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Florio Pans Lesniak Scheme

STATE – Former Gov. James Florio said state Sen. Ray Lesniak’s plan to privatize New Jersey’s educational system amounts to “tossing in the towel” and he used such strong terms as “insidious” to describe the plan as “part and parcel of a troubling set of developments that are shredding the very essence of traditional American values.”

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t it a waste that we buy water in plastic bottles when it is basically free out of our taps? Even health food stores, which should know better, sell it like crazy. When did Earth’s most abundant and free natural resource become a commercial ‘beverage’? — A. Jacobs, via e-mail

Report: Foreign-Born NJ Residents Generally Healthier, But Have Diverse Needs

NEW BRUNSWICK — More than 20 percent of New Jersey’s population is foreign-born, and health care providers must recognize this multicultural population’s diverse and changing health needs in order to provide the best health care, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh said Tuesday in releasing “The Health of the Newest New Jerseyans: A Resource Guide.”