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Archive: October, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 5:41 PM

A murderer who gets a "life" sentence in NJ may not necessarily die in prison.  That's because the justice systems plays percentages when calculating how long an inmate should stay behind bars. 

Life is actually 75 years, max.  But that too can be lowered.

In a chilling murder trial unfolding in Mt. Holly, a Burlco public defender recently took the stand to try to explain.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 1:48 PM

In the 60s, kids would race after noisy mosquito trucks and frolick in thick clouds of sweet-smelling pesticide.   Like a Pied Piper, an old pick-up would appear in a neighborhood and spray big white puffs that would make children want to jump in and magically disappear.   

I was one of them.  I remember the thrill. And the strong perfume.   

And then, suddenly, the trucks disappeared.  (Though a handful of You Tube videos show children in Korea foolishly running through fog that we used to enjoy and now know better. Watch the video at - it's shocking.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 4:12 PM

More mosquitos carrying the deadly West Nile Virus have been discovered in Burlco.  A crew is heading out in trucks Wednesday night to fog the area.    

Mosquito traps placed at the Florence Sewage Treatment Plant recently turned up positive samples of the virus, which can be fatal in the elderly or those with health problems.  Residents who live nearby are asked to stay indoors when the mosquito trucks go out from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.  

The mosquito trucks are not the same as those that entered neighborhoods in the 60s, like Pied Pipers, emitting fluffy clouds of sweet-smelling pesticide that mysteriously attracted children.  (See

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