More indictments were handed down in the murder of April Kauffman and the alleged OxyContin ring that surrounded it, and is anyone else haunted by the fact one of the conspirator’s last name is Pizza? As in “Cheryl Pizza?” Is there a family of Pizzas living somewhere in the Carolina hills? America is a developing country.
STATS ALERT: Last year Atlantic City had its lowest visitation rate since 1982, back when Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones were regulars on the casino circuit. Hang on I’m being told Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones are still regulars on the casino circuit.
Drug-overdose deaths are on pace to break the record set last year, and the record set the year before that.
New Jersey 101.5 has data on how home prices have fallen across 531 municipalities since 2017.
Elsewhere in real estate, a Margate homeowner wants to take the mini-golf to court because of course he does. Siri, what’s a “homeowner?”
Johnny Ex is running for Jesse Kurtz’s Atlantic City Council seat (according to Ex’s Facebook post). Unless Jesse runs for Assembly. Or something.
“Two private law firms with connections to former Gov. Chris Christie combined to bill $7.2 million,” to legalize sports betting in New Jersey. That’s nearly 3.5 times the money Phil Murphy wants to give in legal aid to all the immigrants, without whom the economy would collapse.
China announced tariffs of 25% on imports of dried cranberries, among other goods. South Jersey produces a lot of cranberries. Do we dry them and sell them to China? Story at 11.
For more feats of journalism from across your region, see below:
Cooper River Distillers to Close Up Shop in May–After four years, Camden County’s first and only independent distillery is shutting down. www.njpen.com
Poll: New Jersey Residents Split on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana–New Jerseyans are split on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana, according to a new poll. observer.com
Steve Sweeney Shuffles Senate Leadership After Bob Gordon Resigns–New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney has made some changes to Senate leadership following the resignation of Sen. Bob. Gordon, who is likely headed to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). observer.com
Yoga with goats is back!–The Barnyard Yoga experience connects you with your inner farm girl or boy, even if you didn't know you had one! www.nj.com
N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online–Virtua Medical Group, a South Jersey firm with dozens of medical and surgical practices, has agreed to pay $417,816 to settle a complaint that it exposed medical records of more than 1,650 patients on the internet. www.nj.com
Seal Day helps spotlight Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s mission–An offshoot of the Marine Mammal Protection Act — enacted by Congress in 1972 to outlaw the killing or harassment of any marine mammal in United States waters — is a day Congress dubbed International Day of the Seal a decade later. www.shorenewstoday.com
NEW FUNDS FOR NJ GROUPS TO COMBAT THREATS TO DELAWARE RIVER BASIN’S WATER QUALITY–A multistate initiative to improve water quality in the Delaware River Basin moved into a new phase yesterday with the announcement of another $42 million in private funding to help dozens of grassroots groups tackle the causes of pollution, runoff, deforestation and aquifer depletion. www.njspotlight.com
OP-ED: OUT-OF-NETWORK BILL IS INSURERS’ DREAM AND MIDDLE-CLASS NIGHTMARE–As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest-working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small-business private medical practices. www.njspotlight.com
Danish power company coming to Atlantic City–PRINCETON — Danish power company Orsted, the world leader in offshore wind farm development, will open an office in Atlantic City in May at the Bella Condominiums and start hiring staff soon, its president said Tuesday at the fifth annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum. www.pressofatlanticcity.com