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POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

South Jersey drivers may take issue with a new ranking of the 20 most dangerous state highways in New Jersey.

A Patch news site analysis asserts that the worst is something called 139U, perhaps better known as that cursed, congested and frequently congealed stretch of asphalt that funnels traffic from the infamous Pulaski Skyway into the Holland Tunnel.

Patch crunched state Department of Transportation statistics with an eye toward number of accidents reported per million miles of travel. Which may explain why South Jersey un-favorites such as 38, 42, 55, 70, or 73 are nowhere to be found.


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POSTED: Monday, November 18, 2013, 10:12 AM

Kelly Master's campaign against a sex toy for pedophiles seems to have paid off.

A Collingswood, NJ mother of five whose Dining for Dignity organization fights human trafficking, Master used Twitter and Facebook to rally protests against the online Chinese retailer of what was promoted as a "cheap beautiful young girl sex doll for men." Each doll cost $178.

The distributor, DHgate.com, has agreed to remove the item from its website; the campaign has generated coverage in print and online media, including the Huffington Post UK.

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POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013, 5:57 PM
City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the media outside office in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, after the release of a video. A new video surfaced showing Ford in a rage, using threatening words including "kill" and "murder." Ford said he was �extremely, extremely inebriated" in the video, which (AP)

The sad spectacle of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, whose abuse of alcohol and drugs is damaging his city and destroying his health, is a reminder of addiction's power. It's a disease that if untreated ends in death, and the way there is guaranteed not to be pretty.

Canadian media were reporting Friday that Ford - the latest inebriated international laughingstock - may consider inpatient treatment, aka rehab. But this welcome news was accompanied by comments from family members who seem to be in denial. Like the man himself.

Ford, who has acknowledged smoking crack while on a bender (one of many, according to media and witnesses)  is definitely "not an addict," his sister said. His mother insisted that the mayor doesn't drink every day (as if that proves anything) but rather over-indulges when he does pick up a glass.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:13 PM

The city sometimes called the Queen of Resorts -- the same city that gave the world the "show us your shoes" parade, the drag-u-licious Miss'd America pageant and the (supposed) first casino-based gay nightclub -- has a gay mayor-elect.

Is Atlantic City fabulous or what?

Don Guardian, 60, a bowtie wearing, bike-riding Republican, ran a savvy campaign that tapped into grassroots disatisfaction with incumbent Democrat Lorenzo Langford, who may turn out to be best remembered for conceding the race Tuesday and "withdrawing" his concession Thursday.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 9:41 AM

I so want to love the 30-story observation tower proposed for the Camden Waterfront .

The $5 million attraction will carry passengers 300 feet skyward from a spot just south of Adventure Aquarium, offering retro glam -- remember rotating rooftop restaurants? -- tech-y flash, and dazzling views of the Philly skyline. 

I might be able to un-curb my enthusiasm, were this the first improbable proposal for boosting the city's waterfront.  But who can forget the infamous $15 million flightless boondoggle of the Camden-Philly tram, or countless other schemes/scams for fabulous riverfront attractions that never got off the ground -- on either side of the Delaware?


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POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 2:23 PM

Once an endangered species, Camden County Republicans are re-learning the victory dance: Not just for Chris Christie, who carried the county, but for Mike Friedman, too.

Friedman won re-election to the Voorhees Township Committee Tuesday, solidly defeating Democratic challenger Kurtis Stroemel by 4,054 to 3,269 votes. Voorhees, like the county, has a history of voting Democratic.

"When Mike was first elected three years ago, he was the first Republican winner" in more than a decade, says Brian McGovern, Voorhees Republican chairman. "He was also the first Republican to be re-elected since the 1990s."

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:40 AM

Xanadu the movie was a ridiculous extravaganza featuring Olivia Newton-John as the goddess of a roller disco.  

Xanadu the stalled Meadowlands mega-mall was already a ridiculous extravagance before a $390 million state Economic Development Authority grant/gift  was announced on Halloween. A Canadian company plans to bring the monstrous, moribund money pit back from the dead -- even as malls lose their grip on American consumers.

The project has been a decade in development and in 2011 was re-branded as American Dream Meadowlands. But until the EDA bonanza, the only recent Xana-news was a technical announcement that the developers hailed as "another positive step"  in moving the project forward.


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POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013, 6:17 PM

Seems a campy rock musical featuring an alien in drag and Susan Sarandon in her underwear is a bit too scary of a Halloween treat for some in Palmyra.

The Burlington County borough will host a free showing of  "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday -- for adults only.

A special curfew will require unaccompanied under-18s to be home by 10 so as not to inadvertently encounter the outdoor showing of the 1975 cult classic. The normal Saturday curfew is 11 p.m.


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