6 Hospitalized After Botched Butt Surgeries

Several women in New Jersey are recovering after they received the wrong buttocks-enhancement injections

Six women are recovering from injuries suffered after receiving the wrong injections for backside enhancement, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced Monday.

The cosmetic injections were apparently administered by unlicensed doctors and contained silicone used to caulk bathtubs instead medical-grade silicone.

Health officials are investigating the infections to see if the cases are related.

The women, who have not yet been identified, range in age from early twenties to early forties and moved to New Jersey from the Dominican Republic.

“Fortunately, these women are being treated and are recovering,” said Dr. Tina Tan, a state epidemiologist. “But there is the potential for more serious complications if these infections are not treated early and properly.

The Health Department first received word of the infections in mid-February and issued an alert through its electronic communications network.

According to officials, hospitals, physicians and the statewide health care community were all notified about these cases.

Criminal charges have not been filed nor have any arrests been made.

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92.3 Now FM Hosts ‘White Castle Wedding’

It was like a fairy tale wedding… with sliders and a Coke.

Stephanie Keil married her prince charming, Rich Brostowski at White Castle restaurant this Valentine’s Day.

“We’ve been engaged since 2006,” said Keil of Garfield, N.J., “but circumstances kept putting the date off. I am thrilled to be marrying the love of my life. I would marry him anywhere.”

The couple, who won a radio contest on New York’s 92.3 NOW WXRK, exchanged vows at 642 Broadway in Newark, N.J. Sunday. DJ Chunky, who served as the best man, searched for listeners who were looking to get married, but couldn’t because of finances or other obstacles.

More than 20 couples wrote in, citing reasons why they deserve free wedding bands, a limo, tuxedo, dress, and of course, the venue. Keli and Brostowski were the lucky couple, chosen by listeners via online voting.

Catholic High School Coach Convicted of Sending Sexts to Boys

A former New Jersey Catholic high school baseball coach has been convicted of child endangerment for sending sexually explicit text messages to several boys.

A Monmouth County jury deliberated for nearly five hours over two days before convicting Bartholomew McInerney on 10 of 11 charges Friday. He was acquitted of the remaining charge.

McInerney testified that he encouraged players at St. Rose High School in Belmar to masturbate and offered them money to send him text messages when they did.

Monmouth County prosecutors said that constituted sexual misconduct, but McInerney testified it wasn’t for sexual gratification. He claimed it was an unconventional way to discourage his players from having sex with their girlfriends.

The 43-year-old Spring Lake Heights resident faces up to 100 years in state prison when he’s sentenced April 23.

New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

The New Jersey Legislature approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the first in the region and the 14th in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

The measure, passed on the final day of the legislative session, would allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis to have access to marijuana distributed through state-monitored dispensaries.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign it into law before leaving office next Tuesday.

Springsteen backs New Jersey gay marriage

Bruce Springsteen, pictured in November 2009, rocked the US gay marriage debate, urging legislators in his home state of New Jersey to back single-sex nuptials in a vote scheduled for Thursday.

Bruce Springsteen, rocked the US gay marriage debate, urging legislators in his home state of New Jersey to back single-sex nuptials in a vote scheduled for Thursday.

AFP – Bruce Springsteen rocked the US gay marriage debate, urging legislators in his home state of New Jersey to back single-sex nuptials in a vote scheduled for Thursday.

The rock icon said gay marriage was a civil rights issue and that the state Senate should vote yes.

“I’ve long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same-sex couples,” he wrote on his website.

He said he agreed with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine that “the marriage equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is — a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.”

New Jersey has a record of strong backing for gay rights, but a tight vote is expected in the upper chamber of the legislature. The bill would then have to be approved by the lower house before going to the governor for signature.

Corzine, a Democrat, has said he would approve the bill, but the state’s incoming Republican governor Chris Christie, who defeated Corzine in last month’s election, says he would veto.

Last week the state assembly in neighboring New York overwhelmingly rejected a similar bill, despite strong backing from Democratic Governor David Paterson.

Earlier this year, a referendum in Maine repealed the local government’s approval of same-sex marriage rights, as happened in California and Hawaii. Gay marriage has not yet won a popular vote in any US state.

Five states that have moved to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples have done so through court rulings or votes in the state legislature.

Those states are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont, with New Hampshire allowing gay marriage starting in January.

NY, NJ Couples More Likely to Stay Married

Despite all the temptations the Big Apple has to offer, New York State had one of the lowest divorce rates in the U.S. last year.

That’s according to new census data that found New Yorkers are more likely to keep the love alive when compared to those couples married throughout the nation. The Garden State and North Dakota had rates lower than New York state’s 8.4 percent divorce rate in 2008, a number that reportedly dropped even lower in city boroughs – including Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

The Big Apple’s 10 percent divorce rate was a bit lower than the national average of 10.7 percent.

The county in the Empire State with the highest divorce rate was upstate in Chemung. 12% of people are likely to divorce there – but the population is only about 2,700.

None of the counties in New York came even close to the what’s being described as the new divorce capital of America – which is Wayne County, Indiana, at 19.2 percent.

Researchers are blaming the nation’s souring economy on the divorce rate – which puts more stress on both husbands and wives. Indiana – especially – has been hit hard by the ecomony as the auto and manufacturing industries there have suffered tremendously.

Man Drowns At New Jersey State Park

A man is dead, after authorities say he dove into the water while canoeing, never to be seen again.

According to New Jersey State Police, Paul Davidson, 32, of Sewell was on a canoe trip Saturday with two friends in the Batsto Village section of Wharton State Park when tragedy struck.

Investigators say the canoeists stopped for a swim in the waters off Washington Township shortly before 7 p.m. Davidson’s buddies called police when he failed to resurface.

Police divers found his body around 11 p.m., some 50-yards from where he was last spotted. The medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause of death, but it’s believed Davidson drowned.