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February 18, 1990 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
Learning that the Defense Department may have stored away $30 billion worth of things it doesn't need made me feel a lot better about my basement. We don't have anywhere near $30 billion worth of stuff down there. In fact, according to the lowest estimate - that would be my wife's - what we have in our basement has no monetary value at all. She didn't actually prepare a formal estimate with hard numbers; I've put them together by extrapolation from the phrase "a bunch of worthless junk.
NEWS
August 4, 1991 | By Christopher Shea, Special to The Inquirer
A fire in a basement storage room caused the evacuation of 23 apartments at the Forge Gate complex on Snyder Road in Towamencin Township on Wednesday night. Damage was limited to Building D of the five-building complex and was estimated at $20,000. One resident was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. The storage room was "gutted," said Towamencin Fire Chief Christopher Bohmueller. A laundry room in the basement also sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. The seven apartments on the first floor sustained heat damage, Bohmeuller said, and all 23 apartments in the building sustained smoke damage.
NEWS
September 11, 1991 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
The strange phone calls about a body in a South Philadelphia house started coming in at the Roundhouse about 6:30 last night, Homicide Lt. Joseph Witte said. After the third or fourth call, detectives went to a rowhouse on Cleveland Street near Fitzwater, talked to the tenants who had moved in just a few months ago, and got permission from them and the owner to dig up the cement basement floor. "We dug down about 20 inches before we found the bones," Witte said. The unidentified skeletal remains - possibly those of a woman - were discovered wrapped in a sheet, just where the caller said they would be, Witte said.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | By Lara Wozniak, Special to The Inquirer
In a brief meeting Monday, the Lower Merion Planning Commission recommended approving the conversion of a basement to an apartment in the Yorklynne Manor Condominiums at 465-471 City Ave., even though the proposal has yet to win authorization from the Zoning Hearing Board. Commission members John C. Donlevie, William H. Loesche, Davis Pearson and Francis J. Travascio voted in favor of the proposal. James Greenfield, Harry G. Rieger and Eleanor W. Winsor voted against it. A request for permission to expand the number of units on the lot is pending before the zoning board.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The students leaned in for a better look at their subject - a flattened skeleton, curled up and encased in a brown gunk of dirt and wax. "I've never been this up close and personal with something . . . that old," said Carly Sokach, 21, a University of Pennsylvania senior. That's 5,300 years old. The skeleton was excavated from a 50-foot pit in Iraq in 1930, packed in a crate and shipped to the Penn Museum. Not much more was known about it. For decades, the skeleton had rested in obscurity, with no paperwork to explain its provenance.
NEWS
March 10, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone worried about basement flooding might find useful some tips from New Jersey utility PSE&G. Customers of other gas and electric providers should contact their utility company as needed. Peco, which serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, can be reached for non-emergencies at 1-800-494-4000 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday), or for emergencies, including outages, at 1-800-841-4141 round-the-clock. Online reporting, including through mobile devices, is available through www.peco.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
The Warrington Zoning Hearing Board has approved Benjamin Grove's proposal to work out of the basement of his Pickertown Road home. The fire-equipment repairer received an exception Monday night to convert his basement into an office, said township manager Stanley Gawel. The board approved the conversion, 3-0, but limited Grove to paper and telephone work. Grove assured the board that he does all repairs at the fire departments that hire him, Gawel said. The zoning board made short work of the rest of its agenda Monday, continuing two requests for a special exception, Gawel said.
NEWS
February 9, 2007 | By Kathy Stevenson
Winter has finally arrived and many of us are spending a lot more time indoors. In this part of the country, that means migrating down to the basement. Whether your basement is used mainly as a place to store "stuff" or a place to store kids, it likely reveals your family's true personality. Upstairs might be the face we show to the public, but down below the designer kitchen anything goes. The most desirable basements, in my continuing informal survey of how people live, are those maintained by older, retired couples.
NEWS
July 30, 2004 | By Judy Harch
My basement has become a living history museum. Pieces of my life story are scattered among dusty boxes, plastic containers, and shelves laden with the fallout of 40 years of accumulated stuff. The exhibits in this museum have moved to three locations during that time. My basement also happens to be an archive for my children's life stories. It slowly evolved into a storehouse for special toys from days gone by, an assortment of outgrown beds, and books ranging from easy readers purchased at school book fairs to outdated college textbooks that my girls just couldn't part with.
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February 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The students leaned in for a better look at their subject - a flattened skeleton, curled up and encased in a brown gunk of dirt and wax. "I've never been this up close and personal with something . . . that old," said Carly Sokach, 21, a University of Pennsylvania senior. That's 5,300 years old. The skeleton was excavated from a 50-foot pit in Iraq in 1930, packed in a crate and shipped to the Penn Museum. Not much more was known about it. For decades, the skeleton had rested in obscurity, with no paperwork to explain its provenance.
SPORTS
February 8, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to his older brother, Mike McLaren may never grow a mustache. Much to his babysitter's dismay in the early 2000s, the youngest of three future La Salle wrestlers tussled over a plastic sword with his middle brother, Matt. The dispute ended with an emergency room trip and six stitches to Mike's upper lip. The oldest brother Andrew McLaren, an 18-year-old senior, remembers the incident as vividly as he remembers the family's unfinished basement with a mat, where the boys spent hours wrestling each other under their parent's supervision.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
The DIY music scene is thriving in Philadelphia. And the do-it-yourself ethos extends to how emerging bands get their music recorded. Take PUDH, a former DIY venue/house in Lansdowne, whose basement seems better suited for an Evil Dead remake than a makeshift recording studio. Members of the band Snoozer now call its basement home. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Kelly, who lives there with his two bandmates, says he has recorded demos for his band there. "We put the mics in the ventilation ducts," he said.
REAL_ESTATE
January 5, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Last year, we bought a house in the suburbs, and we've decided that we'll need to refinish part of the basement. The basement is very humid in the summer, and the dehumidifier we have isn't up to the job. The excessive moisture is creating mold problems, attracting bugs, and causing water stains on walls. We don't want to spend a lot of money to fix this problem. It is not water intrusion during heavy rains, but dampness. We have been told by some people we have brought in that we need a new heating/cooling system.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It's a sad day in Philadelphia when a firefighter is killed, even though it's accepted that facing death is part of the job. Added to the list of the fallen Tuesday was Joyce Craig-Lewis, 36, who died in the smoky haze of a basement fire inside a West Oak Lane home. She becomes the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty. An investigation is ongoing to determine how Craig-Lewis became isolated and trapped in the basement. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said basement fires are particularly challenging.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, MORGAN ZALOT, DAVID GAMBACORTA & MENSAH DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN THEY are older, and showing their own children photo albums that have far too many blank spaces, Mehki Donte Green and Laylani Lewis will say that their mother died a hero on a soggy, bitterly cold day in Philadelphia. Their mom, veteran Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis, lost her life while battling a hellacious blaze in West Oak Lane in the early morning darkness yesterday, earning a heartbreaking place in the city's history as the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
CHRONICLING the recording of new music using long-lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, tonight's Showtime special "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued" will have its biggest appeal to the boomer-era fans taking in Mr. D's shows at the Academy of Music this weekend. But the target demo could be lowered by the far more "current" artists who took on this time-warping collaborative mission - Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops)
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
DEJA ALVAREZ has lost count of the times she has come to the Criminal Justice Center on Filbert Street. "Oh my God, I can't even remember anymore," she said, before settling on four. Each time, the case against the man accused of stabbing and dismembering her friend Diamond Williams, on July 14, 2013, was continued for one reason or another. Mostly because lawyers and doctors were trying to figure out whether Charles Nolan Sargent was sane enough to stand trial in the brutal slaying of a transgender woman whose grandmother said was born Mark William Woods.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
BASEMENTS, basically by definition, are the ugly and unloved stepchildren of any tiered structure. A damp, dank place to stack cardboard boxes full of ex-lovers' stuff. A resting place for never-used exercise equipment. A sunlight-free ecosystem perfect for the cultivation of cobwebs and dust bunnies. An eminently unsafe hiding place for psychotic clowns armed with blood-stained garden equipment. (Just me?) But none of these subterranean stereotypes, even the totally rational killer-clown one, apply to what lies beneath the Reading Terminal Market, one of Philadelphia's most recognized historical and culinary contributions.
REAL_ESTATE
September 7, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Art is imitating life here. As I write this, I'm waiting for our utility to replace a 1924 steel gas line that was found to be leaking. So the gas is off for a couple of hours, and a three-man crew is digging up the street in front of my house to fix the problem, thanks to a detection unit that roams our street once a year, as required by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. What happens between visits? Detection is up to you, and the utilities have made it easier.
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