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July 8, 2014
The Joana family lost their 15-month-old daughter, Sabina Rose, in December to Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that starts in infancy. Since then, at least 14 other American children have died of Dravet syndrome and other forms of epilepsy. Although medical marijuana is thought to alleviate the symptoms and is legal in New Jersey, where the Joanas live, the state's program is so stringent that the families of Sabina Rose and other children like her have been unable to obtain derivatives of the drug.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
She wasn't even born when her father was making history. But Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the daughter of legendary Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, has faithfully spread the story of his work, sharing it this summer in New Jersey as part of a North American tour that also took her to schools and museums in Massachusetts and Canada. She visited the Infoage Science History Museum in the 2200 block of Marconi Road in Wall Township, N.J., to commemorate the 101st anniversary of her father's visit to the site on June 30, 1913.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The first time I saw New Jersey was from the backseat of the family car on a summer night in 1966. We were headed to Washington on the turnpike; I was 12 and in love with the future. Riding on that thrillingly "super" highway, with its ultramodern speed-limit signs, convinced me I might one day be living on Mars. I never imagined I'd be living in New Jersey. So as the Garden State celebrates its 350th birthday, or Sesquarcentennial, I'm considering this vital, sometimes challenging, and frequently surprising place in the light of history.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money-losing Sun Bancorp Inc. of Mount Laurel, under pressure to please investors and government regulators and boost its sagging share price, plans to sell or shut a string of its Sun National Bank branches and lay off more than 200 of the company's 600-plus workers, new chief executive officer Thomas O'Brien said in a statement Thursday. "The layoffs are part of an overall restructuring plan to bring the bank's revenue and expense model, and overall efficiency ratio, in line with our peers," said spokesman Mike Dineen.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have limited the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, down from 15, and instead proposed a series of changes to New Jersey's mental-health laws. "Mass violence will not end by changing the number of bullets loaded into a gun," Christie said in his veto message. "It will end with a serious commitment to elevating our response to mental illness, a declaration that we will not let our discomfort with this disease threaten our children, our families, and our communities.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
Gov. Christie's Jersey backtrack is taking on tragic proportions, especially for the people who live in the state he nominally governs. In using a line-item veto to excise responsible pension funding from the new state budget, the governor personally undid what was once heralded as his signature achievement. Before he trained his sword on himself, the Republican governor was supposed to be the conqueror who smote New Jersey's pension problem, having joined Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney to produce reform legislation that traded worker givebacks for redoubled state contributions.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The possibility of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's being considered for cuts or closure won't come up until 2017. But New Jersey's elected officials aren't taking any chances. They're already working to keep it here. The fiscal 2015 budget, signed Monday by Gov. Christie, includes $200,000 for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs, a body of state officials and citizens who will fight any efforts to close the base and other military installations. The latest move follows the formation in May of a separate group, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno - to draft strategies for inoculating military sites from the budget ax. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has survived five rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
NEWS
July 3, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SUICIDE LAW Aging society need Regarding legalizing assisted suicide, a recent letter writer describes a difficult situation in which assisted suicide may be considered but may not be the proper action ("Think twice about dying in New Jersey," June 29). Unfortunately, for every example like that, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of terminally sick people in hospice care every day for whom there is no hope for recovery. It is these people (and their families)
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horse-racing enthusiasts in Camden County have had two choices when gambling in person: Drive an hour to the nearest offtrack betting facility in New Jersey, or across the Delaware River to one in Philadelphia. Now, Camden County gamblers can bet on a shorter commute. Favorites, the state's fifth offtrack betting facility, opened Tuesday in Clementon. Penn National Gaming Inc., which is managing it, hopes the new site will draw South Jersey gamblers and, ultimately, compete with the betting parlors in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Mischelle "Raven" Ahmed's first love was named Chimaphila maculata . Ahmed was 10 and walking on a trail near her Absecon home when she came upon the delicate little wildflower, more commonly known as spotted wintergreen. "They were different," she says, noting the species' distinctive striped leaves and pearly flowers. "They weren't something you saw in a garden. " That's less true these days, thanks in part to Ahmed and other advocates of native wildflowers. As the environmental benefits of the plants are more widely publicized, their popularity grows.
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