White House says the wealthy pay a lower tax rate than everybody else

After ProPublica compared the richest Americans’ wealth gains to the taxes they paid, the reporting revealed a system that benefits billionaires and subsequently, White House economists used a similar method to calculate tax rates, revealing stark inequality. by Stephen Engelberg | ProPublica A decade ago, in an essay for The New York Times, Warren BuffettContinue reading “White House says the wealthy pay a lower tax rate than everybody else”

Air pollution during pregnancy harms children’s health & development

Particulate matter (PM) is a major component of air pollution that is increasingly associated with long-term consequences for the health and development of children. In a study recently published in Nature’s Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, Natalie Johnson, PhD, associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, and her co-authors synthesized the findings ofContinue reading “Air pollution during pregnancy harms children’s health & development”

U.S. invests $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. This innovative program focuses on aContinue reading “U.S. invests $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects”

Public would pay $500 million a year for better hurricane forecasts

A recent survey of people recently affected by hurricanes across four states found that the public is willing to pay more than $500 million a year to improve hurricane forecasts. The study, led by a group of atmospheric scientists and economists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, comesContinue reading “Public would pay $500 million a year for better hurricane forecasts”

FBI statistics show four-year increase in the number of violent crimes

For the first time in four years, the number of violent crimes in the nation increased when compared with the previous year’s statistics, erasing all declines achieved during the presidency of Donald Trump according to figures released by the FBI. In 2020, violent crime was up 5.6 percent from the 2019 number and the overallContinue reading “FBI statistics show four-year increase in the number of violent crimes”

Lawmakers seek to close unethical revolving door on top accounting firms

US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent letters to the leaders of five major accounting firms — Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG, and RSM — urging them to explain the unethical revolving door between their personnel and the federal government. Warren and Jayapal also demanded information on what safeguards are in placeContinue reading “Lawmakers seek to close unethical revolving door on top accounting firms”

Drug dealer sentenced to prison

A Paterson, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for distributing fentanyl. Maurice Tisdale, 28, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with knowingly and intentionally distributing fentanyl. Judge Martinotti imposed the sentence today by videoconference. According to U.S.Continue reading “Drug dealer sentenced to prison”

Four injured in Texas school shooting

Four people were injured in a shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday morning, and authorities said the suspect remained at large. Arlington police said they received several calls around 9:15 a.m. about a shooting on the second floor of Timberview High School in Arlington, which is attended by about 1,900 students.Continue reading “Four injured in Texas school shooting”

Facebook fried on Capitol Hill

Key U.S. lawmakers criticized Facebook on Tuesday after Frances Haugen, an whistleblower who worked at the company, claimed that the social media giant is harming young people, undermining democracy and contributing to political divisions the country . Haugen, who was a Facebook project manager for less than two years, held CEO Mark Zuckerberg responsible forContinue reading “Facebook fried on Capitol Hill”

Keansburg police officer arrested for sexual assault of unconscious woman

A Keansburg police officer has been arrested and criminally charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman earlier this year, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey on Tuesday. Nicholas Thompson, 24, is charged with first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, and third-degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact. An investigation by members of the Prosecutor’s Office revealedContinue reading “Keansburg police officer arrested for sexual assault of unconscious woman”

Foul & fire flummoxed Florida flight

A Spirit Airlines flight from Atlantic City to Fort Lauderdale was delayed Saturday evening when it caught fire after a bird was sucked into the engine as the plane was taking off and 109 passengers and crew members were forced to evacuate the plane. The plane was set to take off from Atlantic City InternationalContinue reading “Foul & fire flummoxed Florida flight”

900 personnel join Space Force

The Space Force, working with the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, has selected 670 active-duty service members and 259 civilians to transfer into the Space Force during fiscal year 2022. These volunteers come from the pool of candidates who applied in March 2021 and members who are currently assigned to Army and Navy units slatedContinue reading “900 personnel join Space Force”

Climate change killed 14% of the world’s coral reefs in a decade

Climate change is wiping out coral reefs and will kill more if oceans keep getting warmer, researchers warned on Tuesday in a new study thatspanned much of the globe. The world already lost 14 percent of its coral between 2009 and 2018 — or what amounts to more than all the coral now living inContinue reading “Climate change killed 14% of the world’s coral reefs in a decade”

Con artist admits to fraudulently stealing more than $700,000

An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted that he conspired to fraudulently obtain more than $700,000 through a variety of schemes intended to fleece the federal government and innocent individuals. Jefferson Robert, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals to an information charging him with conspiring toContinue reading “Con artist admits to fraudulently stealing more than $700,000”

Suspicious vehicle parked outside the U.S. Supreme Court leads to arrest

The United States Capitol Police arrested a man after he illegally parked in front of the Supreme Court and refused leave. In August, the same man came to the Capitol Complex and made statements that concerned officials. The man, who has been identified as 55-year old Dale Paul Melvin of Kimball, Michigan, was arrested forContinue reading “Suspicious vehicle parked outside the U.S. Supreme Court leads to arrest”

Princeton professor nabs Nobel Prize

Three Laureates share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their studies of chaotic and apparently random phenomena. Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann laid the foundation of our knowledge of the Earth’s climate and how humanity influences it. Giorgio Parisi is rewarded for his revolutionary contributions to the theory of disordered materials and random processes.Continue reading “Princeton professor nabs Nobel Prize”

Trenton City Council to consider ‘no confidence’ in effort to expel Mayor

The Trenton City Council will consider a vote of no confidence in Mayor Reed Gusciora tonight, possibly urging him to resign, according to the meeting agenda. The resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Robin Vaughn lists increased gun violence, a whistleblower lawsuit that embarrassed the city and state investigation into his administration’s alleged corrupt procurement practices. TheContinue reading “Trenton City Council to consider ‘no confidence’ in effort to expel Mayor”

Pennsylvania woman murdered her father, his girlfriend at Jersey Shore

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of her father and his girlfriend at a home in Surf City, Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of John Enders and Francoise Pitoy in Surf City on or about September 29,Continue reading “Pennsylvania woman murdered her father, his girlfriend at Jersey Shore”

Lieutenant governor: Who cares?

Polls show Gov. Phil Murphy with a big lead over former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, while Green Party nominee Madelyn Hoffman, Libertarian candidate Gregg Mele, and Socialist Workers Party contender Joanne Kuniansky appear to lack widespread support and almost nobody makes a voting decision based on a candidate for vice president or lieutenant governor, but NewContinue reading “Lieutenant governor: Who cares?”

Same old story: One dead after Philadelphia hospital shooting

A Philadelphia man is accused of going on a deadly crime spree Monday, killing a co-worker and shooting two police officers before he was finally stopped. Sources say 55-year-old Stacey Hayes drove to the hospital around 12:08 a.m. in a U-Haul, walked to the ninth floor wearing blue scrubs, and shot his coworker who wasContinue reading “Same old story: One dead after Philadelphia hospital shooting”