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Telling Stories

By Rema Rahman | February 8, 2008
The Salem County Historical Society premieres a new film this month about the history of the county’s black population, part of a multimedia effort called the African-American Oral History Project. ...
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In his lifetime, Charles Willson Peale, one of the finest portrait artists America has ever produced, created 60 portraits of George Washington, whose birthday we celebrate this month....
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South Jersey communities built long ago by African-Americans struggle to keep pace in the modern world. Naomi Morris stands in… Read the rest

This month we recall Governor Brendan Byrne’s 1979 signing of the Pinelands Protection Act, put forth to end construction in unspoiled portions of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Ocean counties....
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A Modest Proposal

By David Chmiel | February 6, 2008
A plan out of Trenton could single out a group of hard-working people to help soothe the sting of the state’s budget crunch....
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The state’s largest public high school has nothing in common with the smallest, right? Spend time inside each—urban or bucolic, immigrant or fourth-generation farm kid—and the common ground might surprise you....
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This month we remember the first flight of People Express, out of Newark Airport in April 1981. Before People went bust nearly six years later, its introduction of super-low prices changed the airline industry forever....
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Since the first Atlantic City casino opened for legalized gambling 28 years ago this month, the city has become a major hot spot. We look back at the legislation that allowed gambling and its impact on the state....
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We look back at the notorious tax increase that took effect under Governor Jim Florio’s watch in June 1990, which spawned a citizens’ backlash that forever changed New Jersey’s political landscape....
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It was indeed a dark and stormy night, like many that winter of 1817. The wreckmasters’ crews were standing by… Read the rest

Bottom of the ninth. Yankees down by 1 to the Red Sox. Two men on…and rookie shortstop Joe Buzas rips one into left field. ...
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There were three of them in that room at the Ambassador Hotel in Atlantic City on a June Sunday in 1922—three sitting around a table with the shades drawn against the afternoon sun, three closing their eyes in deepest concentration. Or were there four?...
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30 and Counting

By Brett Avery | January 31, 2008
For decades Meadowlands referred to the odiferous stretch of swamp glimpsed from Route 3 and the Turnpike. That changed on July 2, 1981, when the Brendan Byrne Arena opened, joining the five-year-old Giants Stadium and Meadowlands Racetrack....
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From the Rubble

By Daria Meoli, Rema Rahman | January 30, 2008
It’s been five years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Many New Jerseyans have been instrumental in rebuilding and restoring our lives. Here are just a few of their stories....
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A temporary space in an Ivy League place pays homage to the giants of science....
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Sleuthing in Newark

By Jennifer Melick | January 28, 2008
The 40th anniversary of the Newark race riots is coming up this July, and Brett Ellen Block has just written a crime novel, The Lightning Rule (William Morrow), with the riots as a backdrop. ...
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In December 1986, it’s announced that New Jersey will get a new terminal for imported cars—just the latest sign of the state’s declining role as a manufacturing powerhouse. ...
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From lunch wagons to stone edifices, here’s a quick history of the structure you may be sitting in....
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Situation: Every level of government appears to be brimming with unethical officials who, as they conduct the public’s business, view entitlement, favoritism, and lawbreaking as routine....
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