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They lost N.J.’s biggest high school football game. Can one defeat ruin a life?

They lost N.J.’s biggest high school football game. Can one defeat ruin a life?

Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com December 5, 2019By 5 p.m. that shocking afternoon, the voices of thousands of disbelieving observers finally had faded into near silence. The visitor made his way through the field house’s dimly lit corridors, still barely able to process what he had witnessed 90 minutes earlier. He arrived at the coach’s spartan office and found him sitting all alone, leaning against a wooden desk, his mouth pressed in a tight line.Jack Davies was a large man with a cul-de-sac of hair running around his balding scalp, and even though he coached football and...

February 13, 2020
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Democratic debate moves to Washington with no live audience, moderator Jorge Ramos out due to coronavirus exposure

Democratic debate moves to Washington with no live audience, moderator Jorge Ramos out due to coronavirus exposure

By As TV shows from their broadcasts as a precaution, the Democratic debate has done the same.But that’s not the only change to the upcoming 11th , set to be a two-man event featuring former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.For one, the debate, co-hosted by CNN and Univision, has been moved from its planned location Sunday at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona to a CNN studio in Washington, D.C.“Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at...

March 12, 2020
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Uber and Lyft are pushing drivers into poverty | Opinion

Uber and Lyft are pushing drivers into poverty | Opinion

By By Edward EscobarUber has a lucrative business model, but it has one problem: It relies on pushing its drivers into poverty.The courts are still skeptical — however politicians are experiencing an awakening to the reality of the impact of the gig economy on the workforce, as corporations, specifically the Silicon Valley Tech Titans, such as Uber and Lyft, are finding ways to skirt the laws and put their corporate profits before people – stating they ‘are not in the transportation industry, do not have drivers and are confident that the current employment classifications do not apply to...

March 6, 2020
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Modell’s Sporting Goods to close all stores after filing for bankruptcy

Modell’s Sporting Goods to close all stores after filing for bankruptcy

By Sports retailer has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close all of its stores, on Wednesday.There are over , according to the company’s website, and more than 140 locations nationwide.Mitchell Modell, the company’s chief executive officer, cited a challenging retail environment as the reason for the closures and bankruptcy.“Over the past year, we evaluated several options to restructure our business to allow us to maintain our current operations," Modell said in the statement. "While we achieved some success, in partnership with our landlords and vendors, it was not...

March 11, 2020
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Staples refusing to pay rent on all U.S. stores, report says

Staples refusing to pay rent on all U.S. stores, report says

By Office supplies retailer is refusing to pay April rent on all of its U.S. stores, according to a .Staples has reached out to multiple landlords within the past 72 hours to inform them rent will not be paid and payment will not be deferred, the report says.Staples is considered an and has been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.There are currently 66 Staples stores , according to the company’s website.The quotes one of Staples’ landlords who claims the company is “taking advantage of a crisis” because commercial landlords are not allowed to evict tenants during the...

April 8, 2020
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The last thing we need during a pandemic are surprise medical bills | Opinion

The last thing we need during a pandemic are surprise medical bills | Opinion

By By Michael PappasWhen Gov. Phil Murphy announced the Garden State would for nearly 2 million residents with certain health care plans, it offered both financial and emotional relief for many. It ensured that a large segment of New Jersey would avoid what many refer to as the surprise medical billing crisis. The governor’s announcement is certainly a step in the right direction, but anyone not receiving care through a federal program or a health insurance plan offered by the state or its public schools could still be left on the hook. Which raises the question: what can lawmakers do to...

April 15, 2020
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There’s a good chance the nurses taking care of you are immigrants. Let’s clap for them, too.

There’s a good chance the nurses taking care of you are immigrants. Let’s clap for them, too.

By By Leo-Felix JuradoWhen I attended nursing school several decades ago in the Philippines, our teachers often reminded us that nursing isn’t simply a career. It’s a calling. Today, this sense of mission is sustaining us through the worst health care crisis we’ve ever witnessed.Nursing is the exact opposite of social distancing. We provide comfort and care for patients, no matter how sick or contagious they may be. In their most vulnerable moments, when they are desperate for a kind gesture, we are there.It’s been heartening to witness the world’s celebration of our work. We are honored by...

April 12, 2020
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July 15 tax day is official as Murphy signs extension bill

July 15 tax day is official as Murphy signs extension bill

By Gov. on Tuesday signed a bill extending New Jersey’s fiscal year through September and granting taxpayers a three-month extension to pay and file their state taxes.The IRS extended the tax deadline to July 15 last month in response to the coronavirus crisis, putting pressure on the state to follow suit.Shortly after the state Legislature passed the bill () Monday, Murphy announced his plans to sign it, saying "As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we give both the state and our residents every opportunity to endure financially.“Pushing this deadline into...

April 15, 2020
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A return to some normalcy amid coronavirus outbreak could be June or July, Murphy says

A return to some normalcy amid coronavirus outbreak could be June or July, Murphy says

By New Jersey will likely be under strict social-distancing orders to fight the spread of for the next six weeks before restrictions could begin to be pulled back and some semblance of normalcy returns to day-to-day living, Gov. said Tuesday evening.Think more like June or July, not May, Murphy said.“I personally think in the warmer weather, we could begin to find our footing, assuming again that we’ve got the health care infrastructure, especially broad-scale testing, that we’re going to need to give us that confidence,” the governor said during an appearance on MSNBC.“I think this is a...

April 14, 2020
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Church secretary paid her bills - including her own wedding - with $561K she embezzled, cops say

Church secretary paid her bills - including her own wedding - with $561K she embezzled, cops say

By A church’s financial secretary is accused of embezzling more than half a million dollars in church money to pay for her car, bills and even her wedding, authorities said Tuesday.Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, 43, of Willingboro, was charged with 13 crimes including second-degree theft, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said.Smith-DeJoseph managed the finances of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Florence. Officials contacted the prosecutor’s Financial Crimes Unit when they suspected money was missing.Investigators learned that from 2014 to March 2019, Smith-DeJoseph opened bank accounts on...

February 13, 2020
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