Powerful nor’easter to bring drenching rain, inland snow to New Jersey

The calendar flipped to meteorological winter Tuesday, and the atmosphere is going all in. A strong storm system could drench the coastal Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with a soaking shot of rainfall late Friday night into Saturday, while inland areas risk being blanketed by the first big snow of the season. A flash flood warning isContinue reading “Powerful nor’easter to bring drenching rain, inland snow to New Jersey”

World Bank: Climate change may turn 200 million people into refugees

Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found. Hotspots of internal climate migration could emerge as early as 2030 andContinue reading “World Bank: Climate change may turn 200 million people into refugees”

Americans honor pro-slavery traitors with Confederate-named schools

Segregation in America is closely associated with slavery and the treason committed by Southerners during the Civil War but New Jersey schools are some of the nation’s most racially segregated. Still, although officials have done nothing to address the unconstitutional separation of students in New Jersey, none have celebrated their indifference while every day inContinue reading “Americans honor pro-slavery traitors with Confederate-named schools”

E-ZPass users to get toll charge notices

Thousands of commuters travel through E-ZPass toll booths daily so three Democratic lawmakers sponsored legislation to notify customers of a toll fee immediately in order to ensure residents are notified expeditiously if there is an overcharge on their account. The measure was signed into law last week. “It is a reasonable expectation that when aContinue reading “E-ZPass users to get toll charge notices”

Jack Ciattarelli to former President Barack Obama

By Jack Ciattarelli First, welcome back to New Jersey. Four years ago – almost to the day – you campaigned with then candidate Phil Murphy in the great city of Newark and endorsed his candidacy for governor. At the time, you spoke the following words: “There’s only one candidate who’s actually going to have yourContinue reading “Jack Ciattarelli to former President Barack Obama”

More Than Half of America’s 100 Richest People Exploit Special Trusts to Avoid Estate Taxes

by Jeff Ernsthausen, James Bandler, Justin Elliott and Patricia Callahan | ProPublica It’s well known, at least among tax lawyers and accountants for the ultrawealthy: The estate tax can be easily avoided by exploiting a loophole unwittingly created by Congress three decades ago. By using special trusts, a rarefied group of Americans has taken advantageContinue reading “More Than Half of America’s 100 Richest People Exploit Special Trusts to Avoid Estate Taxes”

Voters to make their choices on Nov 2

Voters have three options for casting their ballots in the New Jersey gubernatorial election, voting by mail, at a polling place on Election Day on Nov. 2 or via in-person early voting but their options are limited by legislative maps drawn to insure one party or the other prevails in most of the 40 districtsContinue reading “Voters to make their choices on Nov 2”

Tragic Alec Baldwin prop gun shooting accident on ‘Rust’ film set

Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly shot and killed a woman and wounded a man with a prop gun on set of Rust, a Western movie. Police said the incident occurred on Thursday on the set of independent feature film Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a production location south of Santa Fe, the capital of NewContinue reading “Tragic Alec Baldwin prop gun shooting accident on ‘Rust’ film set”

High altitude may negatively affect brain chemistry

Living at a higher altitude could negatively affect brain chemistry, found a study by VA Salt Lake City researchers and colleagues. Epidemiological studies have suggested that living at high altitude may be a risk factor for mood disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. The researchers used brain imaging to compare metabolite levels in the brains ofContinue reading “High altitude may negatively affect brain chemistry”

Man jailed for rhetoric to “Defend Tallahassee” from real Trump terrorists

A citizen who called on freedom loving Florida residents avail themselves of their Second Amendment rights to stop what he expected would be another coup attempt was sent to prison by two Trump appointees, Northern District of Florida United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe and United States District Court Judge Allen C. Winsor. Daniel A. Baker,Continue reading “Man jailed for rhetoric to “Defend Tallahassee” from real Trump terrorists”

Civil rights lawyer beats GOP obstruction to win confirmation

The Senate has confirmed Catherine Lhamon to lead the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights, one of the most prominent jobs in the federal education bureaucracy. The Wednesday vote means that Lhamon, as assistant secretary for civil rights, will once again take charge of the office she led during the Obama administration. RepublicansContinue reading “Civil rights lawyer beats GOP obstruction to win confirmation”

Almost 42,000 sources of ‘forever chemicals’ polluting drinking water

A new study by Environmental Working Group scientists finds almost 42,000 potential sources of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that could be polluting surface water or drinking water in communities across the U.S. The study bolsters EWG’s long-running calls for strict PFAS regulations, in addition to more testing. PFAS pollution affects all communities, from theContinue reading “Almost 42,000 sources of ‘forever chemicals’ polluting drinking water”

Cinnamon does not appear to lower cardiovascular risk, study shows

Cinnamon has been used as a traditional, herbal medication for decades but studies show evidence linking cinnamon consumption and cardiovascular risk remains inconclusive. Consuming cinnamon does not appear to reduce cardiovascular risk, according to a review by Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center researchers. Cinnamon is used as a traditional medicine for a variety ofContinue reading “Cinnamon does not appear to lower cardiovascular risk, study shows”

Hypersonic weapons will not end war but they might end life as we know it

Hypersonic weapons are missiles that can travel at speeds of Mach 5 or higher, which makes them particularly difficult to defend against, and all the world’s great military powers are racing to develop these new, deadly machines. Capable of travelling at more than five to ten times faster than the speed of sound, in theContinue reading “Hypersonic weapons will not end war but they might end life as we know it”

Rising suicide sparks call for help

Every day in America, almost 18 military veterans die as a result of suicide, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), so progressive Democrat Lisa McCormick is calling for more resources to be directed at programs and services that can help protect the people who defended freedom around the world. “This is aContinue reading “Rising suicide sparks call for help”

$16 million contract seeks protection against chemical & biological threats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to Charles River Analytics, a to develop lightweight materials and adaptable, tissue-protective countermeasures to provide on-demand, broad spectrum, and rapid long-term protection. The task is conducting ground-breaking research at the forefront of AI, robotics, and human-centered computing, to lead a team of research organizations seekingContinue reading “$16 million contract seeks protection against chemical & biological threats”

Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous killed Patrick Chin

The Attorney General’s Office identified Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous as the person who shot and killed Patrick Chin, 43, during a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sept. 28, 2021. Chin sustained fatal injuries after five uniformed officers of the Hillsborough Township Police Department responded to his residence on Piedmont Path at approximately 4:10Continue reading “Hillsborough Township Police Officer George Kokinakous killed Patrick Chin”

Obama to urge early voting for racial justice negligent Governor Phil Murphy

President Barack Obama will host an early vote rally in Newark, urging residents to re-elect Democratic Governor Phil Murphy but some citizens are questioning why the administration has failed to push legislation allowing municipalities to create Civilian Complaint Review Boards with subpoena powers or address one of the nation’s worst school segregation records. After aContinue reading “Obama to urge early voting for racial justice negligent Governor Phil Murphy”

Reporting on Climate Injustice in One of the Hottest Towns in America

by Brooke Stephenson | ProPublica Two years ago, a friend and I went on a weekend trip from San Diego up to Joshua Tree National Park. We took the scenic route, through the deserts east of the California coast and past the Salton Sea, an aptly named saline lake. Dust blew across the road. SometimesContinue reading “Reporting on Climate Injustice in One of the Hottest Towns in America”

Supreme Court urged to halt “plainly unconstitutional” Texas abortion law

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court for an emergency halt to what it called a “plainly unconstitutional” Texas law that has practically stopped access to abortion in the nation’s second-largest state. The action means the court will again have to confront the controversial law, Texas SB8, which generally outlaws the procedure after six weeksContinue reading “Supreme Court urged to halt “plainly unconstitutional” Texas abortion law”