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Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Woman loses breast feeding lawsuit against Tiffany

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) – Jurors have reached a verdict at the trial
of a woman who said she was yelled at for breast feeding at Tiffany
in the Short Hills Mall.
The panel says a worker could not have known Rosa Almond was
breast feeding.
The mother of two from Wayne had testified she carefully covered
her breast with a blanket when she nursed her four-month-old
daughter in 2002.
The defense argued the worker had simply asked Almond to move
her double stroller out of the way and never noticed she was breast
feeding.
Almond filed suit under the state’s Law Against Discrimination.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 12, 2006

Plane hits Manhattan building; Yankees’ Lidle presumed dead

NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and another person
are killed when a small plane plows into a high-rise condominium
tower in New York, shortly after taking off from a New Jersey
airport.
The single-engine plane, which had departed from Teterboro
Airport in Bergen County, struck the Upper East Side building
around 3:00 p-m yesterday.
It’s unclear whether Lidle was at the controls of the plane. But
the aircraft was registered to the pitcher, who was a new pilot and
had repeatedly assured reporters in recent days that flying was
safe.
It had flown along the East River, circled the Statue of Liberty
and headed uptown before crashing. Flaming debris then rained down
on sidewalks and briefly raised fears of another terrorist attack.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 12, 2006

Senate foes clash on Iraq, immigration, federal probe

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The war of words continues in New Jersey’s
U-S Senate race.
In separate interviews with The Associated Press yesterday,
Democratic Senator Robert Menendez and Republican foe Tom Kean
(Kayn) Junior clashed on a variety of issues.
But claims of corruption dominated both of the hourlong
sessions.
Menendez says he hasn’t been subpoenaed in any federal
investigation, a claim Kean continues to maintain.
Kean says a subpoena that has Menendez’s name on it was issued
by an impaneled grand jury and delivered by the F-B-I.
But no federal agency has publicly said Menendez has been
subpoenaed, and he has never been charged with any wrongdoing. And
a Menendez spokesman says Kean has no proof to make such a serious
accusation.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 12, 2006

Poll: Menendez, Kean still in tight race

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – With less than four weeks to go before
Election Day, a new poll shows the U-S Senate race in New Jersey
remains virtually deadlocked.
The Quinnipiac University poll out this morning shows Democratic
Senator Robert Menendez favored by 49 percent of likely voters,
with 45 percent favoring Republican challenger Tom Kean (Kayn)
Junior.
Six percent were undecided.
In the previous Quinnipiac poll released September 20th, Kean
was favored by 48 percent of likely voters, with Menendez at 45
percent.
Both polls have a sampling error margin of plus or minus four
percentage points, meaning that the difference between the
candidates is not clear-cut.
Adding to the uncertainty, 18 percent of those polled say they
could change their mind before Election Day.
The latest poll of 761 likely voters was conducted from October
Fourth through Tuesday.

Local News | Oct 11, 2006

Treasury officials remain free pending gifts trial

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – They were responsible for helping collect
New Jersey’s taxes.
But prosecutors say a handful of state workers were also living
large off tens of thousands of dollars in perks from a contractor.
Authorities say the illegal gifts included spa treatments, posh
golf outings, and wining and dining in three states.
The six Treasury Department employees have pleaded not guilty in
court to multiple counts of official misconduct.
Two former employees of the contractor also denied wrongdoing
yesterday.
Authorities say the employees of Missouri-based O-S-I Collection
Services dispensed the perks to the state workers in exchange for
lucrative extended contracts.
Attorneys for the accused say the charges do not fit the
allegations. One lawyer says his client, just months shy of
retirement, paid for the gift she is accused of taking.