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August 29, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- The Fifty-First State
2014 Summer Reading
Lisa Borders’ novel about rural New Jersey is a tale of grief, community, and forging a new family

August 28, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- The Player
2014 Summer Reading
When residents of a Newark neighborhood fall sick from a mysterious illness, Brad Parks’ reporter-sleuth is on the case

August 26, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- Family Life
2014 Summer Reading
In Akhil Sharma’s novel, a devastating tragedy changes forever the lives of Indian immigrants living in New Jersey

August 25, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- Unaccompanied Minors
2014 Summer Reading
Alden Jones's short stories explore the darker side of adolescence

August 21, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- The Moon Before Morning
2014 Summer Reading
W.S. Merwin's latest book is an evocative study of age, memory, and the natural world
Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- Inside Newark
2014 Summer Reading
Civil Rights leader Robert Curvin traces the tumultuous history of the Brick City since the 1950s.

August 20, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- Raised at Rutgers
2014 Summer Reading
When Richard L. McCormick became president of Rutgers in 2002, it was almost like coming home

August 19, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- What I Had Before I Had You
2014 Summer Reading
A layered tale of the Jersey Shore, told by the same narrator at two different points in her life

August 18, 2014

Summer Reading: New Jersey's Books and Authors -- American Dictators
2014 Summer Reading
Steven Hart details the lives of two New Jerseyans familiar to fans of "Boardwalk Empire"

August 15, 2014

Nearly 10,000 New Jerseyans Could Lose ‘Obamacare’ Health Insurance
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Federal officials say they must produce proof of citizenship or immigration documents by Sept. 5
New Pact in Paterson Gives Teachers Extra Pay Tied to Their Performance
John Mooney | Education
Contract includes salary ‘steps’ tied to school district’s evaluation system
NJ Allocates Over $1 Billion in Loans for Sandy-Related Water, Sewer Repairs
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Federal, state funds will be distributed for 235 projects to fix, upgrade infrastructure
Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey?
Hank Kalet | Social
Outcome of efforts to enact local ordinances may determine prospects for statewide law
Interactive Map: Salaries for NJ Teachers, Staff and Administrators Dip Slightly
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Departure of long-time educators and supervisors – and hiring less-experienced replacements – is responsible in large part for drop in average pay

August 14, 2014

Contract Suggests State Fudged Dates for New COAH Regulations
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Deal with Rutgers consultant was not signed until less than three weeks before court-ordered deadline for adopting housing rules
Bill Would Ease Access to Experimental Treatments for Terminally Ill
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
But some cite concerns about legal jurisdictions in opposing ‘Right to Try Act’ sponsored by state Sen. Diane B. Allen
Housing Market’s Statewide Woes Are Reflected, Magnified in Trenton
Joe Tyrrell | Housing
Capital city’s plight made worse by safety concerns, loss of jobs and departure of businesses, overall weakness of New Jersey's economy
Energy Regulators, Advocates Wary of Merger’s Impact on Consumers
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Worry is that Exelon acquisition of Atlantic City Electric would give it too much control of transmission facilities in regional power grid
Principals, Administrators of Camden Schools Get Ready for a Pivotal Year
John Mooney | Education
Leadership workshops foster broader vision as state has its own people in key posts for first time since taking over troubled district
Poll: Should State Be Allowed to Mandate Moves Into Group Homes?
Should ‘intellectually disabled’ people be allowed to stay in developmental centers or out-of-state facilities, if that’s what their families prefer?
It’s One Hell of a Commute for Thousands Who Ride the Bus to Work in NYC
WNYC | Transportation
It’s dark, dank, overcrowded and unavoidable for many NJ residents. It’s the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Mother of Heroin Overdose Victim Spreads the Word About Life-Saving Drug
WHYY/NewsWorks | Healthcare
Law makes it easier to get access to emergency doses of Narcan, but many people remain unaware of new NJ law

August 13, 2014

NJ Health Officials Say Risk is Low, But They’re Still on Watch for Ebola
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Awareness of globalization of viruses dovetails with state’s efforts against more-common mosquito-borne diseases
New 100-Mile Natural-Gas Pipeline Proposed in Western New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers say the pipeline, which would cross Delaware River into Hunterdon County and Mercer County, would reduce heating, electricity costs
NJEA Cries Foul Over ‘Massive Corporate Takeover’ of Camden Schools
John Mooney | Education
With move to drop retirement benefits for city’s laid-off teachers, union toughens stance on Urban Hope Act
Profile: Protecting the Highlands and Its Resources Is Her Top Priority
Tom Johnson | Profiles
Coalition’s executive director savors region’s beauty and stresses importance of safeguarding its water supplies
Opinion: Getting College Credentials Isn’t Just for 18-Year-Olds Anymore
Roland Anglin | Education, Opinion
We’re throwing away people -- and our potential as a nation -- if we don’t facilitate adult learning opportunities
Ten Years Later, So Much Has Changed for Gay Americans – and for Jim McGreevey
WHYY/NewsWorks | Politics, Social
Ex-governor talks about his career, his dramatic resignation in 2004 amid a scandal linked to his sexual orientation, and what his life is like today

August 12, 2014

Highlands Act Has Seen Success -- But It’s Not Out of the Woods Yet
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Law has slowed sprawl, protected drinking water, but opposition remains – and funding vote in November could have big impact
Following Christie Vetoes, Families of Intellectually Disabled Fearful of Future
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Governor’s actions could pave way for forced group-home placements for people currently in out-of-state facilities and developmental centers