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Friday, December 16, 2005

That's Happening Here?
5 Stories Fast
"Frankenfish" escape into Delaware River! They're actually called snakeheads and they're abhorred for their nasty appetites. (Sign them up for Wing Bowl.) No eradicating them now, especially since they have no natural local predators. Some suggest holding a snakehead fishign derby. ... Penn State scientists have found that "the merest fragment of one gene" strongly influences skin color. Besides undermining racial myths, the finding could help ID criminals and lead to skin-cancer treatments, as well as new ways to make skin looker tanner or lighter. ... "These Santas wear blue" tells how five city police officers generously helped a 90-year-old robbery victim, who'd already been punched in the face. They gave $300 to William Lane, restoring the amount that had been taken. "Sometimes we don't realize how fortunate we are until you see what some people have to endure," said an inspector. ... Another story of giving: Christian Academy, a small Brookhaven school, got a $6 million bequest. The funds, from the founders of the Fisher Tank Co. in Chester, will be used for scholarships, debt payments, facilities and more. ... Another "Sopranos" member has been accused of playing a criminal in real life. A cop was shot in the Bronx, apparently during a botched drug theft, and Lillo Brancato Jr. was arrested. Ironically, also over the weekend, the show's creator was honored by a shindig at Jersey's governor's mansion. Previous cases against series actors: an assault on an ex-girlfriend and a tourist mugging. Columnist Monica Yant Kinney couldn't resist mentioning a recently suggested state slogan: "New Jersey: We can have you killed."


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