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Ebola threat, dirty beaches and more: First News with Podcast

New Jersey’s First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Full podcast available below. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.

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Ebola Threat - The story of the latest Ebola outbreak is terrifying. An American doctor who has contracted the disease working in Liberia remains in grave condition. Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. There is no cure. There are few treatments. The doctor remains in Lybia. His family has returned to Texas where they are constantly being monitored. Nearly 700 people have died from this latest outbreak. More troubling: they are having hard time finding out how many people may have come in contact with a man who died of Ebola on Friday. He took at least two airline flights before he was quarantined.

Mayo Waterfront Beach in Beachwood
Mayo Waterfront Beach in Beachwood (Google Street View)

Dirty Water - Something to consider if you are planning a dip in the ocean this week: several shore-area beaches are being given the dubious distinction of having the worst water pollution.

Bombing the Power – Gaza’s electricity distribution company says two Israeli tank shells have hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, forcing it to shut down. There’s no immediate word of casualties. Even before the strike, Gaza residents had electricity for only about three hours a day.

 

Sexual Assault – In New Brunswick, a 61-year-old man is jailed after luring a six year old girl to a park and sexually assaulting her. Police say the man didn’t know the girl but saw her outside a store and convinced her to go with him to the park.

 Jaclyn Melillo
Jaclyn Melillo (Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Teacher Charged – A former central Jersey high school teacher is headed to prison for sexually abusing two of her male students. 25 year old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville will serve four years and register under Megan’s Law. She had been an English teacher at Sayreville War Memorial.

 

 

Valid Complaints – Over a one-year-period, the state received more than 90,000 complaints about child abuse or neglect. What’s more interesting just 9,-000 of those complaints were ruled as valid.

Creeps on the Train – “Upskirting” is when somebody uses a cell phone to secretly take a picture or video under the skirts or dresses of unsuspecting victims. It typically happens on trains and buses and one lawmaker wants the perverts caught doing it to face very strict penalties.

Ask the Governor – Gov. Chris Christie has been spending a lot of time on the road during July, much of it raising funds and campaigning for other Republican candidates across the country. We take a look at that phenomenon in these special July “Ask the Governor” highlights.

“Zero” Chance – Governor Christie’s (R) plans for pension and health benefits reforms are dead on arrival. Despite his continued push for reforms to a system that he says is too expensive for taxpayers, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) says reforms have no chance in the Senate. He told a Star-Ledger editorial board christie’s simply posturing for a presidential run.

Taking Back the Streets - With violent crime in New Jersey’s 3 largest cities continuing to get worse, officials are joining together in a new and unique partnership to take back the streets from the bad guys.

Aerial shot of Paulsboro train derailment
Aerial shot of Paulsboro train derailment (US Coast Guard)

Final Report – It’s been a year and a half since a train derailed in Paulsboro, causing a chemical spill and mass evacuations. Today, federal investigators will detail their findings in a final report. Several residents and workers have reported health problems due to the chemical spill and have filed lawsuits.


Still Seeking Sandy Help
– Between flood insurance and FEMA, Sandy victims still find themselves falling between the gaps.

Pay to Play - Children of lower and middle-income families alike are being pushed to the sideline, as the price tag for youth sports keeps getting steeper. Some critics wonder if one day, organized leagues will only be an option for the upper class.

 

Working out the Anger - Former Jersey Shore cast member “The Situation” has agreed to anger management classes, to settle charges he freaked out and starting fighting with his brother at the family’s tanning salon in Middletown. Michael Sorrentino could see the charges dropped after counseling. The salon is the setting of a new reality show about the family.


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