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Articles from September 13, 2016

5-Second Rule Debunked by Rutgers Study
If you drop a piece of food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, you're safe, right?Wrong.Researchers at Rutgers have thoroughly debunked our mothers' "five-second rule" in a study published this month in the journal Applied and Environmental...
5-Second Rule No Match for Bacteria
If you drop a piece of food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, you're safe, right?Wrong.Researchers at Rutgers have thoroughly debunked our mothers' "five-second rule" in a study published this month in the journal Applied and Environmental...
Affordable Care Options Dwindling
The options for New Jersey consumers who buy health coverage through the Affordable Care Act will dwindle to two next year, from five in 2016, after state regulators take over Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey. The non-profit company, a start-up established...
A Manly Push to Look Better
When it comes to a breast reduction or a tummy tuck, what's the first thing that comes to mind? "The Real Housewives Orange County"? Pamela Anderson? Dolly Parton?Meet the new face of plastic surgery. It goes by names like Greg and Kyle, two patients...
Backman Leaves Mets Organization
WASHINGTON -- Wally Backman resigned as the Mets' Class AAA manager in Las Vegas and will not return to the organization, the former player told The Record's Bob Klapisch.Backman, who played on the 1986 World Series championship team, just finished his...
Backman Situation to Turn Ugly
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The voice on the other end was tight with anger. "I'll have something to say about this," he said. "Very soon."This was Wally Backman talking, only an hour after he ended a decades-long relationship with the Mets as both player and...
Big Blue Corners Pass Test
Janoris Jenkins has embraced competition from the moment he joined the Giants.In training camp, the talented cornerback welcomed the challenge of seeing Odell Beckham Jr. across the line of scrimmage during practice.Beckham pushed Jenkins on just about...
Bill to Help Shield Sex-Crime Victims Takes Step Forward
Bills that would ban possession of an armor-piercing bullet, enhance school security and allow striking workers in some cases to collect unemployment benefits advanced in legislative committee hearings on Monday.And a measure to allow sex-crime victims...
Committee Oks State Treasurer Nominee
Governor Christie's nominee to be state treasurer cleared his first hurdle at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday - but no one asked him about the governor's plan to raise income tax rates for thousands of state residents who commute to Pennsylvania.Ford...
Construction Transforming Fort Lee Schools
FORT LEE -- A summer of work at the elementary school has yielded a roughly 2,700-square-foot media center complete with modular furniture, an amphitheater-style storytelling area and plenty of space for computers and group workstations. Workers also...
'Crazy Guy' Was Superstore Leader
The Crazy Eddie brand was born when Eddie Antar opened an electronics store in Brooklyn in the 1970s and became known as "that crazy guy" who offered insanely low discounts. Federal prosecutors later called him crazy like a fox, a shrewd con artist who...
Displaced Cedar Grove Students Find Home in Woodland Park
WOODLAND PARK -- Many Cedar Grove students have begun their school year in Woodland Park because of building construction and renovations in their home district.The temporary stay is benefiting the Woodland Park district, which gains revenue by leasing...
Female Athlete of the Week: Gabriella Pontone of Northern Highlands
Gabriella Pontone's considerable field hockey skills were on display when she scored the second of her three goals -- and what turned out to be her 100th career point -- against River Dell on Friday.The Northern Highlands senior forward raced downfield,...
Food Helps a Son Understand His Dying Father
In "Aubergine," which opened Monday night at Playwrights Horizons, author Julia Cho attempts the tricky task of weaving together the subjects of food and death.She achieves affecting moments, as she evokes the mysterious ways that meals can, without...
For Muslims, a Day of Sacrifice
Thousands of Muslims gathered for prayer at mosques throughout North Jersey on Monday morning, marking Eid al-Adha, one of their holiest days.Services were held without any reported problems amid concerns about celebrations falling near the 15th anniversary...
Fourth Teaneck Business Is Hit by Burglary
TEANECK -- Police are investigating four commercial burglaries -- the most recent one on Monday morning -- that appear to be related.The burglar broke glass doors at three of the four businesses and damaged a wood doorframe at the fourth, Detective Lt....
Glen Rock Actor Gets to Play 'Good Guy' in Political Drama
Does the best candidate necessarily make the best president?That's pretty much what Gore Vidal asked audiences to consider in his play "The Best Man," which opened on Broadway in 1960, was adapted into a film four years later and has been revived on Broadway...
Grewal Gets New Chance at Senate Confirmation
Gurbir S. Grewal, the acting Bergen County prosecutor since the beginning of the year, was formally nominated Monday by Governor Christie for a permanent job in that position.Christie had nominated Grewal for the same permanent status once before, in...
Health Concerns
FOR MONTHS, Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters have questioned whether Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is medically fit to be president. Trump frequently claims Clinton doesn't have the "stamina" for the job, while others raise unsubstantiated...
Hockey's World Cup Will Be Worth Watching
At the root, of course, is money. Lots of it. Nothing new in that when it comes to pro, or even college sports.But though some - many - have labeled the World Cup of Hockey, which opens Saturday in Toronto and could run as late as Oct. 1, a money grab...
Iha Testing Itself
Immaculate Heart trailed for more than 60 minutes, lost by two goals, and still viewed it as a winning experience.The Blue Eagles' home-opening, 4-2 loss Saturday to Massapequa of New York marked their first of three consecutive weekend battles against...
In a Class of Their Own
As a teenager in a besieged Syrian city, Rasha Alrifae had given up her dream of going to college when the bombings by government forces stopped her from going to school.Zyheir Williams, growing up in Paterson's crime-plagued 4th Ward, stayed at home...
In Deep Water
Ships loaded with billions of dollars' worth of televisions, T- shirts, microwave ovens and other consumer goods have been stranded at sea because of a Korean shipping giant's financial woes, which also have the shipper's Paramus-based employees worried...
Insurance Costs Delay Teacher Pact
MAHWAH -- The Board of Education and the Mahwah Education Association remain locked in a labor dispute that has left district teachers working without a new contract for more than a year.The two sides have held nearly a dozen meetings during ongoing negotiations,...
Jets Notes
Richardson returnsDefensive end Sheldon Richardson watched from home Sunday while the Jets' defense racked up seven sacks without him."It was great seeing my guys eat like that," Richardson said. "I wanted to be a part of it."Thursday night, he will...
Law Enforcement Veteran Named Hackensack's Next City Manager
HACKENSACK -- The City Council on Monday night appointed a former business administrator and police chief to succeed City Manager David Troast when he steps down at the end of the month.The council approved the resolution 4-1 appointing Ted Ehrenburg as...
Leading by Example
As a teenager in a besieged Syrian city, Rasha Alrifae had given up her dream of going to college when the bombings by government forces stopped her from going to school.Zyheir Williams, growing up in Paterson's crime-plagued 4th Ward, stayed at home...
Mail-In Ballots Focus as Voting Fraud Trial Starts
PATERSON -- The first witness in the trial over allegations of election fraud in the city's 2nd Ward City Council race testified on Monday that she never voted in the election.But moments later, the woman, Miriam Tatis, examined a vote-by- mail ballot...
Male Athlete of the Week: Michael Huertas of Fort Lee
Michael Huertas was pleased with the way the season started out. He racked up a career-high 174 yards rushing in Fort Lee's win over Ferris.So you could imagine how the senior feels after the 29-7 victory over Belleville on Friday when he rushed for...
Marchese Wins 100th at Hasbrouck Heights
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS - With four minutes remaining in a classic battle between New Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands rivals, it didn't look promising for Vin Marchese to collect his 100th boys soccer win at Hasbrouck Heights.Wallington's Nick...
Mets-Wally Situation May Get Ugly Soon
WASHINGTON, DC - The voice on the other end was tight with anger. "I'll have something to say about this," he said. "Very soon."This was Wally Backman talking, only an hour after he'd finally been shown the door by GM Sandy Alderson. Backman said, "I...
Nadirashvili Is on His Game for Hawthorne
GLEN ROCK - George Nadirashvili was a bit banged up, but definitely unbowed -- just like the rest of his teammates.Overcoming a pulled left calf, Hawthorne senior midfielder Nadirashvili contributed two goals to help the Bears edge Glen Rock, 3-2, in...
Next Phase of Gwb Jury Selection Begins
A panel of 139 people was to report to the federal courthouse in Newark today as the next phase of jury selection gets under way in the trial of two former allies of Governor Christie accused of causing gridlock at the George Washington Bridge to punish...
No Clifton Bliss
MUCH OF what happened on "teen night," Aug. 31, in the vicinity of the Bliss Lounge in Clifton remains unclear. What is clear is that an estimated 1,000 young people had gathered outside the club on Allwood Road; many of them apparently believed they...
Obamacare Insurer Leaving in '17
The options for New Jersey consumers who buy health coverage through the Affordable Care Act will dwindle to two next year, from five in 2016, after state regulators take over Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey. The non-profit company, a start-up established...
Officials Try to Address City Shootings
PATERSON -- The surge of shootings in the city continued this weekend, heightening debate among officials about how to address the violence as pressure mounts to cut municipal spending.During five of the past six weekends, the city has contended with multiple...
Out of Control
WASHINGTON - Affording Rafael Montero a second inning proved to be a poor decision.Mets manager Terry Collins stuck with Montero too long Monday and it backfired as the right-hander allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings in an 8-1 loss to Washington at Nationals...
Out of Control
WASHINGTON - Rafael Montero has walked himself out of the Mets' starting rotation.The right-hander will be replaced after allowing six runs in 1 2/ 3 innings in the Mets' 8-1 loss to Washington on Monday night at Nationals Park. Montero walked four (one...
Paterson Man Pleads Not Guilty in Shooting
A Paterson man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he participated in the fatal shooting of a city man outside an illegal after-hours club two years ago.David Lawrence, 31, said nothing during his arraignment in Superior Court in Paterson, where...
Ramapo Serving Notice
Ramapo made the biggest statement during the opening weekend of girls volleyball in North Jersey.The Green Raiders upset Immaculate Heart in the Gold Bracket title game of Saturday's Jersey Classic at Paramus, 25-20, and moved up to No. 5 in The Record...
Segedin Arrives in Dodger Blue
NEW YORK - Rob Segedin made his long-awaited arrival at Yankee Stadium on Monday, a route to the Bronx that required a switch from pinstripes to Dodger blue.Traded in January after six years in the Yankees' minor league system, "I'm very happy how it...
Sets and Spikes
MUSTANGS MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME: Host Clifton finished 6-0 at Saturday's Clifton Invitational, sweeping its four opponents in pool play before putting in some overtime in the elimination round. The Mustangs defeated Monroe Township in the semifinals,...
Settling in at School of Life in Park Ridge
PARK RIDGE - Daniel Mathews, 19, carefully studied the recipe for a chocolate-chip cake last week before spraying vegetable oil in a baking pan.His classmates Rhett Goodman, 18, and Robert McCormack, 19, then preheated an oven, selected the ingredients...
State Could Be First to Bar Circuses from Using Elephants
A bill that advocates say would make New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban circuses from using elephants got support from lawmakers Monday.Dubbed "Nosey's Law" after a 34-year-old elephant in a traveling circus that animal activists want set...
Stevens Tops U.S. in Student Debt
A New Jersey school is first in the nation for student debt, according to rankings set to be made public today.Stevens Institute of Technology, a private university in Hoboken, has an average student debt at graduation of $48,244, according to the 2017...
Tenafly Ponders Later Start Time for High School
TENAFLY - District leaders may allow Tenafly High School students to stay in bed a little longer by moving the school start time to as late as 8:30 a.m."Our academics are known for their rigor," said Principal James Morrison. "We want to make it less...
Tenafly School Board Plans to Regulate the Use of Drones
TENAFLY -- The Board of Education plans to introduce a policy restricting the use of drones on and above school property.The district's policy organization had made three recommendations: a total ban on any drones on or over school property; allowing...
Testy Jets Trying to Move On
FLORHAM PARK -- Coach Todd Bowles said the Jets must fix the mistakes they made in Sunday's 23-22 loss to Cincinnati.But with Thursday's game at Buffalo looming, Bowles has zero interest in revisiting the mistakes -- especially those of star cornerback...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* VIDEO/LECTURES ON FEMALE JEWISH COMEDIANS -- 10:45 a.m., Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly. Free. 201-569- 7900.* LECTURE: ESTATE PLANNING, WILLS AND LIVING WILLS -- 7 p.m., Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library, 91...
West Milford Is Losing Iconic Camp Vacamas
WEST MILFORD -- The non-profit Hands In 4 Youth, which runs the 195-acre Camp Vacamas for children in need, is pulling out of the township because of financial issues.Last week, the organization announced its plan to cease operations at the camp later...
Work's Not Done for Veteran Bluesman
John Mayall's current tour is dubbed Living the Blues, which describes exactly what the English musician has been doing for more than 50 years."I can't ever see stopping," said Mayall, 82, known as the "Godfather of the British Blues." "That's what a...
Yankees Going in Wrong Direction
NEW YORK - Aaron Judge showed off his immense power Monday night, launching one into the left field bleachers - a rare spot at Yankee Stadium even for the most prodigious home run hitters.But it accounted for just one run on a night Judge and the Yankees...
Your Health: Calendar
* GET FIT BERGEN: STEP AND STRETCH -- 11:30 a.m. today, James A. McFaul Environmental Center, 150 Crescent Ave., Wyckoff. Free. Bergenhealth.org.* GET FIT BERGEN: FREE YOGA IN THE PARK -- 6 tonight, Overpeck County Park, Leonia. Free. 201-906-3209.*...
Your Views
The race between Trump and ClintonRegarding "Dems worry as Trump gains on Clinton" (Page A-4, Sept. 10):Democrats are right to worry about Hillary Clinton losing some of her lead over Donald Trump. For years most Americans have believed that she has...
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