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Newark police director deserved new contract
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
The Newark City Council, after making police director Garry McCarthy sweat, did the right thing. It renewed his contract yesterday. ...
 
Business as usual for reconfirmed Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy
By Mark Di Ionno/Star-Ledger Columnist
McCarthy spent his day not agonizing after his fate but working, before and after the vote…
 
 
NEWARK/ ESSEX COUNTY
 
Dodge Poetry Festival to kick off at New Jersey Performing Arts ...
N.J. poetry festival organizers cancel 2010 event, future uncertain. In addition , there were will be many New Jersey poets. Newark's own ...
 
Newark, City of Poets | Baristanet
The event will open with a Poetry Sampler reading by 24 festival poets at NJPAC's Prudential Hall, including Newark native Amiri Baraka. ...
 
Newark Public Library focuses on mental health in the Latino community
Star-Ledger Guest Columnist -By Ingrid Betancourt
The Newark Public Library and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ) will launch a monthly series of educational workshops on mental health for the Latino community during the Library’s annual salute to Hispanic Heritage.
 
Schoolyard scrap looms over founder's donation
New York Post
Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker on the "Oprah" show last month. Rice, a legislator for 24 years, fears the state could spend the $100 million ...
 
South Ward leader's persistence, work transforms neighborhood, community
Star Ledger- Barry Carter
NEWARK — Once there were apple and plum trees on Ridgewood Avenue. The postman, the teacher, the minister lived there, too.
 
Rutgers hosts community meeting to discuss Tyler Clementi tragedy, bullying problem
By Star-Ledger Staff
NEW BRUNSWICK — As he waited to take the stage at tonight’s town hall meeting in memory of Tyler Clementi, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg became emotional as he tried to express how the Rutgers University freshman’s suicide has affected the country.
 
Hundreds gather to remember Seton Hall student killed at off-campus party
By Philip Read/The Star-Ledger
Witnesses say Jessica Moore, 19, was hit by a bullet while trying to shield a friend…
 
N.J. Gov. Christie names UMDNJ trauma center after Assemblyman Eric Munoz
By The Associated Press
NEWARK — A hospital trauma center has been named for a surgeon who served in the New Jersey Assembly before dying unexpectedly last year. Gov…
 
Montclair fails to adopt budget, again
By Nic Corbett/For The Star-Ledger
MONTCLAIR — For the second time in a week, Montclair’s council couldn’t muster enough votes Tuesday to adopt this year’s budget, which would raise municipal taxes by more than 10 percent.
 
 
NJ STATE NEWS
 
President Obama leaves NJ after raising $1.5M at Democratic Party fundraiser
NJ.com
... arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport for a political fundraiser in Cresskill, NJ NEWARK — President Barack Obama returned to Washington, DC ...
 
Survey: N.J. business owners still pessimistic about the future
By Leslie Kwoh/The Star-Ledger
After a brief boost, New Jersey business owners have once again turned sour about the economy — but this time they’re being left behind by their national counterparts, according to findings from PNC’s latest Economic Outlook survey.
 
N.J. Attorney General Dow to announce less-restrictive rules on police use of stun guns
By Chris Megerian/Statehouse Bureau
TRENTON — Attorney General Paula Dow today will announce new rules on stun guns that significantly loosen restrictions on how many police officers can use them and when they can be deployed…
 
N.J. to revert to publicly naming, shaming state's biggest tax delinquents
By Leslie Kwoh/The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — After a two-year hiatus, New Jersey is reverting to its tactic of publicly naming and shaming the state’s biggest delinquent taxpayers into coughing up the missing money.
 
NJ gov: Costs will determine rail tunnel's fate
Asbury Park Press
AP • October 6, 2010 NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie says his decision on whether to scrap a new commuter rail tunnel into Manhattan will come down to dollars ...
 
N.J. releases highly anticipated rules for dispensing medical marijuana to patients
By Susan K. Livio/Statehouse Bureau
TRENTON — Getting into New Jersey’s medical marijuana program will be tough: Patients must have one of nine diseases or conditions and their doctors must have been treating them for at least a year or have seen them four times and be willing to vouch that traditional forms of relief have failed.
 
Ex-education chief says Christie was focused on battle with NJEA in Race to the Top application
By Star-Ledger Staff
Bret Schundler is scheduled to testify before N.J. Senate this morning…
 
Atlantic City casinos cut 1,400 jobs last month
By The Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City casinos slashed nearly 1,400 jobs in September. Layoffs of seasonal employees are common after Labor Day.
 
 
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MTA is poised to raise New York City subway, bus fares for third straight year
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Iris Hernandez has some decisions to make: A fare increase on New York City's subways, buses and commuter rails is about to add $180 to the yearly commuting costs that she and her husband already pay.
 
Atlanta Police dispute dangerous neighborhoods list
Cnn.com A report that placed four neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia, among the 25 most dangerous in the United States has not gone unnoticed by the Atlanta Police Department.
 
Experts claim no end in sight for Afghanistan war
Washington (CNN) -- Watching the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history on a TV at CIA headquarters was like a punch in the stomach for Gary Schroen.
 
In Facebook age, friends do not translate to votes
Washington Post
Obama's 2008 campaign showed how Internet could be used to organize supporters. But others find it difficult to duplicate his results.

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