Goldman Sachs: Evictions are coming

Some 750,000 US households could be evicted across the United States before the end of the year, global investment firm Goldman Sachs estimates. As Hurricane Ida barrelled towards the southeast coast of the United States in late August, 23-year-old Vashante Gray, her two children aged two and six, and her mother, Kristi Brown, 45, foundContinue reading “Goldman Sachs: Evictions are coming”

Defense leaders honor POWs & Missing at ceremony at the Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, provided remarks at a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes today. Hyten spoke of service members still missing in action and thanked the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for itsContinue reading “Defense leaders honor POWs & Missing at ceremony at the Pentagon”

Abortion fight remains violent

As Republicans seek to eradicate the right to privacy in gerrymandered state legislatures and stacked courtrooms around the country, a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, returned an indictment charging an man for trying to deprive women of their right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy the old fashioned way: threatening to bomb aContinue reading “Abortion fight remains violent”

Another Trump-loving terrorist pleads guilty in Jan 6 coup d’état attempt

A 20-year Marine veteran and former marksmanship instructor from Florida became the second defendant in the largest Jan. 6 Oath Keepers conspiracy case to plead guilty and agree to cooperate fully with prosecutors in hopes of reducing his prison term. Jason Dolan, 45, of Wellington, Florida pleaded guilty yesterday to crimes related to the attemptedContinue reading “Another Trump-loving terrorist pleads guilty in Jan 6 coup d’état attempt”

East Windsor man indicted for New Brunswick shooting

An East Windsor man has been indicted in connection with a September 2, 2020 shooting. On September 15, 2021, a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Kyale Simonson, 33, of East Windsor with one count of first-degree Attempted Murder, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm forContinue reading “East Windsor man indicted for New Brunswick shooting”

Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a notice to the Federal Register of its intention to identify a single low-cost or ultra-low cost carrier to operate 16 peak afternoon and evening runway timings at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR). The action comes on the heels of a DC Circuit Court ruling and President JoeContinue reading “Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport”

Postal worker admits to stealing checks + credit cards & COVID-19 loan fraud

An Essex County woman today admitted stealing checkbooks and credit cards from the mail while employed as a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) clerk and filing fraudulent applications for loans intended for small businesses experiencing disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Janel Blackman, 42, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D.Continue reading “Postal worker admits to stealing checks + credit cards & COVID-19 loan fraud”

Poll says a majority of Americans support mask & vaccine mandates

A majority of Americans support the vaccine mandates announced by President Joe Biden last week amid rising concerns about the chance of catching Covid. According to the Monmouth University Poll, the public also supports instituting guidelines for masking and social distancing in their state as well as requiring people to show proof of vaccination forContinue reading “Poll says a majority of Americans support mask & vaccine mandates”

Democrats weigh tax hikes on wealthy Americans, corporations & investors

A powerful panel of House Democrats on Sunday circulated a draft plan that would raise $2.9 trillion in new taxes and revenue predominantly targeted toward wealthy Americans, corporations and investors, as party lawmakers continued to spar in public over the size and scope of their new tax-and-spending package. “If you’re not super-rich, these tax-hike proposalsContinue reading “Democrats weigh tax hikes on wealthy Americans, corporations & investors”

Covid-19 doubles among US children

American Academy of Pediatrics data shows that Covid-19 cases among US children have increased almost 240% since July. Kids now account for 29% of all cases reported nationwide. This substantial increase has coincided with the return to school, and experts say vaccine mandates may be the only way to keep in-person classes viable. Children underContinue reading “Covid-19 doubles among US children”

Car thief graduates by pleading guilty to federal firearms & drug violations

An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted firearms and marijuana distribution offenses. Shatuwan McCall, 20, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty by videoconference to an information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distributeContinue reading “Car thief graduates by pleading guilty to federal firearms & drug violations”

Congress advances Biden agenda

The US House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor voted last week to advance its portion of the Build Back Better Act, the section of President Joe Biden’s plan that invests in lowering costs for families, helping workers secure good-paying jobs in the United States, and providing a strong foundation for America’s children.  These investmentsContinue reading “Congress advances Biden agenda”

Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-280

A woman died and a man was sent to the hospital during a horrific crash involving three cars and a tractor trailer that shut down Interstate Highway 280 in Newark. State Police said a tractor-trailer, a Scion, Hyundai SUV, Toyota Camry, and a Honda Accord were traveling west on I-280. According to police, the tractor-trailerContinue reading “Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-280”

Greenpeace 50th anniversary

In 1966, a Yale lawyer named Irving Stowe and his wife Dorothy, a labor union organizer, moved with their two children, to Vancouver, Canada, where they became a full-time activists. The couple organized a small group called the Don’t Make a Wave Committee, in an attempt to stop nuclear testing on Amchitka Island, one of AleutianContinue reading “Greenpeace 50th anniversary”

Global health leaders call on wealthy nations to enforce vaccine equity

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated its call for countries with high vaccination rates to meet their COVID-19 dose-sharing pledges for countries that remain at immediate risk. More than 5.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally and some Western countries are already offering third so-called “booster jabs” while many poor nations lag farContinue reading “Global health leaders call on wealthy nations to enforce vaccine equity”

U.S. Capitol Hill prepares for another pro-Trump rally on Saturday

The U.S- Capitol is beefing up defenses around its premises ahead of a Trump rally set to be held on Saturday, September 18 in support of the pro-Trump terrorists who mounted an insurrection there in January. At least nine people died as a result of the attempted coup d’état, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,Continue reading “U.S. Capitol Hill prepares for another pro-Trump rally on Saturday”

Police killed man in Mantua Township

The New Jersey Attorney General’s office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning in Mantua Township. One man, whose identity was not released, was killed. No other injuries were reported. Two uniformed officers of the Mantua Township Police Department arrived at a house on Elm Avenue at aboutContinue reading “Police killed man in Mantua Township”

Three hackers for UAE agree to pay fines & aid prosecutors to avoid trial

Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice that will enable them to escape prosecution for conspiring to violate hacking laws on behalf of a foreign government known for persecuting peaceful critics. Two U.S.Continue reading “Three hackers for UAE agree to pay fines & aid prosecutors to avoid trial”

Schemer sentenced for using drones to smuggle contraband into prison

A Hudson County man –who is a former federal prison inmate in New Jersey– was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to use drones to smuggle contraband, including cell phones and tobacco, into the correctional facility at Fort Dix, and for possessing with intent to distributeContinue reading “Schemer sentenced for using drones to smuggle contraband into prison”

Justice Department bans chokeholds

The Department of Justice today announced written department-wide policies explicitly prohibiting the use of “chokeholds” and  “carotid restraints” unless deadly force is authorized, and limiting the circumstances in which the department’s federal law enforcement components are authorized to use unannounced entries. The announcement follows a review with the department’s law enforcement agencies led by DeputyContinue reading “Justice Department bans chokeholds”