October 15th, 2021


Unclear on the Concept

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published March 16, 2016

Unclear on the Concept

Awkward Signals in New Jersey: (1) The government watchdog MuckRock requested records on the cause of death of a dolphin in New Jersey's South River last year (to investigate larger dangers to the animal), but in January 2016 the state's Department of Agriculture initially declined to release them -- citing "medical privacy" (usually requested, for autopsies, by "the deceased's family").

(2) At the same time, Maria Vaccarella is facing a $500 fine in Howell, New Jersey, for violating a state law because she illegally rendered "care" to two apparently orphaned baby squirrels when their mother abandoned them. She was due in court as News of the Weird went to press. [, 1-11-2016] [WPVI-TV (Philadelphia), 1-16-2016]

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