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Heart-Attack Patients Face Worse Odds at NJ Hospitals with Lower ‘Care’ Scores
Caren Chesler | July 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Rutgers University researchers find 3 percent of heart attack patients return to low-scoring hospitals due to a new heart attack within 30 days
‘Spike’ in Suicide Attempts by NJ Preteens, Girls Especially
Caren Chesler | June 25, 2019 | Social
As experts look for causes, some are considering social rather than biological determinants and possible link to rise in use of social media
Naming New Drugs: It’s Serious Business, Particularly in NJ
Caren Chesler | June 5, 2019 | More Issues
With two-thirds of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies based in New Jersey, agencies spend a lot of time here working out what to name drugs
Could Registry of Adverse Reactions to Vaccinations Separate Fear from Fact?
Caren Chesler | March 1, 2019 | Healthcare
No parent wants to endanger their child, but anxiety about inoculations lingers despite scientific evidence to the contrary
Lawmakers Move to End Religious Exemption for Mandatory Vaccinations
Caren Chesler | February 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Amended bill, which must still pass Assembly and Senate, would only let children skip immunizations based on medical reasons. Opponents say it erodes personal rights
For Donor-Conceived People, Data About Biological Parents Can Be Critical
Caren Chesler | February 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposed measure would help New Jersey’s donor-conceived residents learn more about their medical history without sacrificing donor anonymity
NJSPCA Is History: Christie Signs Bill Shutting Down Rogue Agency
Caren Chesler | January 16, 2018 | Politics
It will take more than a year to disband New Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but to animal-rights activists and some lawmakers, it’s worth the wait
NJSPCA on Its Last Legs? Bill to Disband Agency Clears Legislature
Caren Chesler | January 9, 2018 | Politics
Measure roars through Assembly 63 – 0, heads to governor’s desk for signature
Desperate NJSPCA Urges Supporters to Call Lawmakers Using Fake Names
Caren Chesler | January 4, 2018 | Politics
Legislation that would eliminate charter of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals slated to come up for vote in lame-duck session
Taking a Big Bite out of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Caren Chesler | December 11, 2017 | Politics
Lesniak bill would shut down troubled agency, but will it get a hearing in the lame-duck legislative session?
NJSPCA: More a Home for ‘Wannabe’ Cops Than a Haven for Animals?
Caren Chesler | October 23, 2017 | More Issues
State agency finds NJ Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spends more on police equipment and lawsuits than it does enforcing animal cruelty laws
Continued Trouble Dogs Troubled Agency Charged with Protecting Animals
Caren Chesler | June 14, 2017 | Politics
Some half-dozen people linked to NJSPCA have been interviewed or will soon be by State Commission of Investigation
Are Guns and Police Cars the Best Way to Prevent Cruelty to Animals in NJ?
Caren Chesler | May 10, 2017 | Politics
For the NJSPCA, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. But there are other, equally troubling, aspects of this group, which essentially operates without oversight
Dubious Financial Dealings at NJ Agency Tasked with Protecting Animals
Caren Chesler | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Stripped of its tax-exempt status and plagued with apparent conflicts of interest, the NJSPCA spends far more money on legal fees than on animal care, according to its own tax records
Is Criminal Justice in NJ About to Become an Unfunded Mandate?
Caren Chesler | November 30, 2016 | Social
The state’s massive overhaul of the criminal justice system calls for new technologies and more personnel. The counties want to know where the money will come from.
Why Some Asylum Seekers Find Detention — Not Freedom — in New Jersey
Caren Chesler | November 16, 2016 | Immigration
Immigrants fleeing their home countries can spend years in detention in New Jersey before their fates are decided — and then face deportation
Children of Fear: Who Speaks for New Jersey’s Youngest Undocumented Immigrants?
Caren Chesler | July 26, 2016 | Immigration
Seeking political or religious asylum, fleeing threats of murder, physical and sexual abuse, and grinding poverty, some of the world’s children find hope and a home here
Profile: From Selling Bait to Managing the Belford Seafood Co-Op -- A Fish Story
Caren Chesler | May 11, 2016 | Profiles
Joseph Branin has spent his life on or around the water, and that includes building his own 50-foot trawler to fish farther offshore
Community Policing Advocates Call for More Transparency and Trust
Caren Chesler | October 21, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Some policies meant to crack down on low-level crime can make neighborhood residents feel as if they’re under siege
Gov. Chris Christie's Loud, Expensive, and Very Controversial Urban Agenda
Caren Chesler | April 6, 2015 | Politics
Investigating the governor's record on transportation, jobs, housing, and schools
Hoboken Explores Smart-Grid Technology to Keep Lights On in Extreme Storms
Caren Chesler | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment, More Issues
The city would basically build a power grid of its own, but critics argue project may be too complex, too costly
ACA Requires Parity Between Mental, Physical Disorders -- Will Insurers Comply?
Caren Chesler | February 4, 2014 | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Healthcare advocates and experts concerned about inpatient substance abuse treatment
State Decision to Opt Out of ACA ‘Exchanges’ Creates Information Gap
Caren Chesler | January 23, 2014 | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Some residents are frustrated, confused as they must fend for themselves as state provides scant assistance
Is Political Squabble Behind Essex County's Double-Digit Judicial Vacancies?
Caren Chesler | November 18, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Until Senator Codey appoints Christie pick to water commission, governor will not nominate any judges -- according to some observers
New Jersey's Drug Court Program: Making the Sentence Fit the Crime
Caren Chesler | October 22, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Initiative sentences nonviolent offenders to treatment, not punishment, but critics question whether it's cost or good policy driving the program
Revel Hopes Bankruptcy Reverses Fortunes of Casino in Atlantic City
Caren Chesler | February 21, 2013 | More Issues, Planning
Company also plans to tweak image to attract more traditional gamblers while maintaining luxury features.
FEMA Won't Fund New Boardwalk for Ocean Grove
Caren Chesler | February 8, 2013 | More Issues, Planning, Sandy
Shore towns are rebuilding on federal agency's dime, but Ocean Grove's privately owned beachfront leaves it in legal limbo.
Ocean Grove Anxiously Awaits FEMA Call
Caren Chesler | January 14, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Social, Sandy
While much of the Jersey Shore focuses on rebuilding boardwalks and beachfronts, Ocean Grove's unique status as a private nonprofit may delay or disallow funding.
Reinventing Atlantic City
Caren Chesler | March 2, 2012 | More Issues
The latest master plan recognizes that if Atlantic City is to survive, it must attract more than gamblers.
Gambling on a Comeback for Atlantic City
Caren Chesler | November 28, 2011 | More Issues
The state has taken over virtually every aspect of the ailing resort's gaming industry, but critics argue that the real problem is competition from gambling outlets in nearby states.
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