How to Get a Turtle out of the Street and More – Thursday’s Roundup

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Nicole Leonard at the Press of AC has a depressing and informative and amazing story on the opioid epidemic through the lens of EMTs and “responder fatigue” that sometimes comes with saving the same people over and over again.

“For some, it’s become a calling. For others, the frustrating, heart-wrenching cycle of emergency calls for overdoses has caused a type of fatigue that is hard to come back from.”

Amy Rosenberg’s story on Mayor Gilliam’s State of the City address contains the interesting nugget that only one member of the City Council attended the big luncheon, “a sign of the contentious and complicated local political scene.” Sheesh. compiled a list of the top 23 high schools in New Jersey, pulled from the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and my god are any of them within 75 miles of here? South Jersey is another country.

Lastly, here is dash-cam video of a Hamilton Township police officer using his riot shield (?) to gently encourage a large snapping turtle to get the h— out of the street.

If you have not yet done so, I encourage you to read the Wikipedia article on snapping turtles, which contains valuable advice on solving exactly this problem, and has the added bonus of being written by Robert Hamburger. Apparently when snapping turtles, “feel stressed, they release a musky odor from behind their legs.” Me too!

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