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GE rakes in profits but pays no taxes
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
The wealthy real estate magnate Leona Helmsley once said, "Only the little people pay taxes." She was dubbed "the Queen of Mean" and went to prison for tax evasion. ...
 
Negligent, not criminal behavior by child welfare
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
The gravesite of 7-year-old Faheem Williams, found dead in a Newark basement in 2003. The abused boy was one of 107 children under the supervision of a Division of Youth and Family Services caseworker, who admitted she ...
 
Gov. Chris Christie, it's time to negotiate
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog) - Charles Wowkanech  ‎
Gov. Chris Christie says one thing but does another. During his campaign, Christie called collective bargaining “an important safeguard for public employees” and promised “open, honest and fair deliberations. ...
 
 
NEWARK/ ESSEX COUNTY
 
Cory Booker
TIME - Feifei Sun - ‎
But across the river in New Jersey, things were moving along a little faster, in no small part because of Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The politician turned his Twitter handle into an online help hotline, responding directly to residents' requests. ...
 
NCAA Tournament gives modest boost to Newark businesses
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Amy Ellis Nutt, Meredith Galante - ‎
By Amy Ellis Nutt/The Star-Ledger John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger"Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler" performs during Hoopfest outside the Prudential Center before the final game of the NCAA East regional tournament. And Newark, host city of the East Regional, ...
 
NJ woman faces charges after pit bull dumped down trash chute
Associated Press
Authorities have accused a New Jersey woman of dumping a starved 1-year-old pit bull down a Newark apartment building's trash chute. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has charged Kisha Curtis with four ...
 
Newark woman is charged in pit bull abuse case | NJ.com
The Star-Ledger.com
Authorities charge woman on four counts in abuse case of Patrick, the 1-year-old pit bull found in the trash.
 
1 dead, 4 hurt in N.J. bar shooting | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-03-27
Philadelphia Inquirer
Authorities in northern New Jersey say a Newark man was killed in a shooting outside an Irvington go-go bar that left four other men wounded. Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said Shihaab ...
 
Two-alarm fire rips through restaurant in Newark's Ironbound ...
The Star-Ledger.com - Ryan Hutchins
More than 30 people had to be rushed out of a Newark restaurant tonight after a heavy fire erupted on the roof of the building, officials said.
 
Teen drowns in LB hotel pool
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Phillip Zonkel - ‎
Shaunakaye Williams, 16, a junior from West Side High School in Newark, was unresponsive when friends pulled her from the pool at the Courtyard Marriott early Friday morning, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Steve Yamamoto, according to an ...
 
Newark teen found dead at hotel pool on California school trip ...
The Star-Ledger.com - Seth Augenstein
The 16-year-old Newark girl found dead at a hotel pool on a high school field trip to Southern California could not swim, according to her mother.
 
US Airport Security Fails to Spot Knife on New Jersey-bound Flight
Fox News
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scanners failed to spot yet another knife when a pharmaceutical businessman carried a five-inch ceramic blade onto a flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, NJ, according to sources cited Sunday in ...
 
Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats Head to Final Four as the Favorites
Bleacher Report - Gabe Zaldivar - ‎
That leaves the Kentucky Wildcats in the unlikely role of Final Four favorite. They take on UConn and have a slight edge over the Huskies according to Vegas. The four-seeded Wildcats took to this tournament with a younger crowd than they contended with ...
 
Nets' new home moving forward
NorthJersey.com - John Brennan -
The spot that will one day be the site of the Barclays Center basketball court is a mud patch, and only about a quarter of the arena's circumference is apparent. Team officials say construction on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn should ...
 
Michael Abramson dies at 62; photographed Chicago South Side's nightlife
Los Angeles Times - Rick Kogan
Though Newark native Michael Abramson also traveled to exotic places and photographed famous people for his work, it was his South Side photography that gave him the greatest satisfaction. Michael Abramson also traveled to exotic places and photographed famous ...
 
 
NJ STATE NEWS
 
Piscataway police officer barricaded in house in standoff
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - James Queally, Ryan Hutchins
“I couldn't believe he was doing this.” The scene has been relatively quiet since the shots were fired, according to D'Annunzio. Star-Ledger staff writers Ryan Hutchins, Amy Ellis Nutt and Steve Strunsky contributed to this report.
 
Gov. Christie makes 'unusual' appearance at commission meeting to draw new ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Matt Friedman - ‎
The Republicans are on one side, in a room with maps covering the walls, with Democrats on the opposite side of the hotel and Rosenthal and his team in the middle. By Matt Friedman and Ginger Gibson/The Star-Ledger.
 
Camden manslaughter case has NJ Supreme Court questioning reliability of ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - MaryAnn Spoto - ‎
New Jersey Supreme Court justices will decide whether to change the way law enforcement agencies handle witness identifications. When lawyers argue Larry Henderson's 2004 manslaughter ...
 
Doblin: Master and Commander: The far side of education
NorthJersey.com
But while Crowe played a fictional master and commander battling the forces of Napoleon, Doyne was charged as the real-life special master to take on no less a formidable adversary than Chris Christie. The state Supreme Court appointed a special master ...
 
Christie to hold town-hall meeting Tuesday in Hammonton
Press of Atlantic City - Juliet Fletcher - ‎
Chris Christie will visit southern New Jersey this week for a town-hall meeting in a municipality its leaders believe was chosen as host for its conservative character and progressive business climate. The Governor's Office confirmed the town-hall ...
 
Column: Affordable Housing in Limbo
Patch.com - Colleen O'Dea  ‎
Chris Christie told the audience he was dismayed Democrats haven't agreed to a bill he negotiated that would do away with affordable housing requirements, but have instead tried to pass an alternate bill. ...
 
Powerful bargaining chip
NJBIZ - ‎ ‎
Chris Christie will have a useful chip in negotiations with Steve Sweeney, now that LS Power's application to build a power plant, which was backed by Sweeney, was rejected in a draft recommendation for the state Board of Public Utilities, according to ...

 
NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL

Rising Medicare Premiums Threaten To Wipe Out Social Security COLA
Kaiser Health News
Millions of retired and disabled people in the United States had better brace for another year with no increase in Social Security payments (Ohlemacher, 3/27). This is part of Kaiser Health News' Daily Report - a summary of health policy coverage from ...
 
DJ Megatron Killed In Staten Island Shooting
MTV.com - James Montgomery
DJ Megatron, the radio personality, hip-hop promoter and television host, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near his home in Staten Island, according to The New York Times. He was 32. ...
 
Contaminated water found in underground tunnels at Japan nuclear plant
Washington Post - Michael Alison Chandler, David Nakamura - ‎
Water that has leaked into the turbine room in the second reactor probably came into contact with partially melted nuclear fuel rods, Japan's nuclear safety agency reported Monday. Workers are still trying to determine how the water leaked out. ...
 
Sandra Bullock, Gwen Stefani Donate $1 Million Each for Japan Relief
Fox News - Meaghan Murphy -
Josh Duhmamel sponsored the Tokidoki Relief Run on Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. to raise money for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief. Duhmamel's wife Fergie and her band the Black Eyed Peas have dedicated ...
 
Rush Limbaugh Talks About Why Michelle Obama Shouldn't Wear Yellow (VIDEO)
Huffington Post -
During the Q & A portion of Rush Limbaugh's radio show last week, the pundit entertained a caller who wanted to talk about Michelle Obama's style, Mediaite writes. The women, identified only as Laura from Bremerton, Washington, rasped, ...
 
Latino population boom will have 2012 election echoes
msnbc.com - Tom Curry ‎
Republicans can point hopefully to the election last November of two Latino GOP candidates with prospects of national prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico. Veteran Republican strategist Dick Wadhams, ...
 
Congress: Still no agreement on spending
msnbc.com - ‎
That would come on top of $10 billion in cuts that Congress has already enacted and would represent a deeper reduction than the Obama administration and Senate Democrats had offered previously in negotiations. But it isn't clear that would be enough to ...
 
The US Debt Crisis: Can Congress Reach a Solution?
ABC News - Huma Khan
As Congress turns its attention to the budget and the country's fiscal situation, the debt ceiling debate that has been simmering underneath the surface could come to a boil in the near future. The Treasury Department estimates that the ...
 
Five Target Audiences for Obama's Libya War Speech
Fox News - Chris Stirewalt
After eight baffling days, President Obama will address the American public about his decision to enter the Libyan civil war on the side of rebel forces. Perhaps never in the television era has a president waited so long after ...

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