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March 17, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
They share the same adviser and work out at the same facility. For a while, it looked like Tyler Mondile and Jason Groome might share the same high school dugout, too. That didn't happen, but Mondile and Groome will share the mound in the most anticipated game of the New Jersey high school baseball season. Mondile is a star righthander for Gloucester Catholic. Groome is an ace lefthander for Barnegat who is projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick by the Phillies in the major-league draft in June.
NEWS
March 16, 2016
By Bob Williams Today our natural resources are being loved to death with a hands-off preservation approach to actual conservation. More than 100 years ago, folks like Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, started a movement that brought true conservation of natural resources to the forefront of our environmental concerns. Over the last 40 years, our country has lost its conservation land ethic and abandoned it to an extremist preservation culture founded in political correctness.
NEWS
March 15, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
The battle in Washington over late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's seat is a month in the making. But in New Jersey, a political stalemate over an open state Supreme Court seat has stretched six years. "No other states come close," said Bill Raftery, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Va. "Most other states, there would have been some mechanism to fill it by now. " In many states, including Pennsylvania, justices are elected. In others, they are put forward by nominating commissions.
NEWS
March 15, 2016
By Nathan Nascimento What good is health-insurance coverage if you can't afford to use it? That's not a rhetorical question. It's the reality facing thousands of people who are required to purchase health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges. As if rising premiums - which increased by an average of 14.6 and 13.1 percent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, in 2016 - weren't already hard enough, skyrocketing deductibles have rendered many plans "all but useless," according to a recent report in the New York Times.
SPORTS
March 14, 2016
Sunday, at Rutgers University Atlantic City (26-4) vs. Linden (22-5), noon. Atlantic City's road to the final: Beat Williamstown, 56-37; Cherry Hill West, 44-40; Washington Twp., 49-47; Cherokee, 51-40; Colts Neck, 55-50. Linden's road to the final: Beat J.P. Stevens, 67-41; Union, 64-32; East Orange, 67-35; Newark East Side, 62-59; Hackensack, 69-56. Previous state titles: Atlantic City, three (2005, 2012, 2013). Linden, four (2000, 2006, 2007, 2014). Fast fact: Atlantic City is 25-3 since Dec. 20, with the losses to state finalists Passaic and St. Augustine (twice)
NEWS
March 14, 2016
New Jersey state troopers pulled a body out of the Mullica River in Washington Township, Burlington County, on Saturday, authorities said. The dead person - whose identity was not yet known - was spotted by two fishermen shortly before 11 a.m., Capt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman, said. Marine troopers pulled the adult body out of the river by the Hog Islands, he said. The gender of the person was not released. It looked as if the person had "been in the water for a little while," Jones said.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY - Though it was meant as a celebration of the life that former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum lived - and it was - the grief at her death was obvious among the 300 people who attended her memorial service in Ocean City on Saturday afternoon. Men and women alike wept openly during the event, organized by the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation, as those closest to McCollum eulogized the Princeton University graduate and television news anchor who died Feb. 22. Among the touching moments: a slide show chronicling her 24 years, the handing out of heart-shaped seed packets, and a solo by a classical pianist.
NEWS
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Don't choke on higher prices - go to Jersey Mayor Kenney is proposing to tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages at 3 cents per ounce. If the full amount is passed along to consumers, the tax on a 12-pack of soda would be a whopping $4.32. Grocery shopping in Philadelphia is about to get really expensive. For Philadelphians worried about their grocery bills going up: New Jersey is open for business. We're only a short drive away, and you can buy your favorite beverages here for half the cost.
SPORTS
March 13, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Saturday at 7 p.m. at Toms River North High School St. Augustine (29-1) vs. Don Bosco Prep (27-3) St. Augustine's road to the final: Beat Bishop Ahr, 74-35; Union Catholic, 65-52; Christian Brothers, 85-52; St. Joseph of Metuchen, 69-67 (OT). Don Bosco Prep: Beat St. Peter's Prep, 63-41; St. Joseph of Montvale, 69-58; Seton Hall Prep, 73-53. Previous state titles: St. Augustine, four (1982, 1999, 2004, 2011). Don Bosco Prep, four (1944, 1966, 1968, 1970). Don Bosco player to watch: Guard Brandon Anderson is a Brown recruit who scored 27 points in the victory over Seton Hall Prep.
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