Wake-Up Call: Monday, August 4, 2008

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Gay leaders don’t expect mass exodus for weddings

Starting this week, same-sex couples from New Jersey will be able to marry in Massachusetts, but the head of a gay rights advo cacy group does not expect many will do that. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Tougher penalties urged for convicted politicians

TRENTON — A Republican state lawmaker who thinks elected officials should be held to a higher standard is calling for tougher penalties for politicians convicted of crimes. (Associated Press)


Stacks calls for better political thinking

UNION CITY – They call him “24-7,” and on a brutally hot summer Friday when several other Hudson County public buildings look like the fixtures of a ghost town, Union City’s Brian P. Stack bounds down the steps of City Hall and keeps on the move. (PolitickerNJ)


Codey’s close call

Acting Gov. Richard Codey today said a guardrail was all that stood between his sport utility vehicle and a car that came speeding across the lanes of a Garden State Parkway toll plaza in Essex County. (Ralph R.Ortega, The Star-Ledger)


Prayer at the pump

Carrie Price didn’t pray in church yesterday morning. She prayed at an Exxon gas station in Morristown.

Standing by the pumps at Morris and Pine streets, Price and other volunteers from Liquid Church of Morristown clasped hands with each of 300 motorists who lined up early yesterday for a gas giveaway sponsored by the congregation (Robert E. Williams, The Star-Ledger)


Offshore drilling splits Senate candidates

The same energy issue splitting Democrats and Republicans in Washington – whether to lift the offshore oil-drilling ban – is dividing candidates in New Jersey’s hottest federal races. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Fundraiser shines light on need for drinking water

Luis Mendoza carried two 40-pound jugs of water across a stretch of the Morristown Green on Saturday, one of hundreds of people who took part in a fundraiser for Charity: Water, a New York-based nonprofit that helps people in developing nations obtain drinking water, according to a report in the Daily Record. (The Star-Ledger)


Climate change could cost Jersey billions

Climate change will wallop New Jersey by 2100, endangering lives and causing tens of billions of dollars in losses, according to a recent report issued by the University of Maryland. (Cynthia Henry, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Fire captain avoids jail

The Jersey City fire captain charged with burglarizing a home boarded up by the fire department will serve no jail time and will have all charges dismissed if he abides by the rules of a one-year period of supervision, officials said Friday. (Michaelangelo Conte, Jersey Journal)


Local presidential candidates to ‘bring back democracy’

A Guttenberg man who says he knew about the World Trade Center attacks six months before Sept. 11, 2001 has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey and President of the United States. (Lysa Chen, Jersey Journal)


McGreevey awaits divorce ruling

TRENTON – The nation’s first openly gay governor may soon get his divorce. (Associated Press)


More Jersey City schools have elevated lead levels

Fifty-one of 257 water sources in Jersey City schools have elevated levels of lead, according to the latest results of the Jersey City school district’s voluntary lead testing program. (Lysa Chen, Jersey Journal)


County club workers entitled to payment

TRENTON — A group of former Princeton Country Club workers have won their age-discrimina tion case against Mercer County after federal officials found they didn’t have the poor performance alleged by the county. (Andrew Kitchenman, The Trenton Times)


Muslims praise Rep. Pascrell

An Islamic group issued a nationwide call today for “American Muslims and other people of conscience” to send a message of thanks to Rep. Bill Pascrell for standing up for them at a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing this week. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Garrett should return the cash

Democratic challenger Dennis Shulman’s campaign is calling on Rep. Scott Garrett to return a $1,000 contribution from Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican who was indicted this week. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Smith for mayor office opens

Surrounded by blue and yellow balloons and supporters of all ages, candidate for mayor Mark Smith officially opened his Bayonne campaign headquarters Saturday. (Megan DeMarco, Jersey Journal)


Sloppy park deals cost Jersey millions

TRENTON — Tenants know how it works: Rent goes up every year, and if it’s not paid they get evicted. (Michael Rispoli, Gannett)


Crime on the rise in Camden

CAMDEN — After several years of decline, crimes are on the rise again in Camden. (Leo Strupcewski, The Courier-Post)


Churches suffer under economic downtown

At a River Edge synagogue, a growing number of members are asking for help paying membership dues. (John Chadwick, The Bergen Record)


Woman ordered to reimburse legal fees

A judge has ordered the woman who made claims of sexual harassment against Gloucester County officials to reimburse the county for some $160,000 in legal fees. Her attorney is also being held responsible for costs. (Pete McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)


Curio: Won’t cure backlog

BRIDGETON – A third criminal court judge is eminent and neccessary, but may not have a significant impact on the backlog of criminal cases congesting the county court system, Superior Court Judge Georgia Curio said Thursday. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


Owner of office buildings looking to sell

TRENTON — The owner of two office buildings in downtown Tren ton primarily occupied by state workers is exploring options, including a possible sale. (Bill Mooney, The Star-Ledger)


Politicians compete for the checkered flag

MILLVILLE — New Jersey politicians traded in their debate podiums and microphones for go-karts and helmets for a campaign race unlike any Cumberland County has seen before. (Robert Press, The Daily Journal)


Settlement ends suit against jail officials

A series of lawsuits filed against Morris County jail officials by five officers, who charged the county punished them for speaking out on working conditions and tried to break their union, have settled for a total of $240,000, with almost none going to officers who sued, according to principals in the cases. (Lawrenece Ragonese, The Star-Ledger)


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Wake-Up Call: Monday, August 4, 2008