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Local News | Nov 24, 2006

For earliest shoppers, Black Friday holds bargains, pains

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) – They came early, and they clutched coffee.
Frenzied shoppers spread out across New Jersey this morning, looking for bargains.
At a Toys R Us in Cherry Hill, 24-year-old Auis Santana shopped with his girlfriend. In his shopping cart, he had three of You and Me Baby dolls.
At twenty-one dollars and ninety-five cents apiece, he described the purchases as a “good deal.”
But not everyone had such a good shopping experience.
Julie Burdick lined up at Toys R Us at 2AM, looking for the 10th anniversary edition of the Tickle Me Elmo doll.
Before the store opened at five a-m, an employee broke the news to her that the Sesame Street toy was scheduled to be delivered at noon.

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

Local News | Nov 24, 2006

Mega mall and entertainment center to open later than expected

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The two (b) billion-dollar Xanadu mall and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands will open a year later than expected.
The mega project in East Rutherford was scheduled to open in late 2007, but that’s been pushed back to sometime in 2008.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs the Meadowlands, entered into a deal with the Mills Corporation of Virginia to develop the 4.8 million-square-foot project with an indoor ski slope.
But the real estate investment trust has been saddled with financial problems. And the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its accounting problems.
Colony Capital Acquisitions LLC is joining Mills and Kan Am USA Management Twenty-two in developing the center.

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

Local News | Nov 14, 2006

Feds: Corruption continues at UMDNJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – More allegations of corruption at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
The latest report by the federal monitor overseeing the school came out yesterday.
The report details how the university paid physicians to refer their heart patients to UMDNJ.
In return, the doctors were given teaching jobs at the school but never had to show up for work.
A spokeswoman for the school said they share the monitor’s concerns and are investigating the assertions in the report.
She said the school has been trying to hire an outside consultant since June to review physician compensation arrangements.

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

Local News | Nov 14, 2006

Freehold settles lawsuit over day laborers

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – The Borough of Freehold and attorneys for day laborers have agreed to settle a three-year-old federal lawsuit that accused the borough of preventing the laborers from seeking employment.
The Borough Council ratified the agreement at its meeting last night, agreeing to pay up to 278-thousand dollars to settle the case.
The laborers — many of whom are Hispanic immigrants — filed a class-action lawsuit against the borough in December 2003 after the town shut down a muster zone where the laborers solicited work from area contractors.
Attorneys for the workers say the settlement “affirms the rights of day laborers to solicit employment in public places.”
But Freehold officials say they agreed to settle reluctantly because the suit was becoming too expensive to defend.

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