosecutors to review all autopsies conducted by a former state pathologist who had been barred from practicing medicine in New Mexico. Hisham Hashish, 52, started work as an assistant medical examiner for South Jersey less than two months after he surrendered his medical license in New Mexico in 2011. He was barred from doing autopsies and practicing medicine there based on allegations of negligence, according to records reviewed by The Inquirer.
July 10, 2014 |
New Jersey's little-known Hurricane Sandy czar, who oversaw the distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid during a challenged recovery effort, stepped down Tuesday and will be replaced by his deputy, Gov. Christie's office said. Marc Ferzan, who ran the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, left "to support a career opportunity for his wife," according to a statement issued Tuesday by Christie's office. Kimberly Ferzan, a former Rutgers-Camden law professor, recently joined the law faculty at the University of Virginia, where Marc Ferzan will teach at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
July 10, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Corp. is open to selling the Showboat to save the casino hotel from closure, the company confirmed Tuesday. "We're willing to sell if we receive a reasonable offer from a responsible buyer," spokesman Gary Thompson said. "We've received some expressions of interest from a number of groups and are reviewing them. " Caesars announced June 26 that the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat was seeing its last summer. Its 2,100 employees received notices the following day that the casino planned to close Aug. 31. Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers' union representing about 900 of Showboat's employees, will stage a protest Wednesday - starting at 5 p.m. at Brighton Park, just off the Boardwalk - over the planned closure.
July 9, 2014 |
From his perch at the crimson-walled tasting bar in Love Vape on South Fifth Street, Jeff Cullaton took a dim view of Philadelphia's new law banning electronic cigarettes from most indoor public spaces. "I think it's premature," he said, enveloped in a custard-flavored vapor cloud. The restriction, in effect since last Tuesday, does not apply to shops like this, where the air is as thick and cloying as a taxi loaded with Car Scent air fresheners. Yet the very idea that e-cigarettes may be unhealthy in any setting has raised the hackles of aficionados like Cullaton.