He's the parade marshal
Police Chief Inspector James Tiano was named the grand marshal of yesterday's 21st annual Gay Pride Parade & Festival on Penn's Landing. Each year, the parade committee picks a straight person who has been supportive of the gay, lesbian and transgender community as parade grand marshal. Tiano oversees the community liaison unit of the Police Department.
Mom's punches killed baby
Tammy Torres, of Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for punching her 2-month-old daughter to death because she wouldn't stop crying in January 2008. She also was ordered Friday to pay $2,362 to cover the infant's funeral expenses.
235 or more swine flu cases
Health officials have now confirmed 235 cases of swine flu in the state and 113 probable cases. Monmouth County has the most - 29 confirmed cases - followed by 27 in Essex and Morris counties and 26 in Bergen County. No cases have been confirmed in Cape May, Gloucester and Salem counties. There have been no fatalities.
Whale-watcher was a suicide
The death of Ajit Modi, 51, of Plainsboro, N.J., who went overboard from a whale-watching boat and drowned last week, was an apparent suicide.
Relatives told state police Modi was despondent, and several passengers said he acted strangely on the dock and aboard the Spirit of Cape May.
Modi was last seen about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, not long after the boat pulled away from shore. His body was recovered by the Coast Guard near the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.
The war on mosquitoes
The Department of Environmental Protection and the West Nile staff in Delaware County will apply treatments tomorrow evening in Yeadon, Darby and Collingdale to control adult mosquito populations. Rain dates are Wednesday or Thursday.
Truck-mounted equipment will spray Biomist 3 + 15, an insecticide product, in Holy Cross and Eden cemeteries and nearby areas. *