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Newark Graveyard Concerns

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Hank chased the story about a neglected cemetery in Newark.  He asked, "what obligation do we have to the remains of the dead?" His search took him to the Woodlands Cemetery in Newark where he spoke with Oscar Winslow whose uncle is buried there.  He says that the condition of the cemetery is so sad that you can't even see any of the tombstones and it looks like a vacant lot.  Over 80,000 bodies are buried over the 37 acre lot which opened in 1865.  Just picture tombstones toppled over, scattered pieces in disarray, and flags from veterans faded and forgotten from years of sunlight. 

Hank met up with Keith Busch from the cemetery committee who says the problem is money.  But, the committee has more than a half-million dollars and they are prohibited by law to use that for the upkeep of the cemetery and can only use interest from that on maintenance which isn't enough.  He says it would cost anywhere from $23,000-$30,000 to just clear away the debris. 

Back in the studio the chasers debate over priorities and family obligations to our loved ones that have passed on.

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