Regional Briefs – June 8, 2015

State Troopers Bring Pizzas After Flight Canceled

EGG HARBOR, N.J. – Two New Jersey troopers arrived with armloads of pizza Friday when a canceled Spirit flight left over 100 passengers stranded at Atlantic City Airport, The Associated Press reported.

Bill Would Ban Smoking in Cars When Kids Present

TRENTON – A New Jersey Democrat wants to ban smoking in vehicles if children 16 and under are present, The Associated Press reported. Sen. Joseph Vitale’s bill would fine violators a $100 fine, but no points, and would be a secondary offense.

TSA Returns $40K Painting Lost at Newark Airport

NEWARK – The maligned TSA is getting some good press for a change. Agents returned a Chinese painting valued at $40,000 that was left in Newark Airport to an art dealer who flew to Hong Kong. According to the TSA, the dealer’s husband said their representative was very helpful.

100 Firefighters Battle Blaze at Methodist Hospital

BROOKLYN – More than 100 firefighters battled a smoky fire Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, started when work being done in the basement caused a fire in the duct work, The Associated Press reported. Smoke spread to several floors but the facility was not evacuated. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.

Judge: Teachers’ Liberal Arts Exam Racially Biased

NEW YORK – A test given to New York state teacher applicants is racially biased against black and Latinos since they tend to pass at only 54 percent to 75 percent of the pass rate for whites, a federal judge ruled Friday. Since 1993, the state has required prospective teachers to pass a liberal arts exam before being certified.

Most New Yorkers Want All State Pols Voted Out

ALBANY – A majority of New York voters don’t think the state’s current elected officials are capable of ending political corruption and should all be voted out of office, according to a Quinnipiac poll. While 28 percent trust the current crop, 55 percent believe it’s time to restart with a clean slate.