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”

Mayors endorse reparations for slavery

Eleven U.S. mayors say they are committed to paying reparations for slavery, although they provide few details on how they might accomplish the task. The group, led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, announced a coalition to pursue reparations, Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE). “Our coalition stands onContinue reading “Mayors endorse reparations for slavery”

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”

Three gang members charged in connection with murder as part of a RICO conspiracy

One member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips appeared in court last week and a second one today was arraigned on charges that include attempted murder and murder as part of a RICO conspiracy, while a manhunt is underway for a third suspect who authorities say remains at large. Elijah Williams, aka “Lil Smith,” 21;Continue reading “Three gang members charged in connection with murder as part of a RICO conspiracy”

COVID-19 killed over 600,000 Americans

More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country. But that trend has slowed from thousands to hundreds per day in recent weeks, thanks largely to the ready availability of vaccines. Over the winter, the nation wasContinue reading “COVID-19 killed over 600,000 Americans”

Coronavirus lockdowns caused a global drop in ozone pollution

When lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic cut local nitrogen oxide emissions, the effect on ozone pollution was global and unexpectedly rapid. As the coronavirus pandemic slowed global commerce to a crawl in early 2020, emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) – which create ozone, a danger to human health and to climate – decreased 15% globally,Continue reading “Coronavirus lockdowns caused a global drop in ozone pollution”

Tax revelations lead to calls for reforms — and investigation

by Robert Faturechi ProPublica’s investigation revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little, and sometimes nothing, in federal income taxes, has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code and to investigate how the confidential data was released. Congressional Democrats called for legislation to force the rich to pay more. At a hearingContinue reading “Tax revelations lead to calls for reforms — and investigation”

NJ Poison Control Center warns about chlorine tablet shortage & unsafe products

Pool season is here, but with an unfortunate twist —high demand for chlorine in the midst of a nationwide shortage. A national chlorine shortage and price spike is looming due to high demand and reduced production capacity. Chlorine is a necessary but potentially dangerous chemical used to treat pool and hot tub water to preventContinue reading “NJ Poison Control Center warns about chlorine tablet shortage & unsafe products”

Reps. Cori Bush, Bonnie Watson Coleman to introduce drug decriminalization bill

Ahead of Thursday’s 50th Anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs,” Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) introduced the Drug Policy Reform Act (DPRA), a bill to end criminal penalties for drug possession at the federal level and to shift regulatory authority from the Justice Department to the DepartmentContinue reading “Reps. Cori Bush, Bonnie Watson Coleman to introduce drug decriminalization bill”

21 Republicans oppose recognizing police officers who repelled attempted coup d’état

Twenty-one Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the police officers who repelled the attempted coup d’état on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob violently attacked the Capitol complex. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from 406 lawmakers, but the opposing votes drew immediate criticism from accordContinue reading “21 Republicans oppose recognizing police officers who repelled attempted coup d’état”

Trump directed Justice Department to investigate false claims of voter fraud

Emails released by the House Oversight Committee appear to paint a clear picture of how former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. “These documents show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agencyContinue reading “Trump directed Justice Department to investigate false claims of voter fraud”