Dear EarthTalk: I know that large fish contain a lot of mercury, but where does it come from? And what are we doing to prevent this contamination? — Alison Bronner, Atlanta, GA
RAHWAY — Rev. William Paul Wnuck, Ph.D., 84, of Edison, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Genesis Healthcare in Westfield. He served as Rahway’s Third Ward Councilman for many years and was the 1994 Republican nominee for mayor.
CARTERET — Carteret has been honored as a “National Award Winner” by the National Association of Town Watch for its “outstanding participation in the 2011 Annual National Night Out” crime, drug and violence prevention program, Mayor Dan Reiman and Councilman Skippy Sitarz have announced. The National Association of Town Watch is the national sponsor of the National Night-Out Project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House announced today that nine states will receive federal money from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, but New Jersey isn’t among the winners.
OLD BRIDGE — Police safely recovered two children this morning at a motel in upstate New York after their mother was killed in Old Bridge, and their father subsequently died at the motel, an apparent victim of suicide, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced.
TRENTON – The Department of Education today released the Violence and Vandalism Report for the 2009-2011 school years. The report is produced each year to transparently share self-reported incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, and substance use and possession from districts.
UPDATED: The House Judiciary Committee will resume markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on a controversial bill that would give the government the power to block access to entire websites accused of hosting content that infringes on copyrights. The committee is expected to resume the markup proceedings after Congress’ holiday recess.
Barry Bonds’ Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.
STATE–As part of Governor Christie’s “Season of Service,” the Department of Education and Department of Military and Veteran Affairs announced today that they have collected more than 125,000 holiday cards from across the state for U.S. military service members.