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October 22, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have started taking more aggressive action to prevent drug overdoses. New federal statistics suggest that the action is overdue. Both states had among the biggest increases in overdose deaths nationally between 2010 and 2012, even as mortality appears to have leveled off in some other parts of the country. During that period, New Jersey's drug fatality rate rose 40 percent, the second-biggest increase after Alaska's, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Voters heading to the polls in November will decide a question that's been a familiar presence on state ballots: how to pay for open space. They also will be asked to decide a change to the New Jersey Constitution that would allow judges to deny bail to certain defendants - a measure Gov. Christie is pushing as part of an overhaul of the state's bail system. Currently, the constitution enshrines the right to bail for anyone charged with a crime. The open-space measure on the ballot Nov. 4 will ask voters whether to approve spending for land preservation, but differently from past questions.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Over nearly a year in Washington, freshman U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has shown the energy that made the former Newark mayor a national figure. He's sponsored bills that have been subsumed into successful legislation, brought home funding for worthy purposes in New Jersey, and made it a mission to figure out how to break the partisan divide that has earned this Congress the reputation of being one of the least productive in history. The 45-year-old Democrat was elected to the Senate in an oddly timed special election last year to finish the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAYREVILLE, N.J. - The dream of becoming a Bomber on this town's beloved high school football team begins across the street from the stadium floodlights, down the hill on the playing field tucked behind a lake. The Mighty Mites squad of 8- and 9-year-olds pad up in black jerseys, team name on front, last name and number on back. They run tackle and speed drills for two hours three days a week. When coaches speak, the players huddle and take a knee. They are still just children, and don't fully comprehend why the high school football team - the players they idolize - no longer storm the field on Friday nights.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law a bill repealing New Jersey's ban on sports wagering, but that doesn't mean casinos will begin letting consumers gamble on football games this weekend. Christie signed the bill, which cleared the Legislature on Thursday, as part of the state's new strategy to allow sports betting at casinos and horse racetracks. The issue has taken on added urgency following the casino closures in Atlantic City. The Christie administration last month declared that sports betting would be legal in the state, and the new law was drafted to satisfy the courts, which had ruled against New Jersey's last attempt to legalize sports betting.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As his party lurches toward November's midterm elections at risk of losing control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker said a Democratic majority is needed to tackle big problems such as immigration and corporate tax policy. "This is why I think it's so important the Democrats hold the Senate: The House is controlled by Republicans, and Republicans are heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the tea party," Booker said in an interview Tuesday with the Inquirer Editorial Board. "Trust me. You don't think [Republican House Speaker John]
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As shell-shocked officials scramble to help Atlantic City out of its downturn, it is essential to remember just why voters approved casino gambling there in 1976. Casinos were supposed to be a "unique tool for urban redevelopment of Atlantic City. " That is, the casinos should support New Jersey, not the other way around. A scheme concocted by Trump Entertainment would turn that purpose on its head. The company wants to sell the faltering Trump Taj Mahal to investor Carl Icahn, who would put up $100 million.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Are investors rushing in where banks fear to tread? Amid the stock market surge of the last couple of years, buyers of smaller, private U.S. companies worth $10 million to $250 million have borrowed more money to finance deals, while investing less of their own, says Philadelphia investment banker Andy Greenberg . He tracks these deals as a partner in GF Data , a West Conshohocken firm that collects company sales prices and terms from...
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TURNS OUT, the chain around Brayden Schenn's neck was more choker collar than leash - given how quickly and how hard it was yanked by Craig Berube last week. Schenn's experiment on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek did not last five full periods during the regular season. He was pulled from the line during the second period of last Thursday's loss to New Jersey. It wasn't just a momentary shake-up, either. When the puck dropped on Saturday night against Montreal, it was Michael Raffl flanked to Giroux's left for the opening draw.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When I ran toward the end of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon on Sunday, I was focused on two things: pass the woman in the alpine-themed shirt, and get to the finish line in under my time goal. What I did not expect at that finish line was for a member of the Civil Air Patrol to put a medal around my neck. It was, after all, a $35 race. This may be the least I've paid for a half marathon ever (in comparison, the Philadelphia Half Marathon costs $125). The Jersey Shore Half Marathon is a 42-year-old event at New Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area, a national park more commonly known as Sandy Hook.
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