In a sweeping corruption scandal stretching from a small South Jersey school district to the corridors of power in the state’s northern cities, federal agents charged 11 public officials yesterday with taking bribes in exchange for help securing public contracts. … More Federal corruption sting nabs 11 public officials
Tamika Riley, a woman with a flair for fashion and an appetite for finery, appeared to be flat broke. Her Newark clothing boutique had gone belly up. She needed public assistance to help pay the rent on her apartment. She wanted a Mercedes, but her credit was so bad a friend had to sign the lease for her. Then, in the late 1990s, she met Newark Mayor Sharpe James, and her fortunes turned. … More Sweetheart deals for mayor’s mistress
It is the enduring image of one of the most tumultuous days in New Jersey’s political history. As former Gov. James E. McGreevey declared himself a “gay American” during a nationally televised news conference three years ago, his shell-shocked wife stood by his side, a rigid smile on her face, as if etched in stone. … More Dina reveals to Oprah: My smile was forced
On the streets of Atlantic City, everyone’s got a suspect. Prostitutes speak of creepy, threatening johns. Employees of a run-down motel talk about the Scripture-quoting guest who kept a collection of women’s shoes in his room. One woman, now jailed, points to a “white guy with a lot of money” who hosted a crack-fueled, motel-hopping sex party. … More Streetwalker killings are a daunting case in A.C.
A deeply reported portrait of the four women slain by a serial killer in Atlantic City. Before drugs put them on a path to prostitution, they were daughters, wives, mothers. … More The Atlantic City victims: Four lives of lost youth
The seeds for Gov. James E. McGreevey’s stunning announcement yesterday that he is gay and that he will resign in November were planted four years ago at an elegant political reception in Israel. It was at a performing arts center in Rishon Lezion, a middle-class enclave outside Tel Aviv, that McGreevey was introduced to Golan Cipel, a spokesman for the local mayor and a former information officer for the Israeli consulate in New York. … More The man who toppled a governor
LANDSTUHL, Germany — The story is told in the sterile white bandage across Spc. Gregory Brown’s throat, in Cpl. Timothy Brosnan’s broken legs, in the ball bearing that lodged in Sgt. Carl Oliver’s right hand, rendering two of his fingers useless. It is the story of a wartime promise that could not be kept, of men dying as they sought to save others and of a shadowy enemy who rises from the brush along the roadside, fires a rocket-propelled grenade and melts into the landscape. For members of New Jersey’s Army National Guard, it is the story of one day in Iraq, as told by three scarred survivors evacuated from Baghdad to a U.S. military hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany’s rural southwest corner. … More N.J. soldiers bear scars of an ambush
Prison escapee Elmer Edward Solly, a convicted child killer, thought he was free and clear. He sang in a doo-wop group, had his own website and claimed he once was a member of Sha Na Na. It was a good life. Until suddenly the past caught up with him. … More Good times stop rollin’ for ‘bad boy’