Nail biter election results

While there were warnings for a potential Democratic defeat in Virginia, one of only two states voting for governor in this off year election, polls showed the incumbent Democrat coasting toward re-election in deep blue New Jersey. Instead, Tuesday’s election was a nail biter with the race for governor undetermined as most residents went toContinue reading “Nail biter election results”

Top court weighs obliteration of all gun laws

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments today in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a challenge to New York’s law restricting the carrying of concealed handguns in public places. The briefing from both parties focused extensively on history, but the Petitioners, led by the NRA’s New York affiliate, placed significant weight onContinue reading “Top court weighs obliteration of all gun laws”

Prices at the pump prompt political posturing

Drivers in New Jersey and around the nation are still seeing prices at the pump go up amid increasing demand as supplies remain low due to shutdowns around the globe, but while spin doctors on both sides of America’s vast political divide are pointing fingers the real cost of fuel is not above historic levelsContinue reading “Prices at the pump prompt political posturing”

House Bill Would Blow Up the Massive IRAs of the Superwealthy

by Justin Elliott, Patricia Callahan and James Bandler | ProPublica Legislation currently making its way through Congress would take a sledgehammer to the massive individual retirement accounts built up tax-free by a select group of the ultrawealthy. The proposal, which is part of the infrastructure and tax package advancing in the House, targets the jaw-droppingContinue reading “House Bill Would Blow Up the Massive IRAs of the Superwealthy”

One foot washes the other? Flim-flam foot doctor fleeced taxpayers, insurers

A federal grand jury in Oxford, Mississippi, returned an indictment that was unsealed Tuesday, charging a Mississippi podiatrist with a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by prescribing unnecessary medications and tests in exchange for kickbacks and bribes. According to court documents, Carey “Craig” Williams, 63, of Water Valley, owned andContinue reading “One foot washes the other? Flim-flam foot doctor fleeced taxpayers, insurers”

Elizabeth man sentenced to 17 months in prison for U.S. Postal Service bribes

A Union County man was sentenced today to 17 months in prison for offering bribes to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee to steal checkbooks and credit cards from the mail. Jabre Beauvoir, 23, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him withContinue reading “Elizabeth man sentenced to 17 months in prison for U.S. Postal Service bribes”

Union County cocaine dealer sent to prison

A Union County man was sentenced on Friday to 97 months in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering narcotics proceeds. Jose Rivera, Jr., 48, of Union, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before Senior U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possessContinue reading “Union County cocaine dealer sent to prison”

Air pollution kills more than 500,000 yearly

The World Health Organization issued new guidelines for improving global air quality, which it says could save many of the lives that are lost each year to air pollution, one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. WHO estimates that around 7 million premature deaths every year are due to theContinue reading “Air pollution kills more than 500,000 yearly”

Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is finally coming to an end

The Biden administration today released companion memos to re-terminate the ill-named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or “Remain in Mexico,” a Trump-era policy that endangers the lives of people seeking asylum. Human Rights First commended Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for issuing a re-termination memo and welcomes a government filing to vacate a court ruling that hadContinue reading “Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is finally coming to an end”

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll says “Murphy holds onto a solid lead” as clock ticks

Governor Phil Murphy holds onto a solid lead against former New Jersey Assemblyman and Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Fifty percent of registered voters in New Jersey say they will – or already have – cast their vote for the governor, versus 42 percent who side with his opponent. LikelyContinue reading “Rutgers-Eagleton Poll says “Murphy holds onto a solid lead” as clock ticks”

How Human Are Humans? New Study Suggests About 7 Percent

Genetic code research from the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggests that only between 1.5 and 7 percent of the modern human genome, or DNA, is "uniquely human." "It’s kind of interesting that it’s such as small amount of the genome," says lead author Nathan Schaefer. In the paper, published July 16, 2021, in ScienceContinue reading “How Human Are Humans? New Study Suggests About 7 Percent”

NJ man & his girlfriend charged with interstate ghost gun run

Authorities charged William R. Pillus III, 23, of Lincoln Park, with five firearms offenses for allegedly transporting 13 gun kits and an equal amount of ammunition magazines from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. Pillus bought the kits to make “ghost,” or untraceable, guns at an exhibition during a September visit to an Allentown, Pennsylvania, gun show.Continue reading “NJ man & his girlfriend charged with interstate ghost gun run”

Despite looming catastrophe, agency says carbon emissions will increase

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2021, says that global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will increase for countries both inside and outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the next 30 years under current laws and regulations. Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary driver of global climate change.Continue reading “Despite looming catastrophe, agency says carbon emissions will increase”

U.S. Senator proposes digital data privacy protection for Americans

On Friday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance (DATA) Privacy Act to strengthen data privacy protections for American consumers. Last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission released a new study showing that internet service providers and other large tech companies have collected a “staggering” amount of consumer data, infringing on Americans’ privacyContinue reading “U.S. Senator proposes digital data privacy protection for Americans”

G20 countries financed $188 billion of oil, gas, and coal projects since 2018 

A report released by Friends of the Earth and Oil Change International reveals that from 2018 to 2020, G20 countries financed at least $63 billion per year— for a $188 billion in total— worth of oil, gas, and coal projects through their development finance institutions, export credit agencies and the multilateral development banks (MDBs) they govern. This preferential, government-backedContinue reading “G20 countries financed $188 billion of oil, gas, and coal projects since 2018 “

Governor’s Halloween treat: Edna Mahan Correctional Facility prison break

As New Jersey kids began trick-or-treating around the state, law enforcement officials were looking for a 40-year-old female inmate who escaped from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, where federal officials slammed Governor Phil Murphy over his administration’s years of inaction on sexual abuse of inmates. Jessica C. Graham, 40, was reported missing from the minimumContinue reading “Governor’s Halloween treat: Edna Mahan Correctional Facility prison break”

Halloween is fire safety season

Halloween is a peak time of year for spooky celebrations and activities, but it also presents some truly scary fire safety hazards, so the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is encouraging everyone to take simple precautions that can help ensure the holiday remains festively fun. “It is exciting to be able to trick or treat,Continue reading “Halloween is fire safety season”

Celebrating the special powers of bats

Bats aren’t just hanging around here for the boo’s. Bats play an irreplaceable role in our ecosystems, including food security, environmental health, and economic boosts. There are more than 1,400 bat species worldwide but their extinction prospects only grow as populations continue to decline. And bats only birth one pup per year on average. So,Continue reading “Celebrating the special powers of bats”

Democrat Phil Murphy appears likely to crush Republican rival Jack Ciattarelli

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy holds a nine-point lead over Republican opponent Jack Ciattarelli in two new polls for Tuesday’s election, while another survey has the incumbent up by 11 points over the GOP challenger, solidifying his bid to be the first Democrat re-elected to the office since 1977. Murphy leads Ciattarelli 53-44 in a FairleighContinue reading “Democrat Phil Murphy appears likely to crush Republican rival Jack Ciattarelli”

Roselle Democrats endorse Bond, Chavez & Cortez for school board

Roselle Democratic leaders say that Governor Phil Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver have received near unanimous endorsement of the borough’s progressive leadership but it is important that voters also support the Column 1 school board candidates in Tuesday’s balloting. Two former Mayors—Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Garrett Smith—have been joined by current or past Council membersContinue reading “Roselle Democrats endorse Bond, Chavez & Cortez for school board”