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Cory Booker Faces Challenges in First Days on Food Stamp Budget

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Chickpeas and lettuce. No coffee. That’s what Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had for breakfast on his second day living on the food budget of an average American receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

From Dec. 4 to Dec. 12, Booker has agreed to eat only what he could buy with just under $30 – about $4 per day – and with fewer than two days completed, Booker’s already faced challenges.


Politico tried to help the mayor out by suggesting low-cost meals, but Booker rejected their meat-laden ideas, tweeting, “Not helping much. I’m a vegetarian.”

On his first day, Booker ran into scheduling troubles and had to go for a long stretch with nothing to eat since he did not have access to any of the groceries he bought Monday.

Booker told constituents about his first day on the SNAP challenge in a fireside-chat-style video posted to WayWire, the social media site he co-founded.

The Newark mayor agreed to document his experience taking the SNAP challenge on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WayWire. Booker, known for his social media savvy, has tweeted photos of his grocery receipt and his breakfast so far this week.

Talking with Elizabeth Reynoso, Newark food policy director, in a video posted to WayWire at the beginning of the challenge, Booker said he’s excited “to help people understand these programs aren’t perfect, and we need to start thinking of policy issues in a bigger standpoint.”

“I’ve heard this ignorance sort of spouted about how people just take this money and are buying bad food – it’s just a poverty program that people are taking advantage of,” Booker said. “That’s not what I see on a daily basis as I shop in my low-income community.”

The idea for the mayor’s challenge bloomed out of a Twitter spat with a woman who said nutritional programs weren’t the government’s responsibility.

Another obstacle Booker will tackle this week is the loss of his usual java jolt.

One tweeter asked Booker where he would buy his coffee this week, to which he replied, “It isn’t in the budget. Day one, no caffeine… ”

In his video log, Booker said it was the first time he could remember that he would go a week with no coffee or caffeinated soda.

Almost a decade ago Johns Hopkins Medicine recognized caffeine withdrawal as a disorder that can cause headaches, tiredness, trouble concentrating and even flulike symptoms – hardly conducive to running a city of 278,000 people.

Michael Strahan of Live! with Kelly & Michael is also taking on the SNAP challenge. He kicked off his week tday tweeting a photo of a breakfast much heartier than Booker’s.

“Largest meal of the day,” Strahan tweeted, “three eggs, black beans, and sweet potato.”

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United Airlines Flight Lands Safely After ‘Mechanical Issue’ With Engine

United Contenental Airlines (NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Berlin-bound United Airlines flight landed safely at Newark airport this weekend after the aircraft experienced a “mechanical issue with the engine,” officials said.

United Airlines flight 96 left Newark at 5:50 p.m. and was carrying 173 passengers and crew Saturday when a tire burst and the debris was sucked into one of the plane’s engines, according to reports.

Witnesses on the ground said they saw fire coming from the engine as they watched in suspense.

“I ran to the window, looked outside, saw the airplane and saw fire coming out,” D’Jenaba Johnson Jones said.

“As it was elevating I noticed that there was a flame spitting out of the left engine. It was kind of going like pop-pop-pop-pop,” said Alex Jackson.

The Boeing 757 immediately turned around, back for Newark.  For two hours and 15 minutes the plane circled, burning off fuel.

“This can be quite disturbing if you’re sitting in the cabin and not understanding what goes on because it’s actually shooting what looks like fireballs out the front of the engine,” ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard said.

The plane landed safely at 8:10 p.m.  

“The crew followed standard procedures in returning to Newark, where the airplane landed safely,” United Airlines officials said in a statement Saturday.

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It's Official: No Stowaways on Cargo Ship in NJ

ABC News(NEWARK, N.J.) -- One hundred and sixty-three cargo containers later, a search for stowaways aboard a freighter docked in Port Newark, N.J., has ended with no sign of a single stowaway.

On Wednesday morning, port officials thought they heard faint "knocking" coming from a container on the cargo ship Ville D'Aquarius, which had left India on June 11. When the search began in earnest, it was rumored that as many as 25 stowaways from Pakistan were aboard.

One emergency radio call even reported the stowaways as possible terrorists.  They were believed hidden inside a cargo container buried in a pile of containers containing machine tool parts.

A standard cargo-ship container is 20 feet long and can hold 50,000 pounds of cargo. Many had to be hoisted off the ship and onto the Calcutta dock in Port Newark to be searched -- all for nothing.

"After a lengthy and exhaustive inspection by the Department of Homeland Security Officials, the search for stowaways aboard the Ville D'Aquarius has concluded with no stowaways found," a Homeland Security spokesman said. "Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection with assistance from ICE -Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Port Authority of NY/NJ, utilized X-Ray machines, K-9 units and officers on the ground to search over 163 containers."

The ordeal began around 3 a.m. Wednesday, after a Coast Guard patrol stop at the mouth of New York harbor, when officials conducting a routine check of the cargo ship believed they may have heard faint knocking coming from one of the containers onboard.

Within hours, emergency medical teams, police and federal law enforcement converged on the port as customs officials checked each container and port equipment operators raced to dig out the suspected containers. 

The ship had been out to sea for more than two weeks prior to docking, leading authorities to fear for the health of the alleged stowaways.  A string of ambulances and other emergency vehicles waited just outside the port.  The ambulances have since been sent back to their regular duties.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


NJ Mayor Cory Booker Shows Up at Accident Scene… Again

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Mayor Cory Booker has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

The mayor of Newark, N.J., who some have called a superhero, helped out at the scene of an accident on Friday, just two months after he rescued his neighbor from her burning home.

“God bless my residents. Pulled up on pedestrian/vehicle accident. We got man stabilized & into ambulance. He’ll b OK. Thanx 2 all who helped,” Booker tweeted.

Although the mayor was one of several Samaritans to help, the real hero was an Essex county police detective who was the first person at the scene and called 911, Booker’s spokesperson said. The detective is credited with wiping blood from the victim’s face, pouring water on his wounds and helping him remain stable until paramedics arrived, the Star-Ledger reported.

In April, Booker made headlines for rescuing his neighbor from her burning home.

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New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker Rescues Neighbor From Fire

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker said Friday he’s no hero and was just doing “what most neighbors would do” when he ran into a burning house to save a woman.

Booker recounted his “come to Jesus” moment Friday, just hours after he was released from the hospital, where he was treated for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

Booker, 43, returned home Thursday evening to find flames shooting out of his neighbor’s home. A woman screamed that her daughter was still inside. The mayor and two of his security detail ran inside, hoping to rescue the woman who Booker said he had known for years.

“It was a really frightening experience for me. I didn’t think we were going to get out of there,” Booker said.

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The mayor fought through flames in the kitchen to reach the stairs. When he reached the top of the staircase, Booker said something exploded.

The mayor said he had an “altercation” with Newark Police Detective Alex Rodriguez, who tugged at his belt and wanted the mayor to leave the burning house for his safety.

Booker said the two “had words,” but he wasn’t leaving until he rescued his neighbor.

“I did not feel bravery, I felt terror. It was a very scary moment. I couldn’t breathe. It was a moment I felt very religious,” he said.

Amid the smoke and flames, Booker was able to follow the woman’s screams to find her.  He said he carried her over his shoulder and out of the home.

“She was incredibly gracious to me last night, she was very gracious today. The young lady was very disoriented, quite frankly,” he said.

A breathless Booker, who is a prolific user of social media, even found the time to tweet that he was alright after the incident.

“Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok,” he wrote.  Booker, who has over a million followers, said he tweeted because it was “a good way to get the word out I was ok.”

The mayor was treated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his thumb and forefinger, which were bandaged.

Booker said he had already been into his office Friday morning, but planned to take a short nap before getting back to work.

The neighbor was listed in stable condition with second-degree burns to her back and neck.

Booker insisted the hero label was “over the top.”

“I’m a neighbor that did what most neighbors would do,” he said.

Booker, a Democrat, was first elected mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in 2006. A graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School, he earlier served on Newark’s City Council. He’s been talked about as a possible candidate for governor.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Stifling Heat Wave Torments Millions From the Midwest to Northeast

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The mercury hit 104 degrees Friday in New York City, the highest temperature the city has seen in 35 years.

"This is as hot as New York City gets," said John Miksad, who works in the Electric Operations division for Con Edison, the city's power company.

The National Weather Service is predicting 103 degrees this afternoon in what some might call the Baked Apple, and no New Yorkers are sweating out the heat wave more than utility crews, who are working around the clock to maintain the power grid. The city broke its all-time record for power demand at 1 p.m. Friday, topping a mark set Aug. 2, 2006.

The bright lights of Times Square were turned off Friday to conserve energy.

New York was not the only place battling the heat. Newark, New Jersey, hit an all-time record at 108 degrees.

In the Chicago area, the heat may be responsible for at least six deaths, including an 18-year-old boy who was riding his bike and running and may not have drunk enough water.

Airports near Washington and Baltimore hit 105. Philadelphia hit 103 degrees, as did Boston. The Emergency Room at the Framingham Hospital outside Boston is seeing twice as many patients.

"Death from heat is greater than death from tornadoes or hurricanes or from the cold," said Dr. David Morris, who works at Framingham Union Hospital.

Doctors warn that in these conditions, the body, even at rest, can lose a quart of fluid an hour. They say to wear light clothing, don't go outside unless you have to and drink plenty of water.

It's also important to be careful of metal objects outside. A manhole cover in Manhattan was measured at 139 degrees. The slide in an empty jungle gym was 120 degrees.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Zuckerberg's Donation: Good PR or Just Generosity?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to announce a $100 million charitable donation to Newark, N.J. public schools.  News broke Wednesday that Zuckerberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to announce the philanthropic effort, believed to be Zuckerberg's largest-ever public charitable donation, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday.  But the timing of Zuckerberg's announcement has led some to speculate whether the donation could be part of an effort to help bolster the young CEO's public profile, as well as the image of a company that's weathered a few PR storms over the past couple of years.  The Oprah-worthy announcement comes just one week before the release of "The Social Network," a Hollywood movie expected to depict Zuckerberg as a socially-awkward genius hungry for power and prestige.

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