Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:10:27 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb New York City Police Officers Murdered in Brooklyn http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/new-york-city-police-officers-murdered-in-brooklyn police_opt-3BY JIM KOURI

Two New York City police officers while sitting in their car eating their lunches while on temporary assignment in Brooklyn (Kings County) were shot in their heads and killed execution-style on Saturday afternoon, according to Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson, the commanding officer at the 121 Precinct stationhouse. The police execution occurred at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant a high-crime area of Brooklyn.

Police officers are reporting that the perpetrator, a young black male, shot and killed himself inside a subway station not far from the scene of the killings. The busy subway station has been closed and roped off as a crime scene by police detectives. Both officers were rushed to a city-operated medical center, Woodhull Hospital, where they were pronounced died on arrival (DOA).

The officers were on special assignment for an anti-terrorism drill and usually serve in the Bronx's 44 Precinct. Their identities were being withheld at this time, according to officials at One Police Plaza. At least four witnesses saw the shooting and provided police with details of the shooting and its aftermath.

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Dumped Dead Donkeys Was a New Jersey Crime http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dumped-dead-donkeys-was-a-new-jersey-crime CRIME_opt-1BY BOB HOLT

Carcasses of two donkeys have been found off a road in Jackson Township.

The owner of the animals is being charged with animal cruelty.

According to an Associated Press report on CBS Philly, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said one donkey was found dead at JR Farms early in November, while the other was on the ground hardly breathing.

According to the SPCA, the second donkey was shot in the head.

The animals had been dropped in an area near East Veterans Highway and Bennetts Mills Road, according to The Asbury Park Press. The owner’s name has not been revealed.

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Sit Down, Shut Up & Fund Political Comedy and Help NJ Food Bank http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/sit-down-shut-up-a-fund-political-comedy-and-help-nj-food-bank sitchristie_optBY MICHAEL HAYNE

Here's the thing: Chris Christie is all about Chris Christie and has refused to restore the much needed "heat and eat" benefits to SNAP, which resulted in more than 160k New Jerseyians seeing even further cuts to their already slashed SNAP benefits since. You would think an obese governor would understand food insecurity since he ate so much he had to staple his own freaking stomach. Then again, the working poor can't donate to Christie's shadowy superpacs for 2016.

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6 Reasons NJ Not Ready for Outbreaks Like Flu http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/6-reasons-nj-not-ready-for-outbreaks-like-flu outbreaks_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey has been battling the Enterovirus in children and Newark’s airport did what it could to screen against Ebola in recent months, but is our state really prepared for another potential virus outbreak?

Most indications say no.

According to a report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Jersey is lacking in its ability to respond and prevent illness outbreaks. An Associated Press story on NBC New York reported that New Jersey scored in only 3 out of 10 indicators regarding preparedness for a disease outbreak.

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Travel Savvy: Items for the Frequent and Sometimes Traveler http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/travel/travel-savvy-items-for-the-frequent-and-sometimes-traveler Headphones_optBY BOB & SANDY NESOFF

Not that many years ago even those leaving for an extended weekend didn’t worry about taking a suitcase along on a flight. Boy are those days gone forever.

Today most veteran travelers have learned the secrets to packing whatever they’ll need into a carry-on suitcase and are able to avoid those abominable luggage fees. One of the secrets to downsizing is to use modern technology.

Almost allof us carry a variety of electronic gadgets from smart phones to tablets. Normally each one requires its own set up for recharging. And how many times have you been on a plane and your tablet dies right in the middle of a game or book you are reading? How about the phone that dies right in the middle of an important call?

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NJ Fishing Record for Muskie http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/nj-fishing-record-for-muskie MUSKIE2_optBY BOB HOLT

There has been a record set for the largest muskie caught by a fisherman in New Jersey.

Or not. It depends upon who you ask.

On December 14, Mountain Lakes fisherman Leonid Shereshevsky reeled in a fish in West Milford that was officially weighed in at 40.76 pounds, according to NorthJersey.com. Shereshevsky said he believed his catch weighed 45 to 48 pounds, so he looked for a certified scale to confirm it was a state record.

But he couldn’t contact the state fish hatchery until the next day, and his fish weighed in light. Shereshevsky said that fish lose 10 percent of their weight 24 hours after they are caught.

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New Jerseyans See New Congress Changing Country's Direction http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/new-jerseyans-see-new-congress-changing-countrys-direction CHANGE_optBY STEVE MANAS

As 2014 winds down, New Jerseyans see both change and continuity for Congress, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. More than half of the state’s residents believe Republican control of the Senate will change the country’s direction, with 19 percent saying things will change a lot, and 38 percent seeing some change coming. About a quarter think GOP control will not make much difference and 16 percent think nothing will change.

The poll, completed before the president’s announcement on normalizing relations with Cuba, also shows limited expectations for the Obama administration’s final two years. Nearly half think Obama will not be able to accomplish much of his agenda in the remainder of his term, while 16 percent expect him to get nothing done at all. Some are more optimistic: 32 percent see Obama getting some things done over the next two years, and 5 percent say he will get a lot done.

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N.J. Looking into Police Body Cameras http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-looking-into-police-body-cameras police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner and Senator Linda R. Greenstein to establish the “Police Body Camera Implementation Task Force” to study and make recommendations on the use of body cameras by certain law enforcement in New Jersey – including requirements for implementation and best practices for the use of the cameras – was approved today by the Senate.

The task force would be comprised of representatives of law enforcement as well as civil liberties, civil rights and victims’ rights organizations, and include legislators, mayors and the Attorney General. The group would be charged with determining the most effective method of implementing body cameras in the state and guidelines for their use. The bill (S-2649) defines a “body camera” as a camera worn by a law enforcement officer that electronically records audio and video while the officer acts in the performance of his official duties.

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More Evidence Autism Linked to Environment http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/more-evidence-autism-linked-to-environment autism_opt_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

A recent study has found further links of environmental factors to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders.

Research by the Harvard School of Public Health involving 1,767 children indicated that air pollution could increase their chances of developing autism.

According to the study, exposure to air pollution during the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy increased her chances of having a child with autism. "Most importantly, we're finding that the association is specific to pregnancy, especially the third trimester," said researcher Marc Weisskopf, according to US News.

"That helps rule out a lot of other factors that could explain the association."

The study involved women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002. It analyzed 245 children who had autism, and 1,522 who did not. The BBC reported that the strongest correlation came from fine particulate matter - mineral dust, carbon and other chemicals that can enter the bloodstream. Weisskopf said,

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N.J. Senate Approves ‘Made in America’ Measure Requiring Purchase of USA Made Goods in Public Contracts http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/nj-senate-approves-made-in-america-measure-requiring-purchase-of-usa-made-goods-in-public-contracts BY RICHARD McGRATHmade_opt.gif

TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would require the purchase of U.S.A. made goods for public contracts was approved by the Senate today 27 – 4 and sent to the governor. The “Made in America” bill is part of an ongoing effort by the Senate President to create jobs and spur economic growth in New Jersey.

The bill, S1811, would require vendors contracting with state agencies, including state colleges, to purchase manufactured goods in the United States to fulfill their contracts. It would also require businesses that contract with the state to provide services to disclose job outsourcing information. The bill would also require certain entities that receive economic development assistance, that are not specifically exempted, to disclose job outsourcing information.

"Requiring the purchase of products that are Made In America by public entities is more than economic patriotism, it is the smart thing to do to help create and preserve jobs and to compete in the international economy,” said Senator Sweeney.

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