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Sayreville High School Case Spotlights NJ's Landmark Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | October 10, 2014 | Education, Social
Alarms sounded after revelation of allegations that young football players were abused by older teammates
Rise in Drug-Treatment Admissions in NJ Reveals Progress of a Plague
Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2014 | Social, Maps, Map of the Week
With heroin and opiate abuse on the rise in New Jersey, data and anecdotal evidence tell heartbreaking tale of addiction and death
In Increasingly Diverse State, NJ’s Police Forces Are Mostly White and Male
October 3, 2014 | Social
While some see hiring bias, other observers say it’s not necessarily bigotry behind racial make-up of departments
‘Housing First’ Advocates Look to Expand, Take Program Statewide
Andrew Kitchenman | October 1, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Finding homes for the homeless is seen as first step toward improving health, lowering costs of medical and social services
Is the Problem of Homelessness Getting Better or Worse in NJ?
WHYY/NewsWorks | September 29, 2014 | Social
Thousands still live in shelters and motels – and on the streets – but whether there’s been improvement depends on which numbers are compared
Food-Stamp Cutbacks in NJ May Hinge on Resolving Application Backlog
WNYC | September 26, 2014 | Social
Decision to end ‘Heat and Eat’ program, delays in new computer system threaten federal funding
New Jersey Still Stuck in Economic Morass; Poverty Rate Keeps Climbing
Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2014 | Social, Maps
Nearly 1 million residents live in dire economic straits in one of the nation's wealthiest states
Mortgage Nightmare: One New Jersey Family’s Fight Against Foreclosure
Joe Tyrrell | September 15, 2014 | Social, Housing
Ezekiel Iwarimie wanted a house for his wife and kids, but what he got was a pitched battle to hold onto his home
Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey?
Hank Kalet | August 15, 2014 | Social
Outcome of efforts to enact local ordinances may determine prospects for statewide law
Ten Years Later, So Much Has Changed for Gay Americans – and for Jim McGreevey
WHYY/NewsWorks | August 13, 2014 | 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
Feds Blow Whistle on Abuse of Authority by Newark Police Department
WNYC | July 23, 2014 | Social
Justice Department finds ‘pattern of unconstitutional policing’ and will appoint monitor
Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Wage Theft in the Garden State
Hank Kalet | July 17, 2014 | Social
Local ordinances let two NJ towns refuse to renew licenses of businesses found guilty of wage theft, while stronger state law is in the works
Explainer: A Primer on Homelessness in the State of New Jersey
Hank Kalet | July 8, 2014 | Social, Explainer
Point-in-time count reveals that nearly 14,000 men, women, and children had no place to call home -- excluding tent encampments, abandoned buildings, and the like -- at the start of the year
Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged to Feed More Hungry Clients
Hank Kalet | July 7, 2014 | Social
Changes in federal utility allowance could mean less to eat for third of families now receiving food assistance
Undocumented Children: The Human Face of New Jersey's Tragic Immigration Crisis
Hank Kalet | July 2, 2014 | Social
How do kids who have crossed the border from Mexico end up in New Jersey -- and in the state's immigration courts?
Profile: Bryan Miller Turned Personal Tragedy Into a Cause
Hank Kalet | June 25, 2014 | Social, Profiles
After his brother’s death, activist works to end gun violence
Affordable Housing Remains Out of Reach for Majority of New Jersey Renters
Colleen O'Dea | May 9, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Residents would have to earn $25 an hour to pay fair-market rent on two-bedroom apartment in Garden State
Job Training Shifts to 'Middle Skills' to Put Millennials Back to Work
Tara Nurin | May 6, 2014 | Social
A degree doesn't guarantee a job, but a certificate instead of a B.A could mean a shot at one of 50,000 slots in state's 21st century manufacturing sector
Number of Children Living in Poverty Climbs Sharply in NJ, Rising in All But 3 Counties
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2014 | More Issues, Social
About one-third of state’s kids are in low-income families, an increase of 20 percent since 2008
Providing a Solid Foundation for Improving the Health of the Homeless
Andrew Kitchenman | April 8, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Helping patients find a permanent place to live called crucial part of effective medical care
Irvington Gains Allies in Standoff with Bankers Over ‘Underwater’ Mortgages
Joe Tyrrell | April 2, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Lenders accused of threatening thinly-veiled version of minority neighborhood ‘red-lining’
In State Where Marijuana is Now Legal, Lessons and Challenges for New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | March 31, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Politics, Social
Colorado officials have lingering concerns, but advocates cite benefits of decriminalizing sale, possession and use of pot
A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like
Matt Katz | March 30, 2014 | Social, Katz on Christie
The internal Bridgegate report released by a legal team hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office contains some new information, but not much. The report is more instructive as a study of crisis management -- and an examination of how a possible presidential candidate reacted to a crisis.
NJ Tops Nation in Percentage of Kids Diagnosed within Autism Spectrum
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Social
CDC reports 1 in 45 children in Garden State has disorder marked by difficulties with communication and social interaction, repetitive behaviors
New Jersey Residents' Ancestral Roots are All Over the Map
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Italian, Irish and German heritages account for over 40% of population, 20% are Hispanic or Asian, while 40% list background as ‘other’
Revitalizing Suburbia: Giving Aging Malls and Office Parks a New Lease on Life
Tara Nurin | March 19, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Rather than standing empty, yesterday's archetypes of suburban sprawl are being reinvented as vibrant places to work, play, and live
Interactive Map: Ringing of Wedding Bells Heard Less Often in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
As trend continues, more than one-half of NJ residents and more than two-thirds in 20-34 age bracket are not married
Many Join Forces in Effort to Help Veterans Find Homes in New Jersey
Joe Tyrrell | March 11, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Thousands who served their country find themselves on the streets, jobless and struggling to survive
ACLU-NJ Moves to Block District From Requiring Photo ID for Registration
John Mooney | March 11, 2014 | Education, More Issues, Social
Morris County's Butler district says it was only trying to confirm parents' identity, not ferret out undocumented families
Appellate Court Orders COAH to Do Its Job or Face Fines, Jail Time
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2014 | Politics, Social, Elections 2013
Judge says if Council on Affordable Housing doesn't formulate new rules it could be agency's 'third and final strike'
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