Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that organic tobacco production is booming in the U.S.? And are cigarettes made from organic tobacco any healthier for smokers? — Nanci R., Petaluma, CA

Seven-Year-Old Sports Star

ELIZABETH – Seven-year-old Aliyah Bashir already has an impressive sports resume. She has won MVP awards in football, basketball and baseball, and the football team she played for was one of nine winners in this year’s nationwide Toyota Tiny Football League contest.

Snow Slows Morning Commute

STATE — State offices are opening two hours late and NJ Transit is reporting some delays, but last night’s snow storm did not have the disruptive effect of the post-Christmas blizzard.