NASA rejoicing planetary defense test: attempt to move an asteroid in space

After 10 months of flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successfulContinue reading “NASA rejoicing planetary defense test: attempt to move an asteroid in space”

Paterson man injured by gunshot

At about 1:53 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, Paterson Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 10th Avenue and East 23rd Street. Officers found a 58-year-old male suffering from a non-fatal gunshot wound there when they arrived at the location. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional MedicalContinue reading “Paterson man injured by gunshot”

One dead, three injured in 3 separate Hudson County shooting incidents

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said a 28-year-old Hoboken man was killed in a shooting in the area of 560 Marshall Drive, while authorities in Jersey City reported non-fatal injuries in two shooting incidents in the city Sunday morning. Officers dispatched to investigate reports of shots fired near the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and MartinContinue reading “One dead, three injured in 3 separate Hudson County shooting incidents”

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos apparently has something to hide

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos apparently has something to hide about his July phone call with former President Donald Trump because he does not want to expose illegal efforts to set up fake electors and overturn the state’s popular vote for Biden. Vos filed a lawsuit in federal court Sunday seeking to avoid having toContinue reading “Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos apparently has something to hide”

Police investigating hit-and-run in Trenton; victim in critical condition

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a car on Prospect Street and Dale Street just after 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Trenton emergency medical services and Capital Health paramedics rushed the pedestrian to the Bristol Myers Squibb Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle fled theContinue reading “Police investigating hit-and-run in Trenton; victim in critical condition”

Garden State residents are pretty evenly divided on sexual education

As New Jersey’s new health and sexual education standards take effect, large majorities of Garden State residents are in favor of such content being taught in the middle (71 percent) and high school (88 percent) but are pretty evenly divided when it comes to elementary school, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Forty-six percent favorContinue reading “Garden State residents are pretty evenly divided on sexual education”

Trump-loving terrorist from Texas pleaded guilty to assaulting officers

A Texas man pleaded guilty today to assaulting law enforcement officers with a dangerous weapon during attempted cou d’etat at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Daniel Ray Caldwell, 51, of The Colony, Texas, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers using a dangerous weapon. Caldwell’s actions andContinue reading “Trump-loving terrorist from Texas pleaded guilty to assaulting officers”

Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans

Nivah Garcis, 51, of North Plainfield, New Jersey, today pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Garcis was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three countsContinue reading “Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans”

New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Peter L. Coker Sr., Peter L. Coker Jr., and James T. Patten for their roles in orchestrating fraudulent manipulative securities trading schemes and an indictment unsealed today accused the three men with orchestrating a large-scale market manipulation scheme related to two publicly traded companies. These schemes included artificially inflatingContinue reading “New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue”

Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Jim Florio, the governor whose four-year tenure left New Jersey with an assault-weapons ban and higher taxes, spurring a trifecta of Republican control that persisted for years, died Sunday at 85. Florio, a Democrat who spent 15 years as a congressman before leaving the post to seek the governorshipContinue reading “Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85”

New Brunswick environmentalists temper Governor Phil Murphy’s boasts

Governor Phil Murphy boasted about improvements at the New Brunswick Train Station as part of his 2023 budget agreement, while environmentalists rallied outside . During his speech, Murphy equated the administration of former state Senator and Mayor John Lynch, Jr. with that of Mayor James M. Cahill, who has ruled the City of New BrunswickContinue reading “New Brunswick environmentalists temper Governor Phil Murphy’s boasts”

Study finds ‘substantial’ costs on workers with severe COVID-19 illnesses

At least 500,000 Americans are not working today because of the lingering consequences of their COVID-19 illnesses and absent workers reduced their earnings by about $9,000, or 18 percent, over the fourteen months following a health-related absence. There are still many unanswered questions about the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. How many people haveContinue reading “Study finds ‘substantial’ costs on workers with severe COVID-19 illnesses”

Sept. 26, 2022 impact on Dimorphos is first planetary defense mission test

Team members on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — the world’s first planetary defense test mission — confirmed the spacecraft’s own “mini-photographer” LICIACube (short for Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging Asteroids) successfully popped out of its spring-loaded box on Sept. 11. Sending the signal to release LICIACube at 7:14 p.m. Sunday evening — exactlyContinue reading “Sept. 26, 2022 impact on Dimorphos is first planetary defense mission test”

Congress should appropriate $500 million for low-income energy program

President Joe Biden proposed including a $500 million emergency supplemental appropriation for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the coming stopgap funding bill for 2023, to help households cope with high prices for home heating fuels as winter approaches. With prices high and more than 20 million U.S. families behind on their utilityContinue reading “Congress should appropriate $500 million for low-income energy program”

Pennsylvania man indicted for assaulting an abortion clinic escort

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania returned an indictment on Friday, September 23, 2022, charging a Bucks County man for assaulting a 72-year-old volunteer escort for a Planned Parenthood women’s health clinic in Philadelphia. According to court documents, Mark Houck, 48, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, is alleged to have twice assaulted a man because he wasContinue reading “Pennsylvania man indicted for assaulting an abortion clinic escort”

Camden carjacker confesses to conspiring to commit 8 robberies

A Camden man admitted his role in conspiracies that involved committing armed carjackings and robbing multiple gas stations in southern New Jersey. Kamau Bradshaw, 20, of Camden, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to commit armed robberies, oneContinue reading “Camden carjacker confesses to conspiring to commit 8 robberies”

Camden drug dealer with four priors sentenced to 130 months in prison

A Camden County man with four prior felony convictions was sentenced to 130 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and to illegally possessing a firearm, announced. Tyquan Burrell, 30, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to two counts ofContinue reading “Camden drug dealer with four priors sentenced to 130 months in prison”

Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora celebrated the completion of the Montgomery Street Plaza rehabilitation, connecting historic city landmarks to the Mill Hill neighborhood, despite his grim record on murder and other violent crimes. As Gusciora cut the ceremonial ribbon at the rehabilitation project, about one mile away, Trenton police officers found the body of 41-year-old CorrineContinue reading “Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes”

Prosecutors can use Mar-a-Lago documents in Trump criminal probe

A federal appeals panel has granted a request from the Justice Department to stay portions of a ruling from a judge that had effectively paused the government’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential theft of classified records after leaving office. Judge Aileen Cannon ‘abused’ her discretion in requiring outside review of seized classified documents,Continue reading “Prosecutors can use Mar-a-Lago documents in Trump criminal probe”

Investors and corporations bought one-third of all homes sold last year

The housing market is becoming an exclusive franchise of the uberwealthy, a tiny fraction of the population that is rapidly converting the American democratic republic into a feudal state controlled by a new aristocracy that is inviting the violence of peasant insurgency akin to the French Revolution. Subjecting Americans to those living conditions experienced in medieval timesContinue reading “Investors and corporations bought one-third of all homes sold last year”