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Barred From Office, Former Mayor Took 'Indictable' Step

Jose Torres allegedly flouted state order in launching 2022 mayoral bid in New Jersey

(Newser) - A former New Jersey mayor barred from office as part of a corruption conviction has been indicted yet again for allegedly trying to circumvent that ban. A Trenton grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, charging former Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres with criminal contempt, per the Daily Voice . Back...

This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

Young Professionals, Check Out the Work Climate Here

New England dominates Scholaroo's best states for workers trying to establish their careers

(Newser) - If you've just graduated or are graduating soon and are looking for a place to jump-start your career, some states offer more in the way of job markets and affordable living. Scholaroo attempts to flesh out which US states are the best for today's young professionals, using nearly...

This Is the Happiest State in America

Utah takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, West Virginia is last

(Newser) - In some states, happiness seems to come more easily. WalletHub analyzed various environmental factors to see which US states boast more contented surroundings, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, including such factors as the share of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder, life expectancy,...

Teens at Airport for 'Trip of a Lifetime' Were In for a Shock
Instead of Trip to Italy, Teens
Got an 'Unpleasant Surprise'

Instead of Trip to Italy, Teens Got an 'Unpleasant Surprise'

Suit claims supposed agent never booked NJ seniors' vacation, despite them paying in advance

(Newser) - Seniors from a New Jersey high school showed up at Newark Liberty International Airport on June 26, ready to fly overseas for a "Jewels of Italy" trip before heading off to jobs and college. Instead, they got what the Daily Beast calls a most "unpleasant surprise": the discovery...

39 Years After 'Baby Mary' Found Dead, an Arrest

New Jersey mother charged in her newborn's death

(Newser) - Almost four decades ago, two boys reported to police that they'd found the body of a baby in a secluded, wooded part of New Jersey on the morning of Christmas Eve in 1984. Responding officers found the newborn girl's body, with the umbilical cord still attached, wrapped in...

NJ Power Outage Had Unlikely Culprit

NJ Power
Outage Had
Unlikely Culprit

NJ Power Outage Had Unlikely Culprit

A fish fried a transformer, was likely dropped by a bird

(Newser) - A power outage that cut electricity to a New Jersey community a week ago was due to an unlikely culprit—a fish that was apparently dropped by a bird and landed on a transformer, officials said. Sayreville police said Jersey Central Power and Light Company workers working on the Aug....

Another Setback for Teacher Fired Over Premarital Sex

Catholic school fell under religious exception to anti-discrimination law: NJ supreme court

(Newser) - New Jersey's Supreme Court has sided with a Catholic school that fired a pregnant teacher for having premarital sex. St. Theresa's in Kenilworth fired unmarried art teacher Victoria Crisitello in 2014, saying she'd violated an agreement to abide by Catholic law, which meant abstaining from premarital sex....

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - Whether you're looking to relocate or just nosy about how your state ranks, WalletHub has a new analysis out on America's ideal places to live. The site looked at all 50 states across more than four dozen metrics, in five main categories: affordability; economy, including a state's...

Ex-Cop Who Hit Man, Took Body Home Is Sentenced

Former Newark officer Louis Santiago apologizes for 'inexcusable' actions

(Newser) - A former police officer in New Jersey who was off-duty, drunk, and still wearing his Halloween costume when he hit a pedestrian with his car in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2021, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Prosecutors said that instead of rendering first aid, Louis...

She Became Acting Governor Friday, Died Days Later

Sheila Oliver was seen as a 'political trailblazer' in New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who made history as the first Black woman to serve as speaker of the state Assembly, died Tuesday at age 71. No cause of death was given, according to Politico , which calls Oliver a "trailblazing political leader." Oliver had begun serving as...

School Bus Monitor Charged After Girl Dies on Bus

Police say 27-year-old monitor was on her cellphone with earbuds in

(Newser) - On Monday, as 6-year-old Fajr Williams rode a bus to a New Jersey summer education program at an elementary school, the bus went over some bumps on the road and the little girl, who was in her wheelchair, slid down. Her change in position caused her wheelchair harness to become...

After Heuermann Arrest, Cold Cases in 3 States Get New Look

Long Island architect owns property in Nevada, South Carolina; Atlantic City looking its cases over

(Newser) - Unsolved murders "around the nation" are getting a fresh look this week in light of the arrest of suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann, Suffolk County, New York, Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison tells WABC . Heuermann is charged with killing three sex workers on Long Island, and is considered the prime...

Fire on Cargo Ship Carrying 1K Vehicles Kills 2 Firefighters

Crew in New Jersey port was loading cars and trucks bound for West Africa

(Newser) - Two firefighters were killed and five others injured battling a blaze that began deep inside a docked cargo ship carrying more than a thousand vehicles, officials said Thursday. Responding firefighters found five to seven vehicles already on fire when they reached the 10th floor of the cargo ship at Port...

NJ's Ban on Self-Serve Gas Now the Last of Its Kind

Some want to see it fall, just like Oregon's

(Newser) - New Jersey is about to be the only state in the country where you're not allowed to pump your own gas. Last week, Oregon's Senate voted 16-9 to overturn a ban on self-serve gas that's been in place since 1951. As Quartz reports, half of the state'...

50 Years After He Lost His Class Ring, a 'Miracle'

Recent college grad finds ring lost in 1972 by teen enjoying a day at the Jersey Shore

(Newser) - The New York Post notes it may be "the only good thing to come out of Superstorm Sandy." For 68-year-old Jim Keelen, the return of his class ring, lost more than a half-century ago, is a "miracle." News 12 reports that the orange-stoned ring vanished in...

College Intern's Grueling 1.2K-Mile Commute Goes Viral

Sophia Celentano actually saves money by flying from SC to gig in NJ every Wednesday

(Newser) - College student Sophia Celentano gets up around 3am every Wednesday to get ready for her summer internship—not because her gig starts very early (it's a traditional 9-to-5), but because she's a "super commuter," flying 600 miles one way from her home in Charleston, South Carolina,...

Senior Drowns During a High School Tradition

Victor Rodriguez was taking part in senior scavenger hunt at New Jersey's Alcyon Lake

(Newser) - A New Jersey teen died days before his high school graduation while trying to swim across a lake as part of what students describe as a school scavenger hunt. The Pitman High School "senior scavenger" has been a local tradition for more than 15 years, per CBS News . One...

Arrest Made in Murder of NJ Councilwoman

Authorities say suspect, victim appeared to know each other from church

(Newser) - Authorities think they know who shot and killed a New Jersey councilwoman in February, though it seems they still don't know why she was slain. Rashid Ali Bynum, 28, of Portsmouth, Va., was arrested Tuesday and charged with murdering Eunice Dwumfour, who was 30. Prosecutors say Dwumfour had a...

New Jersey's Pasta Mystery Remains Unsolved
New Jersey's Pasta Mystery
Has Been Solved

New Jersey's Pasta Mystery Has Been Solved

Neighbors say a man dumped dry pasta in the woods while cleaning out his late mother's house

(Newser) - It appears the mysterious New Jersey pasta dump has been solved. Neighbors tell that a Ring security camera captured a man cleaning out piles and piles of uncooked pasta from his mother's home in Old Bridge after she died. “There was so much of it, he...

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