The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from January 20, 2016

50% Don't Want Casinos Elsewhere in N.J., Poll Finds
Half of New Jersey residents continue to oppose the expansion of casino gambling beyond Atlantic City, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday -- though the survey noted that opposition to such a move had softened somewhat since a similar...
Around the Mats
* The fraternity of 100-plus bout winners grew over the weekend as four wrestlers recorded their milestone victories Saturday. Alex Sebahie of Paramus, Kyle Inlander of Ridgewood, Paco Robles of Emerson/Park Ridge and Dan Kilroy of Wayne Hills earned...
Back in Style
NEWARK - The return of leading scorer Michael Cammalleri provided a much-needed spark to the Devils' offense early. Then, they left the rest up to goaltender Cory SchneiderThat recipe proved good enough to produce a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames...
Back on the Case
THE X-FILESEven though you can go home again, sometimes you really shouldn't.The first episode of Fox's new "The X-Files" appeared to be a sad reminder of that. But then, a funny thing happened on the way to this column. After I'd watched Sunday's disappointing...
'Brelfies' Feed off Controversy of Nursing in Public
There was a virtual "brelfie"-palooza on Twitter last weekend as women using the hashtag "brelfie" (breastfeeding + selfie) posted photos of themselves nursing.Among the photos posted: Women breastfeeding indoors, outdoors, on park benches, in swimming...
Builders to Get Early Look at Auction Parcels
PATERSON -- In an effort to rehabilitate abandoned houses throughout the city, Paterson officials will host developers at City Hall on Thursday to preview 90 parcels available at a special tax lien sale scheduled for Feb. 4.Paterson is the first municipality...
Christie's Lunch Box
STRUGGLING TO gain traction in Iowa, Governor Christie is now reaching out to school kids who like pizza. And in doing so, the governor this week took a swipe at first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to promote healthy eating in school."The first lady...
Clifton Making Strides
Clifton is on a serious roll, as evidenced by a major statement victory Saturday over a highly regarded opponent from Hudson County.The Mustangs turned back powerful St. Peter's, 39-32, in a tri- meet they hosted that also included a 47-21 triumph over...
Crusaders Are Back on Track
ORADELL -- Bergen Catholic showed why it remains a serious threat to repeat as the Bergen Jamboree champion.The Crusaders have bounced back from a bad week and a fall from the No. 1 spot in The Record Top 25 and defeated archrival Don Bosco, 61-52, Tuesday...
Dot May Balk at Aid Shift to Sidewalks
CLIFTON -- City officials are applying for more than $200,000 in state road resurfacing aid they plan to put toward a controversial sidewalk project on Dwas Line Road -- a move the state says would not be allowed.The city submitted a grant application...
Dreams and Letdowns along the Assembly Line
Sometimes, a performance is so powerful that the character seems to rise up out of the play into an independent existence.That's what happens in Dominique Morisseau's "Skeleton Crew," a drama about workers in a Detroit metal-stamping plant that opened Tuesday...
Ex-Passaic City Officials Receive New Plea Offers
Prosecutors made plea offers Tuesday to two former Passaic city officials in two separate cases in which both would face shorter prison sentences with mandatory terms before parole.Darien Allen, the former Passaic Housing Authority chairman and school...
Expect Retail Sales to Grow Slowly
Retail sales in 2016 are expected to mirror 2015, and continue the current pattern of slow, steady but not-very-exciting growth, according to economists and industry experts who spoke at the National Retail Federation convention Tuesday.The nation's...
Fly-Fishing as a Way Vets Can Focus and Reconnect
The Iraq war veteran carefully looped a thread around a steel hook secured in a vice to make a fly-fishing lure as his 15-year- old guide, Will Percy, quietly offered words of advice.It was an exercise in patience that in some way embodies the challenging...
Funding Tops List of Concerns for Rail Future
A quarter-century from now, should the Northeast Corridor still be using the same crumbling tunnels and bridges it has today? Or should it have bullet trains travelling at 200 miles an hour, complete with a second set of tracks across New Jersey and...
High Court Divided on N.J. Cop's Lawsuit
WASHINGTON -- A case of minor-league political payback sparked by a fight over campaign lawn signs in Paterson has morphed into one of the biggest legal battles over free speech in the nation, drawing more than an hour of arguments before the U.S. Supreme...
Hudson City Customers Catch a Break
M&T Bank is in no hurry to slash CD rates for customers at Hudson City Savings Bank. The regional bank from Buffalo does not want to chase away its newly acquired New Jersey customers, a company official said Tuesday.During an earnings conference call...
Immigration Ruling
THE SUBJECT of immigration has been a political football fumbled, intercepted and kicked down the road now for more than a decade. But the Supreme Court's decision to hear a significant election-year review on the issue, and to rule on it by late June,...
Judge Who Played Key Role in Baby M Trial Dies
Birger M. Sween, a state Superior Court judge whose key ruling on visiting rights brought the landmark Baby M surrogacy case to a close, died Saturday at a nursing facility in South Brunswick. He was 86.Sween, who moved to Pennington several years ago...
Knicks Cautious
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When the door to the Knicks' practice session opened, the players were milling around with more exercise bicycles than basketballs near the court. After a double-overtime win Monday that saw Kristaps Porzingis suffer a foot injury...
Last Bat Standing
When the Tigers agreed to terms with Justin Upton late Monday night, it left Yoenis Cespedes as the top position player remaining among free agents.The Mets will now wait to see if Cespedes' demands have fallen into their price range.Interest in Cespedes...
Manslaughter Plea in 2011 Shooting
A Paterson man who was about to go on trial for his role in a fatal shooting five years ago in an after-hours club abruptly changed course and pleaded guilty on Tuesday.Shaquan Shannon, 30, interrupted jury selection in Superior Court in Paterson when...
Nets Get Cavs at Bad Time
LeBron James and the Cavaliers will have plenty to be mad about when they arrive at Barclays Center tonight.Cleveland is coming off a 132-98 hammering by Golden State at home Monday night. The 34-point defeat is the Cavs' worst loss of the season --...
News Anchor's Case Sheds Light on Facial Condition Bell's Palsy
It's a quirky, somewhat mysterious, usually innocuous condition that can strike just about anyone at any time. In most cases, it gets better on its own, often within a few weeks. But all that being true, when it strikes, it can still scare the daylights...
Njsiaa Is Satisfied with Bosco's Response
The association that governs high school sports in New Jersey has no plans to sanction Don Bosco after an incident involving eighth- graders working out in its wrestling room with the Ironmen came to light over the weekend.Steve Timko, the executive...
Panthers' Teamwork Pays Off
GLEN ROCK - The chairs needed to be put away.So after Glen Rock had its postgame talk in the locker room, each player walked out, grabbed a chair from the team's bench and hung it on a rack. Everything the Panthers do, they do as a team. They help each...
Passaic Spoils Depaul's Rally
WAYNE -- Passaic boys basketball coach Ken Slappy learned something important about his team Tuesday night.The Indians didn't panic as the 15-point lead they took into the fourth quarter dwindled to one with 33 seconds left in their Big North, non-division...
Past Holds Consequences for Christie
It's one of Governor Christie's favorite maxims: "Elections have consequences."Over the past week, presidential candidate Christie has been confronted with another political reality: Past endorsements also have consequences -- and they can haunt.Christie...
Rallying against Redshirt
Johnny Sebastian calls it one of the best decisions he and his family ever made.New Jersey State Sen. Richard Codey calls it something else: Cheating.Sebastian, a Ramsey native and a wrestler at Northwestern, was one of the seemingly many elite athletes...
Ramsey's Big Chance Is Here
WAYNE - Inside a virtually empty lobby at the Ice Vault, Dean Portas sat and spoke calmly about his team's upcoming opportunity.He already had watched film of Ramsey's past three games in the last 24 hours. And he watched some of Don Bosco's, too.The...
Rangers Notes
Brassard outSlumping center Derick Brassard (flu symptoms) missed his first game of the season as he is one of several Rangers dealing with illness."His case is a little bit worse," coach Alain Vigneault said.Brassard has 15 goals and 16 assists in 45...
Rangers' Persistence Does the Trick
NEW YORK - Ryan Miller had been both good and lucky, neither of which described the Rangers as of late.But the Rangers kept pushing, kept shooting, a season-high 49 shots on net in all -- in addition to five shots off the posts.And, finally, they won,...
Relief from Bankruptcies
Consumer bankruptcies in New Jersey fell 6 percent last year, bringing the figure to about the same as in the first year of the recession and offering another sign that the economy is strengthening.The number of business bankruptcies in the state dropped...
School District Owed $450,000 for Construction
PATERSON -- The state school construction agency owes the city school district more than $450,000 in reimbursements for projects that already have been completed, according to an auditor for the Paterson Board of Education.The New Jersey School Development...
Studying the Community College Path
The pipeline from community college to a bachelor's degree needs some work, according to a national report released Tuesday.New Jersey is three percentage points above the national average, but only 17 percent of students who start at a community college...
Telephone Bomb Threats Disrupt School Districts
Thousands of students in 10 North Jersey communities were affected on Tuesday by a series of bomb threats, many apparently made with the aid of a computer and using a robotic-sounding voice as similar threats were reported by schools in at least eight...
Tennis Is Getting a Black Eye
In the past few days on courts halfway around the world, the 2016 Grand Slam tennis season got under way, turning the spotlight to a sport normally thrilled to take it. But rather than making headlines for daily matches and results, players at the Australian...
The Day's Special: Aleppo Pepper
Study fine-dining restaurant menus, and you're likely to come across Aleppo pepper in the description of at least one dish.The bright-red condiment that for years was barely known in the U.S., except by a few immigrant communities, has captured American chefs'...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* MOTHER GOOSE TIME -- 10:30 a.m., Saddle Brook Public Library, 340 Mayhill St., Saddle Brook. Free. 201-843-3287.* WORLD WAR II BASEBALL -- 11:15 a.m., Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly. Free. 201-569-7900.* JANUARY...
Timing Wasn't Right for Fury's Bravado
NEW YORK - The strange scene seemed like something Vince McMahon would've scripted for WWE.Tyson Fury, full of confidence after upsetting Wladimir Klitschko, crashed Deontay Wilder's victory party in the ring Saturday night at Barclays Center. The brash...
Two Gun Bills among Dozens of Vetoes
On a one-day break from his presidential campaign Tuesday, Governor Christie signed more than 100 new laws and vetoed five dozen potential others -- including a bill to require tax-exempt non- profit hospitals to pay towns fees and another to mandate...
Utility's 18% Water Hike Plan Assailed
A proposed 18 percent rate increase for North Jersey's main water company drew a tiny crowd but a strong reaction at a public hearing Tuesday, as customers implored state regulators to reject the idea, or at least scale it back."It seems like a never-ending...
Veto Leaves Hospitals Open to Lawsuits
Municipalities may try to levy property taxes against non-profit hospitals now that Governor Christie has vetoed legislation that enshrined the property tax exemption of the non-profits and instead would have required them to pay a community-service...
Vitamin Maker to Pay $39M to States
New Jersey will receive $2.7 million as part of a global settlement with an Alabama pharmaceutical company for allegedly mislabeling its multivitamin tablets to indicate the products had more fluoride than they actually did, state officials said Tuesday.Qualitest...
Your Views
The cost of dying in JerseyRegarding "Dying in Jersey" (Editorials, Jan. 17):How about an opinion headlined "Dying in Jersey sans spouse or children"?While alive, we pay taxes like everyone else, and, I, for one, don't mind funding a school system for...
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