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A Panel Discussion and Community Forum

Tuesday, Oct. 21

7-9 p.m.

Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-257


Panelists: Andy Baglivo, Newark Evening News City Hall reporter; Bob Braun, Star-Ledger education writer and columnist; Sharpe James, Newark's longest-serving mayor; Dr. Clement Price, Rutgers professor and city historian; Stanley Terrell, Star-Ledger City Hall reporter; Joan Whitlow, Star-Ledger reporter and columnist

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A New Jersey Icon: The Hess Toy Truck Hits 50 FAVORITO_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

This past weekend I received a call to action postcard about the 50th anniversary of a collectible icon; The Hess Toy Truck. In a time of quick and easy, fast and fun and on to the next thing, the Hess Toy Truck has endured for generations. It has stayed true to its brand; solid, well designed always with a surprise or two, and always with batteries included. Kids, especially boys, of almost every generation love the trucks, and as they get older even keep it on the holiday list as a collectable even in places where Hess gas stations at least may be a thing of the past.

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NJ Marijuana Growing Moves from Shadows to Front Yard Marijuana2_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey has had problems implementing its medical marijuana program, but a man from Little Falls is being accused of attempting his own private practice.

The man reportedly was growing marijuana in his front yard.

And he doesn’t start small. reported that police learned that Seth Ratti of Parkway was growing a 7-foot marijuana plant surrounded by chicken wire and corn stalks in his front yard. According to Detective Sgt. James Briggs, Ratti says he didn’t plant the marijuana.

According to, Briggs said authorities found a safe in Ratti’s home that held lighters, seeds, stems, plastic bags, a small bag of marijuana, and a pipe,

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Yogi Berra's Heart is Broken -- by Thieves yogi_optBY DIANE LILLI

The Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., a popular place for young and old alike, has been hit by heartless thieves, who stole what are being called "priceless" items from the museum.

Police report the thieves broke into the Yogi Berra Museum Wednesday by sneaking into the space through an adjoining stadium.

The museum and educational center housed many of the world famous baseball star's most treasured mementos, including his Hall of Fame World Series Rings, numerous trophies and even his uniform from the famous game where Yogi Berra played in the perfect game during the 1956 series.

Yogi Berra, 89, is reported to be disconsolate and extremely sad over this theft.

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Police Get Tribute to Ferguson Teen Michael Brown Painted Over mikebrownmural102214_optBY BOB HOLT

A mural that went up October 12 in tribute to the late teenager Michael Brown has been removed.

The Trenton Downtown Association had graffiti blasters cover the mural on Monday.

According to theGrio, in the painting, Michael Brown was featured in an American-themed graduation cap and gown with the message: “Sagging pants is not probable cause.” Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, sparking protests and civil unrest.

But TDA executive director Christian Martin said police did not feel that the mural promoted peace and a good relationship between residents and their department. reported that police asked the TDA to remove the mural after a double shooting took place near the area. The Trenton Police Department said police did not order it to be taken down.

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4 Reasons NJ Gives Free Bear Cookbook to Hunters BEAROCT_optBY BOB HOLT

The merits of New Jersey’s bear hunt have been debated since it began in 2010. Some people don’t want the bears killed, but bear sightings have been increasing in residential areas of New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Division of Fish and Wildlife have their own idea to get hunters to bring in bears.

That would be the lure of leftovers. An Associated Press story on reports that hunters with bears to be weighed will be given a cookbook with such specialties as "bear on a satay stick" and "grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste."

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New Jersey’s spitting chef is what we all fear njmap071610_optBY BOB HOLT

The restaurant business is very competitive, and laws require regular inspections to maintain certain health standards.

A restaurant in Mount Olive is being accused of a rather unusual health violation.

The Daily Record reported that a chef at Kennedy’s Pub allegedly spat in a patron’s food on Sunday after it was sent back to him to be cooked further. Thirty-two year old John Stagg is being charged with tampering with food or drug product and disorderly conduct, according to Mount Olive police. reports that the man whose food was tampered with was a 51-year old man from Lake Hopatcong. The man was contacted and told about the alleged spitting. Kennedy’s Pub has declined to comment.

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Cubans Lose NJ Success Story in Elizabeth Peña PENA_optBY BOB HOLT

A New Jersey born Cuban actress who had a career spanning nearly 40 years has passed away.

Elizabeth Pena, born in Elizabeth, died October 14 at the age of 55. reports that Pena was raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Peña’s father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in Cuba, and he opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble in New York. Pena began making movies in 1978.

Pena’s notable roles include “Down and Out in Beverly Hills, “La Bamba,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” and recurring appearances in Modern Family as Sofia Vergara’s mother.

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Gov. Christie on Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse christieoct_optBY KEVIN ROBERTS

Governor Chris Christie held a press conference after meeting with medical professionals to discuss curbing prescription drug abuse while at Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. last Tuesday.

Governor Christie: We have a shared responsibility when it comes to the issue of the health and well being of our families. One of the ways they can and should assist our efforts is through the New Jersey’s voluntary Prescription Monitoring Program, it’s an innovative data-sharing partnership between the AG’s Office and our state’s prescribers and pharmacists. It is a vital resource that keeps detailed information on every prescription filled in New Jersey for medications classified as CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substances) including the names of the patient and prescriber, type, dosage and quantity of prescribed medication, date and pharmacy at which the prescription was filled, and payment method the patient used to obtain the drugs. Right now, through the end of October, more than 29,000 physicians and osteopaths are applying to the division for the annual renewal of their authority to prescribe CDS in the state.

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Making Hard Choices: Rutgers Professor Provides Framework for Big Decisions hardchoices_optBY KEN BRANSON

Should I get married now or wait until I finish graduate school? How about law school? Should I go or follow my dream of becoming a chef? What will my parents think?

Ruth Chang believes that we think of difficult decisions like these in the wrong way.

“Our error is in thinking that the world holds the answer as to what we should do,” says Chang, a professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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