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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:14 AM

Next month marks the 25th anniversary of the oral arguments over New Jersey’s most important public education lawsuit, Abbott v. Burke.

On Sept. 25, 1989, the Education Law Center (ELC) argued on behalf of students attending schools in Camden, East Orange, Jersey City and Irvington that New Jersey’s method of school funding, which left districts almost entirely dependent on local tax levies, violated the state Constitution’s promise of access to a “thorough and efficient education system.”

This Abbott II ruling, presaged by the 1972 Robinson v. Cahill school equity case, was issued the following June and is celebrated nationally as a touchstone for educational funding equity.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:13 AM

It’s long been a challenge to treat people with anorexia nervosa, but a Rutgers University professor says a new study of women with the eating disorder is pointing to new strategies for dealing with the disorder.

The study led by Assistant Professor of Psychology Edward Selby has found that many women with the eating disorder are motivated in part by “positive emotions” they feel as a result of activities intended to help them lose weight.

These positive emotions could be beneficial if they are redirected toward healthy activities, Selby said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:12 AM

Every state along the Eastern Seaboard has, or is actively developing, a statewide plan for adapting to climate change.

Every state, that is, except New Jersey, even though a Rutgers University study projects that sea level will rise between 13 to 28 inches by 2050, while New Jersey itself gradually sinks.

That’s why, in the aftermath of the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore towns are taking it upon themselves – with a big helping hand from nonprofit groups including New Jersey Future and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve -- to develop comprehensive resiliency plans using maps with up-to-date sea level rise projections.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:11 AM

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.

Where: New Jersey Department of Education, 1st floor conference room, 100 River View Plaza, Trenton

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:10 AM

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal food-aid program designed to provide low-income individuals and families with a monthly stipend to ensure they can put food on their tables. The program is funded federally, but administered by the states.

Originally called the Food Stamp Program, because recipients were given stamps to use as currency at food stores, it was renamed as SNAP in 2008 after the stamps had been phased out in favor of an electronic benefits card and to emphasize the program’s focus on nutrition.

SNAP use has increased dramatically since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, jumping from 28.2 million people on food stamps in 2008 to 47.6 million on SNAP in 2013, according to federal figures.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:05 AM

The percentage of New Jersey babies who were being breastfed when they were 6 months old in 2011, according to an annual breastfeeding report card by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

This represents a significant increase from the 2010 figures included in last year’s report, when the 6-month-old breastfeeding percentage stood at 47.4 percent. The change moved the state from being below the national average to being above average.

The state also saw increases in breastfeeding at 12 months, as well as the percentage of babies who were exclusively breastfed at 3 months and 6 months; and the percentage of babies who have ever been breastfed, which stands at 81.6 percent.

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POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:15 AM

Gov. Chris Christie was midway through his gut-wrenching story last week about a Hamilton Township man, out on bail for first-degree robbery who had pointed a gun at the head of an 8-month-old baby and threatened to put the infant in the oven.

Just then, a union protester at the back of the crowd in Belmar yelled out, “Willie Horton!”

McGhore Jean, the 25-year-old with a long criminal record whose menacing home invasion was thwarted by Trenton police three weeks ago, isn’t as infamous as Willie Horton. Horton, a convicted murderer whose 1986 rape of a woman after he escaped from a weekend furlough program, was featured in a campaign ad that torpedoed the presidential candidacy of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

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POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:14 AM

When Allan Bleich was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 45, seven years ago, the New Providence police officer knew he faced an unrelenting disorder.

But he’s approached the experience with an optimism that he has put to use as a motivational speaker and as president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Now he’s leading a statewide effort to increase knowledge of the disease, including pushing for a bill, A-2576 (S-1173), advancing in the Legislature that would create and fund a public awareness campaign.

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