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August 31, 2015

Too Soon for Legacy, Christie’s Education Record Continues to Shape Issues
John Mooney | Education
Critics waste no time ‘welcoming’ Cerf to Newark, funding shortfalls persist in puzzling and plaguing policymakers and pols
Proposed Merger of Atlantic City Electric and Exelon Hits Regulatory Snag
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Public Service Commission in D.C. raises concerns about higher prices, gives parent companies 30 days to file appeal
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August 28, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: How Does Gentrification Subtly Reshape Public Education?
2015 Summer Reading
Author and urban studies expert suggests that ‘parallel’ school systems spawn charters geared toward city’s new ‘advantaged’ elite

August 27, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Horseshoes Aren't So Lucky When Dinnertime Arrives
2015 Summer Reading
Feeding grounds at Delaware Bay and Cape May are crucial migration points for endangered red knot

August 26, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Fighting Depression -- and the Stigma Attached to It
2015 Summer Reading
Death of her beloved mother sent novelist and editor into emotional and mental tailspin
Trump Is Gone From Atlantic City But Not Forgotten
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
No single figure has been more associated with Atlantic City casinos than Donald Trump, now the Republican presidential frontrunner

August 25, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: The Remarkable Growth of New Jersey’s State University
2015 Summer Reading
A small liberal arts school became a university combining outstanding undergraduate colleges with a major public research institution

August 24, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Life Changes Unexpectedly for Suburban New Jersey Mom
2015 Summer Reading
Much of woman’s first novel was written while she was commuting to NYC on the Montclair-Boonton rail line

August 21, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Strange New World – From 1980's USSR to Princeton, NJ
2015 Summer Reading
‘Russian Tattoo’ continues the saga of a young woman as she comes to America in 1980 – and feels like she’s ‘arrived at the moon’

August 20, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: NJ’s Well-Positioned for Success in 21st Century
2015 Summer Reading
Two Rutgers experts predict the Garden State will thrive in ‘knowledge-dependent’ economy

August 19, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Native Son Celebrates Elizabeth's Spirit, Honors Its Ghosts
2015 Summer Reading
Joe Weil’s poetry is filled with an elegiac passion which finds greatness and beauty in ordinary people and places

August 18, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Biography Takes Admiring Look at Popular Governor
2015 Summer Reading
Young Brendan Byrne served with distinction as navigation pilot in Europe during World War II – and honed his leadership skills

August 17, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: What Went Wrong? The Tragic End of a Brilliant Young Man
2015 Summer Reading
Robert Peace rose from the streets of East Orange, NJ, to the Ivy League -- and died in the basement of a marijuana 'grow house' in Newark

August 14, 2015

Cuomo’s ‘New York Attitude’ on Gateway Tunnel: Let New Jersey Pay for It
Meir Rinde | Transportation
No longer tightlipped on the subject, NY governor remains tightfisted, even though Gateway would bring hundreds of thousands of workers into Manhattan daily
BPU Wants to Hire Outside Expert to Help Breathe Some Life into Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consultant would concentrate on developing financing mechanism based on tariffs on utility customers
Interactive Map: New Jersey's Thirsty -- Water Use on Rise in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Between 2000 and 2010 the total amount of water used by homes, businesses, and the state’s two nuclear plants surged by 40 billion gallons a year
Lawmakers Fix Funding Shortage, Transfer $4.5M to Six Towns in Meadowlands
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Residents faced higher property tax bills after Christie line-item veto deleted payments meant to cover loss of shared hotel-tax revenue
Newest Panel Formed by Christie Joins Parade of Education Task Forces
John Mooney | Education
Latest committee looks into benefits, drawbacks of starting high-school classes later in the morning
Bill Seeks to Inform NJ Consumers About Dangers of Removing Lead Paint
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Retailers argue that signs in stores are not an effective way to inform the public about potential health threats
Op-Ed: New Generation Can Help Replant the Seeds of Democracy
Lawrence E. McCullough | Opinion
As older voters become more and more disinterested and disengaged, we need to help younger citizens discover the joys of democracy

August 13, 2015

Christie's 'No Taxes' Pledge Has Implications in New Jersey
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie signed a pledge this week with a conservative group to never raise taxes -- and he slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for not doing the same thing . . .
NJ Sierra Club Calls on Federal EPA to Block DEP’s New Water Rules
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmental group fears that pending changes will lead to more pollution and increased flooding in state’s streams
Candidate Christie Continues His Shift to the Right, Taking Anti-Tax Pledge
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
But Gov. Christie may soon face dilemma as gas-tax hike may be only way to replenish New Jersey’s shaky Transportation Trust Fund
Strength in Numbers: Can Transportation Alliance Get Gateway Project Going?
Meir Rinde | Transportation
U.S. Sen. Schumer calls for Gateway Development Corp.; former ARC project director envisions coalition of transit agencies
Solitary Confinement in New Jersey’s Prisons: Cruel and Usual Punishment
Hank Kalet | Social
Isolating inmates can lead to PTSD and paranoia; new legislation could reduce the use of ‘close custody’ and put outside oversight in place
Relative Calm Marks Year Two of ‘One Newark,’ But Opposition Remains
John Mooney | Education
Earlier start and more staff seem to help, although Mayor Baraka still calls for end of ‘dysfunctional’ enrollment system
Poll: What’s the Best Way to Get Going on Gateway Project?
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The proposed rail tunnel would be a lifesaver for commuters and cargo, but who’s going to pay for it?
Community Health Centers -- Crucial to Medicaid Growth, Harbingers of Change
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Fast-growing health centers add more services for women, look to take on mental-health issues

August 12, 2015

Critics of Energy Master Plan Make Opinions Heard at Public Hearing
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU argues plan is delivering on its promise, but speakers fault state for relying too much on natural gas, too little on renewable energy
Lesniak Will Keep Pushing for ‘Recovery High Schools’ Despite Christie Veto
John Mooney | Education
Senator, long passionate about high schools for kids with substance-abuse problems, will explore other models
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