AC Firefighters, Healthcare, Obituaries – Friday’s Roundup

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Atlantic City’s firefighters’ union – so far the only organization to challenge the state’s takeover of the casino resort town – on Thursday filed a brief in federal court, where a judge has the task of deciding whether to hear the case or send it back to a state court. The state’s move to have the case heard in federal court could draw out the litigation and increase expenses for both sides. The union urged the federal judge not to allow the state to “abuse the court system in order to frustrate plaintiffs’ ability to challenge the defendants’ unlawful actions.” Reporting by Amy Rosenberg of the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

Two healthcare stories today, both via NJ Spotlight. First is the news that this year more people in New Jersey bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchange. The second is a Sen. Sweeney project to reduce the cost of public employees’ healthcare by giving them free primary care. It sounds a little too good to be true, but maybe it makes sense – the idea is that if you encourage people to get early treatment for health problems, you can prevent more costly treatment down the line. Here’s that story.

Two Atlantic County characters died this week. Barman Wes Moore was dubbed “A Legend Behind Charlie’s Bar” by The Press of Atlantic City, which noted that he had both a sandwich and drink named after him at the Somers Point spot. Former Atlantic County prosecutor Ted Housel, who had returned to private practice after the end of his term in 2012, also died this week. “No matter what side he was on, Ted was always a strong advocate and extremely passionate about the rule of law,” Atlantic City defense attorney James Leonard Jr told Lynda Cohen for Breaking AC.

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The rest of today’s news includes the most popular last names in Atlantic County (an amazing testament to this area’s diversity), Ventnor’s struggle to figure out how best to regulate events, and Garth Brooks on an upcoming Philly show and his thoughts on a possible AC beach concert (not if it is snowing, he said). All that and more below:

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