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June 21, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Americans' treacherous relationship with prescription painkillers and other drugs appears to be worsening, with fatal overdoses up 7 percent in one year, according to new federal statistics. Deaths increased at double the national rate in New Jersey, and triple in Pennsylvania. In 2011, for the first time, drug-related deaths topped 1,000 in New Jersey and 2,000 in Pennsylvania. More than 41,000 people died nationwide. Despite the increase, New Jersey's drug poisoning rate remained well below the national average, placing it 36th out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
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June 21, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mist of white chalk sprang from the hands of David Praiss as he dropped a barbell into a shoulder-high stand Thursday morning. He had just come back up from a squatting position when his knees nearly touched his bright-orange "Genuine Jersey" T-shirt - meaning the state, not the fabric. He had 120 kilograms, or 265 pounds, of weight on his shoulders. As many champions do, Praiss pumped his arms in the air while cheers engulfed him inside Kendall Hall at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
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June 20, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Americans' treacherous relationship with prescription painkillers and other drugs appears to be worsening, with fatal overdoses up 7 percent in one year - and twice that rate of increase in New Jersey and triple in Pennsylvania, according to new federal statistics. Drug-related deaths for the first time topped 1,000 in New Jersey and 2,000 in Pennsylvania in 2011; more than 41,000 died nationwide. Despite the increase, New Jersey's drug poisoning rate remained well below the national average, placing it 36th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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June 19, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep has teamed up with New Jersey lawmakers to rally behind the beleaguered elephant - and she hopes Gov. Christie takes notice. The Legislature on Monday sent Christie a bill that would ban the sale, purchase, or possession of ivory and rhinoceros horn. Streep, a winner of three Oscars who has starred in movies including Sophie's Choice and Out of Africa , ramped up the pressure on the Republican governor in a statement Tuesday to the Humane Society of the United States.
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June 17, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
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June 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The uninvited guest showed up Thursday afternoon with a bang, popping a child's ball in the backyard and then breaking a red bird feeder. Evesham had a bear. "We've been getting reports since last night about sightings . . . basically just walking around, hasn't been aggressive," Capt. Walt Miller, a spokesman for the Evesham Police Department, said Friday. Still, the sight of a large black bear - one resident estimated its weight at 400 pounds - had the neighbors talking. The bear "tossed trash cans around, had a nice lunch" Friday, said Russ Mogell, who for two years has lived in the Sanctuary development, tucked away in the woods.
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June 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to amend Senate President Stephen Sweeney's proposal to expand Rutgers University's board of governors, a day after the Legislature's counsel warned that it might not withstand a court challenge. The board's chairman, Gerald C. Harvey, said that he initially viewed the amendments "as proactive" but that they continue to address a nonexistent problem. In the latest twist in Sweeney's continuing battle to reshape Rutgers' leadership, the senator told reporters that it was Harvey who recommended the changes.
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June 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memo issued Wednesday questions the legality of a bill that New Jersey's Senate president has introduced to expand the number of political appointees to Rutgers University's main governing board. The bill "may be held to be an impairment of the 1956 legislative contract between Rutgers and the state, implicating the contract clause of the constitution," reads the memo, which lawmakers requested from the Office of Legislative Services. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
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June 13, 2014
DEAR CAMDEN, It's not that we don't feel miffed that the 76ers are moving their practice facilities and office operations across the river to your town - last we checked, they called themselves the Philadelphia 76ers - but we know that you're not in the habit of getting much good news, so we wish you well. As part of an interconnected urban ecosystem, we really want your city to do well. We suffer when you suffer. Now, could you step aside and let us speak to New Jersey? New Jersey: Hasn't Camden suffered enough?
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June 12, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the most generous development deals in state history, New Jersey awarded the 76ers $82 million in tax credits over 10 years to build a practice facility on Camden's waterfront. The dollar-for-dollar exchange allows the Sixers to recoup every cent they spend - not to exceed $82 million - on construction of a 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and team headquarters. For Camden, it means 250 new jobs - about 200 of which are already filled by Sixers administrators, players, and staff - and the hope that the state-of-the-art behemoth lures additional developers to its tax revenue-strapped city.
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