Dear EarthTalk: I understand that Congress passed legislation not too long ago that protected a few million acres of wilderness areas, parks and wild rivers, in part to help offset climate change. How does conserving land prevent global warming? — M. Oakes, Charlottesville, NC
NEW BRUNSWICK — A 24-year-old man remained in critical condition today after being stabbed in New Brunswick on March 4, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced.
TRENTON –Former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph C. Spicuzzo was arrested this morning on charges that he demanded bribes of up to $25,000 from individuals seeking employment or promotions in the sheriff’s office, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced.
ROSELLE/ELIZABETH – On Saturday, April 16, the Elizabeth NJ Firemen’s Federal Credit Union will sponsor the Play Ball for Miracles Charity Softball Tournament to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the families of firefighters who have children with special needs.
STATE – A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled today that convicted former Assemblyman Joseph Vas is entitled to back pay and benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has called for the release of oil from the federal government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower rapidly-rising gas prices.
TRENTON – With no top prize winner for several weeks, the Mega Millions jackpot has ground to $105 million for Friday’s drawing.
CLARK – Clark Public Schools has recognized a teacher at each of the township’s four public schools and named Valley Road School teacher Paula Spence as the district’s Teacher of the Year. Spence will be eligible to be named Union County Teacher of the Year and could be considered for the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year award.
FORKED RIVER – This weekend’s release of the animated children’s movie Rango is expected to raise interest in keeping chameleons and other reptiles as pets. Officials from the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park warn against bringing these animals into your home, however.
Slavonic Festival • March 5 from noon-10 p.m. – St. Thomas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway will host a Slavonic festival with food, games, music & items for sale. Free admission. Info: 1-732-382-5300