President Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths. The two men, meting for the first time, shook hands. The pope appeared somber. The president grinned. “It’s a very great honor,” Trump said to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, News, Pope Francis | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on President Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican

More than $100M in taxpayer money spent on public worker lawsuits each year

The legal settlements and jury awards have come rapid-fire, month after month, year after year: $400,000 to the public works employee who claimed a hostile work environment; $2.1 million to the fire inspector whom a jury found had been harassed; $200,000 to the former police dispatcher who said she was improperly fired; $3.65 million to the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Sex

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In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away. A study by Rassim Khelifa, a zoologist from the University of Zurich is the first time scientists have seen odonates feign death as… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hackers Demand $30K To Unlock Newark’s Computers

Computers serving the City of Newark have been infected by ransomware, according to a report by TAPintoNewark.  The computers are unusable and the hacker has demanded 1.7 Bitcoin, the equivalent of $30,000 to unlock the City’s system.

The City’s police department’s computers were unaffected by the RSA-2048 encryption that was installed on Newark computers on Friday.

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Posted: April 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Newark, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J.’s chief justice asks ICE to stop arresting immigrants at courthouses

TRENTON — The chief justice of New Jersey’s Supreme Court is calling on federal immigration officials to stop arresting unauthorized immigrants at state courthouses, warning the practice could undermine New Jersey’s justice system. In a letter to federal Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner raised concerns over two recent arrests by Immigration Customs… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration, New Jersey, NJ Courts | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Kim Guadagno vows to slash your N.J. property taxes by as much as $3,000

TRENTON — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the early Republican front-runner for governor, told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday she would slash New Jersey’s notoriously high property taxes by up to $3,000 for homeowners who pay more than 5 percent of their household income on school taxes. Guadagno said her proposal — which she plans to officially… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

State Drops Hammer On ‘Ruthless’ Doctors Profiting Off Opioid Addiction

Doctors issuing mass opioid prescriptions in New Jersey are facing a legal crackdown to combat rampant heroin addiction fueled by painkillers. A record number of doctors in the state were sanctioned in 2016 over their irresponsible prescribing habits, resulting in long-term suspensions, permanent revocation of medical licenses and in some cases criminal charges. George Beecher, a… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: March 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Trump ends transgender bathroom protections in schools

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. Stepping into an emotional national debate, the administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Memorial Sloan Kettering partnership with Hackensack Meridian gives N.J. cancer patients more experimental treatment options

assetcontentNUTLEY — One of the nation’s oldest and most respected cancer care centers is partnering with one of New Jersey’s largest hospital systems in what was called a “momentous” deal that could give the state’s cancer patients access to more experimental treatments and specialists, company officials said. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York signed… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Sloan Kettering partnership with Hackensack Meridian gives N.J. cancer patients more experimental treatment options

Opinion: End Corporate Welfare For Newspapers

By Art Gallagher

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New Jersey’s “legacy media” is so desperate to remain dependent on government subsidies in the form of mandated legal advertisements that their trade association, the New Jersey Press Association, offered to cut the advertising rates for taxpayer funded ads in half so long as they could increase the fees for legal ads paid for by private parties.

The newspaper industry was caught off guard earlier this week when legislation to allow New Jersey’s governments to publish meeting dates, proposed ordinances, zoning applications, sheriff sales, etc., online rather than in daily or weekly newspapers was introduced and fast tracked for approval before the end of the year.  Since then they papers been editorializing to rally their readers to put pressure on the legislature to scrap the bill and save their revenue.  Their arguments have been unseemly; Governor Chris Christie is pushing the bill as revenge on newspapers for their coverage of the Bridgegate scandal, that the elimination of legal ads would lead to less transparency and chicanery on the part of government officials who might not publish the ads as the law requires and that municipal and county governments publishing their own legal notices on the web won’t lead to savings.

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Posted: December 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Legislature, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »