Wake-Up Call: Friday, August 8, 2008

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Doblin: History repeats itself

TONIGHT, the best athletes in the world will assemble amid the pageantry of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Olympics are the ultimate athletic competition. The games are also the ultimate propaganda tool for a host country. (Alfred Doblin, The Bergen Record)

Clean Elections press conference fallout

The press conference yesterday headlined by Assembly members Allison Littell McHose (R-Franklin) and Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) that attacked the Clean Elections program produced several reverberations today. (PolitickerNJ)


Zimmer kicks off 'Waste of the Week' campaign

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer introduced a new campaign theme at a Passaic supermarket this afternoon: the “waste of the week.” (PolitickerNJ)


Divorce decision due out today

A Superior Court judge has decided on the terms of divorce between former Gov. James E. McGreevey and his estranged wife Dina Matos and will post her decision online today, according to a court spokeswoman. (Judith Lucas, The Star-Ledger)


Zimmer, Myers deliver campaign pitches

MOORESTOWN — The economy, oil production and immigration were among the big topics Thursday night during a campaign event here for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer and 3rd District congressional hopeful Chris Myers. (Bridge Smith, The Courier-Post)


Rone faces another setback

Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone lost another legal bid today to keep her seat until an appeals court considers her case. (Katie Wang, The Star-Ledger)


Offshore drilling goes go to see smith

HAMILTON — The national energy debate came to U.S. Rep. Chris Smith's doorstep here yesterday when constituents delivering a petition to the congressman's office met supporters of the offshore oil drilling they hope to prevent. (Ryan Tracy, Trenton Times)


GOP attacks Dems state police plan

LAWRENCE — Cumberland County Republicans renewed criticism Thursday of a plan to ticket drivers in order to pay for future state police operations as further evidence that state government's first instinct in a crisis is to reach for a new tax. (Joseph P. Smith, Daily Journal)


Offshore gas plants get a second look

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – With energy prices sky high, proposals to store or transfer liquefied natural gas off the New Jersey coast are getting a serious look. But environmental and fishing groups say the idea is wrong for a state dependent on tourism. (Associated Press)


Hightstown group resubmits form to recall mayor

HIGHTSTOWN — A group seeking to recall Mayor Robert Patten from office resubmitted paperwork yesterday to get a recall question onto a special election ballot. The group originally sought to get the question onto the November ballot. (Carmen Cusido, Trenton Times)


NJ legislators still have anthrax questions

WASHINGTON — Two New Jersey lawmakers whose districts were deeply connected to the 2001 anthrax attacks said today the circumstantial evidence against the deceased suspect, Bruce Ivins, is strong. (Raju Chebium, Asbury Park Press)


No word on councilman's illness

Bayonne Councilman Ted Connolly has been under hospital care, the Hudson County Sheriff's Office said yesterday, but Bayonne officials have remained mum on his illness. (The Jersey Journal)


Hawthorne to repeal political sign restriction

HAWTHORNE – The Borough Council will repeal an ordinance restricting the display of political signs, and the American Civil Liberties Union says it's a victory for freedom of speech. (Heather Kays, The Bergen record)


Homeowners get reprieve in eminent domain case

NEWARK, N.J. – Beachfront homeowners whose Long Branch properties were condemned as part of a redevelopment project will get another chance to try and save their homes. (Associated Press)


Spare us, neighbors beg the city

To Jersey City officials, the plan to squeeze a five-story, 24-unit condominium building onto two Duncan Avenue lots near Bergen Avenue is a way to keep middle-income workers in the city. (Paul Koepp, Jersey Journal)


Bridgeton lawsuits mount

BRIDGETON – The City of Bridgeton has been ordered to pay close to $100,000 in legal fees and about a year and half of back pay in the case of a city police officer who an administrative law judge determined was fired without good cause. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


Police chief to leave post in 45 days

TRENTON — With 45 days until Joseph Santiago must leave his position as city police director, Mayor Douglas H. Palmer said yesterday it is important the police have strong and stable leadership. (Andrew Kitchenman, Trenton Times)


School district office plan scrapped

MONTVILLE — The board of education's plan to construct a permanent home for its offices behind Montville High School has been scrapped after district officials learned that the $1.5 million in funds designated for the project fell short of the building costs. (Tehani Schneider, Daily Record)


Officials unite to save money

VINELAND — Local school and city officials are combining their efforts this summer to save money with a shared-services plan. (Kristi Funderburk, Daily Journal)


Bridgeton must give cop back pay

BRIDGETON — The City of Bridgeton has been ordered to pay close to $100,000 in legal fees and about a year and half of back pay in the case of a city (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


By-the-book former mayor dies

Salvatore Burgio, who was known for his principled stands and by-the-book philosophy during six years as mayor of Ramsey, died Tuesday. (Jay Levin, The Bergen Record)


Hardwick committeeman censured over remark

Two committeemen in a northern Warren County township have publicly censured the third member for "inappropriate and derogatory" comments regarding Puerto Ricans at a local beach, but they said they did not think their colleague is racist. (Mike Frassinelli, The Star-Ledger)


County recaches settlement in open public records case

SALEM – The county reached an out-of-court settlement recently in the case of a complaint filed against it for failing to make available public records. (The Sunbeam)


Environemtnalists weigh in on natural gas structures

TOMS RIVER – It's not offshore drilling. It's the offshore storage and delivery of liquefied natural gas. (Ben Leach, Press of Atlantic City)


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