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  • Christie tells his staff he is taking White House job

    02/19/2017 7:11:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 75 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 2/18/17 | Aaron Short
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling friends and staff he is taking a role with the Trump administration, according to a source close to the White House. The GOP governor’s position has not been worked out, but he would not replace ­Reince Preibus as the president’s chief-of-staff, the source said.
  • Anger, frustration develop over Congressman Lance's upcoming town hall meetings

    02/17/2017 5:17:25 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 17, 2017 | Marissa Iati
    U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) is extremely popular this week. The five-term congressman has filled a more than 900-seat auditorium and an overflow room at Raritan Valley Community College for a town hall meeting on Feb. 22. A second meeting was added for Feb. 25, and constituents who tried to register for that meeting said Friday they were told that session was also filled. Lance's spokesman John Byers, however, said the Feb. 25 event had open seats as of Friday afternoon.
  • 'Day without immigrants' spurs N.J. store closures, work absences

    02/16/2017 4:20:58 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 44 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 16, 2017 | Karen Yi
    NEWARK -- Along parts of Ferry Street on Thursday, doors remained shuttered, chairs were stacked and newspapers left uncollected on doorsteps at restaurants and businesses. Some had a message for passers-by: They were closed to support "A Day Without Immigrants," a national boycott meant to highlight the impact immigrants have on the economy. Storefronts posted signs in English, Spanish and Portuguese that read "Nos unimos a un dia sin immigrantes, CLOSED!" or "We are joining the day without immigrants, CLOSED!"
  • Assembly bill would put roadside memorials in the hands of the DOT

    02/15/2017 7:34:33 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 15, 2017
    A bill making its way through the state Assembly would establish an official roadside memorial program to help families formally honor loved ones who die in motor vehicle accidents. The legislation (A-3319), which was co-sponsored by Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson), would put the state Department of Transportation in charge of installing and managing memorial signs on roadways following a formal application process by a victim's family. . Under the proposed system, a victim's next of kin would need to submit to the DOT several pieces of information, including the date and location of the accident, an affidavit that the person to be memorialized was...
  • Front-Runner Phil Murphy Wants to Be NJ’s Next Governor

    02/15/2017 4:21:21 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    New Jersey Monthly ^ | January 24, 2017 | Kevin Coyne
    If you want to run for governor of New Jersey, you need to be good with names. Take the people who attended a Democratic breakfast at a meeting hall in Union County one week before November’s presidential election. Phil Murphy seemed to know them all. He took the slow route through the crowd, shaking hands, flashing his toothy smile and scrunching his 6-foot-3 frame down into selfie range. Reaching the podium, he gave shout-outs to others on the dais and to the local party officials at the balloon-festooned tables, where eggs were being served.
  • N.J. Democrats say state should pay to protect 'sanctuary cities' from Trump

    02/13/2017 5:38:39 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 13, 2017 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON -- Democratic lawmakers will soon vote on a bill that would protect so-called sanctuary cities in the state from financial hits if President Donald Trump follows through with a promise to cut funding to them. State Sen. Brian Stack, who represents Union City, sponsored the legislation (S2007) that would require the state dole out grants to any municipality or county that has its federal dollars cut for being a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants.
  • Violence in Jersey City: 5 shootings in 15 hours

    02/09/2017 8:01:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 9, 2017
    A 35-year-old man was shot in the head and critically injured in one of five shootings reported around the city in less than 15 hours. Between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday, two men were injured, two guns were recovered, and three people were arrested in connection with the shootings. Gunfire first erupted near Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue at about 10 a.m. No one was injured or arrested in the shooting, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.
  • Secaucus transgender boy returns to Scouting [Girl in Boys Scouts]

    02/08/2017 7:52:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 2/8/17 | Abbott Koloff
    In a moment of historic significance, Joe Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform on Tuesday night as he became a member of Pack 20 in Essex County while his mother held back tears — one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed its national policy to allow transgender children to be scouts....
  • Trump Protesters Borrow From Tea Party to Put Pressure on Lawmakers

    02/06/2017 8:44:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Feb 2017 | KATE ZERNIKE
    For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen to demand that he hold a town-hall meeting to answer its concerns about his fellow Republicans’ plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After weeks without an answer, the congressman’s staff replied that he would be too busy, that such gatherings took considerable planning and that just finding a meeting place could be tough. So the group, NJ 11th for Change, secured venues in all four counties that Mr. Frelinghuysen represents for times during the congressional recess this month —...
  • Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah Wins Kudos for Sanctuary City Exec Order

    02/06/2017 8:39:01 AM PST · by Freemeorkillme · 25 replies
    Observer.com ^ | 02/06/2017 | Ken Kurson
    Watch for the political stock of Mohamed Khairullah, the Syrian-born Mayor of Prospect Park, to rise in Democratic circles after he signed an executive order on Friday that declared the Passaic County borough of 5,865 a sanctuary for immigrants. Hailing from Aleppo, which has become synonymous with the worst violence of the long Syrian civil war and has thus created tens of thousands of refugees, Khairullah immigrated to the United States in 1991, was elected Councilman in 2001, and has been the Mayor since 2006. According to the order, “No department, committee, agency, commission, officer or employee of the Borough...
  • 2 charged in murder of missing Neptune teen; Body never found

    02/05/2017 9:55:50 AM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    WABC ^ | February 3, 2017
    Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenager who went missing in New Jersey late last year. The body of 19-year-old Sarah Stern still has not been found, but the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that 19-year-old Liam McAtasney and 19-year-old Preston Taylor are now charged in her death. "I miss her," father Michael Stern said. He'd been clinging to hope his daughter, his only child, would turn up alive. Stern was last seen at home in Neptune City on December 2, and her car was later found abandoned on a bridge in Belmar with...
  • ICE 'most wanted fugitive' captured in New Jersey

    02/03/2017 6:53:06 AM PST · by RummyChick · 12 replies
    ice ^ | 2//117 | ice
    NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Fugitive Operations team officers arrested one of ERO's most wanted fugitives Tuesday. Javier Atlixqueno-Vaquero, 37, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested late Tuesday night after ERO identified Vaquero leaving his residence. Atlixqueno is a convicted felon for the crimes of sexual assault with a minor, felony sale of hallucinogen/narcotic controlled substance, and felony failure to appear. He was ordered removed by an immigration judge May 7, 2004 and was removed from the U.S. to Mexico May 19, 2004. Atlixqueno unlawfully re-entered the U.S. at an...
  • Fulop says he will sign order making Jersey City a true 'sanctuary city'

    02/02/2017 4:02:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 2, 2016
    Mayor Steve Fulop will sign an executive order tomorrow that his office says will make the city a true "sanctuary city" for immigrants who entered the country illegally. Fulop told The Jersey Journal on Monday that he was working on the order, soon before a rally on Newark Avenue that attracted more than 1,000 people protesting President Trump's actions targeting illegal immigration and refugees. The city did not make the language of the order available in advance. The mayor's office said it was drafted with the help of immigration groups and the ACLU of New Jersey.
  • Transgender boy and his mom file discrimination complaint after he was booted from Cub Scouts

    01/30/2017 3:43:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 28, 2017
    Kristie Maldonado and her son, Joe -- who gained national attention when he was barred from his local Cub Scouts pack because he is transgender -- plan to file a discrimination complaint against the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. The complaint claims that the Boy Scouts of America's Northern New Jersey Council, which oversees a number of local scouting troops, violated the state "public accommodation" law by kicking the Secaucus boy out of the local Pack 87 in November, a month after he joined. The complaint, which was obtained by The Jersey Journal yesterday, is expected to...
  • New Jersey to be first US state to offer new parents baby boxes

    01/29/2017 1:03:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 26, 2017
    New parents in New Jersey will not only bring their bundles of joy home from the hospital, they’ll also get a baby box. The boxes, which promote safe sleeping, are part of an effort to improve infant mortality rates. The United States has a high infant mortality rate— 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 births, ranking it 23rd in the world. In 2016, 93 percent of deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were associated with sleep complications, Philly Voice reported.
  • MEXICAN STORE OWNER ACCIDENTLY REVEALS HIS SCAM OF NEW JERSEY…FEDS DISCOVER HUGE OPERATION

    01/27/2017 3:28:53 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | Jan 27, 2017 | Michael Kohl
    A rabbit hole is a scary place. You never expect to find it, and when you do, it starts from the unlikeliest of places. Who knew that the globalist push for a worldwide Islamic Fundamentalist Caliphate started at a small market in Irvington New Jersey? An Irvington man on Monday admitted in federal court to running a food stamps-for-cash scheme that cost the government more than $800,000 over two years. Miguel Antonio Azcona pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton to a single count of theft of government funds, according to the office of U.S. Attorney...
  • Some N.J. sanctuary cities plan to ignore Trump's executive order

    01/25/2017 8:15:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ^ | January 25, 2017 at 9:39 PM | Jessica Mazzola
    The leaders of New Jersey cities who have promised to protect undocumented residents from federal immigration law enforcement officials grappled Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.” Trump’s executive order, signed Wednesday, would take away federal funds “except as mandated by law” from municipalities that refuse to hand over non-criminal undocumented immigrants for deportation. “Newark will continue to protect undocumented immigrants despite whatever executive order is issued,” Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. […] Baraka vowed after Trump’s election last year to protect the city’s immigrant population, and only arrest undocumented...
  • N.J. property taxes hit another new high in 2016

    01/25/2017 8:01:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ^ | January 25, 2017 at 7:01 PM | Susan K. Livio and Carla Astudillo
    New Jersey’s infamously high property tax bills topped $8,500 per home in 2016, a 2.35 percent increase over the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the Department of Community Affairs. Property owners paid $8,549 — $196 more than they did in 2015 when the average tax bill rose about 2.2 percent, according to the analysis. The average residential bill has risen from $8,161 in 2014 to $8,353 in 2015 to $8,549 in 2016. Each year, the average bill set a new high bar for what Garden State property owners pay. […] Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray said...
  • Jersey City to 'stand by' immigrants as Trump targets sanctuary cities

    01/25/2017 1:05:39 PM PST · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 25, 2017
    With news that President Trump signed orders today to target cities where local leaders refuse to hand over immigrants who have entered the nation illegally, Mayor Steve Fulop said Jersey City stands by its immigrant population. "We intend to stand by our principles and values as a city," Fulop, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants, and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country."
  • NJ teacher who performed sex acts on students blames her strict Muslim upbringing

    01/25/2017 10:06:52 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 43 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/25/17 | Robert Spencer
    “Her defense lawyer, Alissa Hascup, said the Muslim woman was driven in part to commit the offences due to her strict religious upbringing.” Passaic County Superior Court Judge Miguel de la Carrera said: “She had classmates and friends, but somehow, perhaps because of limitations on her dating life, she didn’t find the proper outlet among males of her own age. She did not learn how to interact with guys her age.” One wonders how much of this kind of thing goes on in all sorts of contexts for the same reason: Muslims driven mad by Islamic law’s hyper-strict restrictions on...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • From MLA to Women's March: Remedial Revolutionaries

    01/24/2017 7:08:34 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 24, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we saw from interviews with students at last weekend's protests, higher education, and lower, probably need to spend more time on self-improvement and less on self-esteem, just to further their own interests. For example, there was, as usual, at least one feminist who wanted to end women's suffrage. You would think our left-wing friends in academe would take the time to explain to their students the difference between suffrage and suffering. On the Greg Gutfeld recap of the protests which followed Donald Trump's inauguration as our 45th president, Katherine Timpf of National Review recalled leaving our nation's capital during...
  • Hillary Clinton Getting Briefings On What Went Wrong In Campaign, Will Make Comeback Say Friends

    01/23/2017 4:05:53 PM PST · by drewh · 135 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:40 EST, 23 January 2017 | By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne
    Hillary and Bill Clinton are looking at a series of reports to diagnose what went wrong with her 2016 bid for the White House Allies and party leaders suspect the couple will eventually return to campaigning and fundraising for the Democratic Party, though won't run for office again Those moves could come as soon as the next few months, as there will be gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey this fall According to Politico's reporting, Clinton's inner circle is advising a 'wait-and-see' approach as her poll numbers could rebound if President Trump's sink 'I'm certain Trump will screw up...
  • Bramnick says he's not running for N.J. governor

    01/22/2017 2:14:22 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 3, 2017 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON -- Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader of the state Assembly, told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday that he's decided not to enter this year's race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor. Bramnick (R-Union), a close Christie ally who has been the Assembly's minority leader since 2012, said he will instead focus on running for re-election and increasing the number of Republicans in the Democratic-controlled lower house of the state Legislature.
  • Guadagno's running for N.J. governor, and away from Christie

    01/22/2017 12:45:28 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 17, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    KEANSBURG -- As Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno formally launched her 2017 bid for governor Tuesday, she avoided any talk of the unpopular governor who gave her a shot in statewide politics eight years ago. Promising that "better days are ahead in New Jersey," Guadagno in her 22-minute speech at a Mexican restaurant La Playa did not mention Gov. Chris Christie's name at all.
  • Delaware River Bridge to remain closed while damage is assessed, report says

    01/22/2017 12:41:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    A ruptured bridge truss, the bracing structure of beams below the surface, under the westbound lanes of the bridge left the heavily traveled bridge closed to traffic on Friday. The fracture was discovered during a routine check of a painting project and the bridge, which handles roughly 42,000 vehicles a day, was shut down. ... One official added that the fracture could have been caused by changing weather conditions, Philly.com reported.
  • Cory Booker: 'I am not open to being president'

    01/22/2017 7:39:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said Saturday he is not planning to run for president in 2020, telling CNN's Brooke Baldwin he wants to instead focus on running an effective opposition to the Trump administration. "Too many things can happen that can hurt people in our nation and around the globe if this President isn't checked," Booker told Baldwin, speaking at the Women's March in Washington. "Right now, I don't care about 2020. I don't care about 2018."
  • Kellyanne Conway unplugged

    01/12/2017 3:22:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09 January 2017 | Salena Zito
    The little girl from Atco, N.J., raised in a collaborative effort by her mother, a grandmother and two aunts, all living under the same roof, now has her mother living in her home, helping her and her husband with their four children. "Funny how that happened," she says of her mother moving in after she became Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager in August. "It is the way I was raised and, honestly, it really has been amazing." Conway, the first female campaign manager to win a presidential election, will become "counselor to the president" on Jan. 20, the day Donald...
  • Scarborough on Corey Booker Grandstanding: ‘Irked’ Dem Senators Wanted ‘to Drag Him Away’

    01/12/2017 10:11:12 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 85 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Cory Booker’s shameless gambit of launching his presidential bid by attacking Jeff Sessions has really gotten under this Insurrectionist’s skin. From my Quick Hit of this morning: “I reckon he earned the scorn of many of his fellow Dems for his transparent ploy.” And so it was gratifying to get confirmation this morning from Joe Scarborough, who on Morning Joe said this of Booker’s stunt: “obviously calculated . . . in a way that would have the other senators, especially Democratic senators, wanting to drag him away . . . a lot of senators irked, especially on the Democratic side....
  • Murphy vows to defy 'unconstitutional' orders from Trump if elected N.J. governor

    01/09/2017 4:03:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Phil Murphy, the Democratic front-runner in the 2017 race to replace Gov. Chris Christie, picked up the endorsements of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senators on Monday and vowed to disobey orders from a President Donald Trump that would violate the constitution or are "un-American." Murphy appeared at his campaign headquarters in downtown Newark to tout the endorsements of U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez. "I will not take orders from an Administration that are unconstitutional or un-American," Murphy vowed.
  • Transgender man sues Catholic hospital for canceling 'medically necessary' hysterectomy

    01/07/2017 3:19:52 PM PST · by NYer · 64 replies
    rt ^ | January 7, 2017
    A transgender man is suing a Catholic hospital in New Jersey for canceling his hysterectomy surgery after his doctor deemed the procedure “medically necessary” as part of his sex transition. The surgery was scheduled at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, but an administrator canceled the operation because of the hospital’s religious affiliation.A lawsuit filed on Thursday claims that a Catholic hospital denied a transgender man a hysterectomy due to ethical and religious directives from the US Conference of Bishops. The man, Jionni Conforti alleges that doing so violated his patient’s bill of rights that states hospitals will provide medical services...
  • 'I'm an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times' [says USA Today journ0list from NJ]

    01/06/2017 12:29:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 January 2017 16:53 CET+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    American journalist Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by police 23 times within her first nine months of living in Berlin. Now she’s investigating racial profiling in Germany — and is looking for others to share experiences. The first time 24-year-old Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by an officer in Berlin, she had gone to a park for a morning jog after arriving in the city days before. The officer asked her what she was doing, where she lived, and for her ID. When she told him she only had her keys, he said she should always carry identification and left. […] Nine...
  • New Jersey Soldier Home for Holidays Beaten By Men Who Allegedly Didn’t Like His Army Jacket

    01/05/2017 3:41:41 PM PST · by drewh · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 5, 2017, 3:42 PM | BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
    A New Jersey soldier set to deploy to the Middle East in just a few months was met with violence when he traveled home to visit his widowed mother for the holidays. U.S. Army Serviceman Austin Freni was reportedly attacked and brutally beaten by a group of young men while he was walking with his mother, Lori Freni, after the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day, NJ.com reported. The attack was prompted, Lori Freni said, by the fact that her son was wearing his Army jacket, according to Fox 23. She said a group of 10 to 15...
  • Corzine to pay $5M penalty to resolve MF Global case

    01/05/2017 11:32:57 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    AP via Philly.com ^ | 01/04/2017 | MARCY GORDON
    Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor who led the collapsed brokerage MF Global, has been ordered to pay a $5 million penalty for his role in the firm's alleged illegal use of almost $1 billion in customer funds. A federal court in Manhattan on Thursday granted the order against Corzine to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which brought civil charges against him in 2013. Following the stunning collapse of the big Wall Street firm in late 2011, the CFTC alleged that MF Global misused customer funds in a vain attempt to remain solvent.
  • Later, Jersey! Why people are leaving the Garden State in droves

    01/04/2017 3:59:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 107 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW, Trenton) ^ | January 4, 2017 10:00 AM | Dennis (Malloy) and Judi (Franco)
    For five straight years, a study by United Van Lines says that New Jersey is the state most abandoned in all of the country, meaning the biggest percentage of out-of-state moves that it does are from New Jersey — 63 percent to be specific. We’ve spoken to so many listeners who have moved out of Jersey over the years that it was difficult to even begin a list of reasons, but here are some things we came up with, just to name a few: Property Taxes (obviously): When you talk to family and friends from out of town and realize...
  • Ex-NJ cop facing Burger King bathroom sex assault charge wants out of jail

    01/04/2017 11:17:54 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 21 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1/4/17 | Rob Jennings
    HAMPTON -- A former Newton police officer charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in a Burger King bathroom last month is making a second try at getting out of jail... ...Miller was on probation at the time of his arrest. He resigned from the Newton force in 2015 as part of a plea agreement after allegations he exposed himself to male motorists during traffic stops. As part of Miller's guilty plea to tampering with records, charges of lewdness and official misconduct were dismissed.
  • Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

    01/02/2017 7:48:17 PM PST · by Innovative · 98 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jan. 2, 2017 | Roger Harrabin
    A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that his threat to scrap climate protection policies puts the world's future at risk. Trump supporters say rules on climate and energy are stifling business. But Ms Todd Whitman says the US must find ways of promoting business without unduly harming the planet.
  • Man charged with false unemployment claims in 3 states

    12/30/2016 3:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Dec 2016
    A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to student visitors on a cultural exchange to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers, federal prosecutors in Iowa said in court documents. Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud related to the scheme that prosecutors say he perpetrated there as well as in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A complaint filed Nov. 10 by Dana Johnson, a Chicago-based U.S. Department of Labor special agent, says Monastyrski was able to...
  • 10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.

    12/29/2016 8:01:37 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | Devon Thorsby
    U.S. News compiled data on car thefts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2014 – the most recent year for complete data from the bureau – to determine which of the 100 largest metro areas in the country had the highest rate of car theft. Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot for highest rate of car theft, with a total of 6,131 thefts in 2014 and 676.9 thefts per 100,000 people. The City of Albuquerque acknowledges its high rate of auto theft on its website, noting New Mexico’s shared border with Mexico gives car thieves added incentive because...
  • Missing New Jersey family members found alive in Virginia

    12/29/2016 9:09:57 AM PST · by Lurkinanloomin · 37 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/29/2106 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter have been found alive in secluded woods in rural Virginia, apparently stranded there for days after disappearing on a holiday road trip, authorities said.
  • Growing up transgender in NJ

    12/27/2016 6:07:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 53 replies
    bergen record ^ | April 16, 2016 | Abbott Koloff, Andrew Wyrich and Monsy Alvarado
    A 13-year-old transgender boy from Woodcliff Lake described feeling isolated as he watched friends do something as simple as going to the bathroom at school, while he used a restroom in the nurse’s office.Other North Jersey teenagers said they wondered whether they were alone before they researched what it means to be transgender. A 7-year-old girl expressed questions about her gender identity, and her parents are helping her find out whether she is a boy or a girl. And an 11-year-old boy who has been bullied drew a self-portrait as half boy and half girl.“This is how I feel,” he...
  • 8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts

    12/27/2016 2:39:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 116 replies
    NorthJersey ^ | December 27, 2016
    From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a scouting official who told her that Joe would no longer be allowed to participate because he was born a girl. Kristie Maldonado said she was stunned because her son had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus for about a month, and his transgender status had not been a secret. But some parents complained, an official from...
  • School lesson says Christians are treating Muslims harshly

    12/22/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by DFG · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/22/2016 | Todd Starnes
    A classroom assignment on Islam says one negative effect of the Crusades is that Christians are still treating Muslims harshly. “I almost fell over,” said Barbara Light. Mrs. Light, of Westwood, New Jersey, was helping her 13-year-old daughter prepare for a World History test when she discovered some rather shocking lessons. “The Christians’ harsh treatment of Muslims in the Holy Land led to bitterness that has lasted to the present,” one worksheet stated.
  • Stressed-out students pet puppies, learn secrets of 'adulting'

    12/17/2016 6:28:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 16, 2016 | Amber Athey
    Oglethorpe University and Rutgers University have joined the list of schools making sure students don’t get too stressed out by final exams and jobs. OU recently hosted a three-hour "Stress Free Zone" featuring lawn games, henna tattoos, and "PUPPIES!!!!," while the Rutgers "BOLD Center" hosts "coffee and chat" events on subjects like "adulting." Oglethorpe University and Rutgers University have joined the list of schools making sure students don’t get too stressed out by final exams and jobs. The Oglethorpe Counseling Center, for example, recently sponsored a three-hour "Stress Free Zone" on December 9, the last day of classes, where...
  • Princeton Is Latest Ivy League School to Suspend Team Over Vulgar Materials

    12/16/2016 5:44:02 AM PST · by usafa92 · 69 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/16/2016 | Christopher Mele
    Princeton University suspended the season of its men’s swimming and diving team after the discovery of material on its electronic mailing list that was “vulgar and offensive as well as misogynistic and racist,” the university said Thursday. A final decision whether to cancel the season will be made in the next few days, John D. Cramer, a university spokesman, said in an interview. The suspension came after an anonymous complaint made this week alerted officials to “several materials” that were offensive, including in electronic correspondence, the university said in a statement. Mr. Cramer would not discuss specifics of the other...
  • Pension Ponzi Squared: New Jersey Wants To Sell Debt To Its Own Insolvent Funds

    12/14/2016 2:00:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 13 December 2016 | Tyler Durden
    After struggling to raise debt from third parties to repair crumbling infrastructure, the state of New Jersey has come up with a "clever" approach to fundraising that entails selling debt to their own insolvent pension funds...something we've dubbed the "Pension Ponzi Squared." Of course, because when everybody else shuns your debt for being too risky who better to sell it to than yourself? With $3.4 billion in annual benefits payments versus only $1.9 billion in contributions, funds like the New Jersey Public Employees' Retirement System already qualified as a plain vanilla ponzi scheme. But, using what little pension assets they...
  • Comedian Joe Piscopo Eyeing Run For NJ Governor

    12/12/2016 5:41:49 AM PST · by bryan999 · 19 replies
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Joe Piscopo’s Frank Sinatra impression, made famous from his days on “Saturday Night Live,” has gotten an update. It’s no longer “New York, New York,” but “NJ, NJ,” the actor, standup comic and potential 2017 Republican candidate for governor is now crooning. Piscopo performed the updated song — lyrics included “my New York and Philly blues are melting away” — at a recent charity event for the Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, where his flirtation with running for governor to succeed incumbent Republican Chris Christie when his term ends in 2018 is out...
  • Chris Christie WAS offered jobs in the Trump administration - but refused them because...

    12/11/2016 4:43:45 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/11/2016 | NIKKI SCHWAB
    Donald Trump reportedly told Chris Christie he could head Homeland Security or Veterans Affairs, but didn't offer him attorney general. Christie turned down those opportunities, along with an ambassadorship and a job in the White House, sources told NJ.com. Christie seemed to be having a public falling out with the president-elect after being demoted from leading Trump's transition team. Some speculated it was a power play orchestrated by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner - whose father was jailed by Christie. Kushner, however, said that he and Christie had buried the hatchet, with sources telling Yahoo that the governor's bridgegate scandal was...
  • Trump supporters rally against hate crime accusations

    12/11/2016 5:44:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Staten Island live ^ | 11 December 2016 | Annalise Knudson
    A small group of members from the Staten Island Conservative Party Freedom Caucus spoke out against hate crimes and "fake news" on Sunday afternoon. The group gathered in front of Borough Hall to rally against Mayor Bill de Blasio and Whoopi Goldberg of ABC's talk show The View. Members of the group said both have been making claims that hate crimes have been increasing ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election. Sam Pirozzolo, a member of the group, explained that their statements leave the audience with the impression that those committing the hate crimes are Donald Trump supporters. "The...
  • Employee given cash to deposit vanishes, quits via email next day, police say

    12/09/2016 1:51:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    nj,com ^ | December 8, 2016
    The Bensalem Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a man accused of theft.    According to police, on Wednesday Kevin Van Allen, 30, of Williamstown, was given a bank deposit bag from his place of work. It was to be deposited in the bank, but Van Allen never made the large deposit. Police reported that he quit his job through an email the next day.