Regional Briefs – October 2, 2014

Fire That Killed Hospital CEO, Wife Ruled Arson

MONTGOMERY, N.J. – The fire that killed the president of a major Camden hospital on Sunday was ruled an arson, The Asoociated Press reported. The fire was intentionally set in the bedroom of John Sheridan, 72, head of Cooper University Health Care, and his wife, Joyce, 69.

4 More Enterovirus Cases Confirmed in New Jersey

TRENTON – 4 more children have confirmed cases of Enterovirus 68, a respiratory illness caused by a rare virus, two in Burlington County, and one each in Camden and Morris Counties. 3 cases were previously confirmed in Essex, Passaic and Sussex counties. All seven are recovering.

Christie: 3 Questions Drive Decision on WH Run

WASHINGTON – Gov. Chris Christie told CBS Monday he’s undecided about running for president but his decision will hinge on 3 questions: Is it right for himself, his family and the country. He hopes to decide early next year.

Psych Expert: Patz Suspect Didn’t Understand Rights

NEW YORK – A man who admitted on videotape killing Etan Patz, a boy missing since 1979, did not understand his right to silence, a defense psychologist testified Tuesday. Bruce Frumkin said he tested Pedro Hernandez for hours and gave his IQ at 70, putting him in the bottom 2 percent of intellect.

New York to Increase Minority State Contractors

ALBANY – New York will aim to give 30% of its contracts to businesses owned by minorities or women, one of the highest in the country, Gov. Cuomo said Thursday. “We will tell all the other states ‘you can follow us,’” said Cuomo, running for reelection amid complaints of his liberal record.

NYC Launches Website For Tech Businesses

NEW YORK – NYC on Wednesday unveiled a website hoping to be one-stop-shopping for Internet start-up companies and potential employees. Digital.NYC is a public-private partnership that will “help turn ideas into business,” Mayor de Blasio said, echoing former Mayor Bloomberg’s, aim to rival Silicon Valley.