Newark man pleaded guilty to conspiracy

An Essex County, New Jersey, man admitted illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks. Tamir Duval, 22, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an indictment charging him with one count of illegal possession of aContinue reading “Newark man pleaded guilty to conspiracy”

Four contributors to diseases of despair

Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in American communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers. The researchers conducted four focus groups in Pennsylvania communities identified as having high rates of despair-related illnesses. Diseases of despair areContinue reading “Four contributors to diseases of despair”

Trump’s proto-fascism should make us think

By Robert Reich We’ve become so inured to Donald Trump’s proto-fascism that we barely blink an eye when we learn that he tried to manipulate the 2020 election. Yet the most recent revelation should frighten every American to their core. On Friday, the House oversight committee released notes of a 27 December telephone call from Trump toContinue reading “Trump’s proto-fascism should make us think”

Harriet Tubman monument picked in Newark

Shadow of a Face, a proposed monument honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman that was designed by Montclair architect Nina Cooke John, was selected to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus that once stood at Washington Park in Newark, New Jersey. The Columbus statue, one of two in Newark, was removed in June 2020. The space willContinue reading “Harriet Tubman monument picked in Newark”

N.J. man sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for threatening to kill U.S. judge

A Pittsburgh judge on Monday sentenced a New Jersey man to 16 months in federal prison for threatening the life of a federal judge in New Jersey. Paramus, New Jersey, resident William Kaetz, age 56, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan. In connection with the guilty plea, theContinue reading “N.J. man sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for threatening to kill U.S. judge”

New Jersey company implicated in deaths of six workers at a Georgia poultry facility

On January 28, 2021, six employees went to work at a Gainesville poultry processing facility and never returned home. Messer LLC, headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, has 3,700 total employees across all of its locations and generates $1.28 billion in sales. There are 551 companies in the Messer LLC corporate family. Messer is facing $74,118 inContinue reading “New Jersey company implicated in deaths of six workers at a Georgia poultry facility”

Car thief who got pinned under police vehicle admits guilt

An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a carjacking in which a firearm was brandished. Jared Walker, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and brandishing a firearmContinue reading “Car thief who got pinned under police vehicle admits guilt”

No charges in death of man struck & killed by a tractor trailer during police encounter

A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Kevin Cruz, 25, of Black River, N.Y., who was struck by a tractor trailer and killed during an encounter with the Montville Police Department on I-80 on Aug. 22, 2019. The fatal policeContinue reading “No charges in death of man struck & killed by a tractor trailer during police encounter”

Top court bans unjustified police stops

More than 100,000 drivers have been ticketed each year for violating a state law that is unconstitutionally vague, overly broad, and invites discriminatory enforcement, according to a new opinion from the New Jersey Supreme Court. “Cops in NJ will no longer be able to stop drivers for plate frame violations like this, where only aContinue reading “Top court bans unjustified police stops”

With federal moratorium now lifted, New Jersey is still holding back evictions

New Jersey is one of several states that enacted a moratorium last year halting eviction proceedings, while tenants in other states are holding their breaths after House Democrats failed last week to push through a last-minute extension of the federal stop-gap pandemic measure that expired on Saturday. President Joe Biden is calling on more stateContinue reading “With federal moratorium now lifted, New Jersey is still holding back evictions”

New hope for male birth control

Women have several choices for long-lasting, reversible contraceptives, but men who wish to control their fertility currently have limited options. They have to rely on their female partner using contraceptives, use condoms, undergo vasectomy, or abstain. In 1960, the birth control pill was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraceptive use forContinue reading “New hope for male birth control”

Montclair citizens suspect foul play

A citizen’s group that wants to consolidate voting by moving the town’s quadrennial municipal elections from May to November says a letter from Township Attorney Ira Karasick directed Township Clerk Angelese Bermúdez-Nieves to reject their petition for a referendum. In his letter Karasick enumerated five deficiencies in the petition, filed by Vote Montclair, most notablyContinue reading “Montclair citizens suspect foul play”

Politician peeks at pepper packing plant

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture highlighted New Jersey peppers with a visit to Grasso Foods in Gloucester County on Friday. NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher along with state and local officials toured the packing facility which brings in approximately 40 million pounds of peppers each year, where they are cleaned, cut, packed, frozen, and deliveredContinue reading “Politician peeks at pepper packing plant”

CDC tells Biden: No eviction moratorium

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned down President Joe Biden’s request for a new scaled-down pandemic-related moratorium on residential evictions, citing a lack of legal authority to take the action, the White House said on Monday. The previous moratorium, which protected millions of Americans behind on their rent from beingContinue reading “CDC tells Biden: No eviction moratorium”

Immigration activists seeking halt to unlawful policy actions at the border

Groups that sued the Trump administration over Title 42 expulsions of asylum seekers are heading back to court after hitting an impasse in negotiations with the Biden administration to end the policy.  The American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Oxfam, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU ofContinue reading “Immigration activists seeking halt to unlawful policy actions at the border”

ACLU says Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘needs improvement’

Today marks six months since Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas took over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – signaling he’d break from the racist policies of the past four years – but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the secretary’s actions have not match his rhetoric after voters gave the Biden administration a mandate toContinue reading “ACLU says Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘needs improvement’”

Consumer Product Safety Commission taking action against Amazon.com for hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) last month filed an administrative complaint against Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, to force the company to accept responsibility for recalling potentially hazardous products sold online. “Today’s vote to file an administrative complaint against Amazon was a huge step forward for this small agency,” said acting Chairman Robert Adler. “ButContinue reading “Consumer Product Safety Commission taking action against Amazon.com for hazards”

Union County offering free COVID-19 vaccines

Free COVID-19 shots for County residents offered at National Night Out event in Hillside, August 3. Union County residents seeking free COVID-19 vaccines now have four pop-up vaccination clinics to choose from this week. The newest addition to the schedule is a pop-up clinic on Tuesday, August 3 in Hillside from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00Continue reading “Union County offering free COVID-19 vaccines”

Malinowski beefs up stockpile for next crisis

This week, the House of Representatives passed a provision authored by Representative Tom Malinowski to ensure the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the United States’ national repository of critical medical supplies, be adequately stocked for the next major pandemic. The language was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and RelatedContinue reading “Malinowski beefs up stockpile for next crisis”

Mask mandate muddies message

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new mask guidance is spurring confusion and backlash as the country tries to respond to the shifting threat of the delta variant, while some experts say the agency should focus on getting everyone vaccinated. Several public health experts said the CDC is being prudent by recommending thatContinue reading “Mask mandate muddies message”