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Local News, News | Oct 17, 2006

NJ mayors can collect fees for performing weddings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Pay the mayor. Kiss the bride.
Mayors in New Jersey can collect fees for officiating at
weddings.
The state Community Affairs Department has reversed itself in an
ethics complaint against Bedminster Deputy Mayor Don Cross. It
originally said Cross had used his office for financial gain when
he asked couples to pay him.
However, a letter obtained by The Star-Ledger of Newark shows
the case is closed and Cross no longer faces a fine.
The state says it will provide guidelines on the issue.
Some mayors don’t charge. Others donate their wedding fees to
charities, while some declare it as income.

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

Local News, News | Oct 17, 2006

Private school buys camp when ‘Friday the 13′ was filmed

BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – Don’t look for Blair Academy students to wear hockey masks with their blazers. And Jason won’t be the school’s mascot.
But the private school in Warren County has purchased a scary
legacy from the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties.
The school paid more than one (m) million dollars for a 120-acre
tract of land where the movie “Friday the 13th” was filmed.
Camp NoBeBoSco was the scene where Jason and his mom sent
campers to their deaths in the 1980 horror film.
The school in Blairstown Township plans to use the land as a
buffer from development and to expand playing fields.

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

Local News, News | Oct 17, 2006

Victims kill robbery suspect

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) – Cumberland County authorities don’t expect to charge six men who strangled and killed an armed robbery suspect.
Authorities say Gavin Telfair and another suspect forced their
way into an apartment with guns drawn and demanded money.
Authorities say the victims, who are all Mexicans, retaliated
after Telfair struck one of the men with a gun. They attacked
Telfair and locked out the other suspect.
County Prosecutor Ronald Casella says the men have a right to
defend themselves against deadly force.
The second suspect remains at large.

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

Local News, News | Oct 17, 2006

Settlement announced in class-action lawsuit by doctors

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Doctors have reached a deal to settle their
class-action lawsuit claiming New Jersey’s largest health maintenance organization shortchanged thousands of physicians.
The proposed agreement has Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New
Jersey agreeing “to continue significant business practice
improvements.”
The doctors’ attorney says they will not get any money under the
deal. But Newark-based Horizon will pay lawyers’ fees.
The doctors had charged that Horizon and three other health
insurers routinely shortchanged thousands of physicians through
late or improperly reduced payments.
If approved by a state judge, the deal will end Horizon’s
involvement in a lawsuit filed in 2002 on behalf of at least 40
thousand New Jersey doctors.
A Horizon spokesman says the company didn’t admit any wrongdoing
in the settlement.

Local News | Oct 16, 2006

Alumni remember annual Thanksgiving Day football games

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Nearly 600 former players and coaches
gathered at Lafayette College’s Fisher Stadium to share memories of
the annual Thanksgiving Day football games between Easton,
Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
Some showed up in old game jerseys yesterday.
The players who participated in the rivalry gathered in the
stands for what was termed the ‘ultimate team photo.”
The game draws nearly 15-thousand annually. It’s is celebrating
its 100th anniversary this year.

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