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NJ DEP Urges Steps To Reduce Chance Of Nuisance Encounters As Bears Become More Active

TRENTON – With black bears now entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin urged residents to follow some simple precautions to reduce the risk of bad encounters with bruins.

Plainfield Schools Superintendent Arrested On Multiple Charges

PLAINFIELD –The Plainfield schools superintendent and two assistants were charged today with stealing more than $10,000 worth of educational services by providing false documents to send two Perth Amboy children to school in South Plainfield, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced.

Former Drug Kingpin Pleads Guilty, Faces 32 Years

ELIZABETH — Alejandro Cleves who served as the kingpin of a notorious drug ring that was responsible for bringing upwards of 250 kilos heroin into the United States annually, pled guilty in court yesterday to a charge of 1st degree leader of a narcotics trafficking network.

Cardiac Surgery Death Rate Remains Low

STATE—New Jersey’s mortality rate following cardiac surgery remains at its lowest level since the state began collecting data, according to the report Cardiac Surgery in New Jersey 2007 released today by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Police Warn Linden Residents To Lock Doors & Windows Following String Of Cat Burglaries

LINDEN – After a recent string of cat burglaries, Linden police are reminding residents to keep their doors and windows locked. Authorities are also recommending the use of some type of outdoor lighting during nighttime hours, preferably motion-activated security lights.

Jackpot Grows To $266 Million For Tuesday’s Mega Millions Drawing

STATE — Everything is getting bigger in Mega Millions: the jackpot, the number of winners, and above all, the excitement. Since no ticket matched all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the jackpot for tonight grows to an estimated $266 million.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Given the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last month, isn’t it high time the government put a stop to offshore oil drilling once and for all?

Tips For Reducing Allergens In Your Home

NEWARK— As the trees and flowers are blooming this spring, so are our allergies. Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) names May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to educate people about the causes, symptoms and treatments of asthma and allergies.