Saturday, December 30
This year’s top stories in New Jersey
A setback is a set up for a comeback. This will likely become the mantra for New Jerseyans when reflecting on 2017.
Friday, December 29
More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage next year under the Obama-era health care law, the government reported Thursday, as the program that President Donald Trump has repeatedly pronounced "a disaster" exceeded expectations.
Thursday, December 28
Don Guardian is in the final days of what his friends call "the worst job in the world."
The following list is a guide to cultural and community events in South Jersey and the region. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information should be sent in a Word document format.
Wednesday, December 27
I appreciate the feeling of a new beginning that is afforded to us at the advent of the New Year. It feels like an opportunity to put things right, start over, enhance, amend, regroup and recommit.
Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he felt serene the day he left the White House despite the sense that much important work remained unfinished.
Tuesday, December 26
Netflix gave comedy fans an early Christmas present.
The handgun that Shaneen Allen was carrying when she was pulled over on a New Jersey highway could have sent her to prison for years if not for a pardon from Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
Sunday, December 24
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses.
Saturday, December 23
In 2017, New Jerseyans elected a new governor, saw their senior U.S. senator stand trial on federal corruption charges and endured a brief government shutdown.
Friday, December 22
The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown, doing the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year.
Thursday, December 21
After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song "Consideration," she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album. But there was one problem: Rihanna heard the song and wanted it.
You wouldn't know it from President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves "Obamacare" in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to achieve economic growth at the levels he's predicted.
Wednesday, December 20
A triumphant President Donald Trump and jubilant fellow Republicans celebrated the passage of their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul Wednesday as a "historic victory for the American people." The American people, however, will need some convincing.
A longtime county official in New Jersey who was the widow of former world heavyweight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott has died. Riletta Cream was 91.
Tuesday, December 19
The New Jersey Senate on Monday approved a bill to allow a handful of public officials to re-enroll in the pension system after being kicked off when elected to a new office.
New Jersey Transit hired or promoted 10 employees with ties to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration in recent years, moves that all came with raises, including some as high as $70,000, a newspaper reported.
Monday, December 18
The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, says the city is helping to provide extra security following a threat on the life of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
Sunday, December 17
New Jersey residents have a clearer picture of who will possibly take on the Trump administration in court, write the state's roughly $35 billion budget and oversee the department in charge of Atlantic City.
Saturday, December 16
New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy traveled to Puerto Rico on Friday and met with hurricane victims as he surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Maria nearly three months ago.
Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.
The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Friday, December 15
Dozens of business leaders were among about 100 people that attended the annual year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Plainsboro.
Thursday, December 14
Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa denies she was fired from her job at the White House — and she's teasing that she has stories to tell about what she's seen and heard there.
Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said Wednesday he is nominating a Democratic assemblywoman to be New Jersey's next treasurer.
Dominick White has a bleak but clear-eyed view of his Atlantic City home in a public housing project known for crime and drugs.
Wednesday, December 13
The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday.
In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
Tuesday, December 12
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Wall Street ratings firm said Monday that a Colorado company is buying Atlantic City's former Revel casino for $200 million, but the mercurial owner of the shuttered casino insists there's no deal.
New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy has met with the state's two U.S. senators to discuss working together when Murphy takes office next month.
Monday, December 11
Recently, hundreds of fans and supporters held a rally outside a Philadelphia courthouse, chanting for Robert Rihmeek Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill, to be released. The rapper was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his parole, stemming from 10 year-old charges, including drug possession and carrying a firearm without a license. Several media outlets have reported that the presiding Judge Genece Brinkley is now under investigation by the FBI.
The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA) has recently transitioned to new leadership as Bridgeton Mayor Albert B. Kelly was installed as president of the association on Nov. 15 by outgoing president, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the twilight of his two terms as one of the country's most powerful governors and he's hopeful he can still enact up to $5 billion in tax credits to attract Amazon's second headquarters, a measure aimed at keeping property taxes low and criminal justice changes.
In his Alabama-ish rally, President Donald Trump falsely stated that black homeownership has hit a record high under his stewardship and made the dubious claim that he set Canada's prime minister straight on the state of trade between the two countries.
Sunday, December 10
A white former police officer in South Carolina will spend two decades in prison for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death in 2015.
Saturday, December 9
President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.
Friday, December 8
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The video was viewed millions of times around the world. It was somewhat blurry, recorded from a distance, but it clearly showed an unarmed black man running from a white officer, who shot him five times in the back.
Faith leaders in the Black community are encouraging members of their congregations to sign-up for healthcare coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period that ends on December 15.
The only Black daily newscast on television is no more.
New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is planning a trip to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.
Buried on the bench in Philly, Jahlil Okafor has a chance to prove in Brooklyn he's not a bust.
Thursday, December 7
Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats. But he fired a defiant parting shot at President Donald Trump and other Republicans he said have survived much worse accusations.
Wednesday, December 6
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie endorsed a plan to cut the state's public worker retirement benefits and enact a constitutional amendment to commit the state to pension payments.
President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem Wednesday, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel's capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed already-fragile Mideast hopes for peace.
Tuesday, December 5
Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation's workplaces.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, whose federal corruption trial recently ended in a hung jury, could be facing his first primary challenger if he seeks re-election next year.
The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act's health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time.
Monday, December 4
The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
Actress, singer and all-around diva Sheryl Lee Ralph is returning to the big screen and the small screen. First up, Ralph is teaming up with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in the comedy “Just Getting Started.”
A few months ago, it looked like the annual Kennedy Center Honors program was in danger of being engulfed by the country's current divisive political mood.
Saturday, December 2
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2021.
Lawmakers gathered in Camden to dedicate a historical marker that recognizes New Jersey's ties to slavery.
An attorney for Michigan Rep. John Conyers said on Friday that the congressman will discuss in the next few days whether to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct, but his health will be the paramount factor and not pressure from Washington politicians.