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On January 6th, Edward Durfee donned a radio earpiece and an “Oath Keepers New Jersey” cap as he worked a security detail outside the U.S. Capitol for the far-right Oath Keepers, whose members are fingered by the feds for conspiring to violently stop the Electoral College vote count that would certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Three…
 
In May 2015, Roberto Grant had pleaded guilty to taking part in a series of luxury watch store heists. He was awaiting sentencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail in Lower Manhattan, when he died a violent death. An autopsy released a year and a half later listed his cause of death as “undetermined.” But experts say it was …
 
Federal monitors will likely begin overseeing New Jersey's only women's prison following years of allegations by inmates that they were sexually abused by corrections officers. It comes after several inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility were brutally beaten and pepper sprayed by guards in a Jan. 11 incident that remains under investigati…
 
New York City’s ultra-rich are lining up behind a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, dumping piles of cash into the crowded race for one of the nation’s top law enforcement jobs. With the Democratic primary less than three months away, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, has amassed a $2.2 million war chest—more than twic…
 
Airing LIVE Thursday, April 8th, 8-9pm ET. Join the national conversation with host Brian Lehrer as the Biden/Harris administration starts its work. This week: With his 2-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, is President Biden aiming to be this generation’s FDR or LBJ -- using government to tackle systemic poverty, inequality, and environmental…
 
Mylinda Hull is one of thousands of musical theater professionals who have seen their careers come to a halt for the last year. However, when she was introduced to a new initiative, A Generous Act, that pays people like her to perform singing telegrams over the phone, she was initially wary. “You know, when you think of a traditional singing telegr…
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers plan to give undocumented workers direct cash assistance in their latest budget deal. And now advocates in New Jersey are pressuring their leaders to do the same. "We are the backbone of this pandemic and have seen zero dollars and zero cents," said Deya Aldana, a lead organizer with Make the Road New Jersey…
 
Nearly 160 MTA employees have died of COVID -- more than workers at any other agency in the city. Early in the pandemic, the MTA agreed to a generous death benefit for their families -- a one-time payment of $500,000. But now that it’s tax season, the beneficiaries are getting an unwelcome surprise. For more, go to Gothamist.com.…
 
All around our area, amphibians are taking part in what’s known as "Big Nights." Every spring on a warm rainy night, salamanders and frogs move from their winter woodland homes towards the vernal wetlands for breeding. This mass migration can happen on a single evening — or it can take several nights depending on the weather conditions, which need …
 
April is poetry month, and we're marking the occasion with a poetry challenge. We are asking you to send us your poems on the theme "EMERGENCE," and we'll read some of them on our air. Nine-year-old Ayden Amedee is a 5th grader at Brooklyn's Seventh Day Adventist School. She wants to become a lawyer and a judge and the president when she grows up, …
 
Every time one of the state's 38,000 officers has tackled, shot at, or used any type of force against someone since October of 2020 is now searchable on a new dashboard being maintained by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. The online portal lists the name of the officer, the type of force used, any injuries, and the race and gender of the p…
 
When I arrived at the Javits Center for my appointment, the scene resembled an airport. Here we were, hundreds of people standing in orderly lines in this gigantic, bright space, waiting for someone to check our documents. But this was no ordinary journey. The line to have documents checked at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, a state-run COVID-1…
 
Mayoral contender Andrew Yang wants New York City to capitalize on the Bitcoin boom. The cryptocurrency has seen a 963% increase over the past year, setting a record valuation near $61,000 in March. Tesla’s 1.5 billion dollar investment helped spur the rise at the beginning of 2021. The former presidential candidate tweeted on February 11th, “As ma…
 
Starting Monday, New Jersey will expand vaccine eligibility to additional groups of workers and to anyone 55 years or older. Those working in laundromats, construction, real estate, banks, sanitation, libraries or higher education will now be able to get in line for their COVID shots. People 16 and over with developmental disabilities are also allo…
 
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