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Prisoners Find Purpose Behind Bars: Saving Salamanders

Prisoners Find Purpose Behind Bars: Saving Salamanders
BY NANCY AVERETT
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Robert Cooper scoops a salamander from one of the six fish tanks he keeps in a small, unadorned room, its walls just bare cinder block. “This is my big boy,” he says, projecting his voice above the gurgling water. Cooper stretches his heavily tattooed arms and hands out before him—the words “hate” and “rage” are spelled across his knuckles—to reveal the tiny, slippery amphibian twisting in his cupped palms. “He ain’t too happy right now,” he adds. The salamander, an eastern hellbender, is a reclusive species that rarely interacts with its own kind, let alone humans.

Cooper knows what it feels like to be confined in someone else’s grip. He’s been a prisoner here at Marion Correctional Institution, in central Ohio, for 15 years. The hellbender he holds and the 11 others in the room are an endangered species endemic to parts of the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast. In six months, they will be released into the wild as part of the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, a consortium of zoos, universities, and government agencies collaborating to help the amphibian’s recovery. There is no certain date for Cooper’s release, however. He murdered a woman 15 years ago, when he was 21, and is serving a sentence of 27 years to life.

 

Singing the Praises of STEM Jobs in N.J.

Singing the Praises of STEM Jobs in N.J.
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Continuing her celebration of STEM week after yesterday’s kick-off of the Million Women Mentors program, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today (MARCH 10) praised Se...

Tesla Making Comeback in New Jersey

Tesla Making Comeback in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The car dealer that makes luxury electric cars is currently unable to sell them to New Jersey consumers. But that may be about to change.

New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Comm...

Major North Jersey Consolidation Plan Being Proposed

Major North Jersey Consolidation Plan Being Proposed
BY JEREMY ROSEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) introduced legislation with the end goal of consolidating into one entity the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development ...

8 Reasons New Jersey is a Solar Power State

8 Reasons New Jersey is a Solar Power State
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

For all of New Jersey’s problems, our state has shown increasing progress in a somewhat unexpected resource.

A lot more people in New Jersey are looking toward the sun f...

Grossly Inadequate? Christie Administration Environmental Agreement With Exxon Mobile Being Challenged

Grossly Inadequate? Christie Administration Environmental Agreement With Exxon Mobile Being Challenged
BY RICHARD McGRATH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Reacting to a reported settlement by the Christie Administration with Exxon Mobil that would allow the oil company to pay only $250 million for $8.9 b...

Wavy Jet Stream Driving Our Extreme Weather?

Wavy Jet Stream Driving Our Extreme Weather?
BY KIRK MOORE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Prolonged cold snaps on the East Coast, California drought and frozen mornings in the South all have something in common – the atmospheric jet stream which...

Update on Oil Drilling Explorations off the Atlantic Coast

Update on Oil Drilling Explorations off the Atlantic Coast
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), along with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), applauded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Mana...

Trying to Stop the Barbaric Treatment of Sharks

Trying to Stop the Barbaric Treatment of Sharks
BY RICHARD McGRATH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senator Raymond Lesniak that would prohibit the sale or distribution of shark fins was approved by a Senate committe...

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