Researchers find a new class of star, predicted but never observed in space

Researchers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian have observed a new type of binary star that has long been theorized to exist. The discovery finally confirms how a rare type of star in the universe forms and evolves. The new class of stars, described in a recent issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,Continue reading “Researchers find a new class of star, predicted but never observed in space”

Smoke and flames fill the air from a large chemical plant fire in Passaic

Authorities said on Saturday morning they contained a massive 11-alarm fire at a Passaic chemical warehouse, which began Friday night with smoke so heavy that it was detected on weather radar and could be seen and smelled in New York City. The inferno broke out around 8:15 p.m. Friday on Passaic Street and spread toContinue reading “Smoke and flames fill the air from a large chemical plant fire in Passaic”

ICE agents will begin using body-worn cameras for pre-planned operations

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will require its law enforcement officers to begin using body-worn cameras for pre-planned operations as a pilot program in select cities. “With its body worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential components of our ability to fulfill our law enforcementContinue reading “ICE agents will begin using body-worn cameras for pre-planned operations”

Global study identifies genetic causes of tuberculosis drug resistance

Using cutting-edge genomic sequencing techniques, researchers at the University of Oxford have identified almost all the genomic variation that gives people resistance to 13 of the most common tuberculosis (TB) drug treatments. The Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis International Consortium (CRyPTIC) research project has collected the largest ever global dataset of clinical M. tuberculosis samplesContinue reading “Global study identifies genetic causes of tuberculosis drug resistance”

January 6th Committee sent subpoenas to four social media companies

Congressional investigators looking into the attempted coup d’etat on January 6, 2021, issued subpoenas to Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook and YouTube and accused them of failing to provide complete information on how their platforms spread Donald Trump’s lies that fomented the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The move, a sharp escalationContinue reading “January 6th Committee sent subpoenas to four social media companies”

Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy in Trump’s failed coup d’etat

The FBI arrested the founder of the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government militia, in what is considered a major step forward in the investigation into the attempted coup d’etat at the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021. A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging 11 defendantsContinue reading “Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy in Trump’s failed coup d’etat”

Record number of Americans hospitalized with Covid-19

The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in America reached a record high Wednesday with 151,261 patients as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, putting some states’ intensive care units nearly full. As the infection spreads, health care systems across the nation are confronting shortages of medical workers, who face a greater chance of Covid-19 exposureContinue reading “Record number of Americans hospitalized with Covid-19”

Poet Maya Angelou is the first black woman to appear on a US coin

Before she died in 2014 at age 86, Maya Angelou coined more than a few phrases but now the United States Mint has featured the author, poet and civil rights activist on the first coins in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program. These circulating quarters honoring Maya Angelou —the first black woman to appear onContinue reading “Poet Maya Angelou is the first black woman to appear on a US coin”

There are deep potholes on Republican Tom Kean Jr’s road to Congress

The Republican Party’s biggest vote-getter in New Jersey history, a state lawmaker who just won re-election, a hairstylist from Summit, the GOP mayor of Fredon and a Long Valley native who returned to New Jersey when Covid crushed his budding Big Apple career are all plotting campaigns to challenge a candidate who is favored byContinue reading “There are deep potholes on Republican Tom Kean Jr’s road to Congress”

Global Debt Hits A Record $300 Trillion, Up $36 Trillion Since COVID

According to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), total global debt – which includes government, household and corporate, and bank debt but excludes derivatives and various other exotic products – rose to a new record high of nearly $300 trillion in the second quarter, $296 trillion to be precise, and up $4.8 trillion in theContinue reading “Global Debt Hits A Record $300 Trillion, Up $36 Trillion Since COVID”

Federal Reserve trading scandal forces resignation of a third greedy official

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida said that he will step down on Friday, becoming the third official at the central bank to resign after a trading scandal that involved potential conflicts of interest. Clarida is a Republican nominated by President Donald Trump and became a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal ReserveContinue reading “Federal Reserve trading scandal forces resignation of a third greedy official”

Police across America are violating your Fourth Amendment protections

The ACLU has identified 75 agencies in 27 states plus the District of Columbia that own invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick devices into transmitting their locations and identifying information. There are a lot of unknowns about the use of stingray tracking devices by state andContinue reading “Police across America are violating your Fourth Amendment protections”

A rapid Covid-19 test was created in early 2020, but we still can’t get it

by Lydia DePillis | ProPublica When COVID-19 started sweeping across America in the spring of 2020, Irene Bosch knew she was in a unique position to help. The Harvard-trained scientist had just developed quick, inexpensive tests for several tropical diseases, and her method could be adapted for the novel coronavirus. So Bosch and the companyContinue reading “A rapid Covid-19 test was created in early 2020, but we still can’t get it”

Civil Rights Memorial Center set to reopen on Thursday after renovations

The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) is set to reopen on Thursday, unveiling new exhibits and updates designed to enhance visitors’ understanding of the civil rights movement and the ongoing struggle for justice in the U.S. “We are excited to welcome visitors back to the CRMC after closing temporarily in March 2020 due to COVID-19,”Continue reading “Civil Rights Memorial Center set to reopen on Thursday after renovations”

Americans suffered 670,725 evictions since the COVID-19 pandemic began

A group that has been tracking weekly eviction filings in six states and 31 cities since March 2020 to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated policies said that 4,098 evictions in the last week bring the total since mid-March 2020 to 670,725. The U.S. government and most states do not collect evictionContinue reading “Americans suffered 670,725 evictions since the COVID-19 pandemic began”

Neo-Nazi group leader sent to prison for 7 years in plot against journalists

A Washington man was sentenced today to 84 months, or seven years, in prison for his role in a plot to threaten and intimidate journalists and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism. Kaleb Cole, 25, a leader of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, and three others were convicted for having sent Swastika-laden posters to journalistsContinue reading “Neo-Nazi group leader sent to prison for 7 years in plot against journalists”

Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State: Empty suit talking to an empty theater 

Governor Phil Murphy today delivered his fourth annual State of the State address as New Jersey residents continue to struggle with a new wave of more contagious COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have surpassed the peak number reported during last winter’s surge, so Murphy renewed his Public Health Emergency and StateContinue reading “Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State: Empty suit talking to an empty theater “

“No-Show Nick” is a surrogate for South Jersey boss George Norcross

To a casual observer, Union County Democratic Party boss and state Senator Nicholas Scutari may appear to be a man on the move, as he embarks on a new role as Senate President, but the politician widely known as “No-Show Nick” is merely a surrogate for South Jersey’s powerful Boss of Bosses, George Norcross III.Continue reading ““No-Show Nick” is a surrogate for South Jersey boss George Norcross”

New Jersey offers real-time traffic alert system for commercial vehicle drivers

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti today announced the implementation of a real-time traffic alert system for commercial vehicle drivers, making New Jersey one of the first states in the country to offer this safety feature. The system offers in-cab traffic congestion updates and slowdown alerts to commercial vehicle drivers on 647Continue reading “New Jersey offers real-time traffic alert system for commercial vehicle drivers”

EPA protecting groundwater from coal ash contamination

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking several actions to protect communities and hold facilities accountable for controlling and cleaning up the contamination created by decades of coal ash disposal. Coal combustion residuals (CCR or coal ash), a byproduct of burning coal in power plants, contains contaminants like mercury, cadmium, and arsenic that withoutContinue reading “EPA protecting groundwater from coal ash contamination”