MANCHESTER - It's probably the biggest news to hit "Leisure Village West" in years; a 71-year-old motorist created a chain reaction of accidents in the adult community, taking out a gorgeous 1957 classic car. Try to follow this mess, which occurred Friday: She first drives her Camry into a refrigerator in her garage, prompting her to back out her car. That's when she hit a Honda Accord, which then hit a black 2013 VW parked in a driveway, and then an electrical box. Got it? Now, she lurches her Camry forward, striking a 1957 Morris Minor, pushing it into a closed garage, hitting a Kia Forte parked inside, NJ 101.5 reports. Not finished, the woman then puts the Camry in drive, hitting a JCP&L electrical transformer box. Then, for good measure, she smacked into a community mail box and decided, perhaps, it was time to stop.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - It seems any serious political candidate for office would be eager to connect with voters in any way possible. So, it's surprising the state felt compelled to pass a law that specifically requires all candidates for state, county, municipal and school board seats to have a working email address. It all seems unnecessary. If you refuse to provide an email address to your constituents, maybe you shouldn't be considering public service. Next up? A law that would require candidates to actually respond to any of these voter emails.
STATEWIDE - It's a story reported for years, and nothing seems to change. Graduating high school seniors are eager to flock to other states for college, no matter how great our four-year public universities are. The stats: In fall 2016, 31,561 high school graduates fled New Jersey for four-year colleges, while only 4,299 migrated in, Philly.com reports. That stark difference - 27,262 students - is the largest net loss in the nation that year. Folks from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association note that New Jersey taxpayers are investing more than $20,000 a year in these kids for their K-12 education and gotta wonder about the woeful return on investment. You can't blame students for stretching their wings; New Jersey just needs plenty of good reasons to woo them back.
IN THE MEDIA
HACKENSACK - The ongoing evolution of journalism from bustling newsrooms to Wi-Fi enabled coffee shops is reaching another sad chapter. The Record reports that its former headquarters at 150 River St. - home to decades of talented reporters and editors - will be demolished in September, replaced with more multi-use development. That comes on the heels of the former Star-Ledgerheadquarters, at 1 Star-Ledger Plaza in Newark, which closed in 2014 and will become an art warehouse. You can now find New Jersey's reporters sitting at some joint with free coffee refills, just a couple of stools away from the straws and napkins.
ON TWITTER - It could be one of the most pointless meetings in the Trump era, with the President taking a July 20 meeting with the new, 37-year-old publisher of The New York Times over all these crazy and dangerous allegations of "Fake News." It has been a terrific play for Trump: if he likes the coverage, it's tremendous journalism; if he doesn't, it's dismissed as "fake."
So, Trump meets with A.G. Sulzberger. Trump describes the meeting, on Twitter, of course, as a discussion of "the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into the phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!"
Sulzberger responds: "I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people.' I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."
Again, a pointless meeting. Sad.
IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
BOGOTA, Colombia - If you're the kingpin of an international drug cartel - and we bet you are - you want this dog to be good and dead. Sombra, a six-year-old German shepherd, has helped Colombia's police detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine, to date, hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit. This dog is such a pain for the drug cartel that she now has a bounty on her head. Anyone who can take down this drug-sniffing pooch will reap a $7,000 reward and the deep appreciation of the Gulf Clan, a cartel so strong that it even has its own guerilla army. Sombra has been relocated to work solely at the airport, transported in a van with tinted windows and always accompanied by two armed guards. She's a tough dog to take down.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
It was this day in 2013 that one of the largest jewelry heists took place, with nearly 103 million euros in diamonds and other jewels stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel diamond show in Cannes, France.
WORD OF THE DAY
Métier - [MET-yay] - noun
Definition: Vocation, trade
Example: My métier is to make all your wildest dreams come true.
WEATHER IN A WORD
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