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July 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claiming a lack of police cooperation in releasing evidence, the attorney for two Main Line Realtors accused of putting dead animals in a neighbor's yard has postponed a news conference he was going to hold Tuesday to "divulge previously unreported facts in the case. " "We are extremely dismayed that the Lower Merion Police Department still has not released any requested information in this matter, including its police report and the grainy video which unnamed Lower Merion law enforcement officials are citing as the linchpin of their case," George Bochetto said Monday.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
An animal-rights group is seeking to press criminal charges against the owner of a South Jersey rodeo where it alleges a horse died Saturday as a result of foul play. The group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), says a Cowtown Rodeo official shocked a horse with an electric prod to get it riled up for the event - a charge the rodeo's owner denies. A video the group uploaded to YouTube shows a man poking the horse, nine-year-old Duke, with what appears to be a metal rod as it waits to enter the Pilesgrove arena.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lizbeth Stewart Gruskin, 64, of Yardley, a Philadelphia-area artist whose hand-built ceramic sculptures of animals are on display across the globe, died Monday, June 24, of lung cancer at her home. Lizbeth Stewart, as she was known in the art world, taught ceramics for 30 years at the University of the Arts before retiring as a professor emeritus in December. All the while, she created artworks for exhibition - larger-than-life sculptures of dogs, birds, cats, lizards, and monkeys, some with stylized swirls or stripes in place of fur or hide.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | BY COLIN COVERT, Minneapolis Star Tribune
THERE'S A fizzy silliness to "Despicable Me 2" that will make it a huge word-of-mouth hit among key demographics. That would be 2- to 6-year-olds, and parents who enjoy seeing their kids curled into balls of uncontrollable laughter. You need to have seen the original 2010 comedy to get the most out of this sequel. Luckily, a lot of people have. "Despicable Me," Universal Studios' first venture into computer animated cartooning, was a smash. It offered a nifty novelty, with a would-be supervillain as the central character.
NEWS
June 29, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is one wildlife video that probably won't turn up on Animal Planet anytime soon. Police in Lower Merion say a security camera captured footage of two upscale Main Line real estate agents tossing dead mice and snakes onto the yard of their next-door neighbor's $1 million home on Booth Lane – all part of an alleged plot to sabotage its sale, because their house is also on the market. Jonathan and Andrea Straub, who sell multi-million dollar homes for Prudential Fox & Roach, were also caught on video cutting branches off trees, knocking over "For Sale" signs and otherwise vandalizing the property, according to police, who cited them for disorderly conduct and harassment.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The legislature's calendar this week is filled with multibillion-dollar bills that remain mired in the muddy morass of the budget debate. But out of the muck came bolting a bill to save wild boar hunts in Pennsylvania. Gov. Corbett signed legislation Monday to allow the boars, also known as feral hogs, to continue to be imported from Europe for use on hunting ranches. The bill's passage came over the objections of the Pennsylvania Game Commission as well as the prevailing wisdom of wildlife biologists and legislatures in other states, which have taken action to eradicate the destructive animals.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cracks in Delaware County's tenuous animal-control plan are widening. Some municipalities, chafing under the cost and inconvenience of shipping their strays to Chester County - in an arrangement brokered by the Delaware County Animal Protection Board - have approached a local pet store to take in their stray dogs and cats, the owner said. Michael Gill of We Love Pets, in Media and Springfield - which has been tied to the puppy-mill industry - said he could do the job for less and had looked into applying for a state kennel license.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
By Jerry Buckley Within three weeks of starting as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA, I was deeply involved in the tragic cases of Hercules and Chloe, dogs who were set on fire and severely burned. When Hercules was found in North Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body. Chloe died after being doused with accelerant and set aflame. This heartbreaking on-the-job training showed me exactly what I would need to know to help the countless vulnerable and voiceless animals entrusted to our care.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Have some presummer fun as the Ninth Annual Sugar Cane Festival, hosted by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and cosponsored by Peco, returns on Saturday with a day of information and activities on Fifth Street between Berks and Norris Streets. The day will offer community presentations, face painting, animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, and more. Performances include the Kensington CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) Drum Corps, Fuego Dance Company, urban pop duo Domino Saints, and singer Franco Olivo.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
A LITTLE MORE MAGIC, a little less action, and the animated adventure "Epic" might have better lived up to its title. The movie is adapted from William Joyce's lavishly illustrated books about the invisible army of enchanted creatures who live within a forest and keep it alive. The creative team from the "Ice Age" movies takes Joyce's starting point and layers over it the story of jaded teen MK (Amanda Seyfried) forced to spend the summer with her estranged father (Jason Sudeikis)
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