July 22, 2016 |
Welsh band Super Furry Animals is often given the psychedelic label, though that fits about as well as a sweater you wore in eighth grade. "If I'm honest, I never thought [about] what genre we fit in," SFA's Cian Ciaran says. "Every time someone asks, I just say I don't know what to say, other than some guitar-based music, and then I run out of adjectives. "It's colorful songs or melodies -," he says, trailing off. Among the five members of the band, Ciaran seemed the right one to ask, as - through drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and the various electronic equipment he plays in addition to keys - he is the main architect for the electronic sound that helps to set the band apart.
July 20, 2016 |
Thomas Hickey Sr., 61, a passionate advocate for animals and the underserved, died of a stroke on Sunday at Jefferson Hospital. Hickey, who had recently moved to Center City from Chester County, is best known for his work on legislation to improve conditions in Pennsylvania puppy mills. "The canines of Pennsylvania have every reason to be sad today," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, who appointed Hickey to the state's Dog Law Advisory Board in 2006. "They lost a great, great champion.
July 17, 2016
DEAR ABBY: When I was 13 and 14, I sent nude pictures to guys I didn't know over Kik. I am now 15 and interested in a career in education. I have read about educators getting fired for sending pictures. Should I be worried that I will never have a career in education? Or ever get into a good college? - Questioning Teen DEAR QUESTIONING: Sending nude photos at any age, especially if someone is underage, is extremely dangerous to both the sender and recipient, and I hope you will never do it again.
July 10, 2016 |
Twenty-seven cats and two dogs have been removed from a flea-infested home in Philadelphia's Bridesburg section, the Pennsylvania SPCA announced Friday. The agency obtained a search warrant for a home in the 2400 block of Bridge Street after it received a tip there were dead cats in the trash. Several of the cats and one cocker spaniel-type dog were found to have serious medical conditions and were taken to the shelter's Erie Ave. location for medical care. One young cat needed to be resuscitated by the shelter's veterinary staff and is currently in critical condition.
July 7, 2016 |
Drug maker Merck said that it will acquire a controlling interest in Vallée S.A., a private producer of animal health products in Brazil. Under the terms, Merck's animal health business in Madison, N.J. will acquire 93 percent of Vallée for $400 million, based on current exchange rates. The agreement is subject to regulatory review. Under the deal, Vallée's portfolio of more than 100 products including parasiticides, anti-infectives and vaccines for livestock, horses, and companion animals, will be combined with Merck's animal-health division.
June 30, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY Give up eggs I watched and read about Mercy for Animals' disturbing footage from its recent undercover investigation of a possible egg supplier for Malvern-based Eggland's Best ("Activists allege cruelty by egg supplier," Thursday). Sadly, I know that such inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens is all too common in the industry. The debate over whether two Briarwood Farms locations in Washington state are supplying Eggland's Best must not distract us from this fact: As consumers, if we want to be sure that we are not contributing to this cruelty, whether packaged as Eggland's Best or some other brand, the best thing we can do is keep eggs off our plates.
June 26, 2016 |
David Lally is part of the reason that what Pixar makes is so astounding. The 28-year-old Roxborough native, Roman Catholic alum, and two-time Drexel grad, has been working with the Disney animation giant since 2011's Cars 2 , and he has already started on Cars 3 . His most recent finished work can be seen in Finding Dory . So what exactly is a technical director? We have a lot of them at Pixar. We are the groups that support animation through creating character rigs, shading, and texturing.
June 21, 2016 |
F INDING DORY far-surpassed its already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film Shrek the Third was the previous record-holder with a $121.6 million debut. Dory is also now the second-largest June opening of all time behind Jurassic World . Going into the weekend, analysts expected Dory to do big, $100 million plus business, but never this much.
June 20, 2016 |
George Bengal, 69, the humane law enforcement director for the Pennsylvania SPCA since 2007, died Saturday, June 18, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown after a nearly four-month battle with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare and terminal cancer, the shelter announced. "George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street-smart cop who led by example," Jerry Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement.
June 17, 2016 |
Sixty-six dogs were rescued earlier this year after being kept, scarred, and sometimes stacked in crates for several months as part of a multistate dogfighting ring. The six South Jersey residents charged this month with abusing the animals - Justin Love, Anthony "Monte" Gaines, Lydell Harris, Mario Atkinson, Frank Nichols, and Tiffany Burt - each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But new legislation could add another punishment to their dockets. The six could be among the first members of a potential public registry of animal abusers in the state.