Dear EarthTalk: What is “tar sands oil” and what is the controversy over possibly building a pipeline for it from Canada into the United States? — Bill Berkley, Omaha, NE
Memorial Day this year falls on May 30, the original date it was meant to be. As it now stands, the holiday to honor our war dead is whatever date the last Monday in May is.
STATE – Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer vacation season for many, traces its roots back to the end of the Civil War.
Blood Drive • May 27 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
STATE – Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot is worth $171 million, or $88.7 million if the winner opts for a lump sum cash payout.
WEST TRENTON – New Jersey State Police statistics show that 230 people have died in traffic-related accidents so far this year (Jan. 1 through May 25), which is up almost 18-percent from the 195 crash fatalities this time last year.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day,” an opportunity time to remind people at the start of summer about the dangers from exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer.
STATE – NJ Transit is offering “early getaway” rail and bus service this afternoon for the benefit of customers leaving work early for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
NEW BRUNSWICK – An Edison man has been sentenced to serve 30 years in a New Jersey state prison for strangling a North Brunswick woman in her apartment and then abandoning their 20-month-old daughter at a gas station in Delaware, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
NEW BRUNSWICK — A grand jury in Middlesex County has indicted three men on charges of robbing a bank in Franklin Township and then shooting at police officers while fleeing through North Brunswick and New Brunswick, where they were apprehended, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced Thursday.