NRA diverted millions of dollars from charities to fund political efforts

By Anna Massoglia | OpenSecrets Plagued by ongoing legal issues, the NRA’s political spending declined significantly in recent years despite being one of the foremost outside forces in electoral spending as recently as the 2016 election.  The NRA faces a lawsuit from the New York attorney general to dissolve its main 501(c)(4) lobbying arm following the attorney general’s investigation of corruption charges thatContinue reading “NRA diverted millions of dollars from charities to fund political efforts”

Violent repression in Guatemala condemned by Congressional Dems

The Guatemalan government has decreed military control for 30 days in the El Estor municipality in response to peaceful protests against a mining project in the territory of the Mayan Q’eqchi’— a community of indigenous people whose ancestry predates the Spanish conquest in the 1520s. Nine Democrats in Congress and a number of Guatemalan humanContinue reading “Violent repression in Guatemala condemned by Congressional Dems”

Drug pusher admits to gun conspiracy

A New Jersey man on Friday admitted distributing cocaine and conspiring to illegally sell firearms, including multiple handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, in and around Monmouth and Ocean counties. Enrique Quijada, 24, aka “El Enano 13,” aka “Kike,” of Freehold, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to aContinue reading “Drug pusher admits to gun conspiracy”

Edward Shames, last ‘Band of Brothers’ officer, dies at 99

The last surviving officer and oldest surviving member of the “Band of Brothers” has died. Col. Edward D. Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” the U.S. Army unit that inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 99. Shames’ Easy Company,Continue reading “Edward Shames, last ‘Band of Brothers’ officer, dies at 99”

Virtua pays $150,000 to settle Drug Enforcement Agency allegations

Virtua Health, a non-profit organization that operates a network of hospitals, surgery centers, and physician practices making it South Jersey’s largest medical care provider, has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Controlled Substances Act. According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig, documents filed in this case and the contentions ofContinue reading “Virtua pays $150,000 to settle Drug Enforcement Agency allegations”

Michigan high school shooter’s parents nabbed hiding in Detroit by police

After a manhunt joined by US Marshals and local law enforcement agencies, the fugitive parents of the 15-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting four classmates at a Michigan high school were taken into custody overnight after being found hiding in a commercial building in Detroit. Jennifer and James Crumbley were located after a tip fromContinue reading “Michigan high school shooter’s parents nabbed hiding in Detroit by police”

Fed drops insider info enforcement action against Goldman Sachs

The Federal Reserve has dismissed a court order prohibiting the world’s largest multinational investment bank and financial services company from using insider information. The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced the November 18, 2021 termination of the Cease and Desist Order dated August 2, 2016, enforcement action against The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and GoldmanContinue reading “Fed drops insider info enforcement action against Goldman Sachs”

Key Democrat will not seek re-election

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022. DeFazio, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Observers see the decision as evidence that senior members of the Democratic Party expect next year’s midterm election to drive them out of the majority but DeFazio is actually the 36th member ofContinue reading “Key Democrat will not seek re-election”

US Marshals search for the parents of school shooter Ethan Crumbley

The U.S. Marshal Service announced Friday evening that agents are searching to find the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old student who is accused of the Oxford High School shooting that killed four fellow students and injured seven others. The search for James and Jennifer Crumbley has been taken over by the federal agency, whichContinue reading “US Marshals search for the parents of school shooter Ethan Crumbley”

Pennsylvania pusher put in prison after FBI, local police smashed drug ring

A Monroe County, Pennsylvania man was sentenced today to 200 months—or almost 17 years—in prison for his role in distributing large quantities of heroin and cocaine in New Jersey’s Bayshore area of Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Guy Jackson, 49, of Effort, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federalContinue reading “Pennsylvania pusher put in prison after FBI, local police smashed drug ring”

Sierra Club names New Jersey director

Six months after Jeff Tittel retired following two decades as one of the top sources for environmental information and as the ecology movement’s most influential state government lobbyist, the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club finally came up with a replacement. Anjuli Ramos-Busot will be the chapter’s new director, taking the position Tittel onceContinue reading “Sierra Club names New Jersey director”

Omicron variant triggers CDC action

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is revising the current Global Testing Order to shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States. This revision strengthens already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to beContinue reading “Omicron variant triggers CDC action”

Adolescent health care providers call for quality sex education in schools

Leading pediatricians and public health experts in the Journal of Adolescent Health identified key shortcomings in recent sex-education guidelines from the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MISH) and calls for the adoption of science-based standards for sex education such as the National Sex Education Standards (NSES). The article “School-based Sex Education in the U.S. at a Crossroads:Continue reading “Adolescent health care providers call for quality sex education in schools”

Miscarriage is called manslaughter

A 21-year-old Oklahoma woman was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in October for having a miscarriage, something that happens in one of every four pregnancies. Brittney Poolaw, who is a member of the Comanche Nation, according to the Comanche County Detention Center, was sentenced on October 6 by a jury to four years in state prison.Continue reading “Miscarriage is called manslaughter”

Schools flunk amid bullets, bloodshed

In the emotionally charged aftermath of school shootings, citizens often hear a distorted picture of how many such incidents occur and what may be done to stop them. Strict regulation of firearms and strategic violence reduction initiatives are the only truly effective way of reducing the savagery and barbarity associated with guns. There have beenContinue reading “Schools flunk amid bullets, bloodshed”

Democrats move to protect access to birth control for all American women

More than 100 Democrats in the House and Senate signed onto a bill aimed at ensuring access to birth control following reports that personnel at some pharmacies are refusing to provide contraceptives due to their extreme religious beliefs. Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday reintroduced the bicameral legislation designed to protect people’s ability to get Food andContinue reading “Democrats move to protect access to birth control for all American women”

Students still suffer school segregation

The Civil Rights Project at UCLA has issued research underscoring the grievous segregation of Black students and calling on the administration of President Joe Biden to fulfill the promise of the landmark Brown v. Board of education ruling as pledged in the Democratic campaign. Providing an update on the current status of the nation’s Black students, theContinue reading “Students still suffer school segregation”

Four students killed, 7 injured in Michigan high school shooting

A 15-year-old Oxford High School sophomore, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, is accused of a shooting at his school Tuesday afternoon, killing three students and injuring seven others and a teacher. Authorities have arrested the suspected shooter, who was identified Wednesday as Ethan Crumbley of the Village of Oxford. The county prosecutor is seeking toContinue reading “Four students killed, 7 injured in Michigan high school shooting”

Americans’ right to choose abortion faces challenge in US Supreme Court

Abortion in America faces its fiercest challenge in a generation as the US Supreme Court signaled it is likely to uphold a Mississippi law that mostly prohibits the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court, which was dramatically transformed during the four-year tenure of disgraced former President Donald Trump, heard opening arguments WednesdayContinue reading “Americans’ right to choose abortion faces challenge in US Supreme Court”

Four decades since AIDS epidemic began, but still no vaccine

Covid vaccines began to show promise just months after the novel coronavirus started spreading across the globe. So why have decades of HIV/AIDS research yielded so little progress on a jab to prevent a disease that claimed some 680,000 lives in 2020? As the globe marks World AIDS Day on Wednesday, there still no vaccine to protectContinue reading “Four decades since AIDS epidemic began, but still no vaccine”