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Rutgers University Spending up to $3 Million to Stop Next Cyber Attack

The identity of the hacker or hackers who crippled Rutgers University computer networks at least four times during the last school year is still a mystery. But Rutgers is spending big money to make sure cyber attackers don't knock the school offline again. The state university has hired three cyber security firms to help protect the school against another attack, according to Rutgers officials and documents obtained through the state's Open Public Records Act. The firms -- FishNet Security, Level 3 Communications and Imperva -- are testing the university's vast computer network for vulnerabilities and doing other behind-the-scenes work campus officials say they cannot discuss for security reasons. Rutgers expects to spend between $2 million and $3 million on cyber…
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New Jersey Sierra Club Calls for Clean Energy over Dirty Energy in Comments to BPU on 2011 Energy Master Plan Update

Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, speaks during rally at the Statehouse Annex. New Jersey Strong Photo by Stanley Brick. Today is the close of comment period for the 2011 Update to the Energy Master Plan and the New Jersey Sierra Club submitted comments to the Board of Public Utilities to implement aggressive clean energy and energy efficiency. Especially after experiencing impacts from Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s energy future should be built on increased solar and wind generation and more energy efficiency. This will allow better demand response programs, green job creation, and a commitment to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. New Jersey was on track to meet the clean energy goals outlined in the 2008,…
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Sierra Club Opposes New Bill Will Allow Pipelines in Preserved Farmland

The NJ Sierra Club is opposed to a new bill that would allow construction of natural gas transmission lines on areas of preserved farmland. This bill, S3108 (Addiego)/A4455 (Dancer), would allow pipelines to go through existing utility easements under certain circumstances. We’re troubled that this would be a major blow to important areas that are trying to keep more development and pipelines off their land. This bill is especially relevant because of the ongoing processes of New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to put their pipeline through areas in Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean counties that include preserved farmland. This bill would allow for widening rights of way and end up doing even more damage to these areas. This is using preserved…
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Sandy Workers Need to Know NJ Gun Laws: Don’t Bring Your Gun Here.

New Jersey: Where Rights Go To Die. Special Report by Ginny Simone via NRA July 23, 2015: "Pretty much the only thing he did wrong is he owned a gun and had it in New Jersey,” said Brad Fletcher of his brother. As co-owner of a company that repairs cell towers, Brian Fletcher and his crews were responding to an emergency call that sent them to New Jersey where half a million people were without power due to a storm. But in an instant, Brian went from helping people to getting a crash course in “Jersey justice.” Share More:
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Disaster Recovery Diluted, State Created Confusion

Notes: New Jersey Strong newjerseystrong. com is not associated with the State of NJ use of our small business created marketing. NJ Gov.: Jan 1, 2015 thru Mar 31, 2015 Performance Report Grant Number: B-13-DS-34-0001 Grantee Name: New Jersey Grant Award Amount: $4,174,429, LOCCS Authorized Amount: $1,506,236, Estimated PI/RL Funds: $ Total Budget: $4,174,429, Grant Status: Active QPR Contact: Paul Regan Obligation Date: Award Date: Contract End Date: Reviewed By HUD: Original - In Progress Disasters: Declaration Number FEMA-4086-NJ Disaster Damage: , Housing: , New Jersey’s CDBG-DR Action Plan detailed the substantial damage that Superstorm Sandy caused to the State’s housing sector. While damage from Superstorm Sandy occurred throughout the state, housing damage was particularly concentrated in communities bordering or…
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Criminal Copyright Infringement

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to reproducing and distributing without permission millions of infringing digital copies of copyrighted works, including copies of popular songs and albums before they were commercially available. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) in Washington, , made the announcement. Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement before Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller of the Eastern District of Virginia.  Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2015. According to admissions made in connection…
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JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM LEGISLATION SIGNED

Trenton, NJ: via ACLU: Landmark legislation, Senate Bill 2003 — passed by the Democratic Legislature and signed by the Republican governor — will make significant reforms in our juvenile justice system. Among other reforms, the law: Raises the minimum age for prosecuting a child as an adult from 14 to 15. Requires due process, including legal counsel, before a young person in a juvenile facility can be moved to an adult prison. Eliminates the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure in juvenile facilities. These changes put New Jersey at the forefront of the juvenile justice reform movement, and will mandate smarter, more humane and more responsible treatment of children in our court system. The ACLU-NJ is a leader…
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FEDERAL APPROVAL OF ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST TO EXTEND OPERATION OF CRITICAL SANDY RECOVERY INITIATIVES

Extended Programs Include Interim Rental Assistance, Behavioral Health Screenings, Lead Testing, Substance Abuse Treatment and Nursing Services Trenton – Adopting the State justification for continued operation of critical housing assistance and health and social services programs, the federal government has approved the Administration’s request to extend the operation of 13 Sandy recovery programs funded with federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) monies.  Most of these programs, which otherwise would have been required to be phased out in September 2015, now can operate for another two years, through September 2017.  The approval also permits a transfer of $10 million of SSBG funds into the Rental Assistance Program. “We recognize that there continues to be a need for all of these programs, which…
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Investigation Finds Air Marshals Sleep-Deprived, Medicated and Suicidal

It was just before 3 on July 31, 2013, when a federal law enforcement officer left Room 634 of the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, stood underneath a flagpole, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The single shell casing landed near a bench next to his body. Shortly after police arrived to investigate the shooting, so did the taxi driver who was due to take the agent to his next assignment. The dead man lying on the ground was an armed federal air marshal, a plainclothes officer whose job was to protect aircraft from terrorists. He took his life just hours before his next scheduled mission, a US Airways flight from Syracuse, New York, to Washington. CNN…
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New Jersey Sierra Club Helps Launch Campaign against South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline

Trenton, NJ 8/20/2015 from the Sierra Club:  Today at the Statehouse in Trenton, the New Jersey Sierra Club and environmental groups launched a campaign to fight the South Jersey Gas pipeline being pushed through the Pinelands. These groups have won significant battles for the Pinelands in the past, including the battle for the Pinelands Act forty years ago and blocking pipelines more recently. Now they come together again to fight the latest threat to New Jersey’s unique ecosystem: a pipeline that Pinelands Commission’s Executive Director Nancy Wittenberg is trying to sneakily push through. Two years ago the Pinelands Commission voted down South Jersey Gas’s (SJG) pipeline and now they’re back.  Wittenberg is playing games with the rules and the facts…
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Jury Convicts New Jersey Man of Illegally Trafficking in Paddlefish

A New Jersey man was convicted in federal court today of illegally trafficking in paddlefish caviar after being caught in stemming from an undercover operation in the Warsaw, Missouri, area, announced the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. In support of Missouri’s paddlefish conservation efforts, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation conducted an undercover investigation known as “Operation Roadhouse,” centered on an area known as the Roadhouse in Warsaw.  As part of the operation, state and federal officers operated a paddlefish snagging business during the 2011 and 2012 paddlefish seasons. Petr Babenko, 45, of Vineland, New Jersey, was found guilty of participating in…
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Drones Terrify Pilots, So Why Are They Sold at Newark Airport?

Federal rules prohibit flying a drone within five miles of an airport, but that apparently doesn't mean you can't buy one inside secure airport terminals. While the FAA has issued stern warnings against flying the increasingly popular craft near airports, and pilots have sounded the alarm bell as drone sightings soar, at least two stores inside Newark Liberty were selling the gadgets this week. Brookstone, on the secure side of Terminal C, had Parrot's Bebop Drone equipped with an 1080 pixel HD camera for sale, as well as the smaller Quark Micro Drone by Propel, which is not equipped with a camera. On Monday night, Hudson News, at the north end of Terminal A, had a table stocked with a…
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Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Makes Case for Change at Safety Meeting

One survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech University shooting can recall vivid images of the day she was hit by three bullets as a gunman methodically worked his way through her class. On Tuesday, Kristina Anderson, 28, of Washington, offered chilling details of that day and shared its lessons with about 450 law enforcement officers, rescue workers, and education officials gathered at Washington Township High School for the South Jersey School Safety and Security Conference. "Brace yourself," she recalled thinking as the gunman shot her French teacher, and then student after student. "Your turn is going to come." She was curled up at her seat, hugging the desk with her head down. The first bullet struck her back, slicing her…
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Pennsylvania Water Utility to Reduce Sewage Discharges to Delaware River and Local Creeks

The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations involving combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Delaware River and its tributaries.  In a proposed consent decree, DELCORA has agreed to develop and implement a plan to control and significantly reduce overflows from its sewer system, which will improve the water quality of the Delaware River, Chester Creek and Ridley Creek near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Based on information submitted by DELCORA, EPA estimates that the Authority could spend as much as $200 million to implement an overflow control plan that complies with the terms of the Clean Water Act.  Once the…
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Drunk Driver Arrested for Boating onto Rock Jetty

Spring Lake,NJ: Dozens of Rescue workers attempt to remove boaters from boat stranded on a Spring Lake rock Jetty which protrudes from the beach into the Atlantic. The boater was arrested and charged with drunk driving. Photo courtesy Bill Senck (C)2015 via faceb
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Teaneck: Get Out if Oil Train Disaster

Oil-Train Disaster Plan Reveals 8,000 in Teaneck Would be Evacuated NJ: Larry Robertson, Teaneck's emergency management coordinator, had a message Wednesday for residents who live within a half-mile of the tracks used by trains carrying Bakken crude oil: If there's a disaster, get out. "Leave immediately -- no time for shoes, no time for briefcases and laptops. Grab you family members and go," said Robertson, who was holding an informational meeting in the Teaneck Police Department on plans for handling a rail emergency. Robertson estimated that should a leak, spill, fire or explosion occur, about 8,000 residents who live in the half-mile radius of the site would need to evacuate. The township is in the process of acquiring a townwide loudspeaker…
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BPU Authority on Pinelands Natural Gas Pipeline

New Jersey 8/14/2015: Today at the Pinelands Commission, Executive Director Nancy Wittenberg said the South Jersey Gas pipeline is now a private development for use in the Pinelands, which she claims exempts it from any action by the Pinelands Commission. Under her ruling, she and the BPU will have the authority to approve or deny the pipeline. This means that if her decision stands there will be no public hearing, public input, and the Pinelands Commission does not have a voice or vote on this decision. The Pinelands is a truly unique and ecologically important region, recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  There are plants and species in the Pinelands found nowhere else in the world.  The Pinelands protects 17 trillion…
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