TEANECK – What the heck is going on at the University of Pennsylvania? First, the Ivy League school is somehow named the biggest party school in the country by the critical editors at Playboy magazine, dispelling every perception. And, now, Teaneck cops are accusing a Penn student of going on this crazy vandalism spree, shattering windows in nine homes and three parked cars. Probably celebrating the fake ID that got him into Smoke's.
TRENTON — Call it the "Rutgers, be nice to your employees" bill. Sen. Peter Barnes, in a nod to a working-class constituency, introduced a bill that would protect state (Rutgers) employees from adverse actions by their employer (Rutgers) if the employee (of Rutgers) can't show up for work during a state of emergency. The legislation would stop Rutgers, er, "employers" from requiring people to use any sick, vacation, or personal time during a state of emergency, or, when a flood or blizzard cuts off all access to New Brunswick.
NEWARK – Verizon is best known for its all fiber FiOS service and best-in-the industry 4G LTE wireless network, but now the telecommunications giant also wants to be known for its commitment to green energy. The company is announcing today a $13 million investment in three new solar power systems at facilities in Carteret, Freehold and Piscataway. Over the last two years, Verizon has invested more than $34 million in its on-site green energy program in New Jersey. Upon completion of the new projects, Verizon will generate roughly 7 megawatts of green energy – enough to power more than 2,000 homes annually and reduce carbon emissions by 6,300 tons. Let's hope more corporations jump on the solar bandwagon.
HOLMDEL – So, how has ObamaCare changed your life? Are your health insurance premiums suddenly affordable – if you are fortunate enough to even have health insurance? Industry insiders are equally eager for answers about the mysteries of the new federal law, which is why nearly 400 of them will pack the Robert B. Meyner Conference Center this morning for the sixth-annual "State of the State in Healthcare," brought to you by the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters.
ATLANTIC CITY – Masterminds behind Atlantic City have envisioned Boardwalk Hall as the must-stop venue for any superstar performer traveling from Philly to New York, a concert hall brimming nightly with the best entertainment that a flush can buy. Somber reality tells another story, as Boardwalk Hall plays host today to "Atlantic City Unites Here," with local labor unions for laid-off casino workers meeting with state labor officials to figure out a "Plan B."
ATLANTIC CITY – Though his name still graces casinos in Atlantic City, Donald Trump hasn't actually run a casino in the imploding seaside resort for years. But now the Donald wants to ride into town on his white horse to save the Trump Plaza, which shut down yesterday and Trump Taj, which is slated to close in November. On his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, he bragged about his good timing in leaving AC and audaciously crowed that he "may buy back in, at a much lower price." This is the same Donald Trump that wants us to forget he declared bankruptcy three times before getting out.
JERSEY CITY – It is called "the art of sustainability," and more than 200 small business owners will be at Saint Peter's University tomorrow to learn how sustainability can actually fatten the bottom line. Verizon and others are sponsoring the four-hour event, explaining how reducing energy and water use should all be part of Business 101.
NEWARK – Even the purveyor of such offensive products as "Bud Ice Light" thinks the NFL is showing a lack of class; Anheuser-Busch is now joining the chorus of boos. But the Newark-based beer maker is not ready to pull its sponsorship, which, after all, leads to sales. Instead, Anheuser-Busch has had some strong words about the actions of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; as well as the Minnesota Vikings' decision to allow Adrian Peterson to play while he faces an abuse charge for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
PALO CEDRO, Calif. – It may be tough to find an impartial jury for the case of a local hick who apparently killed his ex-girlfriend's dog, cooked it and fed it to her. Yes, the 34-year-old man was arrested after his former girlfriend told police the two had dinner last week to apparently reconcile. Following dinner, the suspect texted the woman, asking how she liked the taste of her dog, a Pomeranian named Bear, who had been missing since August. It just seemed a tasteless joke until two days later, when he left a bag on her front porch containing two of Bear's paws.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
It was one year ago today that the latest installment of "Grand Theft Auto" hit the video game market, generating $800 million in sales in just one day. Where else can teen-aged boys fondle strippers, smoke pot, kill cops and torture rivals when mom just thinks they are really busy doing algebra?