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  • Newark in NJ voted world’s most unfriendly city due to 'extreme traffic' and ‘sad looking’ scenery

    09/06/2016 2:52:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    MSN The Independent ^ | September 2, 2016
    Dubbed a "business necessity" rather than a leisure destination, Newark in New Jersey, US, has landed the top spot as the world's least friendly city. Newark's "extreme traffic and poor signage" have been cited as reasons for the city's lack of congeniality, while its status as an airport city is said to make it crowded and overpriced. One disappointed traveller recently said Newark was "one of the saddest looking cities" they had ever seen.
  • Man Killed, Pregnant Woman Injured in Newark Shooting: Police

    08/23/2016 7:45:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    NBC New York ^ | By Michael George and Brian Thompson
    On Saturday, Mayor Ras Baraka had asked the citizens of Newark to observe 24 hours of nonviolence, but violence flared nevertheless. Six people were shot and killed in Newark in a little over 72 hours — a time spanning Friday night to early Tuesday morning. In addition to the 25-year-old man shot Tuesday, three people were killed Friday night, one person Saturday night and one person Sunday night.
  • New Jersey governor proposes flat rate for education funding

    06/21/2016 3:45:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:17pm EDT | Hilary Russ
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday proposed overhauling the state’s education funding formula to provide all public school districts with a flat rate of $6,599 per student. Calling it his “Fairness Formula” in policy statements on Tuesday, Christie said aid for special needs students would continue even with any potential formula change. Schools are funded through property taxes, which in New Jersey are some of the highest in the nation because of the state’s “unaffordable and broken school funding formula propped up by special interests and misguided Supreme Court precedent,” Christie said in a statement. …
  • Port Authority says unspecified threat made to plane due to land at EWR this hour.

    06/02/2016 10:14:36 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 22 replies
    WCBS Twitter ^ | 06/02/16 | staff
    #BREAKING Port Authority says unspecified threat made to plane due to land at EWR this hour. 219 people onboard flight from London. 3 retweets 0 likes
  • NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'

    05/11/2016 9:19:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | May 10, 2016 | David Kerley
    Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger...
  • 2 Suspects Arrested In Shooting Death Of NJIT Student

    05/09/2016 3:57:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | May 6, 2016
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two suspects were arrested and charged Friday in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey Institute of Technology student who was killed during a burglary at a fraternity house in Newark. As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, Nafee Cotman, 18, was in taken custody earlier Friday. Taquan Harris, 22, who had been the subject of a manhunt, was located and arrested in Irvington Friday afternoon, CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported.
  • Former Newark Bears stadium sold to NYC developer for $23M [NJ]

    03/27/2016 8:34:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NJ Advance Media via ^ | March 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM | Dan Ivers
    Newark’s Field of Dreams has been sold. The former home of the Newark Bears minor league baseball team — left to languish along Broad Street since the hard-luck franchise folded in 2013 — has been sold to a New York-based developer for $23.5 million. The site at the corner of Broad Street and Orange Street has been sold to the Lotus Equity Group, city officials confirmed this week. Lotus plans to demolish Riverfront Stadium and build a mixed-use, high-rise tower in its place. […] Once hailed as a beacon for a new era of development and prosperity in Newark, the...
  • Newark will test 17,000 school children for lead poisoning (NJ)

    03/15/2016 1:20:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2016 4:14 PM EDT
    Newark will test 17,000 children for lead poisoning after elevated levels of the toxin were found in the drinking water at nearly half of the schools in New Jersey’s biggest city. […] In the week since the higher lead levels were first reported, officials have urged calm. They say the lead levels in some of Newark’s schools don’t compare to the crisis that has plagued Flint, Michigan. …
  • The Politician and the Statesman: A Tale of Two Birthdays

    02/06/2014 8:46:58 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2014 A. D. | John F. Di Leo
    Aaron Burr, Patriot and Vice President On February 6, 1756, a boy was born into privilege in Newark, New Jersey. Young Aaron Burr, Jr. was son of the president of the College of New Jersey, and grandson of Jonathan Edwards, the Calvinist theologian regarded as a leader of the evangelical movement of the 18th century, an equal to the great preacher George Whitfield. Privilege then wasn’t quite what privilege is today, of course; there were no Rolls-Royces to drive, no Waldorf Astorias to stay in during constant vacations, no jet-setting to Monte Carlo, no celebrity photographers and magazines to put...
  • Robber’s Famous Last Words: ‘I Thought You Couldn’t Own A Gun In New Jersey’

    01/28/2016 7:48:17 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    A Newark, New Jersey deli owner who shot and killed an armed man will not face charges, police and prosecutors say. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray as well as Newark Police Director Eugene Venable say that the owner of the deli had a permit for the gun that he used to defend himself. New Jersey is notorious for having some of the strictest gun regulations in the nation. The robber apparently thought that meant there was no legal way for his would-be victims to arm themselves. According to, Mark Robinson’s last words inside the New Neighborhood Deli Supermarket...
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Fight at Newark 'Anti-Violence' Rally

    12/31/2015 11:23:32 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 33 replies
    The Pundit Press ^ | December 31, 2015 | Thoma
    A fight broke out during a rally meant to oppose violence in the city of Newark. Two rival groups got into a fistfight. The photo header shows a fight between Tyrone Barnes and Abdul Mohammed, with other photos following. The fight was covered by, which authorities say happened without a permit. "For all intents and purposes, this hurt the possibility that Newark can have in addressing this problem once and for all. Until there's some sense of a unified front among the leaders, there's never going to be an impact on the people at large." Mohammed is a former...
  • Two N.J. cities named among the worst to celebrate New Year's Eve

    12/09/2015 4:24:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    If you're thinking about ringing in the New Year in two New Jersey cities you want want to think again, according a new study by WalletHub. Analysts at the consumer and small business web site probed the 100 biggest cities based on 17 levels of criteria ranging from the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket, weather and the legality of fireworks. As for the two New Jersey cities on the list? Jersey City and Newark brought up the rear at No. 98 and 99 respectively.
  • We now know more about how Newark schools partially squandered Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 M donation

    10/21/2015 7:50:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/21/2015 | Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
    When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling an uplifting story of transformational change. "It sounded to me at the time like, well, that's enough money to do anything," Russakoff recalled of watching Zuckerberg announce the gift before a whooping "Oprah" audience in 2010, joined by a political odd couple in the form of Newark's charismatic, reform-minded Democratic mayor at the time, Cory Booker, and New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie. "I didn't think it was going to be...
  • Rudy to the Rescue: Giuliani Saves Car Crash Victim

    10/15/2015 9:49:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 15, 2015 | Ian Mohr
    Former mayor Rudy Giuliani was a hero with two associates Thursday, when they saved a man from a dramatic FDR Drive car wreck. Emergency responders, and Giuliani’s worried wife, at first thought Giuliani was in the crash. “There was an accident this morning people thought I was involved in,” Giuliani told Page Six Thursday. He and colleagues Sal DeSalvo and Marc Mukasey were headed north on the Drive from Newark Airport at 8:45 a.m. when “Marc was half-sleeping . . . We took the red-eye [from California]. I was half-sleeping. Sal was driving. He was wide awake when we heard a big...
  • NJ archbishop sets strict rules barring Catholics from the sacraments

    10/13/2015 5:57:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/13/15 | David Gibson
    Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or join an organization that rejects Church teaching.In the two-page memo, Myers also orders parishes and Catholic institutions not to host people or organizations that disagree with the Church.He says Catholics, “especially ministers and others who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at religious events or events intended to endorse or support those who reject or...
  • America's Most Dangerous Cities (Still) Run By Democrats

    In 2012 the Daily Caller Ran this article which showed that 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities in America were run by democrats. (other 2 independents) So I looked into and found the current ten cities with the highest murder rates. And found the results are quite similar with at least 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities (ones with highest murder rates) still being run by democrats. 1 East St. Louis, IL (Emeka-Jackson Hicks,Democrat) 2 Camden, NJ (Donna Red, Democrat) 3 Gary, IN (Karen Freeman Wilson, Democrat) 4 Chester, PA (John A...
  • Mark Zuckerberg's $100 M donation to Newark public schools failed miserably — where it went wrong

    09/25/2015 9:16:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/25/2015 | Abby Jackson
    In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark, New Jersey's failing public-school system with the intention of turning around the schools in five years. The goals Zuckerberg set out to achieve — to enact a number of reforms that would make Newark a model city for education reform — are widely seen as a failure, journalist Dale Russakoff told Business Insider. So where exactly did that $100 million go if the turnaround was a failure? Russakoff mapped the money trail in her new book, "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools," which tracked the five years since Zuckerberg's...
  • United Airlines Executives Resign Amid Bridgegate-Related Corruption Probe

    09/09/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    NYMAG ^ | 9-9-2015 | Margeret Hartmann
    The Bridgegate scandal has yet to take down New Jersey governor Chris Christie (though it probably hasn't helped his 2016 chances), but in an unexpected twist, it indirectly sparked the resignation of a handful of top United Airlines executives. Jeff Smisek, chairman and chief executive, Nene Foxhall, executive vice president for communications and government affairs, and Mark R. Anderson, senior vice president for corporate and government affairs, stepped down on Tuesday amid a federal corruption probe into whether the airline launched an unprofitable Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, flight solely for the benefit of the Port Authority of New York...
  • Catholic Caucus: Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

    08/16/2015 7:13:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies
    ncr ^ | 08.07.15 | Joseph Pronechen
    It’s been confirmed. The body — the major relics — of St. Maria Goretti, beloved by countless millions, is heading to the United States.  When she arrives from Italy, the first public appearance will be on Sept. 21 at Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark, N.J. — public because she will initially be visiting a prison before that. As of the latest scheduling she will tour through 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states in parishes, schools, and prisons, including New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Oklahoma City.Why the tour at this time?  Maria Goretti is the...
  • Vandals destroy dam, release 49 million gallons of water into Bay

    05/24/2015 3:07:47 PM PDT · by infool7 · 78 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | 5/23/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Fremont (KRON) — Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water. Police believe that those responsible entered a restricted area sometime on Thursday morning and intentionally damaged the dam. “The dam, which is instrumental to the Alameda County Water District’s water supply operations, suffered irreversible damage,” police said. According to police, more than 150 acre-feet of water – or 49 million gallons – washed past the destroyed dam and into the San Francisco Bay. With California enduring a crippling four-year drought and no signs of...
  • Teenager shot dead and three others wounded during Mother's Day 'bike blessing' festival

    05/11/2015 7:08:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2015 | Wills Robinson
    A teenager has reportedly been killed and three others have been gunned down during a Mother's Day motorcycling rally. The boy, who is said to be 14, was reportedly hit in the head by shots fired at random while attending the Mother's Day Bike Blessing in Newark, New Jersey. Witnesses on social media described how EMTs gave the victim CPR in front of the horrified crowd.
  • Is Newark the Next Brooklyn?

    04/15/2015 9:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jason Nark
    The “homeless billionaire,” a world-renowned architect and the future of Brick City.Newark is building again. Yes, that Newark—the city in Jersey that burned after the ’67 riots, the one that helped to define “white flight,” that struggles still with almost impenetrable unemployment and homelessness and crime. That city is building. And here it all is—its past and present and future—pouring through Irene Hall’s floor-to-ceiling windows downtown: the whites and browns of the Old First Presbyterian Church, founded in 1666; haggard red brick facades with windows sealed off by cinderblock; the neon blue lights of Hotel Indigo, which opened last year...
  • Law firm: Dinosaur cheating tipped workers

    03/29/2015 1:00:29 PM PDT · by Kenny500c · 42 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lauren Stanforth
    A New York City law firm known for filing class action lawsuits on behalf of chain restaurant workers is going after Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for what it says is the systemic underpayment of tipped workers like servers and bartenders. The law firm of Fitapelli & Schaffer said it has filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving all six New York state Dinosaur Bar-B-Que locations, including the one opened in Troy in 2010. Dinosaur has made tipped workers spend at least 20 percent of their time doing non-tippable work — like rolling...
  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • (Re-post) Priest Ejected while Pro-abort Politician Honored

    03/19/2015 7:47:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Daily Catholic ^ | April 5, 2001
    NEWARK, New Jersey, Apr. 4, 01 ( - Father Peter West, a staff member at the Priests for Life group in New Jersey, was recently physically thrown out of a Catholic school hall while a pro-abortion politician was being honored inside.    While not a Priests for Life-sponsored event, Father West and a group of 15 pro-lifers protested the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark on Sunday, March 18. Their complaint was that pro-abortion politician Jim McGreevey, the Democrat candidate for governor, was appointed grand marshal of the parade. Father West noted that much of the parade and events afterward...
  • Sick Airline Passenger From Sierra Leone Taken to Hospital (United Airlines-Newark)

    01/19/2015 3:20:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    NBC13 New York ^ | 1-19-2014 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    An airline passenger whose trip originated out of Sierra Leone and ended at Newark Airport has been transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after she began vomiting and exhibiting a fever, a source familiar with the response says. The United Airlines passenger, who connected in Brussels before landing in New Jersey, was reported to have a fever and was vomiting, the source said. Sierra Leone is among the West African countries ravaged by the Ebola virus. The plane was met by authorities, and the passengers was taken off the plane and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the...
  • 3 Killed, 5 Wounded In Separate Newark Shootings

    11/30/2014 9:29:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    CBSNewYork/AP ^ | November 30, 2014
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three people were killed and five others were injured in separate shootings in Newark this weekend, authorities said. Lisa Parker, 36, of Orange, died at the scene following a shooting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on South Orange Avenue, police said. Three other victims were in stable condition Sunday at University Hospital. The shooting occurred at a nightclub, CBS2 reported. There is no word on a motive or whether police know who was behind the violence.
  • Ex-Newark staffer admits birth certificate scheme (NJ)

    11/22/2014 9:02:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 1:54 PM EST
    Federal prosecutors say a former Newark city employee has admitted producing fraudulent New Jersey birth certificates that were later sold by a co-conspirator. Cory Cooke, of Newark, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a single count of producing false identification documents. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Cooke worked in Newark’s Office of Vital Statistics and was responsible for issuing official state birth certificates. …
  • Patient being evaulated for ‘potential Ebola virus’ at Duke University Hospital

    11/02/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Fox WHHP ^ | 11/02/14
    Officials said the patient left Liberia and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, which is one of five airports screening people for illnesses linked to Ebola. The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in the United States. The patient arrived in Person County on Saturday and developed a fever on Sunday. The person was then transferred to Duke University Hospital.
  • Released Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Works For CDC…Her Lawyer Is A White House Visitor

    10/28/2014 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Ebola health care worker Kaci Hickox, who was released from quarantine with the support of the White House, is a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention employee, records reveal. The lawyer who helped earn her release is a recent White House state dinner guest.Hickox was released from Ebola quarantine in Newark, N.J., Monday afternoon after the White House pressured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to release the nurse that was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Hickox’s case for release was also bolstered by New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who took on Hickox’s case.“I feel like...
  • Nurse quarantined at Newark airport after treating Ebola patients

    10/25/2014 1:22:34 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 October 2014 | Associated Press
    A woman who had been quarantined at Newark Airport due to stricter screening protocols on Friday after reporting contact with Ebola victims was seen exiting an ambulance in a hazmat suit later that evening as she made her way into an isolation unit at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the woman arrived at the airport on a flight on Friday from West Africa. He earlier announced that additional screening protocols were being implemented at JFK and Newark International Airports. The woman, who initially showed no symptoms of the deadly virus, just hours later...
  • Ill Liberian national hospitalized for possible Ebola after landing at Newark Airport

    10/22/2014 6:48:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 10/22/2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    A West African passenger aboard a United Airlines flight that landed in Newark on Tuesday has been hospitalized to be checked for Ebola, the CDC said. The news comes the same day the feds announced a rule that would funnel passengers from Ebola-afflicted West African nations to one of five U.S. airports - including Newark Liberty International. “During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," Carol Crawford, a CDC spokeswoman, said in a statement sent to...
  • Hundreds of Kids, Parents and Residents Pray on a High School Football Field After Atheist Attacks

    10/17/2014 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/17/14 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    Pray to God to preserve the First Amendment. Hundreds of residents took to a high school football field Friday night to collectively bow down and pray — a massive response to atheist activists’ recent accusations that a local school district is guilty of at least two violations of the separation of church and state. But the prayer event wasn’t the only noteworthy response to secularists’ complaints, as local resident David Hoover placed three large Christian crosses on land he owns across the street from Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio — 10 to 13-foot symbols intended to send a...
  • Vanity: CDC Website Says Impossible to Be Certain Newark Case Not Ebola in Less than Three Days

    10/06/2014 12:41:41 AM PDT · by GeneralSmedleyButler · 57 replies
    “Ebola virus is detected in blood only after the onset of symptoms, usually fever. It may take up to 3 days after symptoms appear for the virus to reach detectable levels. Virus is generally detectable by real-time RT-PCR from 3-10 days after symptoms appear.” “Specimens ideally should be taken when a symptomatic patient reports to a healthcare facility and is suspected of having an Ebola exposure. However, if the onset of symptoms is (less than) 3 days, a later specimen may be needed to completely rule-out Ebola virus, if the first specimen tests negative.”
  • Sick passenger's seatmate speaks to CNN

    10/04/2014 7:00:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    Passenger on a plane sitting next to a man from Liberia who began throwing up on the plane:
  • The relief of Newark (Ukip falls flat in UK election)

    06/06/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 21 replies
    The Economist ^ | 6/6/14 | Bagehot
    IN THE end, there was no big upset. Despite a surge of support for their nemesis, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Conservatives won the Newark by-election on June 5th with ease. This was in a sense historic—the prosperous south Nottinghamshire constituency has now given the Tories their first by-election victory while in office since 1989. But it will have done little, for all that, to quell Tory nerves set jangling by UKIP’s rise. The Tory candidate in Newark, Robert Jenrick, won with a robust majority of 7,000 votes, despite the hostile circumstances in which the election was held. It...
  • Has Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to Newark public schools gone down the drain?

    05/26/2014 11:05:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2014
    * The Facebook founder pledged $100million to Newark schools in 2010 to bring sweeping educational reforms * However, most of the money has been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees * The money has had little impact on student performance so far In his first major show of philanthropy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a splash by announcing his plan to give $100 million to help turn around Newark, New Jersey's public schools in an appearance on Oprah in 2010. But nearly four years later, Zuckerberg's money has run out, having been spent mostly on labor contracts and consulting...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Gave New Jersey $100 Million To Fix Newark's Schools, And It Looks Like A Waste

    05/13/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2014 | Caroline Moss
    In the fall of 2010, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah that he'd be making a generous gift to Newark, New Jersey. As Oprah said in her Oprah way, "one ... hundred ... million ... dollars" would be given to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the three began the Startup:Education foundation. The plan was to turn Newark into what Zuckerberg called "a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation," spent on retaining the best teachers, and creating environments that would produce successful students and, one day, graduates. Newark is a city wrought with crime....
  • Nigel Farage could become MP within weeks after Mercer quits

    04/29/2014 2:13:45 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 16 replies
    Nigel Farage could win a seat at Westminster within weeks after a disgraced Conservative backbencher quit the Commons and forced an unexpected by-election. In a significant blow to the Tories, Patrick Mercer stepped down as MP for Newark on Tuesday night, only days before he was due to be suspended from Parliament for six months. His decision comes after a joint investigation by The Telegraph and the BBC’s Panorama programme disclosed that Mr Mercer had tabled a series of parliamentary questions and put down a motion after accepting £4,000 from undercover reporters. David Cameron now faces the prospect of Mr...
  • Judge Tosses Muslim Spying Suit Against NYPD...

    04/24/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Dan Froomkin
    A federal judge in Newark has thrown out a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for spying on New Jersey Muslims, saying if anyone was at fault, it was the Associated Press for telling people about it. In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini simultaneously demonstrated the willingness of the judiciary to give law enforcement alarming latitude in the name of fighting terror, greenlighted the targeting of Muslims based solely on their religious beliefs, and blamed the media for upsetting people by telling them what their government was doing. The NYPD’s clandestine spying on daily...
  • Newark after Booker: City faces takeover threat (NJ)

    04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 11:59 AM EDT | Samantha Henry
    New Jersey’s largest city is hitting some roadblocks just months after its rising-star mayor went off to Washington. A bold reform plan for the state-run school system has hit a snag, the police department is facing federal oversight over citizen complaints, and the state is threatening a takeover of the city’s finances after several key deadlines were missed. An official who oversees city compliance with state obligations warned the City Council and the interim mayor last month about the state’s growing concern over Newark’s “extraordinary level of fiscal distress.” …
  • NewarkGate: How Sen. Cory Booker’s Friends Made Out Like Bandits

    04/03/2014 7:07:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/03/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    New Jersey state senator Ron Rice, a Democrat, calls it “Newark-gate.” He is referring to a state comptroller’s report that details how a contractor swindled the city out of millions in public funds, and to the larger culture of “white-collar crime” that he says former Newark mayor Cory Booker allowed to flourish on his watch. For over a month now, Rice and one of his colleagues, Republican state senator Sam Thompson, have been calling for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, which is currently investigating the Bridgegate scandal, to look into the “government abuses of power and cover-ups”...
  • Former Employee of Newark Mayoral Candidate Accused of Setting Opposing Campaign’s Bus on Fire

    04/02/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/2/14 | Caroline Bankoff
    The race to permanently replace Cory Booker as mayor of Newark has gotten a little crazy: Right now, former Newark city council head Luis Quintana is finishing out the term that Booker left when he became New Jersey's junior Senator, but he isn't trying to hold onto the seat after the scheduled election on May 13. Two Democrats — activist Ras Baraka and attorney Shavar Jeffries — are running against each other for the office. In mid-February, a surveillance camera caught a man setting fire to an empty Baraka campaign bus and, for good measure, pouring sugar in the gas...
  • Rutgers-Newark faculty call for Rutgers to nix Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker

    03/12/2014 3:14:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | March 12, 2014
    NEWARK — The faculty at Rutgers-Newark's voted today to call for the university to rescind an invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as the university's commencement speaker.
  • Suspect busted in Christmas double slay of Newark teens

    12/31/2013 4:57:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 31, 2013 | Natalie O'Neill
    Cops charged a 15-year-old in the tragic Christmas Day double murder that claimed the lives of two innocent teens in New Jersey. The Essex County Prosecutor’s office said the teen, who has been remanded to a county youth facility, murdered Zainee Hailey, 13, and Kasson Mormon, 15. He was also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of a third youth. Hailey and Mormon were killed after a masked gunman sprayed the teens with bullets in Newark then took off running at 10 p.m. on Dec. 25.
  • Juvenile charged in killings of 2 Newark children (NJ)

    12/31/2013 1:10:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    AP via San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12:20 pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    Authorities say a 15-year-old boy faces 2 counts of murder in the Christmas night slayings of two Newark children. […] The juvenile was apprehended in connection with the fatal shootings of a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy outside a home in the southern end of Newark near Interstate 78. […] Newark will end 2013 with more than 100 murders, the most the city has had since 2006. …
  • NJ Carjacking Murder Suspects Caught Because One Used His Mom’s Car

    12/22/2013 8:34:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Gothamist ^ | Dec 22, 2013 10:25 AM | Jen Chung
    Yesterday, authorities announced that four men had been arrested in the fatal carjacking of a NJ lawyer who had finished shopping at a mall. Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray credited “good old-fashioned police work,” using tips, forensic evidence and the power of local, state and federal authorities. And it turns out that one of the suspects was caught because the vehicle used to drive to the mall was his mother’s car. […] The suspects, who face charges of felony murder carjacking conspiracy and weapons possession, are Karif Ford, 31; Basim Henry, 32; Kevin Roberts, 35; all of Newark; and Hanif...
  • 4 arrested in deadly carjacking at Short Hills mall

    12/21/2013 7:17:51 AM PST · by bryan999 · 66 replies
    NEWARK (WABC) -- Four men are in custody in connection with last week's deadly carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. The four have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. They are being held on $2 million bail each. The suspects have been identified as 29-year-old Hanif Thompson, of Irvington; 31-year-old Karif Ford, of Newark; 32-year-old Basim Henry, of Newark; and 33-year-old Kevin Roberts, of Newark. Dustin Friedland, a 30-year old lawyer from Hoboken, was shot in the head Sunday night inside the...
  • 4 Suspects Captured In Deadly Short Hills Mall Shooting

    12/21/2013 6:55:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12/21/13 | CBS NY
    CBS 2 Was On The Scene As One Suspect Was Taken Into Custody Police captured four suspects overnight in the shooting that killed a Hoboken attorney at the Short Hills Mall last weekend. At a news conference Saturday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington; Karif Ford, 31, of Newark; Basim Henry, 32, of Newark; and Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark, had all been charged in the Sunday attack. They were all charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, possession of a weapon, carjacking Bail was set at $2 million for each man.