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Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Boosting income tax mulled as way to cut property taxes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Would boosting income taxes help cut
property taxes in New Jersey?
That’s the proposal offered yesterday by Assemblyman Louis
Manzo.
He says nearly all New Jerseyans would see a tax cut if the
state relied on income taxes rather than property taxes to pay for
schools.
Under his proposal, residents would pay 16-point-one percent
more in what they pay in income taxes, raising one-point-nine (b)
billion dollars for school funding. For example, if someone now
pays one-thousand dollars in income taxes, their total bill under
Manzo’s plan would be one-thousand,161 dollars.
Combined with 700 (m) million from the state’s property tax
rebate program and one (b) billion from the sales tax, the Hudson
County Democrat says the proposal could slice overall taxes for 95
percent of residents.
Nearly eight (b) billion dollars in property taxes still would
have to be collected for schools.

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

Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Liver, fats and fast foods on the firing line in Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gourmet goose livers may get the gate and
trans-fats are on the firing line in Trenton.
And now, chain restaurants may have to show just how many
calories are in those fries.
The latest bill in the legislative food fight would require
chain restaurants to list the calories, grams of saturated and
trans fat, grams of carbohydrates and milligrams of sodium for each
item on printed menus.
Eateries that use only a menu board would have to list only
caloric information, but would be required to provide the rest on
request.
Restaurant industry officials are criticizing the recent series
of food-related legislative measures.
They’ve called lawmakers hypocritical for approving a new sales
tax on gym memberships and then introducing legislation to modify
what people can eat.

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

Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Cold air raises possibility of frost in Garden State

UNDATED (AP) – Parts of the Garden State might see frost on the
pumpkin.
The National Weather Service is predicting a chilly weekend and
temperatures might drop below freezing tonight.
A freeze warning is in effect from four o’clock till nine
o’clock tomorrow morning in Sussex County.
A frost advisory is posted from three a-m till nine a-m tomorrow
elsewhere in the state. A frost advisory means that frost is
possible and sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left
uncovered.

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

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.)