League to celebrate Women’s Equality Day

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley plans to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2021 in order to recognize the advancements made towards achieving political, economic, and social equality.  The date commemorates the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees American women theContinue reading “League to celebrate Women’s Equality Day”

Postmaster General’s conflicts of interest are under intense scrutiny and criticism

A federal judge ruled last night that the US Postal Service must give the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington documents about potential conflicts of interest by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “DeJoy’s publicly available financial disclosures made at the time of his appointment show that he owned stock in USPS contractorContinue reading “Postmaster General’s conflicts of interest are under intense scrutiny and criticism”

Jersey City convicts who were involved in a shootout made initial court appearances

Two Jersey City, New Jersey, men who were involved in a shootout made their initial court appearances today on charges that they possessed ammunition as previously convicted felons. Shamir Blunt, 35, and Mark Franklin, 29, are charged by criminal complaint with one count each of being felons in possession of ammunition.  Blunt and Franklin madeContinue reading “Jersey City convicts who were involved in a shootout made initial court appearances”

Pentagon is laser-focused while crisis in Afghanistan remains fluid & dynamic

The Department of Defense is laser-focused on operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said during a Pentagon news conference yesterday, but Pentagon Spokesman John F. Kirby told Pentagon reporters attending an operational update of U.S. military operations in that country that the crisis in Afghanistan remainsContinue reading “Pentagon is laser-focused while crisis in Afghanistan remains fluid & dynamic”

47 million victims in T-Mobile data breach

T-Mobile has confirmed that about 47.8 million current, former and prospective customers have been affected by the cyberattack on its systems. Of that number, about 7.8 million are current T-Mobile postpaid accounts and the rest are prior or potential users who had applied for credit, the company said in a press release.  The carrier said itsContinue reading “47 million victims in T-Mobile data breach”

Afghan President reportedly fled with cash

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly fled in a helicopter with $169 million in cash and has been given asylum on humanitarian grounds in Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is one of three nations, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, which recognized the previous Taliban regime, which governedContinue reading “Afghan President reportedly fled with cash”

Delta variant is a highly contagious strain of coronavirus

Even as people began to feel some hope—or at least cautious optimism—early this summer that the pandemic could recede to the background, there was still the threat that new mutations of the COVID-19 virus could bring it back, and it might be even stronger. A major worry right now is Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2Continue reading “Delta variant is a highly contagious strain of coronavirus”

Fossil may reveal more about origins of life

All life on Earth 500 million years ago lived in the oceans, but scientists know little about how these animals and algae developed. A newly discovered fossil deposit near Kunming, China, may hold the keys to understanding how these organisms laid the foundations for life on land and at sea today, according to an internationalContinue reading “Fossil may reveal more about origins of life”

Darknet money laundering conspiracy busted

An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to a money laundering conspiracy arising from his operation of Helix, a Darknet-based cryptocurrency laundering service, and Grams, one of the first darkweb search engines. According to court documents, Larry Dean Harmon, 38, of Akron, admitted that he operated Helix from 2014 to 2017. Helix functioned as a bitcoinContinue reading “Darknet money laundering conspiracy busted”

Two heroin & fentanyl dealers sent to prison

Two Bronx, New York, men were sentenced yesterday to 29 months in prison each for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl to buyers in New Jersey. Eddy Urena Rodriguez, 36, and Francisco Mercedes Gil, 33, both previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to informationsContinue reading “Two heroin & fentanyl dealers sent to prison”

Drug courier sentenced to prison

A Mexican national was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in prison for his role in transporting approximately two kilograms of fentanyl into New Jersey for distribution. Adrian Vargas Arroyo, 31, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti, imposed the sentence inContinue reading “Drug courier sentenced to prison”

Beekeepers still report high colony loss rates

Beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021, according to preliminary results of the 15th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). These losses mark the second highest loss rate the survey has recorded since it began in 2006 (6.1 percentage pointsContinue reading “Beekeepers still report high colony loss rates”

Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh will be Union Superior Court Vicinage assignment judge

A female Republican from Westfield will lead the Union Superior Court Vicinage as the assignment judge once the current assignment judge retires in September, a few days before she turns 61 years old. Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh will become the second woman to lead the Union Vicinage, succeeding Judge Karen M. Cassidy, anotherContinue reading “Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh will be Union Superior Court Vicinage assignment judge”

Op-ED: How to Fix Our Rigged Tax System

By Elizabeth Warren Now that the Senate has passed a budget resolution, we’re one step closer to realizing President Biden’s transformational agenda: a once-in-a-generation investment in child care and Medicare, combating climate change and other efforts that would actually make our government work for families. The other half of the package — how to payContinue reading “Op-ED: How to Fix Our Rigged Tax System”

For more than 70 years, the elevator industry has refused to stop killing children

Corporate memos going back to at least 1943 highlighted a hazard that could be solved with a $100 space guard, but although the elevator industry has known for more than 70 years that children caught between the doors had been killed and injured before, American families are still grieving the loss of youngsters crushed byContinue reading “For more than 70 years, the elevator industry has refused to stop killing children”

Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban

Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban, and U.S. troops now in the country are working to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S., allied and Afghan partners from the country. News reports show many Taliban in the streets, some toting American weapons. Other videos show Taliban patrolling the streets inContinue reading “Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban”

Pennsylvania man tried to hire Newark assassin

Dominic Luis Escalera, 37, of Allentown, PA, was indicted on charges of murder-for-hire and being a felon in possession of a firearm related to a plot to kill two people in the Allentown area earlier this year. The indictment alleges that from about January 28, 2021 to about February 17, 2021, Escalera used a cellContinue reading “Pennsylvania man tried to hire Newark assassin”

Political appointees need to reflect America

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) introduced the Political Appointments Inclusion and Diversity Act, which requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to coordinate with the White House Office of Presidential Personnel to make a summary of demographic information on political appointees publicly available. “To meet the needs of the American people, our political appointees need toContinue reading “Political appointees need to reflect America”

Atlantic County firearms dealer gets 151 months in prison

An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man with five prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for illegally selling and possessing multiple firearms. Brandon Groce, 37, of Newtonville, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with one count of illegallyContinue reading “Atlantic County firearms dealer gets 151 months in prison”

PAHO deploys experts to support Haiti during earthquake aftermath

Emergency medical teams and other supplies and equipment will be prepared to help meet the most urgent health needs of those affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake. A team of experts from the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) office in Port au Prince has been deployed to evaluate damage and coordinate an appropriate health responseContinue reading “PAHO deploys experts to support Haiti during earthquake aftermath”