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June 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A $1 million donation to Rowan University will help 50 low-income New Jersey students pay for their college educations, while a high school support program will help them get there. The donation comes from Robert O. Carr, who cofounded a Princeton-based credit-card processing company and started a scholarship program, Give Something Back Foundation, in 2001 in his native Illinois. "Rowan fits into our organization's goals and objectives: To have a school that's for working-class people, for students who are the first in their families to ever go to college.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act. Even as Congress scales back the law, Christie has been arguing forcefully for the tools given to law enforcement and intelligence agencies after 9/11 as crucial to prosecuting terrorists. Yet the importance of the Patriot Act in Christie's tenure as a prosecutor is less clear than he asserts.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's administration filed a complaint Friday in federal court in an attempt to stop a seismic testing project the state argues will harm fishing industries and marine life. The action was praised by several environmental groups, which said the testing that began this week in federal waters southeast of Long Beach Island would hurt endangered whales, among other species, and would lead to oil and gas exploration and extraction. Proponents of the project, which is being conducted by Rutgers University with federal funding, say it will help scientists study sea-level rise.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. - Hippocrates That quote attributed to the ancient Greek healer considered the father of Western medicine is at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship, a relationship too frequently strained these days by government and insurance mandates. The Medical Society of New Jersey's objection to legislation requiring physicians to discuss the potential for prescription drug addiction with their patients is understandable in that context, but underwhelming considering the good that would result from the law. Since October, the Assembly version of Senate Bill 2366 has been sitting in the health committee, chaired by Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D., Burlington)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine the exact opposite of a slick urban home-design showroom, and you might land somewhere in the vicinity of WoodsEdge Farm in Stockton, N.J., a sleepy haven for llamas, alpacas, and honeybees 45 miles up the Delaware River from Philadelphia. For Shannon Retseck, that's what makes it so perfect. Retseck, 28, of West Philadelphia, was at WoodsEdge to collect alpaca rugs and talk pricing with Brent Walker, 35, a third-generation New Jersey farmer who has been working to reinvent his family business.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trina Lisko has always taken to athletics. Growing up, she tagged along with her two older brothers to play soccer until the sun set, and made sure to try everything from street hockey to water sports. But the former Bishop Eustace Prep field hockey star and alumna of Duke University, where she captained the hockey team in her senior year, did not want her athletic career to end with school. Now 37, the mother of two young children, and a physician specializing in sports medicine, the Collingswood resident recently gravitated to Parkour, an obstacle-course training regime.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf this week formally proposed setting up a state-based insurance marketplace, potentially protecting hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents from the consequences of a Supreme Court decision that could gut Obamacare later this month. A ruling against the Affordable Care Act could end insurance subsidies for millions of people who live in the 37 states - including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware - that rely on the federal marketplace. The 13 that set up state marketplaces two years ago would not be affected.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ask voters to amend the constitution to allow the state to expand gaming to North Jersey. The amendment, which would permit the establishment of up to three casinos in Essex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, would require legislative approval before going to voters on the general election ballot. The constitution currently restricts gaming to Atlantic City, where four casinos closed last year amid competition in Pennsylvania, New York, and elsewhere.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
PPL Corp. in Allentown on Monday completed the spinoff of its competitive energy business, which was combined with the power generation assets owned by Riverstone Holdings to form a new merchant power producer called Talen Energy Corp. The new company's shares will begin trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TLN. New Jersey officials have been wooing Talen's management to move the new company's headquarters from Allentown to Phillipsburg, 20 miles to the east.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
When New Jersey residents head to the polls for Tuesday's state Assembly primaries, they won't have much choice in whom to support. Of New Jersey's 40 legislative districts, only five will feature contested primaries - and none in South Jersey's First through Seventh Districts. All 80 Assembly seats are on the ballot. In the state's closed primaries - only registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary, and only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary - voters are asked to select two candidates to be the party's nominees in November's general election.
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