Introducing the (almost) littlest Newarker

If you’ve been wondering why things around here have been a little quiet this past month, let me introduce you to the reason:

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Violet Grace was born in Newark on Jul 27 at 6:14am. We’re now pretty recovered from having the baby and getting used to three little ones running around, so I’ll be resuming regular posts.

As a sneak preview, I’m working on a new piece about Newark’s “New” Slumlords, and I’ll be participating in a video podcast with some venerated journalists today about the Mayor’s DNC speech. Stay tuned.

Booker to speak at the DNC tonight at 6pm, Ledger provides context

Media round-up: Buzz around Cory Booker before his convention speech tonight
Mayor Booker will be presenting the Democratic Party platform this evening in a speech at 6pm. The Ledger has a great overview for lunchtime reading ahead of the speech, which can be seen on C-SPAN.org or your local TV coverage.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte tonight to announce the party’s platform, the only New Jerseyan who will speak to the convention.

While the convention is supposed to be about re-electing President Obama, David Giambusso reports from Charlotte that the New Jersey delegation is distracted thinking about next year’s gubernatorial race, including whether Booker will jump in.