SEC aims to stop Wall Street from playing games with America’s financial future

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is stepping up a probe into so-called gamification and behavioral prompts used by online brokerages that encourage trading. The commission is requesting information and public comment on matters related to the use of digital engagement practices by broker-dealers and investment advisers. In particular, the SEC is asking individual investorsContinue reading “SEC aims to stop Wall Street from playing games with America’s financial future”

New Jersey braces for more strong storms Wednesday night

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in two northern New Jersey counties, warning the public that strong storms could sweep across the region Wednesday evening and into the night. A weakening tropical storm Nicholas will continue to impact the central Gulf Coast with torrential tropical rainfall and potentially life-threatening flash and urbanContinue reading “New Jersey braces for more strong storms Wednesday night”

Newark man sentenced to 3 years for gun, methamphetamine & marijuana

An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Kevon A. Anderson, 25, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden, who imposed the sentence today by videoconference. According to the Essex CountyContinue reading “Newark man sentenced to 3 years for gun, methamphetamine & marijuana”

Reprogrammable satellite deployed in space

A sophisticated telecommunications satellite that can be completely repurposed while in space was launched this summer from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s spaceport in French Guiana. Developed under an ESA Partnership Project with satellite operator Eutelsat and prime manufacturer Airbus, Eutelsat Quantum is the first commercial fully flexible software-defined satellite in the world. The satelliteContinue reading “Reprogrammable satellite deployed in space”

Sports Bill of Rights ducks toughest issue

Several dozen of the most influential organizations in the sport and nonprofit sectors have endorsed the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports, drafted by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program to create a shared cultural understanding about the right of all youth to play and to develop through sports, but the measure is silentContinue reading “Sports Bill of Rights ducks toughest issue”

Romanian man gets 4½ years in prison

A Romanian national was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal bank account information from thousands of customers by installing secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on ATMs throughout New Jersey and elsewhere. Dorinel Trofin, 47, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and U.S.Continue reading “Romanian man gets 4½ years in prison”

Attorney General urges residents to beware of post-storm rebuilding scams

As communities across New Jersey recover from the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Ida, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and the Division of Consumer Affairs are urging residents to beware of scams related to ongoing post-storm rebuilding efforts. “Natural disasters like Tropical Storm Ida create opportunities for scammers and con artists to prey onContinue reading “Attorney General urges residents to beware of post-storm rebuilding scams”

Tire chalking without a search warrant is unconstitutional

A woman with 14 tickets has won a major decision in a dispute over whether a Michigan city violated the U.S. Constitution by chalking her car tires without a search warrant. It’s a novel argument. Alison P. Taylor’s lawyer said the Fourth Amendment’s ban against unreasonable searches was triggered when a Saginaw parking enforcer appliedContinue reading “Tire chalking without a search warrant is unconstitutional”

New board members join March of Dimes

March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, recently announced the appointment of eight new members to its National Board of Trustees.   The trustees, who are leaders within health care, business and academic, will share their knowledge and experience to support research, lead programs and provide education andContinue reading “New board members join March of Dimes”

Drinking & smoking during pregnancy tripled risk for babies being stillborn

Drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco cigarettes throughout the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with nearly three times the risk of late stillbirth (at 28 or more weeks), compared to women who neither drink or smoke during pregnancy or quit both before the end of the first trimester, according to a study funded by theContinue reading “Drinking & smoking during pregnancy tripled risk for babies being stillborn”

Easy Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Child’s Lunch Box

It’s estimated that a family of four wastes on average $1,500 a year on food that goes uneaten. As kids go back to school, we wanted to share some easy tips you can use to reduce food waste in your child’s packed lunch. Get your child’s input on what they like. Avoid ‘wish packing’ foodsContinue reading “Easy Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Child’s Lunch Box”

New Jersey courts aim for real racial justice

The New Jersey Supreme Court, which was among the courts across the country that spoke out about racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death and issued a set of reforms intended to bring about equal justice in the court system one year ago, has recently announced a new series of initiatives designed to support fairnessContinue reading “New Jersey courts aim for real racial justice”

Trump okayed hatchet job on Chris Christie

A Republican congressman says former President Donald Trump gave him and another neo-Nazi representative a green light to do a hatchet job on former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida says both he and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia have spoken with Trump about their joint national speaking tour toContinue reading “Trump okayed hatchet job on Chris Christie”

Drunk driver killed Westfield man

An investigation is ongoing in the September 4, 2021, death of a New Jersey man and another passenger in the same car who were killed on Friday night in a head-on collision on the Northway in Chestertown about 20 miles north of Lake George. New York State Police said on Sunday that Matthew G. Huff,Continue reading “Drunk driver killed Westfield man”

New Jersey has one of 4 new Superfund sites

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is adding four sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) including Pioneer Metal Finishing Inc. in Franklinville, New Jersey where releases of contamination pose significant human health and environmental risks. EPA is also proposing to add another 13 sites and is withdrawing a previously proposedContinue reading “New Jersey has one of 4 new Superfund sites”

Lisa McCormick seeks effort to prevent, disrupt & prosecute environmental crimes

Efforts to detect, pursue and disrupt environmental crimes have not been proportionate to the cost of $281 billion per year that society pays for these offenses, according to Lisa McCormick, a citizen activist who has called for better law enforcement, international cooperation, and other reforms to take away financial benefits from such behavior. “Money launderingContinue reading “Lisa McCormick seeks effort to prevent, disrupt & prosecute environmental crimes”

Progressive activist slams Murphy for cutting off benefits for 400,000 jobless workers

Activist Lisa McCormick said progressive Democrats should boycott the election rather than reward Wall Street millionaire Governor Phil Murphy, who approved $17 billion in new corporate welfare but refused to use his power to use New Jersey’s share of the $350 billion American Rescue Plan state and local fiscal relief fund to provide additional paymentsContinue reading “Progressive activist slams Murphy for cutting off benefits for 400,000 jobless workers”

Almost half of US children lived in poverty

by Abinash Mohanty Forty-four percent of children experienced poverty for at least two consecutive months, also known as episodic poverty, between 2013 and 2016, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. This rate was nearly triple the episodic poverty rate for individuals ages 65 and over. The new report, Dynamics of Economic Well-being: Poverty, 2013-2016, includesContinue reading “Almost half of US children lived in poverty”

Progressive activist slams Murphy for cutting off benefits for 400,000 jobless workers

Activist Lisa McCormick said progressive Democrats should boycott the election rather than reward Wall Street millionaire Governor Phil Murphy, who approved $17 billion in new corporate welfare but refused to use his power to use New Jersey’s share of the $350 billion American Rescue Plan state and local fiscal relief fund to provide additional paymentsContinue reading “Progressive activist slams Murphy for cutting off benefits for 400,000 jobless workers”

In the last 6 elections, there were 2 second-place Presidents

Democrat Lisa McCormick says the United States should change the rules so that the presidential candidate with most votes win, noting that twice in recent years, the second-place candidate became president despite America’s fundamental belief in majority rule. While smaller states that gain disproportionate power under the existing winner-take-all Electoral College system might resist anyContinue reading “In the last 6 elections, there were 2 second-place Presidents”