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    September 13, 2013

    Massive Fire Ravages Seaside Park, New Jersey Boardwalk, Rebuilt After Sandy

    A fire has destroyed much of the iconic Seaside Park boardwalk in New Jersey, including large portions of the Funtown Pier amusement park. Around 11 p.m. last night, after nine hours of work by fire crews, the blaze was declared officially contained. Overnight, it destroyed some 40 to 50 businesses, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Newark's 10 Day Stretch of 10 Homicides Reflects Drop in Cop Numbers

    During Cory Booker's first year as Newark's mayor, in 2006, there were 107 murders in his city. By 2009, that number was down to 68. That 36 percent drop in homicides helped establish the reputation that has propelled Booker to national prominence. In 2010, however, 167 Newark police officers were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Mike Rice Rutgers Scandal: Is There a Rush to Judgment?

    As someone who has covered just about every sports scandal over the last 25 years, I have to say that I think the sports world is overreacting a bit to the Rutgers/Mike Rice episode. First, if you haven't seen it, I have to warn you that Rice's abuse of his basketball players--pushing them, throwin ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    NJ Voters Actually Support Bill Requiring Dogs to Wear Seat Belts (Sigh)

    A bill proposed in the New Jersey State Legislature that would require animals to wear seat belts in the car has the support of the majority of voters, according to a recent poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind.According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 45 percent ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    New Jersey's Proposed Seat Belt Law For Dogs Isn't As Dumb As It Sounds (Just Kidding)

    If a New Jersey legislator gets her way, the Garden State will have the toughest seat belt laws in the country...for dogs.Democratic New Jersey Assemblywoman Grace Spencer has proposed a bill that would give law enforcement the authority to issue a a $20 ticket to anyone caught driving around with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Note to Phil Hughes: Stop Worrying About Your Potential

    Lost amidst the Curtis Granderson three-homer fireworks and the media aftermath last night was the fact that Phil Hughes actually won a ball game. It didn't look pretty on paper. The Yankees won 7-6 and needed the Holy Trio - Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera - to preserve the win a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2012

    Whitney Houston Mourned; P.S. 87 Aide Arrested In Sexual Abuse Case Arraigned; NYU Expansion Protested

    As we noted last night, singer Whitney Houston died yesterday at the age of 48. She was found dead of unknown causes in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told the Associated Press that "there were no obvious signs of any criminal intent." The death of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    The Giants' Chances Against the Pack: Get Rodgers in Three Seconds or Die

    If you're casting around for a reason to hope for the Giants against the Packers Sunday afternoon, look to today's Newark Star-Ledger. Mike Garafolo, one of the best pro football writers around, nails it down: "The Giants have to get to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 3.00 seconds or less. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal Means Joe Paterno Will Be Remembered for Failure, Not Accomplishments

    ​A couple of hours ago, Penn State University announced that Joe Paterno's weekly Tuesday press conference was cancelled. It's probably just as well, since the Paterno camp had already advised the press that he would not be taking questions on his role in the sex abuse scandal -- and that's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Four Loko Stomped on My Heart, Claims Man in Lawsuit

    ​Michael Mustica, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, alleges in a new lawsuit that drinking 2-and-a-half cans of Four Loko on a trip to Atlantic City last year gave him permanent heart damage, a "heart arrhythmia," to be specific, though the seaside slots have been known to get hearts racing too. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Bodies Stuffed in Trunk of Parked Car in Brooklyn May Be Jersey Couple Who Vanished

    Vanished: Cassy Orna and Troy Edwards​The bodies of two people found stuffed in the trunk of parked car in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening are probably those of a Jersey couple who have been missing for two weeks. Evande (Cassy) Orna, 39, and her boyfriend Troy Edwards, 40, had left Plainfield to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Nets Outscore the Knicks on 'Melo's Big Night

    ​"Defense," Carmelo Anthony told reporters at his first New York press conference yesterday, "I want to really focus in on that. All that takes is a lot of effort. Once we get everyone to buy into that mentality, we're good to go." Thus the first superstar in a long time to choose New York man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Spider-Man Commercial Fudges The Quotes

    ​I'm sure the producers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark would love to just write all new reviews, but instead, they've simply done some creative editing on the existing ones. As points out, the show's commercial makes the best out of a critical onslaught.

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    January 21, 2011

    Fake Blueberries Plague Our Food Products; Cook Gets Jail Time for Putting Body Hair in Cop's Sandwich

    ​An investigation has been launched into what caused a mysterious greenish-yellow goo to fall from the skies in Snyder, New York. Turns out, it might be the poo of seagulls who dined on McDonald's fries. [Daily Mail] Chengdu province is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of spicy Sichuan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    The Daily Kill Dossier: A Hit List of News Corp's Freshest Poaches

    ​As it's been noted, News Corp's daily newspaper built just for the iPad -- The Daily -- is on the way. It is Rupert Murdoch's newest child, the Draco Malfoy to his Voldemort. As such, they're hiring or trying to hire every editorial staffer this side of the Bangkok Bugle Tribune, which I just inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    New Yorkers Must Wait to Be Ogled by TSA

    ​Sorry, New York. Those full body scanners promised "for September" at Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia airports back in August are still not available. Turns out the installation of -- like the public's reaction to -- the machinery is a bit "complex."

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    James O'Keefe: His Lubed-Up Present, His Hanky-Pranky Past

    O'Keefe and our favorite pus-bucket​James O'Keefe has had quite a week, even apart from being Subject A in our psychological case study, "White America Has Lost Its Mind." CNN announced that O'Keefe planned to seduce reporter Abby Boudreau -- on a boat full of dildos, mirrors, and lube, no les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Dock Strike Creates a Harbor Still-Life as Boats and Barges Wait it Out

    ​If you can find a good high view, New York harbor is a pretty interesting sight right now. Thanks to the wildcat sympathy strike that began yesterday, there are a dozen loaded barges and at least ten freighters sitting idle between Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty. Over on the Bayonne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor, Calls for Atlantic City Makeover

    ​Watch out, Vegas, Atlantic City might get all done up like a fresh-faced showgirl (oxymoron?) if legislatures agree with a proposal to spruce up the still kinda gritty boardwalk-clad gambling city with a state-controlled plan. At a press conference today, Christie stood firmly behind the prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Do the New York Jets Hate Their Fans More Than Any Other NFL Franchise (Especially the Giants)?

    ​A few days ago, sports blog Deadspin ran a piece by Katie Baker entitled "Tell Me How My Class Tastes: Scenes From The Worst NFL Draft Party Ever" that's ostensibly about one generations-long New York Jets fan's trip to a draft party he was invited to out in the Meadowlands. Naturally, this d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    T.I. Brings Fellatio, Scandal to Downtown Newark

    Photo via Star-Ledger​We're gonna go out on a limb and say that it's the dude's hand that does it, the right one, in this billboard recently thrown up by T.I.'s Akoo clothing line--something about lovingly clutching a girl's head to your unbuckled crotch just screams fellatio, or do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Artie Lange Stabbed Himself Nine Times: Post

    Earlier this week Howard Stern announced on his show that his sidekick, Artie Lange, had been hospitalized, and bade his fans think of him. Stern didn't say why Lange was in the hospital, but mentioned that "we all have our demons." Today, from the Post's Page Six (!), we learn what he meant: Lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    Quick hits

    A pajama-clad Manhattan woman who jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday is recovering from hypothermia in Bellevue today after Police Department divers jumped from a helicopter and pulled her out of the East River. The Times has an interview with the divers -- The Arbeit Macht Frei (Work wil ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009
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    October 25, 2009

    Daggett lost on ballot in NJ Gov race

    ​The Newark Star-Ledger, which shook up the NJ gubernatorial election by endorsing Independent candidate Chris Daggett over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie, is questioning whether voters who agree with them will be able to find him on the ballot. Candidates who ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Meadowlands to Swap Nets to Newark for Concerts?

    ​Rumors of the Nets moving to Newark to join the Devils are as old as Jason Kidd's knees, but hoops-by-the-Ironbound may finally be a reality, as early as next season. After the Newark Star-Ledger reported yesterday that unnamed team sources were saying the Nets would consider a temporary relo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Hated Corzine Takes Lead in Jersey Poll

    ​New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine seems miraculously to have taken the lead in his reelection effort against former federal prosecutor Chris Christie, 40-37 (with independent candidate Christopher Daggett taking 14 percent) -- despite the fact that 49 percent of voters disapprove of Corzine's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2009

    Star-Ledger endorses the Independent in NJ-Gov race

    ​Meanwhile, across the river, New Jersey's largest newspaper endorsed independent candidate Chris Daggett for Governor today over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican opponent Chris Christie. The Star-Ledger editorial says that their decision is less about the major party candidates, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Banged-Up Mets Having Trouble Fielding a Team

    ​The frickin' Mets are so banged up with 13 players on the DL, the Jersey Star-Ledger says they hardly have enough minor leaguers to keep the team stocked with players. "The team looks more like the Buffalo Bisons than the New York Mets," says the paper, "with Nick Evans, Cory Sullivan, Wilson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    FBI Arrests Jersey Mayors, Rabbis in Corruption Bust

    The FBI swooped in this morning and arrested a bunch of New Jersey politicians -- and rabbis! -- in an international money laundering and corruption investigation. Among the former class of detainee: Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano (pictured), Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Council Presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    God Hates the Mets, Puts Beltran on DL, Tries to Kill Jose Reyes

    Now that Carlos Betran has gone on the disabled list to mend a long-bruised knee-bone -- joining previously injured Mets stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado -- manager Jerry Manuel is taking, as is his wont, a philosophical attitude. "We have to be optimistic that we can stay competitive," he told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Jockbeat: David Diehl Does Comedy

    Everyone associates New York Giants football with comedy, and the funniest Giant of all - with the possible exception of Tom "Take My Wife Please" Coughlin -- is David Diehl. David recently put it a stint at Manhattan's Comix Comedy Club on West 14th Street, and the laughs flew thicker and faster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    New York Goes Cook-off Crazy; Recession Dining Has a Silver Lining

    Big food companies are hijacking the locavore label: Frito-Lay will run five different ads in Florida that highlight small, local farmers who grow some of the two billion pounds of potatoes that go into its bags of chips. [NY Times] Several studies are researching the benefits of manuka honey. Nati ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    The Village Voice Friday Self-Reach-Around

    Just a note here to point out that the Tom Robbins Voice story that tied former New Jersey Senator Bob Toricelli to the New York pension scandal went up Tuesday night, not Thursday as the Times has it today. Thanks also to the New Jersey Star-Ledger for picking up the story, and Crain's New York Bus ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Yankees Tickets at Full Price

    Give the Yanks credit for trying: It may not have pushed A-Roid off the front pages, but Ticketgate is certainly starting to give him a run for his money. More tales of fan woe keep emerging, with the Times' Richard Sandomir dumping out a bucketload of sob stories on Saturday. Team COO Lonn Trost' ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2008
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    January 29, 2008

    At Prey in the Fields of the Lord

    Robert Riggio has made a career out of conning priests and parishes by phone. If he calls you, hang up.

  • Music

    December 25, 2007

    2007 Jazz Poll Ballots: P-Z

    New releases, reissues, debuts, and more—each critic's picks

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    November 28, 2007

    Questions Await New Atlantic Yards Ombudsman

    Projected view of the Atlantic Yards project from Dean Street and Sixth Avenue courtesy of More than half a year after announcing the position, the Empire State Development Corporation has hired an ombudsman for the controversial Atlantic Yards project. The ESDC tapped Forrest R. Tayl ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    April 17, 2007

    Eddie Robinson's Unlikely Pal

    Remembering the Grambling legend and his unusual friend

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    September 21, 2004

    Down in Jersey

    Once a safe bet for the Democrats, Garden State's thorny for Kerry

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    August 13, 2002

    Ron Plotkin


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    March 6, 2001

    The Newspaper Racket

    Tough Guys and Wiseguys in the Truck Drivers Union

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    July 11, 2000

    Cocaine and Conspiracy

    Were the Deaths in Custody of Two Suspected Drug Users ‘Accidental’ or Police Brutality?

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    February 15, 2000
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    March 9, 1999

    Otaku: My Favorite Monica

    Obsessive Netizens Lionize Lewinsky

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    February 16, 1999

    The Second Sex and SI

    Women models win out over women writers

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    July 14, 1998
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    December 23, 1997

    Just War Against Nike

    Houses and Colleges March on Nike