August 16, 2016 |
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
August 13, 2016 |
As a pregnant faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia six years ago, Kristy Shuda McGuire would walk through "clouds of smoke" to get into her building. "It really bothered me," said McGuire, an associate biology professor. The college had a ban on smoking inside buildings and near entrances, but that left a lot of areas of campus vulnerable. McGuire got herself on the college's business affairs committee, which deals with building usage, and pushed for tighter restrictions.
August 11, 2016 |
For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue. The state Republican and Democratic Parties didn't find it funny. Both parties filed legal challenges Monday seeking to remove Poe - a stage name for the activism work and comedian act of Richard Tamaccio - from the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate. Poe on Tuesday said he was examining his options, one of which was to "bow out gracefully.
August 9, 2016 |
Backyard barbecuing or sitting around a campfire in the summer, toasty hands and roasted chestnuts in the winter - in any season, people love a nice fire. And in the smoke that those flames produce, scientists may have found a clue to the success of our species. For prehistoric humans, including Neanderthals, fire was their technology, providing heat, light, and a means of making more foods digestible. But when they made those fires in caves, they would also inhale great quantities of smoke and its toxic chemicals.
August 7, 2016 |
On an Atlantic City beach, a group of five adults recently sat a few feet from the ocean, some with lit cigars in hand. They placed makeshift ashtrays, really just upside-down seashells, next to their beach chairs, storing discarded cigars there. Two from the group - Monica Plumley, 48, of Glassboro, and Shelley Gatanis, 50, of Woodstown - had just met each other that day, and bonded over cigars. "I want to be able to do anything that's appropriate freely," Plumley said of their right to smoke on the sand.
July 13, 2016
Philadelphia homeland-security detectives were questioning two people found on the roof of a Center City hotel with smoke bombs and cameras Monday night, police said. The two were on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue in the 200 block of South Broad Street. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security, said Monday that "at this time no crime has been committed," but his detectives were conducting "noncustodial interviews. " - Robert Moran
July 5, 2016
Across wide swaths of the Shore, vacationers who are the lifeblood of New Jersey's multibillion-dollar tourism industry are spared from secondhand smoke wafting over from the next blanket. Why not every beach? That's the question Trenton lawmakers have asked - and answered with conviction - during two successive sessions, passing statewide bans on smoking on all beaches and in public parks. The most recent move came just weeks ago with a measure championed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
June 30, 2016
Makes 3-5 servings One three-bone uncut rack of beef short ribs from the plate section of the rib cage, weighing 31/2 to 4 pounds (see note) Light olive oil (not virgin) 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper 1 can beef broth 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Barbecue sauce (optional) 1. The night before you intend to smoke the ribs, place your wood chunks in water to soak until you need them. 2. Also the night before, rub the rack of ribs all over with a light coating of olive oil. Generously sprinkle the salt and pepper over the ribs, being sure to hit all sides.
May 11, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: What if the person you need to forgive is yourself? I bullied my younger sister as a kid/teen, and as a grown thirty-something, I feel incredible shame and guilt. I have apologized to her as an adult, which she seemed to have accepted, and I know much of it stemmed from being bullied and abused throughout those years myself. However, I can't seem to get past how I contributed to a lousy childhood for my sister - someone for whom I would now do anything and who will barely speak to me and the rest of our family.
May 7, 2016 |
The Montgomery County Housing Authority has become the latest public housing agency to ban smoking. Starting July 1, the ban affects its 616 units countywide, executive director Joel Johnson said at a county commissioners meeting Thursday. The policy prohibits smoking indoors but will allow residents to smoke outside at least 25 feet away from buildings. It mirrors bans in Philadelphia and Chester County, and a broader effort in public housing nationwide. In November, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would require all federally subsidized housing authorities to implement nonsmoking policies in the next several years.