Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that there has been an increase in uranium mining in the U.S. due to a renewed interest in nuclear energy? What are the health and environmental ramifications of this? — Paul Raffman, New Bedford, MA
Imagine your 90-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease and is near death. But before she became mentally incompetent, she gave you power of attorney to sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order so medical personnel would honor her wishes to die peacefully, without aggressive medical interventions in her final days.
AREA – Independence Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the American colonies asserted their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
ELIZABETH — Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, associates of Rafael Fajardo are departing the city’s public school system as criminal prosecutions, political defeats and economic setbacks mount among those who remain near him.
Dear EarthTalk: I understand that pet cats prey on lots of birds and other “neighborhood” wildlife, but isn’t it cruel to force felines to live indoors only? And isn’t human encroachment the real issue for bird populations, not a few opportunistic cats? — Jason Braunstein, Laos, NM
The battle over immigration reform is often about economic fear — fear that immigrants are hurting the economy for native born Americans. But that fear is based on several economic myths:
WOODBRIDGE — The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed today to a request by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to review an appeals court decision overturning the convictions of a Woodbridge man who, in 2008, was found guilty of fatally shooting two men in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the township, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced.
TRENTON – Same sex couples married in states and countries where marriage equality is recognized by law would have their marriages officially acknowledged in New Jersey, under terms of legislation introduced in the Senate on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce and Natural Resource committees, voted against a bill that would expand leasing of offshore drilling to the Atlantic Coast. The bill passed today by a 235-186 vote, but it is not expected to be taken up by the U.S. Senate.
NEWARK – A Superior Court Judge has approved a final consent judgment and settlement agreement that designated a new organization administrator to distribute all remaining contributions made to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation (HSRF), and then to dissolve the organization. The agreement also bars the former principals from ever again running a charitable organization related to Sandy and from serving in a leadership position in any charitable organization in the state for a minimum of two years.