Dear EarthTalk: I heard someone say that legalizing pot—as Californians considered doing last year—would benefit the environment. How would that be? — William T., Portland, OR

Former North Brunswick Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Two Young Girls

NEW BRUNSWICK — A 51-year-old man has been convicted for sexually assaulting two young girls on numerous occasions during separate incidents while he lived in the Somerset section of Franklin Township and North Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.

NJ To Create “Talent Networks” To Identify Skills Job Seekers Need

MORRIS TOWNSHIP — Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development delivered the keynote address at the United Way 2011 Public Officials Forum this week, announcing a new initiative to help job-seekers find careers in New Jersey’s most promising industries.

NJ Eligible To Compete For Federal Education Grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Education announced today that New Jersey and eight other finalist states that did not win grants in the first two rounds of the Race to the Top program will be eligible to compete for $200 million in additional funds this year.

NJ DCA Reports On Popular Charities

NEWARK – During its most recent reported fiscal year, only 10 percent of the money spent by the Garden State Law Enforcement Officers Foundation, a New Jersey registered charity based in Tennent, funded charitable programs. The remaining 90 percent was spent on fundraising, management, and general costs, according to information the charity reported to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Linden Athletic Hall Of Fame To Enshrine Fifth Class

LINDEN- The fifth class of the Linden Athletic Hall of Fame will be enshrined at an induction dinner at Amici III Ristorante, 1700 W. Elizabeth Avenue, Linden, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, according to Hall of Fame Chairman Gary Luciano.

State Must Find $500 Million More For School Funding

TRENTON – The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration must find more money for schools in the state’s poorest districts. The decision will cost approximately $500 million, according to an estimate based on Office of Legislative Services figures.