Daily Archives: December 16, 2008

>Fla. police: 1981 murder of Adam Walsh is solved

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Authorities in South Florida plan to announce that they’ve finally solved the 1981 killing of a little boy whose father later gained fame as the host of “America’s Most Wanted.”

Hollywood police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to close the case of the abduction and homicide of 6-year-old Adam Walsh.

Adam’s parents, John and Reve Walsh, long ago derided the investigation as botched. Both were expected to attend the news conference.

The boy went missing from a Hollywood mall on July 27, 1981. Fishermen discovered his severed head in a canal 120 miles away two weeks later. The rest of his body was never found.

The suspect, Ottis Toole, had twice confessed to killing the child, but later recanted. He claimed responsibility for hundreds of murders, but police determined most of the confessions were lies.

Toole’s niece told the boy’s father, John Walsh, her uncle confessed on his deathbed in prison that he killed Adam.

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Fla. police: 1981 murder of Adam Walsh is solved

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Authorities in South Florida plan to announce that they’ve finally solved the 1981 killing of a little boy whose father later gained fame as the host of “America’s Most Wanted.”

Hollywood police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to close the case of the abduction and homicide of 6-year-old Adam Walsh.

Adam’s parents, John and Reve Walsh, long ago derided the investigation as botched. Both were expected to attend the news conference.

The boy went missing from a Hollywood mall on July 27, 1981. Fishermen discovered his severed head in a canal 120 miles away two weeks later. The rest of his body was never found.

The suspect, Ottis Toole, had twice confessed to killing the child, but later recanted. He claimed responsibility for hundreds of murders, but police determined most of the confessions were lies.

Toole’s niece told the boy’s father, John Walsh, her uncle confessed on his deathbed in prison that he killed Adam.

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Filed under Adam Walsh, America's most wanted, Associated Press, John Walsh, Ottis Toole, South Florida

>Quote of the Day: Further Evidence of Bush’s Arrogance & Ignorance

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“So what?”

— President Bush, when told by Martha Raddatz that al Qaeda is only in Iraq as a result of the American invasion. Bush was trying to use al Qaeda’s presence in the country as justification for the invasion and continuing occupation.

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Quote of the Day: Further Evidence of Bush’s Arrogance & Ignorance

“So what?”

— President Bush, when told by Martha Raddatz that al Qaeda is only in Iraq as a result of the American invasion. Bush was trying to use al Qaeda’s presence in the country as justification for the invasion and continuing occupation.

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Filed under Al-Qaeda, America, Arrogance, Ignorance, Invasion, Iraq, political wire, President Bush, Quote of the day

Kids Can Mail Letters to Santa at Middletown Post Office

I was over at the Route 35  Middletown Post Office the other day, picking up stamps so that my wife and I could send out our Christmas cards (sorry if you didn’t make the list). While waiting for her to finish the purchase I noticed in the entry lobby, this little, red, old fashioned mail box marked North Pole(pictured above).

If I hadn’t happened to look down, I would not have seen it. It is positioned about 6 inches off the floor at a perfect hight for any child younger than 7 years old.  
I really thought that this was a terrific idea. Can you think of any better way in which to get your little ones excited for Santa’s arrival, then letting them write and mail their own letters to the “Big Guy”?
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to ask the Post Master what happened to the letters after the were placed in the mailbox. I don’t know if they are opened and read, or if  Santa’s elves will answer some of the wishes of the more needy children, it certainly would be nice if that were the case. 
I just thought that it was a nice holiday, kid friendly jesture by the people at the Middletown Post Office.

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Filed under children, Christmas, holidays, Letters to Santa, mailbox, Middletown Post Office, North Pole, Santa Clause, the Big Guy

Kids Can Mail Letters to Santa at Middletown Post Office

I was over at the Route 35  Middletown Post Office the other day, picking up stamps so that my wife and I could send out our Christmas cards (sorry if you didn’t make the list). While waiting for her to finish the purchase I noticed in the entry lobby, this little, red, old fashioned mail box marked North Pole(pictured above).

If I hadn’t happened to look down, I would not have seen it. It is positioned about 6 inches off the floor at a perfect hight for any child younger than 7 years old.  
I really thought that this was a terrific idea. Can you think of any better way in which to get your little ones excited for Santa’s arrival, then letting them write and mail their own letters to the “Big Guy”?
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to ask the Post Master what happened to the letters after the were placed in the mailbox. I don’t know if they are opened and read, or if  Santa’s elves will answer some of the wishes of the more needy children, it certainly would be nice if that were the case. 
I just thought that it was a nice holiday, kid friendly jesture by the people at the Middletown Post Office.

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Filed under children, Christmas, holidays, Letters to Santa, mailbox, Middletown Post Office, North Pole, Santa Clause, the Big Guy

Schaer & Scalera on Passage of Bill to Prevent Another EnCap

In this video commentary, Assemblymen Gary S. Schaer and Fred Scalera (both D-Bergen/Essex/Passaic) discuss the 77 to 0 passage of their legislation to enhance the protections and oversight surrounding public investments in private redevelopment projects.

Schaer and Scalera crafted the bill (A-2650) in response to the disastrous failure of the EnCap Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project. The project, which aimed to remediate abandoned municipal landfills in the Meadowlands, collapsed earlier this year when EnCap declared bankruptcy after receiving more than $300 million in public money from state and Bergen County sources.

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Filed under Assemblyman Fred Scalera, Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, Bergan County, Democrats, EnCap, landfills, Meadowlands, NJAssemblyDems, private redevelopment, public investments