First responders plead not guilty to charges for death of Elijah McClain

A group of police officers and paramedics pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges stemming from their involvement in the death of an innocent unarmed 23-year-old Black man who was forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful sedative called ketamine. Former Aurora Police officers Randy Roedema, Nathan Woodyard, and Jason Rosenblatt, along with fire departmentContinue reading “First responders plead not guilty to charges for death of Elijah McClain”

Fatal work injuries in the United States increased by 8.9-percent in 2021

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9-percent increase from 4,764 in 2020. The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020 and up from the 2019Continue reading “Fatal work injuries in the United States increased by 8.9-percent in 2021”

New Jersey’s terrible traffic is the worst—and highways most expensive—in US

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor New research backs up what any motorist who has driven even a few miles in New Jersey already knows — our roads are the worst. New Jersey’s highway system ranked dead last in the nation in road conditions and cost effectiveness in the nonprofit Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report.Continue reading “New Jersey’s terrible traffic is the worst—and highways most expensive—in US”

Deadly incidents in Irvington

Two Essex County homicides occurred in Irvington on Thursday. At about 7:30 p.m., residents dialed 911 after hearing multiple sounds of gunfire near the 400 block of Union Avenue. Irvington Township officers responding to the scene found a severely wounded man who was shot multiple times. Witness said Ibn Vincent, 37, was pronounced dead shortlyContinue reading “Deadly incidents in Irvington”

Prosecutors seized $700 million from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried

Federal prosecutors seized nearly $700 million in assets in January, from FTX cryptocurrency exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried, largely in the form of Robinhood stock, according to a court filing. Bankman-Fried, who has been accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX customers to pay debts incurred by his hedge fund, has pleaded not guilty toContinue reading “Prosecutors seized $700 million from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried”

Feds charged Jersey City street gang with cocaine dealing & firearms crimes

Three members of a Jersey City street gang were charged for their roles in a cocaine distribution organization, as well as for firearms violations. Rodney Broadway, aka “Banks,” 31; Parish George, aka “P Money,” 31; and Dejahn Ingram, aka “Fresh,” 32, all of Jersey City, New Jersey, are each charged by complaint with one countContinue reading “Feds charged Jersey City street gang with cocaine dealing & firearms crimes”

Defeated Republican Solomon Peña orchestrated plot to shoot 4 Democrats

Solomon Peña, a Republican who lost his campaign for the New Mexico legislature, was arrested by Albuquerque police officers on Jan. 16 in connection with a plot to target Democratic officials in a string of shootings at the lawmakers’ homes between early December and early January. Pena is accused of conspiring with and paying fourContinue reading “Defeated Republican Solomon Peña orchestrated plot to shoot 4 Democrats”

Senator Menendez took money from corporate seditionist supporters

One of Senator Robert Menendez’s most vocal critics is marking the 13th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s on January 21, horrendous 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, by alerting citizens that the corrupt politician took money from corporations that support Republican seditionists, and expressing her renewed resolve to eradicate the corrosive influence ofContinue reading “Senator Menendez took money from corporate seditionist supporters”

Report guides funding for coral reef restoration projects for risk reduction

A multi-agency group working for the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force has provided guidance on the development of coral reef restoration proposals for federal hazard mitigation funding. UCSC scientists worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the project, which was approved and published by the Task ForceContinue reading “Report guides funding for coral reef restoration projects for risk reduction”

US hits debt limit. Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor WASHINGTON — The nation reached its debt limit Thursday, beginning the uncertain process known as extraordinary measures, in which the U.S. Treasury Department uses accounting maneuvers to avoid defaulting on the debt.  The often-used practice is intended to give the Republican House, Democratic Senate and Biden administration time toContinue reading “US hits debt limit. Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’”

Governor Murphy expects New Jersey’s economy to enter a recession

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Gov. Phil Murphy told South Jersey business leaders Wednesday that his administration expects the state is poised to enter a recession, though he said he believes the downturn will be far less severe than the one caused by the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. “I’m in the camp of aContinue reading “Governor Murphy expects New Jersey’s economy to enter a recession”

AT&T throttled wireless service, so customers may claim FTC payment

The Federal Trade Commission opened a claims process for former AT&T customers who have yet to claim a refund stemming from the FTC’s lawsuit against the company for misleading consumers about its unlimited data plans. Those customers who had unlimited data plans with AT&T between 2011-2015 may be eligible for a refund stemming from theContinue reading “AT&T throttled wireless service, so customers may claim FTC payment”

Democrats propose amendment to overturn Citizens United

Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced the Democracy For All Amendment at the start of the 118th Congress, which would overturn legal precedents that have allowed unrestrained campaign spending and dark money to corrupt American democracy. The Democracy for All Amendment would overturn Citizens United v.Continue reading “Democrats propose amendment to overturn Citizens United”

Supreme Court could not discover who leaked opinion because it failed to ask

The remarkable leak of an initial draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade will remain a mystery, according to the Supreme Court. Eight months, 126 formal interviews, and a 23-page report later, the Supreme Court has failed to discover who leaked a draft of the court’s opinion overturning abortion rights but judging by what wasContinue reading “Supreme Court could not discover who leaked opinion because it failed to ask”

Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime in New Jersey

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor Lawmakers took another step toward making it a crime to use sexual images to extort victims during a committee hearing Thursday.  Known as sextortion, it can involve someone hacking into a person’s computer or phone to steal sexual images and threaten to distribute them, or coercing a victim intoContinue reading “Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime in New Jersey”

Republican Congressman George Santos rivals Trump for lying

Republican Congressman George Santos, although admitting to “embellishing” his résumé, still seems to think he can downplay the growing scandal around his lies about his personal life and resume on the campaign trail. Santos flipped a Long Island congressional district for Republicans when he was elected to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional District in November.Continue reading “Republican Congressman George Santos rivals Trump for lying”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fighting for survival in court battle

A coalition of 22 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for review of a Fifth Circuit decision finding that the agency’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress established the CFPB as the nation’s consumer watchdog and,Continue reading “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fighting for survival in court battle”

Amtrak auto train turned a 17-hour trip into a 37-hour nightmare for riders

Amtrak Auto Train passengers reported limited access to food, bathrooms, and medical care aboard the train delayed by 20 hours, with some riders resorting to calling 911 amid the confusion that elicited a fear of being held hostage. Hundreds of passengers aboard an Amtrak Auto Train from Virginia to Florida faced a long delay inContinue reading “Amtrak auto train turned a 17-hour trip into a 37-hour nightmare for riders”

Governor Christine Todd Whitman to talk about being Forward Party co-chair

Former NJ Governor and Forward Party Co-Chair Christine Todd Whitman will discuss the future of the Forward Party in a virtual event facilitated by Brian Varela, who is leading the organization in New Jersey. Join the Forward Party for a special free virtual event featuring Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as she delvesContinue reading “Governor Christine Todd Whitman to talk about being Forward Party co-chair”

Air Force & Northrop Grumman unveil B-21 Raider stealth bomber

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Air Force unveiled the B-21 Raider stealth bomber to the world last month, but at a cost of $692 million for each aircraft, the program is expected to cost United States taxpayers $203 billion over the next three decades. Military officials and aerospace company executives unveiled the newest aircraftContinue reading “Air Force & Northrop Grumman unveil B-21 Raider stealth bomber”