EPA will tackle ‘forever chemicals’

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’s comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to confront per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination nationwide. The plan is the result of a thorough analysis conducted by the EPA Council on PFAS that Administrator Regan established in April 2021. EPA’s Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: Increase investments in research, leverage authoritiesContinue reading “EPA will tackle ‘forever chemicals’”

Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous killed Patrick Chin

The Attorney General’s Office identified Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous as the person who shot and killed Patrick Chin, 43, during a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sept. 28, 2021. Chin sustained fatal injuries after five uniformed officers of the Hillsborough Township Police Department responded to his residence on Piedmont Path at approximately 4:10Continue reading “Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous killed Patrick Chin”

Obama to urge early voting for racial justice negligent Governor Phil Murphy

President Barack Obama will host an early vote rally in Newark, urging residents to re-elect Democratic Governor Phil Murphy but some citizens are questioning why the administration has failed to push legislation allowing municipalities to create Civilian Complaint Review Boards with subpoena powers or address one of the nation’s worst school segregation records. After aContinue reading “Obama to urge early voting for racial justice negligent Governor Phil Murphy”

Reporting on Climate Injustice in One of the Hottest Towns in America

by Brooke Stephenson | ProPublica Two years ago, a friend and I went on a weekend trip from San Diego up to Joshua Tree National Park. We took the scenic route, through the deserts east of the California coast and past the Salton Sea, an aptly named saline lake. Dust blew across the road. SometimesContinue reading “Reporting on Climate Injustice in One of the Hottest Towns in America”

Raymond T. Odierno, Army general who captured Saddam Hussein, dies at 67

Raymond T. Odierno, a four-star Army general who was a key architect of the “surge” in U.S. forces during the Iraq War that was credited with reducing violence and increasing stability in the country and who later became the Army’s chief of staff, or highest-ranking general, died Oct. 8 at age 67. His death wasContinue reading “Raymond T. Odierno, Army general who captured Saddam Hussein, dies at 67”

Outdoor Alliance endorses Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli

The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance on Thursday released a statement saying the group unanimously voted to endorse Jack Ciattarelli for governor. “After being minimized and ignored for four years, after standing by and watching our states forests and wildlife resources managed by politics not science it’s time for a change,” said Ed Markowski. “Jack epitomizesContinue reading “Outdoor Alliance endorses Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli”

Supreme Court urged to halt “plainly unconstitutional” Texas abortion law

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court for an emergency halt to what it called a “plainly unconstitutional” Texas law that has practically stopped access to abortion in the nation’s second-largest state. The action means the court will again have to confront the controversial law, Texas SB8, which generally outlaws the procedure after six weeksContinue reading “Supreme Court urged to halt “plainly unconstitutional” Texas abortion law”

Jersey City gang member charged in 2020 shooting

An alleged member of the SaLaf Enterprise gang in Jersey City has been charged with shooting a rival gangster in June 2020 that resulted in the death of a 34-year-old man. Shamar Bey, 29, of Jersey City, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and dischargingContinue reading “Jersey City gang member charged in 2020 shooting”

U.S. saber-rattling on high after China’s surprise hypersonic missile test

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise but it is possible that America’s military industrial complex is exaggerating aggression in Asia to replace vanquished enemies from the Cold War and global war against terror. China’s test of a hypersonic missile in space was called aContinue reading “U.S. saber-rattling on high after China’s surprise hypersonic missile test”

VA electronic health records research shaped new Medicare policy

Guides developed by VA researchers to promote safe use of electronic health records are part of a new federal policy on Medicare reimbursement to hospitals, which will take effect in January 2022. The policy calls for hospitals to take advantage of extensive guides and checklists developed based on years of research by Dr. Hardeep Singh and hisContinue reading “VA electronic health records research shaped new Medicare policy”

Discipline demanded for disinformation doctors

Doctors who repeatedly spread misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines should face disciplinary review and actions, including the revocation of their licenses, said Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Bogus information on the Internet about the inoculated is spurring hesitancy among people all over the world, threatening disastrous public health effects PHR is a NewContinue reading “Discipline demanded for disinformation doctors”

Political nonprofit fundraising off breast cancer has deep ties to scam PAC networks

By Roger Sollenberger and Anna Massoglia | OpenSecrets This October, as Americans mark another Breast Cancer Awareness month, a number of organizations and advocates will want to make their cause known. But there’s one group donors may want to avoid: The American Breast Cancer Coalition. Although it sounds like a noble charity, the ABCC isContinue reading “Political nonprofit fundraising off breast cancer has deep ties to scam PAC networks”

Civil rights marchers complete trek from Montclair to Trenton

Larry Hamm led the People’s Organization for Progress on a 67-mile march from Montclair to Trenton to demand justice, but New Jersey’s political establishment does not seem to be listening. Hamm wants the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate President to post legislation for a vote so that lawmakers can give municipalities the authorityContinue reading “Civil rights marchers complete trek from Montclair to Trenton”

Murphy hired rapist, but GOP’s struggle for women’s vote appears doomed

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli cannot get a break in his effort convince New Jersey women to hold Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy accountable for hiring an alleged rapist, ignoring systemic sexual assault at a correctional facility for women or subjecting female employees to what they described as “a toxic work environment.” Julie Roginsky, a formerContinue reading “Murphy hired rapist, but GOP’s struggle for women’s vote appears doomed”

UN hears call for climate action

Climate change is not the only—or even the main—driver of international discord but there is increasing evidence that it’s effect increase the risk of violent conflict in many contexts. Ilwad Elman, a panellist for SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative, addressed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the effects of climate change onContinue reading “UN hears call for climate action”

Biden honors law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend a memorial service today at the United States Capitol in honor of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service began in 1982 as a small gathering in Washington’s Senate ParkContinue reading “Biden honors law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice”

Biden administration reinstates Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy

The Biden administration reinstating a controversial Trump-era immigration policy along its southern border that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their hearings in US immigration court. But the plan to restore the “Remain in Mexico” program, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), next month requires the approval and cooperation of theContinue reading “Biden administration reinstates Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy”

Climate change turning autumn leaves 

The changing of leaves from green to red, gold, and orange is a landmark event in fall. For trees, this is more than just a season of beauty, as it pauses photosynthesis and begins the storage of nutrients for the winter. But climate change could alter the details of this seasonal phenomenon. A team ofContinue reading “Climate change turning autumn leaves “

Congress gave free PPP money to unworthy companies but there’s no desire to get any of it back

by Lydia DePillis |ProPublica As Congress launched a historic bailout to keep businesses afloat at the outset of the pandemic, government officials stressed that the loans were for mom-and-pop operations that didn’t have another easily available lifeline. “This was a program designed for small businesses,” then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, as companies like $434 millionContinue reading “Congress gave free PPP money to unworthy companies but there’s no desire to get any of it back”