U.S. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/u.s/ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:55:38 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Americans Prefer Phones Over Sex ... and Other Weird Habits http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/americans-prefer-phones-over-sex-and-other-weird-habits weird_optBY ALEX HILLSBERG

Did you know that there are now more Americans who’d rather live without sex than live without their mobile phones? It’s ridiculous, but today 44% of Americans sleep with their phones (58% prefer sleeping with pets!), and only 20% of them can’t imagine their lives without sex.

FinancesOnline.com used the most recent scientific studies to gather these and many more weird habits of Americans and created an infographic that shows that America, though powerful and proud, has its own share of oddities and quirks, too:

Nation Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:45:09 +0000
Caught by the Media: Set The Ground Rules, Save The Aggravation… http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/caught-by-the-media-set-the-ground-rules-save-the-aggravation OBAMA_opt-1BY JOE FAVORITO

A little over 10 years ago, during a Davis Cup trip to Zimbabwe, the U.S. team passed a street in front of Robert Mugabe’s palace. In big letters there was a warning; “If you take a photo on this street you will be shot.” No one took pictures. Yes, that is extreme, but it is a pretty clear way to set ground rules that all understood.

A few weeks ago one of our Columbia University classes taught by Neal Pilson had an open invite for staff, alumni, current students and potential students to come in and listen to a q and a with ESPN President John Skipper. The room was filled to listen to Skipper talk about his days in publishing, the challenges of having launched ESPN.com, and a host of anecdotes about life, sports business, broadcasting and the like. Lots of little tidbits that could have made their way out of the room. Nothing overtly controversial, but very insightful from a man who is usually frank and direct but willing to give of his time. As the room filled to capacity, several young socially engaged students prepped their mobile devices for a tweet or two. After all, this is the era of information, and Skipper and Pilson were ready to share.

Nation Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:37:42 +0000
A Major Civil Rights Anniversary http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/a-major-civil-rights-anniversary borosonsub_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY WARREN BOROSON

Seventy-five years ago, a key event occurred in the history of the American civil rights movement.

On April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson (1897-1993), the great African-American contralto, gave a free concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial before 75,000 people and listened to by millions on the radio. This was right after the elitist Daughters of the American Revolution had turned down her agent’s request for her to sing in Washington, D.C.’s, foremost concert hall, Constitution Hall, which the DAR owned.

Because she was black.


Nation Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:03:54 +0000
When Something Derek Jeter Did was BAD for the Yankees http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/jeters-opening-day-blunder

People everywhere are breaking out their baseball caps this week, and it’s not just to protect their hair from April showers. The first week of April signifies the start of opening day games in the baseball world, marking the beginning of the MLB season.

Due to Derek Jeter’s announcement that he will be retiring after this season, the opening day tickets at Yankee Stadium were 15 percent lower than the season average, forbes.com reported. This is the first time this has happened in four years.

Nation Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:22:49 +0000
Financing Elections: What Money Shouldn't Buy http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/financing-elections-what-money-shouldnt-buy dollar_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY RUSH HOLT

To be rich in the United States of America is to be privileged in many ways. But it should not mean that you can buy a privileged place in our democracy.

Yet on Wednesday, the Supreme Court offered the very wealthy a way to do precisely that. In a controversial, deeply divided opinion, the justices struck down individual limits on aggregate financial contributions in federal elections.

What does this mean? Under the law as it existed until Wednesday, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 to candidates and party organizations in a single election cycle. That cap was roughly equal to eight years of earnings for a full-time minimum-wage worker, or nearly three years of earnings for the typical American worker. Yet the Supreme Court struck down even that very generous cap, meaning that the voices of very privileged Americans will now become even louder – drowning out the voices of everyone else.

Nation Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:57:27 +0000
Update: Wayne Teen Dies in Car Crash http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/update-wayne-teen-dies-in-car-crash police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Wayne police are still investigating the cause of a two-car crash that took place in the city on Friday.

A township teenager was killed in the accident.

NorthJersey.com reported that two 17-year-old boys were headed north when their car crossed over into the southbound lane and was hit by another vehicle on its passenger side. Emergency responders were unable to revive the 17-year old passenger while the teens were being transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Nation Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:31:25 +0000
Suicide at Cemetery? Update on Dead Teen in North Brunswick http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/update-dead-teen-in-north-brunswick police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Elmwood Cemetery in North Brunswick was the scene of a possible suicide by a local teenager.

An unidentified 17-year old girl from New Brunswick was found dead at the cemetery yesterday morning.

According to NJ.com, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said authorities found the body of the teen at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday. First reports said the teenager had been found hanging from a tree, but this has not been confirmed.

Nation Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:50:16 +0000
Voters Disagree with Supreme Court Ruling: Limits on Money Don’t Restrict Free Speech http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/voters-disagree-with-supreme-court-ruling-limits-on-money-dont-restrict-free-speech supreme_opt-1BY ERIC GUNDERSEN

American voters by a wide margin disagree with today’s ruling by the Supreme Court and say that Congress can limit how much an individual gives to a political group. In the most recent national poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, three-fifths (58%) of voters say Congress can limit donations to a political group so “other people’s free speech is not overwhelmed by some peoples’ money.” Just a third (35%) say limiting contributions is limiting speech--in violation of the Constitution.

“Every politician knows money is the mother’s milk of a campaign,” said Bruce Peabody, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “But our results show that most voters do not equate free speech with the free flow of money,” Peabody continued. “The Court is stepping out on its own in saying that giving campaign cash is an important constitutional right on par with being able to speak out about political matters.”

Nation Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:53:47 +0000
Ivy League Battle: Princeton is Favorite to Land Phenom Kwasi Enin http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/princeton-is-favorite-to-land-ivy-league-phenom-kwasi-enin ivy_opt.pngBY BOB HOLT

In deciding on a college, Shirley resident and high school senior Kwasi Enin decided that he wants to go to an Ivy League school.

It turns out that he will attend one. Whichever one he wants.

Enin figured his chances of getting accepted by one Ivy League school would improve if he applied to all of them. According to WABC, the William Floyd High School senior wen eight for eight, being accepted by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

Nation Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:30:54 +0000
6 Real Reasons DeSean Jackson Cut By Eagles http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/6-real-reasons-desean-jackson-cut-by-eagles desean_optBY BOB HOLT

Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson had one of his finest seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 with 82 receptions, 1,332 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

The Eagles just cut Jackson from their team on Friday, and a lot of people are wondering why.

A big reason is because NJ.com has reported that Jackson has an association with members of reputed Los Angeles street gang the Crips. The gang has been linked to two homicides. Jackson was not involved in the shooting of a 14-year old in 2010, but he has an association with Theron Shakir, one of the men who were charged with murder.

Nation Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:13:17 +0000