James M. O'Neill NorthJersey Published 3:51 p.m. UTC Jul 25, 2018 Each year, the average family of four in America throws $1,800 in the garbage. Not in cash. In moldy vegetables. In uneaten hamburgers. In leftovers from the local pub. A scourge besets the United States: the rampant waste of food. In this country, we throw out more than 1,250 calories a day per person — or more than 400 pounds of food for each person every year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Food waste is a global problem, but it’s far worse in America. While 32 percent of all food in the world gets wasted, about 40 percent of food grown in the United States goes unused, according to several studies. That’s like buying five bags of groceries, leaving two bags in the parking lot, and driving away, a NRDC report on the issue said. Food waste is first and foremost a moral dilemma, experts say, since this behavior is happening as 42 million … [Read more...] about Americans waste nearly half their food. How can we reduce food waste in New Jersey?
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Unless you live in a bomb shelter and have canceled your cable TV and internet services, you’ve heard that the newspaper business has run aground. Advertising revenue is down 67 percent since 2005, and as panicked publishers shutter newspapers, reduce the number of days they publish, lay off journalists and cut local coverage to balance their books, the likelihood that great swaths of the country will become “news deserts,” devoid of accountability reports on government and corporations, have grown. The state of New Jersey thinks it’s found the secret to making the desert bloom: A $5 million subsidy for a university-led consortium that will dispense grants for local news coverage. “Never before has a state taken the lead to address the growing crisis in local news,” said Mike Rispoli of the Free Press Action Fund, the advocacy group that advanced the consortium idea. “Trustworthy local journalism is the lifeblood of democracy; it allows people … [Read more...] about The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh.
Jim Walsh Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 2:41 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 TRENTON – Some South Jersey firms “have helped spawn an endless cycle of theft” by purchasing scrap metal and other goods stolen by people seeking drug money, a watchdog agency said Tuesday. The State Commission of Investigation expressed hope its report would spur regulatory changes for companies that serve "as de facto cash machines for addicts." It said the crackdown could include limits on cash transactions, increased security measures and a new role for New Jersey State Police in licensing scrap yards and secondhand goods stores. But the 70-page report prompted strong objections from businesses named by the SCI, with several merchants insisting they were the victim of unfair smears. More: Listen: 911 calls from Deptford police shooting More: Men beat murder charges in two Camden cases "I’m very upset," said Fred VanGeldren, who operates Sgt. Scrap, a metal recycler in Haddon … [Read more...] about NJ Report: South Jersey firms profit from opioid crisis
OCEANPORT, N.J. — With a frenzied crowd, some jubilant officials, and 21 open windows, Monmouth Park Racetrack became the first place in the state to take a legal sports bet Thursday — as Gov. Murphy wagered $20 on Germany to win the World Cup and $20 more on the New Jersey Devils to capture another championship in 2019. “This is a huge step forward for gaming, for the tracks, for the economy of the state,” Murphy said before placing his bets around 10:30 a.m. “We’ve got a lot of good times ahead.” It was a triumphant culmination of the Garden State’s eight-year struggle to legalize sports betting, one that ended when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor last month and struck down the federal ban on sports wagering. The decision paved the way for expansion of a multibillion-dollar industry in Delaware, New Jersey, and more states to come. Politicians have hailed sports betting as an anticipated boon to the state’s … [Read more...] about New Jersey takes first sports bets: Gov. Murphy puts $20 on Devils to win Stanley Cup
Pornhub has taken a strong stance against deepfakes, because the porn site understands that the machine-learning-generated videos that swap out performers’ faces with someone else’s are non-consensual. But a recent lawsuit accuses the company of running a person’s face in an advertisement without their consent. Edward Kelly of Marlton, New Jersey sued MindGeek, owner of Pornhub, after a friend told him his photo was on the site, according to the Courier Post. In the selfie, Kelly is wearing a slightly sideways Pittsburg Pirates cap and holding up a fan of $100 bills. The ad copy next to his photo reads: “Make $725/day Like Me” and “See how I get it.” The lawsuit—originally filed to state court and moved to New Jersey federal court—claims Kelly took and owned the photo of himself. The suit asserts that “Someone on Pornhub’s advertising team found the photo” and used it without Kelly’s consent. The suit claims … [Read more...] about New Jersey Man Sues Pornhub for Ad Using His Money-Flashing Selfie