Reaction to Eric Garner case: First News Thursday
Today in New Jersey’s First News:
It was a largely peaceful protest, after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer for the death of an unarmed black man. Lines of police officers, some in riot gear, closely trailed the roaming groups. Protesters converged on the heavily secured area around the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. But the grand jury determined there was no reasonable cause to bring charges. Garner died in police custody on Staten Island last July.
- Protestors March through Manhattan / NJ1015.com
- Garner's widow: No faith in prosecutors / NJ1015.com
- Lawyer: No indictment for officer in NY chokehold death / NJ1015.com
- Justice Dept. to probe Garner choking / NJ1015.com
- What you need to know about the Eric Gardner decision / SI Live
- Cory Booker calls for federal investigation / NJ.com
The legislative panel probing the Bridgegate scandal is still working behind the scenes and today members are expected to get a report summarizing what's been learned and what hasn't. The panel's co-chair tells us what comes next.
- Bridgegate committee to receive report / NJ1015.com
- Bridgegate report from legislative panel to be released on Monday / NJ.com
Christie pollster Adam Geller proclaimed people were over the whole Bridgegate scandal. Speaking to rider university students last night, Geller said people in New Jersey are over it and it's not even on the radar of people outside of our state.
A Jersey guy is entering the belly of an anaconda and we all get to watch. The discovery channel special is expected to get a lot of attention this weekend, but the reason for the stunt goes way beyond ratings.
- NJ 'Eaten Alive' star recounts stunt / NJ1015.com
There is more on the Bill Cosby scandal this morning. He has postponed more show dates, this time in Tarrytown and at Foxwoods Casino. All of the shows were sold out, prior to the latest rape allegations. Meanwhile, a lawyer for three of the woman who accuse Cosby of assaulting them years ago wants him to put 100-million dollars into a fund for his alleged victims and allow a panel of retired judges to decide if these claims have merit.
- For 1 Cosby accuser, a day in court awaits / NJ1015.com
- Saint or sexual predator? Attorney asks Bill Cosby to face accuser / NBC News
- Bill Cosby has defenders, thanks them on Twitter / CNN
A U.S. Terrorism watchdog says Al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen is threatening to kill an American kidnapped more than a year ago if its demands are not met. In the video, a hostage identified as 33-year-old Luke Somers, an American British-born photojournalist, says his "life is in danger." a local Al-Qaida figure speaks about alleged American crimes against the Muslim world and says the U.S. Is "aware" of militants' demands.
- Yemen's Al-Qaeda threatens to kill U.S. hostage / NJ1015.com
- Al-Qaeda affiliate threatens to kill US hostage / Fox News
It's happening more and more in Jersey, kids guzzling cough medicine to get high. However, there is a growing awareness of the problem, and it may soon be illegal for youngsters to get their hands on the stuff.
A North Jersey teacher was caught pleasuring himself while he watched a group of kids at a bus stop. 33-year old John Watson was ticketed for public lewdness. He is a music teacher at Morris Catholic High School and also runs his own music business out of North Brunswick. Police say this is not the first time and that Watson was caught doing this at least three other times.
- Music teacher accused of bus stop lewdness / NJ1015.com
- Morris Catholic teacher charged with lewdness / Daily Record
- Cops: School teacher was masturbating watching kids at bus stop / NJ.com
FEMA may give Sandy victims another chance to appeal claims that were first rejected. Hundreds of homeowners missed the deadline for appeal, many because the process was too confusing. There were also many cases where insurance companies stonewalled residents, perhaps in an attempt to avoid payment.
It's becoming less affordable to buy a home in two New Jersey counties and some experts fear we could be in for a housing bubble.
- Could NJ be in for a housing bubble? / NJ1015.com
Governor Christie is in Canada today talking energy and trade. The trip also comes as he considers a run for president and looks to boost his international relations credentials.
- Why is Christie visiting Canada? / NJ1015.com
- Energy is top focus for Christie trip / Wall Street Journal
Animal rights protesters were hoping a box of vegan doughnuts would be enough to get a meeting with Governor Christie today, but he'll be in Canada. The protesters will be in Trenton today opposing the annual beat hunt, which begins in four days.
- Protesters want NJ to scrap bear hunt / NJ015.com
Tuesday's school bus crash in Tennessee that killed two seven-year-old students and a teacher's aide is further, tragic proof that kids need to be better protected. That's according to a Jersey state lawmaker who is renewing his push to require all new school buses to come with lap and shoulder restraint harnesses.
- NJ lawmaker: Kids deserve to be safer on bus / NJ1015.com
Catholic schools across the state are dropping like flies. Another two schools at the shore are shutting down in June as enrollment numbers plummet.
- NJ Catholic schools keep shutting down / NJ1015.com
The future of the Taj Mahal remains in doubt this morning. A bankruptcy hearing for trump entertainment has been postponed for a week but no reason was given. Talks remain ongoing to try and save the casino and it's three thousand jobs.
With support growing for a north Jersey casino, intensive lobbying is underway for the location. The Meadowlands and Jersey City are already putting together plans. The Essex County executive says Newark makes more sense, given the high unemployment in the state's largest city.
- DiVincenzo wants a casino in city of Newark / Wall Street Journal
Anxiety is becoming more common in children and adolescents and the upcoming winter break can make it more difficult.
- Anxiety becoming more common in children / NJ1015.com
New jersey's vocational education system gets a boost. Governor Christie is signing into law three bills that support career and technical education and expands partnerships with schools and industry. Supporters say it shows there are well-paying careers in the trades or with an associate's degree.
As efforts continue to strengthen the Jersey economy, the state is increasingly offering corporate tax breaks to companies large and small.
- SURVEY: US companies added 208,000 jobs last month / NJ1015.com
WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:
TODAY... Sun and clouds. Highs 41-46
TONIGHT... A few clouds. Lows 26-33
TOMORROW... Increasing clouds, then evening showers. Highs 41-50
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