Elizabeth Police seeking missing teenager

The Elizabeth Police Department is asking for help to locate Kelly Saniya, age 17, who was last seen August 11 getting into a white Ford Mustang convertible with tinted windows and temporary out-of-state license plates.  The missing teenager is 5 ft tall weighing about 123 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and a light skinContinue reading “Elizabeth Police seeking missing teenager”

California teacher came to class with COVID, took off mask, infected half of her students

The Marin County, Calif., elementary school had been conscientious about following covid-19 protocols. Masks wererequiredindoors, desks were spaced six feet apart, and the students kept socially distant. But the delta variant found an opening anyway. On May 19, one teacher, who was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, began feeling fatigued and had some nasal congestion.Continue reading “California teacher came to class with COVID, took off mask, infected half of her students”

Trump prevented Afghan visa lottery winners now stuck in Kabul from entering the U.S.

by Dara Lind | ProPublica Fakhruddin Akbari is allowing his full name to be published because he is certain he is going to die. Akbari, his wife and his 3-year-old daughter fled their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, two weeks ago. They’ve been hiding with friends in the city, living on bread and water. He shouldContinue reading “Trump prevented Afghan visa lottery winners now stuck in Kabul from entering the U.S.”

Afghanistan exit goes on after suicide attack

Despite a suicide attack near the entrance to Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and injured others, the “noble mission” to evacuate American and eligible Afghans out of the country will continue, said the Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations. At a press briefing this morning, Army Maj. Gen.Continue reading “Afghanistan exit goes on after suicide attack”

Candidates spent $15 billion in 2020 election

Political spending in the 2020 election totaled $14.4 billion, more than doubling the total cost of the record-breaking 2016 presidential election cycle, according to OpenSecrets’ analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. An independent government watchdog, OpenSecrets previously estimated that the 2020 election would cost around $14 billion, an extraordinary spending figure that would still haveContinue reading “Candidates spent $15 billion in 2020 election”

Pentagon plans to house 50,000 Afghan refugees on US military installations

As part of Operation Allies Refuge, the Defense Department is building capacity to house up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees on seven different military installations across the United States according to a general who held a press conference today at the Pentagon. “The request for assistance from the State Department specifically requested that the Department ofContinue reading “Pentagon plans to house 50,000 Afghan refugees on US military installations”

Supreme Court & Congress endanger tenants while bureaucracy delays emergency funds

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, preventing the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s action late Thursday ends protections for roughly 3.5 million people in the United States who face eviction in the nextContinue reading “Supreme Court & Congress endanger tenants while bureaucracy delays emergency funds”

Deadly explosion near Kabul airport

There has been a large explosion at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, where evacuation is being conducted and there are reports of ongoing gunfire in the surrounding area. Details are scarce. Here’s what we know at this point. A hospital in Kabul says 30 people wounded in two explosions near Kabul’s international airport arrived forContinue reading “Deadly explosion near Kabul airport”

Beekeepers still report high colony loss rates

Beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021, according to preliminary results of the 15th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). These losses mark the second highest loss rate the survey has recorded since it began in 2006 (6.1 percentage pointsContinue reading “Beekeepers still report high colony loss rates”

Body cameras help hold police accountable

Body cameras are effective in holding police accountable according to a new study by researchers at Stockton University, American University and Georgia State University. The study of police complaints in Chicago found that body camera video decreased the number of investigations dismissed for insufficient evidence and increased the number of disciplinary actions against police officers.Continue reading “Body cameras help hold police accountable”

Postal Service slowing down mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Friday finalized a plan effective Oct. 1 to slow down some first-class mail deliveries as part of efforts to cut red ink. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposed in March to revise existing one- to three-day service standards to one to five days for first-class mail. USPS said in aContinue reading “Postal Service slowing down mail delivery”

AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka dead at 72

Richard Trumka, who for more than a decade had served as president of the AFL-CIO, died unexpectedly this week only a day after he appeared via video to send solidarity to striking members of the United Mine Workers in Alabama. Trumka died on Thursday, August 5, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was 72 andContinue reading “AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka dead at 72”

People who recovered from COVID-19 are not completely immune to the virus

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are again rising across the United States, with the highest spread coming in areas with low vaccination rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase in cases has come with the continued spread of the more contagious Delta variant. As a result, the CDC and Democratic and Republican leaders are urgingContinue reading “People who recovered from COVID-19 are not completely immune to the virus”

Four contributors to diseases of despair

Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in American communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers. The researchers conducted four focus groups in Pennsylvania communities identified as having high rates of despair-related illnesses. Diseases of despair areContinue reading “Four contributors to diseases of despair”

Car thief who got pinned under police vehicle admits guilt

An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a carjacking in which a firearm was brandished. Jared Walker, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and brandishing a firearmContinue reading “Car thief who got pinned under police vehicle admits guilt”

With federal moratorium now lifted, New Jersey is still holding back evictions

New Jersey is one of several states that enacted a moratorium last year halting eviction proceedings, while tenants in other states are holding their breaths after House Democrats failed last week to push through a last-minute extension of the federal stop-gap pandemic measure that expired on Saturday. President Joe Biden is calling on more stateContinue reading “With federal moratorium now lifted, New Jersey is still holding back evictions”

New hope for male birth control

Women have several choices for long-lasting, reversible contraceptives, but men who wish to control their fertility currently have limited options. They have to rely on their female partner using contraceptives, use condoms, undergo vasectomy, or abstain. In 1960, the birth control pill was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraceptive use forContinue reading “New hope for male birth control”

Immigration activists seeking halt to unlawful policy actions at the border

Groups that sued the Trump administration over Title 42 expulsions of asylum seekers are heading back to court after hitting an impasse in negotiations with the Biden administration to end the policy.  The American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Oxfam, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU ofContinue reading “Immigration activists seeking halt to unlawful policy actions at the border”

ACLU says Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘needs improvement’

Today marks six months since Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas took over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – signaling he’d break from the racist policies of the past four years – but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the secretary’s actions have not match his rhetoric after voters gave the Biden administration a mandate toContinue reading “ACLU says Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘needs improvement’”

Mask mandate muddies message

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new mask guidance is spurring confusion and backlash as the country tries to respond to the shifting threat of the delta variant, while some experts say the agency should focus on getting everyone vaccinated. Several public health experts said the CDC is being prudent by recommending thatContinue reading “Mask mandate muddies message”