Dear EarthTalk: Commercial whaling was banned around the world years ago, but some nations continue to hunt whales. Why is this and what’s being done about it? — Jackie O’Neill, Hershey, PA
In the next few weeks, many American families will undergo a challenging rite of passage: sending a student off to college for the first time.
TRENTON — The Sales and Use Tax Review Commission recommended the Legislature vote against the addition of a new Urban Enterprise Zone in the state.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is now accepting applications for a bold new initiative to assist county military veterans.
For decades America’s system of housing finance was the envy of the world. But reckless behavior on Wall Street and weak oversight in Washington during the 1990s and 2000s contributed to an unprecedented bubble and bust in the U.S. mortgage market, resulting in financial catastrophe by 2008.
The federal regulator of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Tuesday that he would not allow them to reduce the loan balances of struggling borrowers, ending months of deliberation. That’s bad news for the 2.5 million Fannie- and Freddie-backed homeowners that are deeply “underwater,” meaning they owe significantly more than their homes are worth.