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The Quest for Fast Weight Loss

Over the years, countless fad diets—such as the cabbage soup diet, the lemonade cleanse, and the low- carb diet—have promised a path to quick and effortless weight loss. It’s tempting to believe that you can follow a “simple” formula and drop pounds without ever breaking a sweat. But as with many other things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: A friend with many minor health problems recently switched to a diet of only raw plant foods and reports feeling much better. She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment. Does this make sense or is the strange diet making her crazy? — Phil C., Reno, NV

Union County Introduces New Program To Help Prevent Violence

UNION COUNTY—Union County will launch a pilot program called Green Dot, a new bystander intervention program designed to address issues of personal violence such as harassment and stalking, domestic violence and sexual assault.

War Veterans Transform Uniforms Into Art

NEWARK—The Newark Public Library is featuring artwork created by veterans in the exhibition, “The Combat Paper Project: Healing through Art.” The exhibition highlights art on paper made from military uniforms, and may be viewed from April 1 through June 26 in the third floor gallery of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark.

Fords Senior Citizen Found Beaten To Death In His Home

WOODBRIDGE—Authorities are actively investigating the death of an 82-year-old man, who was beaten and robbed in his home in the Fords section of the township, Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure and Woodbridge Police Chief William Trenery announced today.