Watching how dangerous news gathering can be as Egypt devolved into chaos this past weekend, it’s difficult to complain about the job in the U.S. Nonetheless, the news industry was transfixed on Friday when Patch laid off 350 employees nationwide. NJ News Commons reported the toll on New Jersey Patches and we are continuing to update the situation as more information dribbles in. Tomorrow’s “News in Jersey” podcast will be devoted to a conversation about Patch.
In other news, The Record filed open public records act requests to obtain new information — revealing that NJ Transit did not follow its own storm plan in preparation for Sandy. Also Sandy-related: an Obama administration task force is expected to release a report on Sandy rebuilding today and catastrophe bonds have governments and investors betting on the next storm.
Meanwhile, NJ politicos continue to make national news. Gov. Christie eased some rules on the use of medical marijuana for minors but conditionally vetoed a bill that would more greatly expand the use of medical marijuana. News media continue to speculate about the Christie/Rand Paul kerfuffle, and one pundit lamented the far-left’s efforts to derail Cory Booker’s candidacy for U.S. Senate.
Watch Brian Wilson Disappointed with Medical Marijuana Decision on PBS. See more from NJToday.
Correction: On Friday in this newsletter, we credited a “different angle” on the sale of the New Jersey Devils to NewsWorks, when in fact it was reported by Doug Doyle of WBGO News and shared with NewsWorks. Our apologies, Doug!
Here’s our full news roundup for Monday, August 19, 2013:
Journalists killed, attacked as clashes erupt in Egypt CPJ.org
AOL Starts Patch Cuts, and Up to 500 People May Lose Their Jobs All Things D
Patch Layoffs Hit New Jersey NJ News Commons
NJ Transit didn’t follow its own storm plan The Record
Betting on the Next Catastrophe WNYC
Chris Christie and Rand Paul: Is the GOP big enough for both of them? Washington Post
Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary: The Far-Left Wins Nothing — Again Huffington Post
Gov Candidates Spin State’s Job Loss Differently Rumson Patch
Newark Police Will Refuse to Detain Illegal Immigrants Accused of Minor Crimes [POLL] NJ 101.5
Lacey, Barnegat Residents Among Four Arrested In Heroin And Crack Investigation Lacey Patch
New Jersey’s Top Performing Public High Schools Star Ledger/NJ.com*
Obama Task Force Reports on Sandy Rebuild NJPR
Bill to Ban 50-caliber Weapons Awaits Gov’s Action WBGO News
Jersey City’s Missing Bike Lanes Will Be Striped This Fall, City Promises Streetsblog.org
Medical Marijuana For Sick Kids WBGO News
Father of Sick Child Angry by Christie’s Conditional Veto of Medical Marijuana Bill NJTV*
Spotlight on SoundBoard Angel Fund: Looking for Solid NJ Tech Investments, Part Two NJ Tech Weekly*
Summer Reading 2013: New Books With a Jersey Connection — “Bruce” NJ Spotlight*
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