NJ TRANSIT Needs Its Own Tax Revenue Source, Report Says

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A new report says NJ TRANSIT must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported Sunday, NJ TRANSIT received $350 million from the State of New Jersey to handle operating costs.

But that money has dwindled to just over $30 million. As a result, the agency has used a combination of fare increases, federal funding for capital projects, and New Jersey Turnpike revenues to make up for it.

According to a report by the Fund of New Jersey obtained by The Record newspaper, the fiscal constraints have resulted in an understaffed agency that struggled with safety compliance.

It suggests NJ TRANSIT should receive tax revenues from motor vehicle licenses and registrations along with real estate transactions or business payrolls, which is similar to how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is funded.

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NJ TRANSIT Needs Its Own Tax Revenue Source, Report Says

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A new report says NJ TRANSIT must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported Sunday, NJ TRANSIT received $350 million from the State of New Jersey to handle operating costs.

But that money has dwindled to just over $30 million. As a result, the agency has used a combination of fare increases, federal funding for capital projects, and New Jersey Turnpike revenues to make up for it.

According to a report by the Fund of New Jersey obtained by The Record newspaper, the fiscal constraints have resulted in an understaffed agency that struggled with safety compliance.

It suggests NJ TRANSIT should receive tax revenues from motor vehicle licenses and registrations along with real estate transactions or business payrolls, which is similar to how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is funded.

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This $25 Bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life

Amazon’s currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker. With this deal, the black version speaker drops down to $25.49 (the other colors are $32.99), from a usual street price around $36. Anker is well known for coupon code deals, which are hard to track over time, so it’s possible this speaker has gone lower than this in the past. For direct price drops, though, this price only matches a previous drop back in 2016 on Black Friday.

The SoundCore has a 24-hour battery life, which means you can take it on any outdoor excursion without worrying about it fading for quite some time. It has a built-in mic so you can use Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. It also comes with an 18-month warranty from Anker. The waterproof successor to this speaker, the SoundCore 2 is also on sale right now, and you can pick one up for just $40.

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Cuomo Demands Investigation After Con Ed Power Failure Causes Outages In Brooklyn, Snags Subways

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an immediate investigation Sunday, after a Con Edison substation failure in Brooklyn led to outages across the borough and snagged the subway system.

Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Service to probe the substation failure in Downtown Brooklyn. The failure caused outages around Brooklyn – including in the New York City Housing Authority’s Red Hook Houses, Cuomo’s office said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also said service on the A, C, and F lines was suspended in both directions between Manhattan and Brooklyn for over an hour due to the failure that affected the Jay Street-MetroTech station.

“The apparent failure at ConEd substation Sunday afternoon was completely unacceptable, affecting Brooklyn NYCHA residents and passengers on Subway trains across the city,” Cuomo said in a news release. “ConEd must be held accountable for the multitude of issues with their infrastructure that are too frequently impacting the lives of millions of New Yorkers. I am directing the Department of Public Service to conduct an immediate top to bottom investigation into today’s incident – the status quo cannot continue.”

Con Edison said in a statement that the issue was caused by an “electric transmission disturbance that affects parts of downtown Brooklyn” Sunday afternoon.

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“Crews are reporting damage to electrical equipment in a substation that services the area, and is aware of impacts to subways and other buildings,” the statement continued. “The company is working to assess the equipment problems and will provide updates.”

The MTA said responders restored service just before 3 p.m., but extensive delays persisted along the A, C, E, F, G, 4, and 5 lines in both directions.

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Jennifer Lawrence Just Suffered The Worst Opening Weekend Of Her Film Career With mother!

Not a good weekend at the box office for Jennifer Lawrence!

The movie star just suffered through the worst wide opening weekend of her entire career with new film mother!, a complete bust at the box office that took in just $7.5 million from nearly 2,500 theaters all across North America.

WTF?! What a bomb!!!

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It didn’t help that the film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, stalled hard because it earned a solid ‘F’ grade from CinemaScore, but even with it, those box office totals are brutal — it couldn’t even clear eight figures!!

Last we’d heard, Kevin Hart‘s sex tape was being offered up for considerably more in extortion money than the cumulative box office total mother! took in over the weekend… yikes…

The film cost only $30 million to produce, and it’ll obviously be in theaters for at least few more weeks, so it’s not like the flick has completely bombed financially… but let’s not kid ourselves. This is bad.

And yeah, it officially supplants The House At The End Of The Street as the worst opening on Lawrence’s career. (The House had brought in $12.3 million in its opening weekend back when it bombed.)

As for big winners, It continues to cruise into the history books in its second weekend: the Stephen King adaptation netted $60 million from 4,103 theaters, making it the biggest second-weekend gross of a horror film EVER!

Related: Have People Started To Dislike Jennifer Lawrence?!

Pretty wild.

What do U think Perezcious readers?!

Is this just a one-off, or a bad sign for Jennifer Lawrence’s career??

[Image via Patricia Schlein/WENN.]

Bargain & Daily Book Deals 09/17/17




Kindle & More Daily Deals

Today in the Kindle Daily Deal, you can pick from 30+ gripping real stories, starting at $1.99. I’ve highlighted a few of them below.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon ($2.99 Kindle), by Brad Stone [Little, Brown and Company / Hachette] – Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award; Selected as a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Forbes, The New Republic, The Economist, Bloomberg, And Gizmodo, And As One Of The Top 10 Investigative Journalism Books Of 2013 By Nieman Reports

“An immersive play-by-play of the company’s ascent…. It’s hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story.” — Laura Bennett, New Republic

Amazon.com’s visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked. Until now.

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, and his book is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. The Everything Store is the book that the business world can’t stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

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Bones of the Earth, In the Drift, and Vacuum Flowers: Three Science Fiction Thrillers ($1.99 Kindle), by Michael Swanwick

Three excursions through time, outer space, and imaginary worlds from “one of the most intellectually astute SF writers of his generation” (TheWashington Post).

Michael Swanwick is a legend in the science fiction and fantasy universe, having won five Hugos, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and many more honors for his mind-bending work. This trio of acclaimed sci-fi thrillers showcases the versatility of an author who can build a world, foresee a future, and alter reality.

Bones of the Earth: A remarkable scientific breakthrough presented to humankind by an enigmatic future race enables a team of paleontologists to travel back in time to study dinosaurs in their natural prehistoric habitat. But the greatest discovery in history threatens to foment terrorism and create dangerous time paradoxes that could alter tomorrow’s world in this Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated novel.

In the Drift: On an alternate Earth, the meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant created a radioactive wasteland and caused the collapse of the US government. A century later, the mutants, monsters, and untouchables of the no-man’s-land called “the Drift” are descending on the city of Philadelphia.

Vacuum Flowers: In this futuristic cyberpunk thriller, Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark is a recorded personality owned by a corporate giant. When Rebel’s personality is uploaded to an unsuspecting persona tester and burned into her brain, she escapes the corporation by hijacking her host’s body and embarking on a mad dash to freedom across the solar system.

May be price matched at eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

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