Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Sat, 23 May 2015 05:45:42 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Biggest Sharks Ever Caught Off New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/biggest-sharks-ever-caught-off-new-jersey GREATWHITE_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

The South Jersey Shark Fishing Tournament is coming up next month, and some anglers from Philadelphia got started too early.

Five men in a sport fishing boat combined to catch a near record mako shark in Wilmington Canyon off Cape May on Saturday.

Shore News Today reported that the men caught an 11-foot, 820-pound mako shark in their first trip aboard the 31-foot Missfit. The fish was actually caught by Gary Blakla of Philadelphia, with the aid of Fred Dirsh Jr. and Sr., Paul Tsoukalas. And boat captain Rob Kurlan.

The record catch of a mako still stands at 856 pounds, also in Wilmington Canyon. “It was a rough one,” Blakla said to CBS Philly. “It was about an hour and ten minutes. It just kept peeling line off.” Dirsh Sr. took over after the shark got closer to the boat.

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How NJ Crips Planned FBI Hit http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/how-nj-crips-planned-fbi-hit newark070710_optBY BOB HOLT

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has announced charges against members of a New Jersey street gang for alleged drug trafficking.

One of the gang members is even being charged with plotting to kill an FBI agent.

Seventy-one people are receiving charges overall. “As this investigation demonstrates, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips are allegedly one of the largest and most dangerous street gangs in Newark as well as a prolific narcotics trafficking organization that floods the streets New Jersey with heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine,” Fishman said, according to fbi.gov. “The narcotics activities that the gang and its associates allegedly engage in directly affect the quality of life of law-abiding citizens who reside in cities and suburbs of northern New Jersey.”

According to WABC, prosecutors say the Crips members actively controlled drug-trafficking and other illegal activities in neighborhoods and public-housing spots of Newark.

frontpage Thu, 21 May 2015 15:37:31 +0000
DEA Strip Club in NJ Appeared to be Cash Cow http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dea-strip-club-in-nj-appeared-to-be-cash-cow DEAbadge011110_optBY BOB HOLT

In today’s economy, sometimes workers need side jobs in order to make ends meet.

But it was not expected that two Drug Enforcement Agency workers were running a strip club in New Jersey.

Agent David Polos and employee Glen Glover were charged with making false statements in Manhattan on Wednesday. The men owned and operated the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge strip club in South Hackensack, New Jersey, RT USA reported. The men reportedly ran the club by smartphone apps and computers while working for the DEA.

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Can A Pharoah Lead Horse Racing To Brand Gold? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/can-a-pharoah-lead-horse-racing-to-brand-gold 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

A few weeks ago Monmiuth Park opened with many unanswered questions. Can horse racing continue a renaissance with or without sports betting and find its way back consistently into the lexicon of American sports, especially amongst a younger audience. What will it take to get consistent buzz back in the sport? Maybe last weekend the sport, and by default elite tracks like Monmouth, may have gotten its answer for a next step by a horse with Jersey ownership. Is this now the year that horse racing has positioned itself to take a long overdue ride, thanks to the people and the personalities in and around American Pharoah and the industry itself. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, none of the 13 horses who have taken the first two legs has gone on to make history in the Belmont Stakes. Last year all hoped California Chrome with colorful co-owners Art Sherman and Steve Coburn, was the ticket, but The Belmont Stakes brought disappointment again. Is this the year that a horse can lift the industry?

We shall see.

One thing that is for sure is that unlike in many years past, most of the industry stakeholders and their partners seem to be ready to seize this moment. In the past four years the NTRA and The Jockey Club, through their vibrant platform America’s Best Racing, have unceasingly tried to find stories and personalities and numbers that will appeal to a casual fan. From film to long-form stories to embracing celebrities, ABR has churned out story after story, info graph after info graph, to try and explain and embrace the beauty of the sport, from the glory of the Kentucky Derby to the majesty of Saratoga through the mega-size and value of the Breeder’s Cup.

frontpage Fri, 22 May 2015 15:41:18 +0000
Mega Millions Winning Numbers for Friday Worth $194 M http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/mega-millions-winning-numbers-for-friday-worth-194-m mega_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Summer vacation for some lucky Mega Millions player has a chance to become a lot better. Sixteen consecutive Mega Millions drawings have now taken place without a jackpot winner.

The game's grand prize is now sitting at just under $200 million for the drawing of May 22.

The Mega Millions website reports that the estimated annuity jackpot for the drawing of Friday, May 22 has now reached $194 million, and the lump sum payout is $117 million. The winning Mega Millions numbers for the drawing of May 19 were 10, 12, 21, 29, and 65, and the Mega Ball was 10.

USA Mega reports that one ticket from Ohio matched the first five numbers right without having the Mega Ball to win second prize money of $1 million.

frontpage Fri, 22 May 2015 15:44:36 +0000
'Permission' Off Broadway Review: Spanking for Jesus http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/permission-off-broadway-review-spanking-for-jesus permission052215_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

Anyone who savored that wicked “Hand to God” comedy, which is currently on Broadway, will want to know what its devilish playwright, Robert Askins, has up his sleeve with his newest play, “Permission.”

Just opened at the Lucille Lortel Theater, “Permission” again finds the author back in church. This time, Askins whips up plenty of laughs from a marital lifestyle concept called Christian Domestic Discipline.

Briefly, the notion is that wives willingly submit to their husbands, who have a Biblical right to spank their spouses should they be judged as laggard in their housekeeping or otherwise misbehaving.

frontpage Thu, 21 May 2015 19:30:43 +0000
Air Bag Recall in New Jersey: What You Need to Know http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/air-bag-recall-in-new-jersey-what-you-need-to-know Airbag052115_optBY BOB HOLT

The manufacturing of air bags continues to be a problem across the United States, and even globally.

A recall has been announced of cars from 11 major auto manufacturers.

The Detroit News reports that Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has acknowledged that 33.8 million vehicles were defective because of faulty air bags. The air bags have been linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries. In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating 12 million vehicles for the faulty bags, and started imposing daily fines against the suppliers.

Air bags are being recalled because the driver and passenger-side bags open too intensely. According to an Associated Press story on nj1015.com, they blow apart a metal canister, and can send shards flying at anyone in the vehicle.

Reuters reports that Honda, Nissan, and Toyota found that some of the Takata inflators were not sealed correctly, allowing moisture to possibly enter and damage the propellant. That could cause an inflator to explode.

frontpage Wed, 20 May 2015 16:10:06 +0000
Heisman Trophy Winner Pete Dawkins: Rugby And Football Can Learn Together http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/heisman-trophy-winner-pete-dawkins-rugby-and-football-can-learn-together dawkinspete052115_optBY JERRY MILANI

There are few more accomplished and well respected business and sports leaders in this country than New Jersey resident Pete Dawkins. The United States Military Academy grad, Heisman trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar and captain of industry with companies like Lehman Brothers, Bain & Company, Primerica, and Citigroup has had a rich and full life doing things the right way.

So when Dawkins, who also picked up the game of rugby while studying abroad, speaks about his two favorite sports, rugby and football, leaders usually listen, and it seems like for their future both sports are coming together.

“They are both great games of character, and teamwork, but they obviously have a violent side that can lead to injury, so the fact that one can learn from the other on safer tackling and helping develop young talent is a great thing,” Dawkins said recently when asked about the upcoming “Heads Up Tackling” clinic that will be held on May 31 at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia as part of the final day of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, the de-facto national title matchup for both men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens in the United States.

frontpage Thu, 21 May 2015 12:43:01 +0000
New Jersey in on Busting Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/new-jersey-in-on-busting-cancer-fund-of-america-cancer-support-services-childrens-cancer-fund-of money052909_optBY BOB HOLT

The National Cancer Institute website estimates that 589,430 people will die from cancer during 2015. According to recent reports, that doesn’t appear to concern some people.

Four charities and their executives are being accused of running fake operations, affecting donors across the entire U.S.

The Children’s Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, the Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services are all named in a lawsuit accusing them of misappropriating donations. According to the New York Daily News, the organizations spent part of $187 million in donations on Caribbean cruises, trips to Disney World, concert tickets, and even dating services.

frontpage Wed, 20 May 2015 18:30:05 +0000
Red Nose Day: Making a Difference http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/red-nose-day-making-a-difference red_opt-3BY WINNIE BONELLI

“It’s good for us to know the way that other people live, but also on this one night to believe you can make a difference. Rather than making people feel guilty, I hope it’s going to empower them that we can do something together as a family,” stated Executive Producer Richard Curtis and creator Red Nose Fund. The proceeds are earmarked towards lifting children out of poverty-ridden conditions, both in America and throughout the world. These efforts fall into three distinct categories – keeping them safe from violence and abuse; educating them; and making sure they’re healthy.

Having raised more than $1 billion for charity over the past 30 years in the United Kingdom, Curtis transports this British tradition to United States shores for the first time, via NBC-TV today (Thursday) at 8 p.m. with the inaugural edition of “Red Nose Day.”

Actor/comedian Jack Black has been tapped to serve as master of ceremonies. Curtis noted, “He’s a beloved comedian, as well as all his other dramatic skills. I’m hoping people will get a lot of laughs, as well as emotional moments. There’s just so much extraordinary comedy coming out of this country and so many great films. It’s an amazingly generous country.”

frontpage Thu, 21 May 2015 14:38:30 +0000