April 22, 2014 |
An anonymous family of New Jersey atheists is asking a state judge to find that the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit , filed Monday, is nearly identical to one brought in Massachusetts by an unidentified family there. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could rule in that case any day. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Assn.
April 21, 2014 |
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
April 14, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The East River has never been as beautiful or famous as the Hudson, so it was especially stinging when Macy's moved its spectacular July 4 fireworks show from the eastern waterway to its western rival, like a prom date jilting a mousy sister for her elegant sibling. But five years after a snub that raised howls of protest from Queens to the state capital, the East River is back with a bang - or a few thousands bangs. On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Macy's announced that on this July 4, the fireworks display reputed to be the nation's largest will return to the East River.
April 7, 2014 |
As if New Yorkers needed another reason to pinch their noses at New Jersey. A wildfire in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest sent a cloud of smoke rolling over New York City on Monday morning, putting the sunrise into a haze and causing many residents to worry there was a fire in their neighborhoods. The pungent smell of burning grass and brush is familiar to Angelenos during fire season, but it's a little more unusual for New Yorkers, who found themselves under an air quality alert until at least until Monday evening.
March 31, 2014 |
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.' It is where she belongs," said Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
March 28, 2014 |
TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the chairman of the authority that controls the George Washington Bridge has resigned, and Christie vowed to reform the agency in the wake of the scandal over a politically-motivated traffic jam. Attorney David Samson, a close ally of Christie and a fixture in New Jersey politics for decades, submitted his resignation effective immediately, Christie announced as he met reporters at the State House...