NJ courts expect avalanche of evictions

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Glenn Grant have warned lawmakers that the end of state and federal moratoriums could result in an avalanche of new landlord-tenant eviction cases – nearly 200,000 – that could easily overwhelm the courts. The state eviction moratorium that has been in place since MarchContinue reading “NJ courts expect avalanche of evictions”

Dying nuclear industry seeks dump

As America’s nuclear industry dies, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is handing the largest environmental cleanup in American history to two small companies with shadowy finances + no experience. In a rare bipartisan move, Texas lawmakers voted to prohibit the storage of high-level radioactive waste in an almost unanimous vote.  The Texas Senate approved HouseContinue reading “Dying nuclear industry seeks dump”

EPA identifies large pollution sources

In a victory for clean water, EPA announced that it will update water pollution control standards for the slaughterhouse industry following a December 2019 lawsuit from community and conservation organizations. “To protect drinking water supplies, recreational waters, and aquatic ecosystems, it is essential that we utilize the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs in wastewater treatment,”Continue reading “EPA identifies large pollution sources”

Unvaccinated TikTok star urged people to get a COVID vaccine before she died

An unvaccinated woman who was hospitalized with COVID-19 went viral on TikTok when she pleaded with other people to get a COVID vaccine. Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller, 31, died a little more than a week after her August 15 post. “I don’t have a lot of energy for talking, so I want to try to makeContinue reading “Unvaccinated TikTok star urged people to get a COVID vaccine before she died”

Biden administration suing Texas over unconstitutional abortion restrictions

The Department of Justice has sued the state of Texas over a new law that bans abortions after about six weeks, before most people realize they are pregnant, all but halting the procedure in the country’s second-largest state. The lawsuit says the state enacted the law “in open defiance of the Constitution.” The Justice DepartmentContinue reading “Biden administration suing Texas over unconstitutional abortion restrictions”

Environmental group suing polluter for lying

Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit against BlueTriton Brands, formerly Nestlé Waters North America, for false and deceptive marketing. BlueTriton is a multinational beverage corporation headquartered in the United States that represents itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company despite its significant and ongoing contributions to plastic pollution and its depletion of natural water resources. TheContinue reading “Environmental group suing polluter for lying”

Civil rights leaders call for fair housing

Leading civil rights, consumer advocacy, and housing policy groups have submitted a detailed and comprehensive comment letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in response to their request for comment on their Policy Statement on Fair Lending, which was issued on July 9, 2021. The letter emphasizes that FHFA’s fair lending oversight of FannieContinue reading “Civil rights leaders call for fair housing”

Juvenile corrections officer charged with assault on 16-year-old inmate

An inactive correctional police officer for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) was criminally charged today for allegedly using unjustified force and breaking the wrist of a male resident at the JJC Juvenile Medium Security Facility in Bordentown, N.J. Lt. Edward Day, 52, of Paulsboro, N.J., who worked as a correctional police officer atContinue reading “Juvenile corrections officer charged with assault on 16-year-old inmate”

Whistleblower to get $3 million as Bayada fined $17 million for kickbacks

A home health agency (HHA) operator has agreed to pay $17 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks through the purchase of two HHAs from a retirement home operator in Arizona, according to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig and Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of theContinue reading “Whistleblower to get $3 million as Bayada fined $17 million for kickbacks”

Football fraudsters fleeced health plan

Three former National Football League (NFL) players have pleaded guilty for their roles in a nationwide scheme to defraud a health care benefit program for retired NFL players, bringing the total to 15 defendants have pleaded guilty in connection with this scheme. Clinton Portis, 40, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Tamarick Vanover, 47, ofContinue reading “Football fraudsters fleeced health plan”

Texas joins Republican states that make it harder to vote

Voting in Texas has never been easy. Even before the Texas Legislature passed S.B. 1, Texas was among the states that make it hardest for voters to register and vote, with some of the most onerous voting restrictions in the country. On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the new restrictive voting law, which Democrats hadContinue reading “Texas joins Republican states that make it harder to vote”

Trial of alleged mastermind of 9/11 resumes, days before 20th anniversary

Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others appeared in court at Guantanamo Bay for the first time in more than 18 months on Tuesday as US military prosecutors seek justice two decades after the world-shaking terror attacks. Echoing the challenges of nine years of pre-trial hearings, the new judge, Air Force ColonelContinue reading “Trial of alleged mastermind of 9/11 resumes, days before 20th anniversary”

Republicans sue to persecute LGBT+ people

Twenty state attorneys general have sued President Joe Biden’s administration over its guidelines for employers and schools on equal treatment of Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people. Led by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, the Republican complaint challenges federal guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department ofContinue reading “Republicans sue to persecute LGBT+ people”

Another Trump terrorist pleads guilty to charges Capitol breach

Duke Edward Wilson, 67, of Idaho, is the latest participant in the attempted coup d’etat to plead guilty to felony charges. Wilson admitted to assaulting a law enforcement officer, during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of certifyingContinue reading “Another Trump terrorist pleads guilty to charges Capitol breach”

President Joe Biden says climate change is real, deadly & urgent

President Joe Biden today spoke in stark terms about the reality of climate change during a visit to the northeast United States, which experienced deadly flooding and catastrophic infrastructure damage last week from Hurricane Ida. “For decades, scientists have warned that extreme weather would be more extreme and climate change was here. And we’re livingContinue reading “President Joe Biden says climate change is real, deadly & urgent”

Unlicensed arms dealers admit to selling weapons to Turkey and Georgia

A Philadelphia man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of firearms parts out of the United States. Ibrahim Karabatak, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to violate the Arms ExportContinue reading “Unlicensed arms dealers admit to selling weapons to Turkey and Georgia”

President Biden takes New Jersey by storm

President Joe Biden received advice from local leaders in Hillsborough Township, as part of his visit to New Jersey to see the impact of Hurricane Ida’s remnants. Air Force One touched down around 11 a.m. at JFK International Airport, where the president was greeted by Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy before walkingContinue reading “President Biden takes New Jersey by storm”

Unemployment benefit cuts devastate NJ

An estimated 7.5 million workers lost benefits on September 6, 2021—the largest cutoff of unemployment payments in history, many times larger than any previous cessation of disbursements, such as the 1.3 million Americans whose support ended in 2013 or the 800,000 in 2003. Although Gov. Phil Murphy has the authority to extend the payments usingContinue reading “Unemployment benefit cuts devastate NJ”

Former Penns Grove Councilman accused of stealing federal rent subsidy

Former Penns Grove Councilman Carl Washington Jr. has been charged with stealing $14,385 by fraudulently under-reporting his income in order to secure and pay reduced rent for a federally subsidized apartment. Washington, 48, of Salem County, New Jersey, was charged today by complaint-summons with third-degree theft by deception, following a joint investigation by the AttorneyContinue reading “Former Penns Grove Councilman accused of stealing federal rent subsidy”

Abortion law order triggers Judiciary panel probe of Supreme Court’s ‘shadow-docket’

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will examine the Supreme Court’s abuse of its “shadow-docket,” in the wake of its order permitting Texas’s extreme new abortion restrictions to take effect this week, which has led to expressions of outrage over such a cruel Texas government action and dismay at the judiciary’s complicity in snubbing the ConstitutionContinue reading “Abortion law order triggers Judiciary panel probe of Supreme Court’s ‘shadow-docket’”