Catholic professor made unChristian threats

A adjunct seminary professor who wrote about duties of the Catholic laity and clergy together with how to apply Christian social teachings in the workplace admitted to making a death threat against a local investigative reporter who received national acclaim for his 2018 and 2019 reports on the sexual abuse allegations in the Buffalo Diocese.Continue reading “Catholic professor made unChristian threats”

Candidate for New Jersey governor is in Alabama

Joanne Kuniansky, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for election for governor of New Jersey, is in Alabama with about a thousand coal miners who have been on strike for several months demanding better pay and benefits. It’s an odd place for a New Jersey candidate to be campaigning but this coal miner strike is oneContinue reading “Candidate for New Jersey governor is in Alabama”

Postal Service slowing down mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Friday finalized a plan effective Oct. 1 to slow down some first-class mail deliveries as part of efforts to cut red ink. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposed in March to revise existing one- to three-day service standards to one to five days for first-class mail. USPS said in aContinue reading “Postal Service slowing down mail delivery”

Trump surrender invites Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters seized control of the capital of Nimruz province in southwestern Afghanistan on Friday, the first provincial capital to be overrun by the militants since the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from the country, in line with the Trump administration’s deal with the fundamentalist Islamic extremist group. Kabul is bracing itself for aContinue reading “Trump surrender invites Taliban takeover in Afghanistan”

Democratic Party civil war played out in Ohio

Democrats in Northeast Ohio’s 11th Congressional District have nominated a likely successor to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge after a bitter primary race resurrected old antagonism between the party’s progressive wing and the dominant establishment faction that prevailed in the 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Nina Turner, a former state senator and co-chair of theContinue reading “Democratic Party civil war played out in Ohio”

Spotted Lanternfly having a harmful impact

Around, spotted lanternfly when fully grown, sound a little like the joke—they’re black and white and red all over. They’ve also got spots, as their name suggests. The charming news about how interesting they look is offset by the bad news: They are an invasive species that frighten farmers because they have a taste forContinue reading “Spotted Lanternfly having a harmful impact”

Biden keeps student loan payments paused

The Biden administration is extending through Jan. 31, the pause on federal student loan payments that was set due to the coronavirus pandemic but the administration described it as the final extension. Student loan payments, paused since Congress passed the CARES Act in March of last year, were due to resume in September. During theContinue reading “Biden keeps student loan payments paused”

Sussex county pot dealer admits having weapons arsenal

A Sussex county man appeared in federal court and admitted to charges that he possessed an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, and marijuana. Joseph Rubino, 59, of Lafayette Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession of marijuanaContinue reading “Sussex county pot dealer admits having weapons arsenal”

Middlesex County examining students’ welfare in wake of 2020

The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners have appointed County Commissioner Chanelle Scott McCullum; Mark Finkelstein, superintendent of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey and vice-chair of the Middlesex College Board of Trustees; and Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone to perform a comprehensive overview of the challenges to social and emotional wellbeing being facedContinue reading “Middlesex County examining students’ welfare in wake of 2020”

Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking. An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagiousContinue reading “Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox”

Hydration can impact pregnancy and birth outcomes

Water needs increase during pregnancy to support fetal development and maternal health, however little is known about the relationship between hydration status and outcomes on both mother and child. A Penn State study recently examined the hydration status of pregnant women, the impact of a behavioral intervention, and tested how underhydration during pregnancy was associatedContinue reading “Hydration can impact pregnancy and birth outcomes”

Republicans threaten economic disaster over passage of routine accounting requirement

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will oppose an increase in the federal debt limit if Democrats pursue a $3.5 trillion, 10-year infrastructure plan that is needed to strengthen social and environment programs by investing in working-class Americans and creating millions of jobs. The Kentucky Republican’s threat was the most explicit he has beenContinue reading “Republicans threaten economic disaster over passage of routine accounting requirement”

Today marks 76th anniversary of US atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

The Hiroshima government has long been outspoken about worldwide nuclear disarmament, and the community holds a Peace Ceremony every year to commemorate the loss of 140,000 lives in the 1945 attack by the US. The immense destructive power of atomic weapons derives from a sudden release of energy produced by splitting the nuclei of theContinue reading “Today marks 76th anniversary of US atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan”

Atlantic Highlands ferry ran aground

A high-speed catamaran ferry experienced an unspecified mechanical issue in New York City’s East River before it ran aground and began taking on water neared the end of its scheduled run to New York from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. The 150-foot Seastreak Commodore had 118 passengers and seven crew on board when it grounded in Bushwick Inlet in BrooklynContinue reading “Atlantic Highlands ferry ran aground”

Investigators say Cuomo harassed 11 women

After a months-long investigation, the state attorney general’s report paints a devastating portrait of behavior by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), finding that he harassed 11 women. Investigators said witnesses also described an environment in the governor’s office that was abusive and vindictive. After reviewing the independent investigators’ report about sexual harassment claimsContinue reading “Investigators say Cuomo harassed 11 women”

AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka dead at 72

Richard Trumka, who for more than a decade had served as president of the AFL-CIO, died unexpectedly this week only a day after he appeared via video to send solidarity to striking members of the United Mine Workers in Alabama. Trumka died on Thursday, August 5, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was 72 andContinue reading “AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka dead at 72”

People who recovered from COVID-19 are not completely immune to the virus

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are again rising across the United States, with the highest spread coming in areas with low vaccination rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase in cases has come with the continued spread of the more contagious Delta variant. As a result, the CDC and Democratic and Republican leaders are urgingContinue reading “People who recovered from COVID-19 are not completely immune to the virus”

Climate change puts Emperor Penguin on the Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the emperor penguin, a flightless seabird endemic to Antarctica, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Climate change, specifically melting sea ice, is the primary threat to the species. Emperor penguins need sea ice to form breeding colonies, forage for food and avoid predation. As carbonContinue reading “Climate change puts Emperor Penguin on the Endangered Species List”

Cops keeping Attorney General’s Office busy

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating police over fatal encounters with people in three municipalities: Bayonne, East Brunswick and Newton. The probes include looks at the death of a motor vehicle operator who was fatally injured after setting himself on fire on July 13, 2021, when Bayonne police officers attempted to make a motorContinue reading “Cops keeping Attorney General’s Office busy”

Climate change threatens landscape biodiversity more than emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Southeast Asia, threatens the entire ash tree population in North America and has already changed forested landscapes and caused tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue to the ash sawtimber industry since it arrived in the United States in the 1990s. Despite the devastating impactContinue reading “Climate change threatens landscape biodiversity more than emerald ash borer”