Environmental groups like USDA’s focus on old trees but call for logging limits

As part of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement on new efforts to address wildfires, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack directed the Forest Service to protect and look for opportunities to restore mature and old-growth forests. In April 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order that directed the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary ofContinue reading “Environmental groups like USDA’s focus on old trees but call for logging limits”

Doomsday Clock symbolizing global vulnerability to catastrophe to be reset

On January 24, 2023, at 10 a.m. EST, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will make the annual Doomsday Clock announcement, updating the symbolic representation of how close humanity is to destroying itself for the first time since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. The Doomsday Clock will be resetContinue reading “Doomsday Clock symbolizing global vulnerability to catastrophe to be reset”

Missing ‘Crypto Queen’ is now on the FBI’s list of Most-Wanted fugitives

A woman who allegedly made billions by conning hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in a crypto coin scam has been put on the FBI’s most-wanted list. The FBI announced the addition of Ruja Ignatova to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for her alleged leadership of a massive fraud scheme thatContinue reading “Missing ‘Crypto Queen’ is now on the FBI’s list of Most-Wanted fugitives”

 Southern California dance studio shooting is 2023’s fifth mass killing

The 10 people killed Saturday in a mass shooting at a Southern California dance studio where five women and five men succumbed to their wounds, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. Seven other people remain hospitalized after being injured in the attack. Police say Huu Can Tran opened fire at Star Ballroom Dance Studio inContinue reading ” Southern California dance studio shooting is 2023’s fifth mass killing”

Deptford police fatally shot a man during an encounter in South Jersey

Police shot and killed a man during an encounter in South Jersey Sunday afternoon. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced late in the day that they were investigating the deadly shooting that took place along Fox Run Road in Deptford, Gloucester County. The Attorney General’s office said that its preliminary investigation revealed that DeptfordContinue reading “Deptford police fatally shot a man during an encounter in South Jersey”

New Jersey natives stopping military & surveillance tech sales to US enemies

A New Jersey native who was previously a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division has been working for the past year at the Department of Commerce in a key role to prevent China from obtaining advanced U.S. technology that aids ruling Communist Party’s military or enables human rights violations. Thea D. RozmanContinue reading “New Jersey natives stopping military & surveillance tech sales to US enemies”

Republican shooter wanted to lock election officials in Guantánamo Bay

The failed Republican candidate accused of plotting drive-by shootings at homes of Democrats previously called for locking up election officials in Guantánamo Bay and promoted absurd conspiracy theories about solar power, feminism, and “the demonic theories of the Globalist Elites.” Yet powerful New Mexico Republican Party leaders not only gave Solomon Peña full-throated endorsements, butContinue reading “Republican shooter wanted to lock election officials in Guantánamo Bay”

Joe Manchin & Kyrsten Sinema cheer oligarchy in front of billionaire donors

Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema high-fived each other during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, over their action sustaining the filibuster rule in the United States Senate last year. As both senators expect to face voters when they run for reelection in 2024, they reaffirmed their support for the 60-voteContinue reading “Joe Manchin & Kyrsten Sinema cheer oligarchy in front of billionaire donors”

CREW: Trump-appointed Architect of the Capitol deserves to be fired

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is calling for the removal of the Trump-appointed Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton, after a scathing report issued by the AOC Inspector General last month lays bare his repeated flouting of the rules and disregard for American taxpayers. A report from the office of the InspectorContinue reading “CREW: Trump-appointed Architect of the Capitol deserves to be fired”

FBI took classified documents during search at President Joe Biden’s home

The FBI searched President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday and located additional documents with classified markings and also took possession of some of his handwritten notes, the president’s lawyer said Saturday. The president voluntarily allowed the FBI into his home, in stark contrast to the uncooperative and evasive behavior of 2020 electionContinue reading “FBI took classified documents during search at President Joe Biden’s home”

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’”