Country music icon Mickey Gilley, 86

Country singer and actor Mickey Gilley, known for launching the Urban Cowboy movement in Country music and hit songs including “Stand By Me,” “Room Full of Roses” and “Lonely Nights,” died Saturday in Branson, Missouri. Gilley was 86 and had just come off of the road, his favorite place, having played ten shows in April.Continue reading “Country music icon Mickey Gilley, 86”

Student walk-outs to protest curbs on abortion rights spreading nationwide

On Wednesday, May 18th, thousands of young people will walk out of classrooms to demand action to protect their reproductive rights in response to the leaked draft majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. On Monday, May 9th, thousands of Virginia students walked out of their schools under theContinue reading “Student walk-outs to protest curbs on abortion rights spreading nationwide”

Sexually transmitted diseases surged during the coronavirus pandemic

Reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States decreased during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but most resurged by the end of that year. Ultimately, reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis surpassed 2019 levels, while chlamydia declined, according to new data published by the Centers forContinue reading “Sexually transmitted diseases surged during the coronavirus pandemic”

US Army announces deployments to support European allies and partners

The Department of the Army announced the summer deployment of the following units in support of our unrelenting commitment to Europe and our NATO allies. Each of these units will replace a previously deployed unit in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The 101st Airborne Division Headquarters, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy to replaceContinue reading “US Army announces deployments to support European allies and partners”

Data scientist’s research may eliminate disparities in the criminal legal system

Born in Ghana, Felix Owusu moved to the United States at an early age with his parents and three brothers. They settled in Iowa where his father is a professor at Iowa State University and his mother is a nurse. Owusu attended Williams College, studying international economics and political science. “Part of my interest inContinue reading “Data scientist’s research may eliminate disparities in the criminal legal system”

Corporate profits have contributed disproportionately to high inflation

The inflation spike of 2021 and 2022 has presented real policy challenges. In order to better understand this policy debate, it is imperative to look at prices and how they are being affected. The price of just about everything in the U.S. economy can be broken down into the three main components of cost. TheseContinue reading “Corporate profits have contributed disproportionately to high inflation”

At least 10 people dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

At least 10 people were killed and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries during a mass shooting Saturday at a Buffalo grocery store, according to law enforcement officials. Out of the 13 victims, 11 are Black while two are White, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia. Over the last 72 hours, 98 Americans were killedContinue reading “At least 10 people dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket”

Roselle homeowners face tax hike to subsidize wealthier communities

Union County Commissioner Sergio Granados made a visit with Council President Denise Wilkerson and Councilwoman Cindy Thomas, but the campaigning politicians did not discuss why Roselle homeowners are facing tax hikes to subsidize wealthier communities. Following a public hearing on Thursday, Granados and his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners adopted a $​​513.7 million budget,Continue reading “Roselle homeowners face tax hike to subsidize wealthier communities”

Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes Infamous Witch Trial Judge With Long-Discredited Ideas on Rape

by Ken Armstrong | ProPublica When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, in a draft opinion obtained and published this week by Politico, detailed his justifications for overturning Roe v. Wade, he invoked a surprising name given the case’s subject. In writing about abortion, a matter inextricably tied to a woman’s control over her body,Continue reading “Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes Infamous Witch Trial Judge With Long-Discredited Ideas on Rape”

Climate impacts increasingly harmful for people and the entire planet

There is a 50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level for at least one of the next five years – and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). “This study shows – with a high level ofContinue reading “Climate impacts increasingly harmful for people and the entire planet”

Shifty Shaw shirks service, sidesteps scrutiny & switches stories

Roselle Mayor Donald Shaw altered his financial disclosure statement to indicate that the house he bought in Elizabeth is “a rental property.” The cowardly and conniving chief executive has still refused to respond to a growing list of questions about his residency. Meanwhile, Roselle​ Council President Denise Wilkerson and Councilwoman Cindy Thomas have been campaigningContinue reading “Shifty Shaw shirks service, sidesteps scrutiny & switches stories”

Congress funded a $6 billion bailout for aging US nuclear power plants

The massive bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law in mid-November included $6 billion for the Energy Department to establish a Civil Nuclear Credit Program. The program will “help preserve the existing US nuclear reactor fleet and save thousands of high-paying jobs across the country,” the Energy Department claimed, saying the nation’s current reactors are “vital” to achieving climateContinue reading “Congress funded a $6 billion bailout for aging US nuclear power plants”

Trenton pharmacist charged for selling oxycodone to street-level drug dealers

The same day her husband was charged for tax evasion and filing false returns, a former pharmacist was arrested Thursday, May 12, 2022, for her role in distributing and dispensing outside the course of professional practice large quantities of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a Trenton pharmacy, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said FlorenceContinue reading “Trenton pharmacist charged for selling oxycodone to street-level drug dealers”

Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh slain by Israeli army, mourned in New Jersey

Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian Arab Christian journalist who obtained United States citizenship while living in New Jersey, was shot and killed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during a raid on the West Bank city of Jenin. The U.S. ambassador to Israel confirmed that Abu Akleh was an American citizen, and called forContinue reading “Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh slain by Israeli army, mourned in New Jersey”

Two women accused of submitting dozens of bogus insurance claims

Two women were indicted for allegedly submitting dozens of fraudulent claims to Aflac (American Family Life Assurance Company) for medical treatment that they did not receive. Hassanah Todd, 33, of Newark, N.J. and Shirell Todd, 32, of High Point, N.C., were indicted on second-degree conspiracy, second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, and fourth-degree falsifyingContinue reading “Two women accused of submitting dozens of bogus insurance claims”

Burlington County sex offender sentenced to 15 years in state prison

A registered sex offender from Burlington County was sentenced to state prison today after he used social media apps to send photos of his genitals and a video of himself masturbating to underage girls and an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl. Joseph M. Graber III, 52, of Marlton, N.J., was sentenced to 15Continue reading “Burlington County sex offender sentenced to 15 years in state prison”

Bernie Sanders proposes new Medicare for All bill to guarantee US health care

In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed nearly one million American lives – more than one-third of which have been linked to a lack of health insurance –Sen. Bernie Sanders and fourteen of his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2022 to guarantee health care inContinue reading “Bernie Sanders proposes new Medicare for All bill to guarantee US health care”

Former police sergeant sentenced for sexually exploiting three women

Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 34, a former Hialeah Police Department sergeant, was sentenced in federal court in Miami, Florida, to three years in prison and one year of supervised release, the statutory maximum sentence.  Menocal previously pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the civil rights of women by sexually exploiting them. “The Department ofContinue reading “Former police sergeant sentenced for sexually exploiting three women”

Armed rapist & kidnapper convicted for his violent 3-state crime spree

A federal jury has convicted a New York man of engaging in a violent, multi-state crime spree during which he kidnapped and sexually assaulted an ex-girlfriend who had a protection-from-abuse order against him, assaulted a federal employee, set fire to a used car dealership, and rammed multiple police vehicles before being apprehended. Luis Figueroa, 41,Continue reading “Armed rapist & kidnapper convicted for his violent 3-state crime spree”

Mercer County accounting professor arrested for tax evasion, false returns

A Mercer County accounting professor and pharmacy owner was arrested Thursday, May 12, 2022, for tax evasion and filing false tax returns. Gordian A. Ndubizu, 67, of Princeton Junction, is charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed today with four counts of tax evasion and four counts of filing false tax returns in tax years 2014Continue reading “Mercer County accounting professor arrested for tax evasion, false returns”