Congratulations? This town may soon be the proud owner of a failing shopping strip

Pemberton Township won a superior court decision to acquire a failing shopping center. Pemberton Township may soon be the proud owner of a rundown shopping center on the main road into town. A superior court judge ruled the township has the right to seize the 42,000-square-foot, 2.5-acre Browns Mills Shopping Center on Pemberton-Browns Mills Road by eminent domain to redevelop it in the public good. The township has explored taking similar action since 2002 but has not been able to find a willing developer, officials said. In 2013, Pemberton was willing to pay $2.2 million in fair-market value to take the property. The Browns Mills Shopping Center may soon be… Read More

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Dear Therapist: My Son Just Got Married and Now We’re Growing Apart

Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com. Dear Therapist, My 30-year-old son and I had a fight on Mother’s Day, and he walked out and went home. We screamed at each other and both said things that were extremely ugly and hurtful. However, I cannot get over this hurt. He was recently married and his wife (whom we adore) was with her mother that day. I know we’re both having a hard time separating—he is an only child and we have been very close. I just can’t forgive him for walking out.… Read More

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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Religious Violence?

Imagine you’re the president of a European country. You’re slated to take in 50,000 refugees from the Middle East this year. Most of them are very religious, while most of your population is very secular. You want to integrate the newcomers seamlessly, minimizing the risk of economic malaise or violence, but you have limited resources. One of your advisers tells you to invest in the refugees’ education; another says providing jobs is the key; yet another insists the most important thing is giving the youth opportunities to socialize with local kids. What do you do? Well, you make your best guess and hope the policy you chose works out. But… Read More

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A New Credential for Midterm Campaigners: Motherhood

In March, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah made her case to voters in a striking 60-second ad featuring a shot of her breastfeeding her infant daughter intercut with photos showing her family and various moments from her political career. She ended the video with a simple appeal: “I’m a mom. I’m a woman. And I want to be your next governor.” With a historic number of women running for office up and down ballots this year, many candidates are making a similar pitch. Moms are not only seeking political seats, but seeking them explicitly, and proudly, as moms; in this year’s election cycle, motherhood has become an asset to be… Read More

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MLB trade rumors: Yankees ‘serious’ about Orioles’ Zach Britton?

The Baltimore Orioles may look to trade star reliever Zach Britton before the July 31 trade deadline. Could the New York Yankees end up his destination? The Yankees reportedly didn’t want to give up rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar for star reliever Brad Hand, whom the Padres instead sent to the Indians. Apparently, general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t stopped his search for relief help. The Yankees are among several teams who “seem serious” about trading for Orioles reliever Zach Britton, according to a report from Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Field of interested teams for Britton is expanding. Braves are interested (they have the prospects, but will they give them up?) Rockies… Read More

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