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COVID-19 pandemic swelled spending on home improvements and DIY repairs

While the US economy shrank by 3.5 percent in 2020, spending on home improvements and repairs grew more than 3 percent, to nearly $420 billion, as households modified living spaces for work, school, and leisure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Improving America’s Housing 2021, a report released by the Harvard Joint Center forContinue reading “COVID-19 pandemic swelled spending on home improvements and DIY repairs”

Attorney General’s Office investigating police-involved road deaths

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of a motorcycle operator who was fatally injured in a June 16 motor vehicle accident, after a Woodbridge Township police officer attempted to stop him on Route 1, and that of a Camden pedestrian who was killed on June 9, when she was struck by a policeContinue reading “Attorney General’s Office investigating police-involved road deaths”

Egg Harbor man admitted he faked a boating accident in 2014 to avoid prosecution

Champion powerboat racer and yacht broker from Egg Harbor Township, who faked his disappearance in a staged boating accident in 2014 to avoid prosecution, has admitted to sending a false distress call to the Coast Guard and submitting fraudulent information for a loan. U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig says 51-year-old Andrew Biddle pleaded guilty Wednesday toContinue reading “Egg Harbor man admitted he faked a boating accident in 2014 to avoid prosecution”

West Virginia Democrats adopted Affirmative Action Plan without Hispanic & Black input

West Virginia Democrats are complaining that the state party set up an affirmative action committee that has been required by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) since 1974 and then immediately ignored the wishes of the panel. Affirmative action, also know as equal opportunity, is designed to counteract historic discrimination faced by ethnic minorities, women, andContinue reading “West Virginia Democrats adopted Affirmative Action Plan without Hispanic & Black input”

Moratorium ending puts 8 million American families at risk of foreclosure or eviction

Even as the nation rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, more than 2 million homeowners are behind on their mortgages and risk being forced out of their homes in a matter of weeks, a new Harvard University housing report warns. Most of the homeowners at risk of foreclosure are either low-income or families of color, saidContinue reading “Moratorium ending puts 8 million American families at risk of foreclosure or eviction”

Feds say Atlantic County woman cheated mourning elderly survivors

An Atlantic County woman is accused of defrauding elderly victims while they were mourning the loss of recently deceased loved ones. Victoria Crosby, 44, was part of a ring that targeted people, many of them 70 or older, after a death in the victim’s family, according to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig. One victim wasContinue reading “Feds say Atlantic County woman cheated mourning elderly survivors”

Black journalists can’t breathe: Star-Ledger reporter

Tennyson Donyéa called out racism at the Star-Ledger and other NJ Advance Media publications with an artistic appeal for social justice that was both dramatic and touching. “Black journalists can’t breathe and it’s become my mental health hell,” said Donyéa. Donyéa is an award-winning journalist and writer. He covers Culture, Identity and Diversity-related issues forContinue reading “Black journalists can’t breathe: Star-Ledger reporter”

New Jersey brothers charged with killing a man found dead in Pennsylvania

Two teenaged New Jersey brothers were charged with killing a man whose dead body was found by Pennsylvania State Troopers just after midnight Thursday in Richland Township. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said that 17-year-old Joshua and 19-year-old Anthony Gamble, of Somerset, New Jersey, will face homicide, conspiracy and related charges. Weintraub explained heContinue reading “New Jersey brothers charged with killing a man found dead in Pennsylvania”

Real information being used to push lies and spread fear about COVID vaccines

Sound scientific research has found the vaccines authorized for use against COVID-19 to be safe and effective but some anti-vaccine zealots are mischaracterizing government data to imply the inoculations are dangerous. The largest U.S. database for detecting events that might be vaccine side effects is being used by activists to spread disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. KnownContinue reading “Real information being used to push lies and spread fear about COVID vaccines”

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