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Soaking rain, Christie takes ‘ice bucket’ challenge and more: First News with Podcast

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Map of rainfall from the late Tuesday/early Wednesday rainfall
Map of rainfall from the late Tuesday/early Wednesday rainfall (National Weather Service)

Record Rainfall - South Jersey flooding is still a possibility this morning with the last of the rain moving through. In Millville, Cumberland County, nine inches of rain fell overnight, while six inches dropped around the rest of south Jersey and the shore, which bore the brunt of the storm. There are still some scattered power outages being reported.

Remembering Robin Williams – Makeshift memorials of flowers and notes are popping up around the country for actor and comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead in his San Francisco Bay area home Monday. Authorities say the 63-year-old, who had suffered from severe depression, had hanged himself. As the investigation continues, police are releasing graphic details. Williams’ 25-year-old daughter Zelda released a statement Tuesday, saying, “I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay.”

The suicide death of Williams has once again sharpened the focus on mental health and substance abuse issues, and the need to better respond to those who need help.

Another Legend Lost -Tony Award-winning actress and Academy Award-nominee Lauren Bacall is dead at the age of 89. Bacall died Tuesday at a New York City hospital. She once said, “stardom isn’t a career, it’s an accident.” Bacall had a long movie career, starring in films such as “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

      Gravestone Vandal - The man police say decapitated chickens and smeared gravestones with blood in Linden has now been arrested. It’s believed 41-year-old Leonard Edwards was engaged in some religious or cultural ritual. He faces animal cruelty and weapons charges.

Preventable Injuries – It’s a staggering statistic. Every day, 3,400 children sustain sports injuries severe enough to go to the emergency room. But, even more disturbing, is the fact that many of these injuries are preventable.

“Knockout Game” Sentence - All but one of the three teenagers, who were playing the knockout game in Hoboken that left a man dead, will avoid prison time. A 14-year-old pleaded guilty to delivering the deadly blow, and will serve six years behind bars. The two 13-year-olds involved will serve only probation.

Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson (Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Additional Charges - An East Brunswick man is facing more child molestation charges. 42-year-old Michael Roberson was already jailed on charges he fondled two young boys in his home. Police say two other victims have come forward.

Christie Takes the Challenge- You’ve seen the ice bucket challenge all over Facebook. It’s stunt to raise money for ALS. You dump a bucket of ice water over year head, post the video and nominate three other people to do the same, or donate $100 to the ALS Association. Governor Christie is the latest to take the challenge.  He has nominated Senator Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and the Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon to do the same.

McGreevey’s Announcement – Ten years ago this week, Jim McGreevey announced he was a gay American, and, soon afterwards, embroiled in a scandal. He resigned as governor. Since that time, we’ve seen very few openly gay politicians get elected anywhere, but things have changed.

Immigrants Released - An oversight report says government officials decided to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013, strictly for budget reasons. And they didn’t tell Homeland Security about the plan. Homeland Security’s inspector general says the lack of communication led the Obama Administration to wrongly deny for weeks that 2,228 immigrants facing deportation had been released.

Divided State Part 3 – It’s day three of our week-long series on the divide between north and south Jersey, and it’s finally time to relieve the thousands of listeners who are all thinking the same thing – ‘what about us in the middle?’

 

 Revel Casino
Revel Casino (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

And then there were 8 – Atlantic City started with 12 casinos this year. The sinking gaming market determined that was four too many. Revel is the latest to close. Amid that news gaming regulators will announce the latest revenue figures today.  It comes at a time when AC is trying to move away from gambling and focus more on events to draw crowds.

 

Cigarette Smugglers – It’s a growing problem in New Jersey.  Smugglers are bringing in millions of dollars worth of contraband every week. But we’re not talking about illegal drugs, guns or prescription pills

Table for One – A table for one isn’t so uncommon anymore, and restaurants are finding ways to cater to solo diners.

 


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