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January 27, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Scientists who tested a floating windmill off the coast of Maine a year ago have gathered enough data to build a full-size model that can be moved to take advantage of high winds. The U.S. Department of Energy is using lasers attached to buoys to measure wind speeds at differing altitudes off the coast of Virginia Beach to learn how cost-effective it would be to harness the higher winds above sea level to power wind turbines. Meanwhile, construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm may begin this year off Rhode Island.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For two years, the Obama administration dramatically raised Medicaid reimbursements for primary-care physicians in the hope that they would see more poor patients. The idea was that states would jump in to continue at least part of the payments. Few did, and the experiment ended Dec. 31, before researchers could report evidence of an impact. Now they have. Significantly more appointments for eligible patients were available during the higher-pay period than before, according to a study published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The morning after listening to a president they have tired of, House Republicans heard from a man some of them hope will deliver future State of the Union speeches: Gov. Christie. The informal meet-and-greet Wednesday just steps from the Capitol gave the New Jersey governor a chance to introduce himself to lawmakers who may not have seen him up close, but who are keen to learn more about the potential presidential candidate. "He's clearly looking for the opportunity to introduce himself to more people as he makes a decision," said U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a three-day nor'easter in September scoured away all the sand in front of his beachfront Strathmere home, Jack Monaghan beseeched the state to build a jetty - quickly - at the mouth of Corson's Inlet. New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection urged him to be patient. The Army Corps of Engineers was about to launch four massive beach-replenishment projects along New Jersey's barrier islands, the DEP told him, and new sand would be pouring out of pipes onto Corson's Inlet by December.
NEWS
January 18, 2015
ISSUE | FREE SPEECH Echoes of Penn Penn professor Anne Norton purports to protect speech but not bigotry, yet confuses both and protects neither ("Protect free speech, but don't defend bigotry," Jan. 14). Norton's model appears to be her employer, the University of Pennsylvania, which The Inquirer once branded as the nation's most politically correct university. That stemmed from a student's use of the term "water buffalo," for which Penn acted to expel him for violating its speech code.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
State legislation has been proposed to keep world class entertainment in Atlantic City by giving performers a tax break as an incentive to appear in the flagging casino resort. Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. announced legislation on Thursday that would qualify A list entertainers to not have to pay income taxes on money they earn performing anywhere in New Jersey if they book a gig in a venue in Atlantic City's tourist district for four dates within the same calendar year.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Foreclosure filings nationwide last year fell to their lowest level since 2006 and were down by more than a million properties from 2010's recession-aftermath peak of roughly 2.87 million. RealtyTrac, an Irvine, Calif., housing data and analytics provider that tracks filings across the United States, reported Thursday that last year's 1,117,426 total filings, while down considerably from that peak, still represented an increase of 400,000 since the housing boom of the last decade began to go bust.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know.   NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey has landed a $29.4 million federal grant to help displaced Atlantic City casino workers affected by recent closings, officials said Tuesday. The National Emergency Grant through the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for training programs to help the workers learn skills for jobs in new fields. Atlantic City lost four of its 12 casinos last year, throwing more than 8,000 people out of work, roughly a fifth of the casino workforce. The gaming industry has struggled to stay afloat amid competition from nearby states' casinos.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie pledged his commitment to New Jersey in his annual State of the State address Tuesday, but his declaration that the nation was "beset by anxiety" signaled bigger ambitions ahead of a widely anticipated presidential campaign. Christie, who has been considering a run for president in 2016, called for "a New Jersey renewal and an American renewal," describing a "palpable" anxiety he had witnessed while traveling the country last year as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
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