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“Newsies,” “White Christmas” Highlight Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2011-12 Season

MILLBURN – The Paper Mill Playhouse will feature four musicals and one play during its 2011-2012 season, beginning with the premiere of a new Disney stage musical, “Newsies.” The show, featuring music by Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken and a new book by Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, will debut Sept. 15.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015. How likely is it that we’ll attain that goal? — Jerry Mitlitski, Salem, OR

Writer’s Block: Independence Now!

How did our grandparents and parents know? How did most of us know? I’m talking about that time when we first realized that we were independent. Most middle aged adults I know were expected to walk themselves through a maze of daily responsibility and decision making until one day they reached the goal that is commonly referred to as adulthood.

Police Investigating Carteret Teen’s Death

CARTERET — Authorities are actively investigating the death of a 17-year-old who was shot near the Carteret library Wednesday afternoon, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Carteret Police Chief John Pieczyski announced today.

Assembly To Vote On Bills Promoting Electric Cars, Tightening Immunization Exemptions

TRENTON – The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on bills that would promote electric car purchases, tighten immunization exceptions and restrict salaries and benefits at local and state authorities on Thursday.