Putin’s invasion of Ukraine will have grave consequences for Russia

The war unleashed by Vladimir Putin in Ukraine will have grave consequences for Russia—political, economic, and cultural. However, contrary to the Kremlin’s thinking, Russia’s importance on the world stage, which is being rapidly reconsidered today, is in fact not so great. Modern Russia is beginning to fade into the past. Just a few years ago,Continue reading “Putin’s invasion of Ukraine will have grave consequences for Russia”

LGBTQ+ History Month starts today

LGBTQ+ History Month starts October 1st, 2022 to celebrate the legacy and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more community. It is different than Pride Month, as it was specifically created with the intent of preserving LGBTQ+ history and encouraging the study of it. When the observance wasContinue reading “LGBTQ+ History Month starts today”

Woman shot in her back in Newark died from gunshot wounds

A 25-year-old woman was shot and killed in Newark’s West Ward on Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to investigate after gunfire erupted near 444 Central Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located Juan Sharonda Fonrose, of East Orange, who was suffering a bullet wound in her back. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office saidContinue reading “Woman shot in her back in Newark died from gunshot wounds”

Felon in possession of a machinegun made initial court appearance today

A Passaic County, New Jersey, man made his initial court appearance today on charges of possessing a machinegun and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Edward Austeri, 37, of Bloomingdale, was arrested by local authorities on April 26, 2022, and charged with state offenses. He is now charged by federal criminal complaint withContinue reading “Felon in possession of a machinegun made initial court appearance today”

Housing advocates ask lawmakers to seal landlord-tenant lawsuits

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor After the pandemic revealed cracks in protections for housing rights, lawmakers are looking for new ways to revamp housing laws during the fall session. Senators held a discussion Thursday on legislation (S1665) that would seal all landlord-tenant records, in an effort to protect tenants who face eviction notices andContinue reading “Housing advocates ask lawmakers to seal landlord-tenant lawsuits”

Activists call Inflation Reduction Act ‘celebration of environmental racism’ 

Frontline climate activists disrupted President Joe Biden’s celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), because that legislation includes a racist, dirty side deal that will push through new deadly fossil fuel projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline and cause irreparable harm to marginalized communities across the country. Their main message: A celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act is a celebration of environmentalContinue reading “Activists call Inflation Reduction Act ‘celebration of environmental racism’ “

Republican Tom Kean commercial lies about Democrat Tom Malinowski

A commercial advocating the campaign of former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. that is funded by the Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC lies about legislation designed to ensure the solvency of Social Security, which is co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski. “No one blows taxpayer cash like Tom Malinowski,” says the deceptive ad, which makesContinue reading “Republican Tom Kean commercial lies about Democrat Tom Malinowski”

Newark housing official gets 2 years in prison for embezzling $594,425

Newark Housing Authority (NHA)’s former director of information technology was sentenced to 24 months in prison for using his position to embezzle taxpayer funds by purchasing cellular telephones and other electronic devices that he later sold online. Venancio Diaz, 57, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in Newark federalContinue reading “Newark housing official gets 2 years in prison for embezzling $594,425”

Oath Keepers to go on trial for seditious conspiracy in Trump coup

In the highest-profile prosecution so far stemming from the failed coup d’etat that resulted in a Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the founder of the Oath Keepers and four others Trump-loving terrorists linked to the far-right, anti-government group go on trial Tuesday on seditious conspiracy and other charges stemming from the deadly assault.Continue reading “Oath Keepers to go on trial for seditious conspiracy in Trump coup”

Apoplectic progressives react to MoveOn’s nod to Robert Menendez Jr.

New Jersey progressive Democrats and other government reform champions are furious that MoveOn.org is considering an endorsement for Robert Menendez Jr.—the unqualified son of corrupt US Senator Robert Menendez—who was plucked from obscurity to replace Rep. Albio Sires in Congress. Lisa McCormick, who was the only New Jersey Democrat to challenge the elder Menendez inContinue reading “Apoplectic progressives react to MoveOn’s nod to Robert Menendez Jr.”

Men are fleeing Russia to escape being forced to fight in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial” military mobilization of Russian reservists for his war in Ukraine set off a frenzied dash for the country’s borders last week. Tens of thousands of men were affected by the order — but the exodus included many who simply assumed that their government is so desperate for troopsContinue reading “Men are fleeing Russia to escape being forced to fight in Ukraine”

WHO suggests sharing science, stopping secrets for public health

The World Health Organization said science and public health can benefit tremendously from sharing more data collected under the auspices of WHO technical programs, for research purposes, or in the context of public health emergencies. Globally, there have been 54,709 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 102 countries and there have been 608,328,548 confirmed cases ofContinue reading “WHO suggests sharing science, stopping secrets for public health”

President Joe Biden called out for a dead Indiana Republican during event

While giving opening remarks at a White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health, President Joe Biden called out for an Indiana Republican who died in a car crash in August. “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie,” he said looking out into the audience on Wednesday morning. “She was going to be here.” Rep. JackieContinue reading “President Joe Biden called out for a dead Indiana Republican during event”

Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing

At a rally with supporters and community members outside of the city’s Housing Authority offices, New Brunswick mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil laid out his Housing Justice Bill of Rights, a 10-point policy proposal to address the city’s growing housing crisis.  “Our city is increasingly unaffordable. And one of the major driving forces for people leaving NewContinue reading “Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing”

Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter

Two Lakewood men pleaded guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter charges stemming from a 2019 slaying in Howell Township. On Friday September 23, 2022, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. LeMieux, Omar Rivera-Rojas, aka Juan Carlos Rivera-Rojas, 32, of Lakewood, along with his nephew, Alberto Rojas-Hernandez, 20, also of Lakewood, both pled guilty toContinue reading “Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter”

Former Philadelphia VA hospital worker sentenced to 2 years in prison

Bruce Minor, 46, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $462,256 restitution and forfeit the same amount by United States District Court Judge Chad F. Kenney for his scheme to embezzle money from his former employer, the Philadelphia Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).Continue reading “Former Philadelphia VA hospital worker sentenced to 2 years in prison”

Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers

If you’ve had a baby, or are planning to get pregnant soon, would you have considered taking laughing gas to help with the pain of delivery? With epidural shortages, more people are opting for laughing gas during childbirth. Hunterdon Medical Center announced that it is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option toContinue reading “Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers”

Councilwoman Robin Vaughn sounding alarm to save Trenton’s hospital

West Ward Councilwoman Robin M. Vaughn, who is a candidate for mayor in Trenton’s upcoming municipal election, is calling on residents to demand action from Governor Phil Murphy and other authorities to stop the closing of St. Francis Hospital. “Trentonians, contact all the elected officials representing the City of Trenton to stop the closing ofContinue reading “Councilwoman Robin Vaughn sounding alarm to save Trenton’s hospital”

World headed for 3.2 degree temperature rise

We live in an age of twenty four hour news. And recently, the news cycle has been relentless, with COVID-19, the Ukraine war, cost of living crisis, and even the death of a British monarch. Sometimes stories that should make us sit and take notice slip through the cracks, destined never to be the majorContinue reading “World headed for 3.2 degree temperature rise”

Losing ground in Ukraine, Russian boss Vladimir Putin raises nuclear threats

Russia’s war in Ukraine seemed to have escalated this week when, in a videotaped address to the nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of the country’s military and made an indirect threat of nuclear weapons use. Anticipating the unpopularity of the mobilization, Putin clarified that “only military reservists, primarily those who served in theContinue reading “Losing ground in Ukraine, Russian boss Vladimir Putin raises nuclear threats”