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  • North Jersey News
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  • USA TODAY
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
  • MyCentralJersey
  • Rochester D and C
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • WLTX
  • 12NewsNow
  • ksdk.com
  • KENS 5
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Recent articles by Jim:

Martin Luther King Jr. in sculpture: Which statues capture him best?

All over the world — and all over North Jersey — there are statues of Martin Luther King Jr. Which ones get it right? → Read More

100 years ago, Prohibition arrived. But did it ever really leave?

Prohibition began 100 years ago this week. Today, you might think it's a bad idea. But, 100 years ago, you might not have. → Read More

The cult of 'Cats': Is this the next 'Rocky Horror'?

"Cats" is being razzed by critics, comics, social media. Some are saying it's so bad it's good. Does that mean it has a future? → Read More

Access granted: Mozart and Wagner made easy by New Jersey Symphony

Classical music isn't always easy for beginners. But New Jersey Symphony has several programs this month that aim to make Wagner and Mozart accessible → Read More

Don Imus, New York radio legend, dies at age 79

New York legendary radio personality Don Imus died Friday at the age of 79. → Read More

The year in photos: NorthJersey.com photographers share 2019 moments that left an impact

Our photographers chose their favorite images of the year and reflected on what it meant to capture those stories → Read More

1939 was Hollywood's Greatest Year — but why?

1939 — 80 years ago — is widely considered Hollywood's greatest year, thanks to "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz." What made it so special? → Read More

'The Mandalorian': Is this the first hero without a face?

"The Mandalorian," the "Star Wars" TV spinoff, has no face and little backstory, but fans love him. Hanging around with baby Yoda doesn't hurt either. → Read More

Eighty years later, should 'Gone with the Wind' be gone?

"Gone With the Wind" celebrates its 80th birthday on Dec. 15. Why, in a climate of heightened sensitivity, does it still get a pass? → Read More

From 'A Christmas Carol' to 'The Nightmare Before Christmas,' holiday horror isn't new

Christmas horror films have become a trend. But Yuletide terror actually has a long history. → Read More

Dorothy Fontana, the Totowa writer who helped shape 'Star Trek,' has died

North Jersey writer Dorothy Fontana, who bucked a male-dominated TV industry to become one of the chief architects of "Star Trek," has died → Read More

Michael J. Pollard, the Passaic actor famous for quirky roles, has died

Oscar nominee Michael J. Pollard, the late actor known for "Bonnie and Clyde" came from Passaic. → Read More

'Cinderella' returns to Paper Mill for the holidays

A look at "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, which is back for the holiday season. → Read More

Family squabbles, political spats: 2019 will have parallels to the first Thanksgiving

The political arguments around many a family Thanksgiving table are nothing new. They're the whole reason Sarah Josepha Hale created the holiday. → Read More

Is Jimmy Hoffa really buried in Jersey City? Everyone has a theory

Where is Jimmy Hoffa really buried? And why do we care so much? Now, Jersey City is the latest possible location under review. → Read More

'Old Town Road:' The record-breaking remix that shows we're not as divided as we think

"Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X was a record-breaker on the Billboard charts— and maybe a game-changer for our culture. → Read More

Sopranos convention: Who will be there and what you need to know if you go

The first annual SopranosCon, Nov. 23 and 24, will bring together much of the original cast → Read More

How they got to 'Sesame Street': Interview with original cast member from NJ, Bob McGrath

'Sesame Street,' 50 years old this week, set out to make learning fun. How did it succeed? Norwood's Bob McGrath, an original cast member, has some answers → Read More

New documentary spotlights Holocaust hero and founder of Universal Pictures in Fort Lee

The oldest still-existing Hollywood studio is Universal Pictures. But the mogul who founded it in Fort Lee in 1912, was also a hero of the Holocaust. → Read More

'The mob and rock 'n' roll is a good combination:' The real story of musician Tommy James

Sixties rocker Tommy James, a Cedar Grove resident, recounts when he once had to hide out from the mob. → Read More