The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilots of a Learjet that crashed at Teterboro Airport last year had allowed the aircraft to slow too much, Bloomberg News writes. Cockpit voice recorders indicate that seconds before the crash the co-pilot said, “Airspeed, airspeed.” The NTSB has yet to determine the cause of the accident but the preliminary report raises questions about the actions of the pilots.
DEMOCRAT DROPS BID TO UNSEAT U.S. REP. LEONARD LANCE
Lisa Mandelblatt of Westfield announced Wednesday that she was abandoning her campaign to win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, Tapinto.net reports. Mandelblatt endorsed Tom Malinowski for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional District race. "It is time to put changing our country over my own candidacy and do what is best for our shared goal in November," Mandelblatt said.
PENNEAST FILES EMINENT DOMAIN NOTICES FOR PIPELINE
The PennEast Pipeline Co. filed eminent domain notices in federal court Tuesday seeking court approval of the company taking immediate possession of rights of way where the pipeline would be built on private property, NJ Spotlight writes. The company is also asking that federal marshals keep landowners and other protesters from hindering construction of the natural gas pipeline.
EX-TEACHER ACCUSED OF ORDERING STUDENTS TO EXERCISE NAKED
A former teacher at a private school in New Jersey is accused of ordering students to remove their clothes and do pushups and other exercises, NJ.com reports. Former students at the Lawrenceville School say that Bruce Presley, now 79 and living in Florida, said the exercises were alternative punishments in disciplinary matters. The school called the actions “abhorrent, unacceptable, and contrary to all the values of Lawrenceville."
ANITA HILL, QUEEN LATIFAH TO ADDRESS RUTGERS CLASS OF 2018
Rutgers announced Wednesday that Anita Hill and Queen Latifah will be keynote speakers at two of the university’s commencement ceremonies in May, WNBC reports. Hill, a leading figure in the #MeToo movement, will be granted an honorary doctor of laws degree and speak at the law school commencement in Camden. Queen Latifah will address the graduating class for Rutgers-Newark at Prudential Center.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT: NUMBER OF FLU CASES IN NJ EXCEEDS 10,000
About 3,000 additional confirmed cases of influenza were reported in the state last week, pushing New Jersey’s total to more than 10,000, NJ.com writes.
METS SIGN TOMS RIVER NATIVE TODD FRAZIER
Todd Frazier, the All-Star third baseman who grew up in Toms River, has signed a two-year contract said to be worth $17 million with the New York Mets, the Asbury Park Press says. The team announced the signing on Wednesday. "This is my home," Frazier said. "I belong here. I belong in New York."