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August 27, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saltwater marshes along the Jersey Shore and Delaware Bay, like marshes everywhere, are in trouble. For many reasons, including sea-level rise, they're becoming less marshy and more watery. They're drowning. New Jersey, partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers and conservationists, has begun an $8.2 million pilot project that could not only restore the marshes, but also save money and solve other problems along the way. The new miracle method: Spray mud. In the Intracoastal Waterway behind Stone Harbor and Avalon, a dredge is sucking up sand and muck that has clogged the channel since Hurricane Sandy blew through.
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August 26, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the calls for help came that September day in 1934, volunteer first aid squads were still new - and about to face a very real test. A fire had spread through the luxury liner Morro Castle as it rocked and rolled through a nor'easter off the New Jersey coast. Scores of passengers were burned and injured; 137 died. First aiders from 34 squads sprang into action, triaging victims and transporting many to area hospitals. Three years later, they were again called on for a major disaster when the luxury airship Hindenburg was engulfed in flames while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Ocean County.
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August 25, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an Atlantic City conference room filled with people who had just paid $1,000 to learn how to grow marijuana, the speaker asked if anyone in law enforcement was among the crowd. No one's hand shot up. "That does not mean they're not here," Adam Scavone, a New York City lawyer, cautioned the nearly 80 people who attended Oaksterdam University's course at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino on Saturday. There, just off the boardwalk, the West met the East as the California-based school held its first marijuana-growing seminar on this side of the country.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO commuters will face another reduction in service sooner than expected so that construction workers have more time to replace tracks and ties on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The new schedule, with fewer inconveniences for riders than the one that lasted from Memorial Day until Aug. 1, will start Friday. It is slated to last until Oct. 21. Previously, PATCO had said the new round of construction would require a 50-day reduced schedule, starting on Labor Day weekend. The new reductions in service will be caused by the closure of the track on the north side of the bridge for replacement of tracks, ties, signals, and other equipment.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What explains Revel ? How could Wall Street banks, hedge funds, investment managers, and elected officials combine to burn $2.4 billion in other people's money on a hotel-casino no one wants? When New Jersey legalized Atlantic City casinos in the 1970s, the state set out to tame the historically small-time, cash-based, illegal gambling business and make it a safe place - not just for senior-citizen slots jockeys, but for the really big gamblers who bet with Americans' pension, hedge fund, and bank dollars.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A seminar that teaches attendees how to grow their own marijuana is coming next weekend to Atlantic City, a town that has broken ground before by dabbling in vices. The course offering will be a first on the East Coast, said Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oaksterdam University, an Oakland, Calif., marijuana school that has graduated 18,000 students since its 2007 opening. Never mind that planting your own weed is illegal in the Garden State. And that Gov. Christie has vowed that he will not allow New Jersey to "turn into California" and that he will not waver from the strict, dispensary-only medical-marijuana model.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
KNOW WHAT you need in August ahead of the heart of the gubernatorial race? Substantive jobs data showing that Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf both fudge numbers. And, yeah, it's shocking to think that pols use stats solely to their advantage. And I realize efforts to claw toward the truth of complex issues can lose readers. Plus there are lots of stats. But here goes. Let's talk job growth. And although top economists suggest that the best jobs measure is long-term net jobs, let's start with just private-sector growth.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Gov. Christie travels the country to support Republicans running for governor, he also is charting a course that could bear on his ability to seek the party's nomination for president in 2016. Christie has traveled to 21 states as chairman of the Republican Governors Association - a tally that will grow to 26 by the end of the month, according to the RGA. The governor is due to head to Maine on Tuesday and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday. Among the states Christie has visited are several with early primaries and caucuses that will be key to the 2016 contest, including Iowa and New Hampshire - trips that drew wide media attention - and South Carolina, where Christie is expected to head in September.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials declined comment Monday on a report that there were no qualified bidders to buy the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Revel's board of directors was reportedly meeting Monday, in advance of a bankruptcy auction that has been delayed until Thursday. Revel is in bankruptcy court for the second time in little more than a year. Executives say the $2.4 billion casino will close and shed its 3,200 employees if a buyer cannot be found. A report Monday by NBC10 said no acceptable bids had been received, citing an unidentified source.
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryan Eichen, 13, grew up watching his older brothers compete in JCC Maccabi Games soccer tournaments and is eager to play now that he's old enough. "I want to be a part of it," he said, eyes wide, as he and his parents, Lisa and Eduard of Voorhees waited in the cafeteria of Eastern Regional High School for three towering 16-year-old soccer players from California. The Eichens are a host family for the teens from Woodland Hills, Calif., who will be among 1,200 athletes participating in Cherry Hill, one of three host cities for the annual Olympic-style event for Jewish teens.
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