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December 1, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Q uestion: I came across your article about coating interior stone foundation walls, but my question concerns coating the exterior. My 1890s house has a fieldstone foundation with remnants of a white material clinging here and there. Would recoating it be a good thing aesthetically and perhaps keep some of the "critters" out? Answer: Having never seen your house, I wouldn't know whether coating the foundation would be aesthetically pleasing. I imagine whatever you use would need to be in keeping with the age and architecture of the house.
NEWS
October 19, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Authorities have arrested Michael Beer in connection with the pipe bombs. He is the son of the woman who reported finding the devices. Earlier Story NORTHEAST PHILA. Hours after the bomb squad left, neighbors lingered at Shisler and Benner Streets in Oxford Circle on Thursday, pointing at the caution tape still draped across the alley. Most had just returned home after police had ordered them out, a precaution after six pipe bombs were found in a house on the 6100 block of Shisler.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA After 17 hours of tense negotiations periodically interrupted by gunfire, Philadelphia police coaxed a troubled Temple University student out of a rowhouse basement Monday morning, averting a threatened suicide. The 26-year-old student, whose name police have not released, was not injured in the standoff, which left two residential streets near campus on lockdown and many students trapped in their apartments on orders from SWAT officers. The student - who police said has a history of behavioral-health and substance-abuse issues - was taken to Temple University Hospital for a mental-health evaluation.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AN ALL-DAY standoff with an armed Temple University student began yesterday morning when police were called to a home near campus where a man had barricaded himself in the basement, fired shots and threatened to commit suicide. Negotiations continued late into the night. Gunshots were heard in the morning and a series of shots were heard in the late afternoon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told the Daily News . Negotiators continued to communicate with the distraught man last night.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AN OLNEY WOMAN described by a neighbor as "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has been charged with holding a woman with special needs captive in her basement. Police arrested Regina Bennett, 46, of Linton Street near 2nd, shortly after midnight Saturday following a verbal dispute with a neighbor. Authorities said that after taking Bennett into custody, neighbors informed them there was a small child living in the house, although police did not see signs of a child. Police said officers and a supervisor conducted a walk-through of the home and discovered a 36-year-old woman in the basement bound to a bed in "unsuitable conditions.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: My husband and I are selling our home, and the buyer is requesting the removal of the oil tank in our basement. We switched to gas a few years ago. Do you have any advice for how we should go about having the tank removed? The oil was siphoned out when we switched to gas, but I don't know if it is 100 percent clean and dry. In other words, I don't know if it would be a big mess if we call a scrap metal guy to come cut it up. Answer: The solution is much easier than if the tank were one of those buried in the yard, because all sorts of environmental regulations kick in, and for good reason, since having fuel oil leaking into the groundwater is very bad. In your case, you should contact the nearest company that deals in removing basement tanks.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THERE WASN'T a body inside the Strawberry Mansion house where detectives were called by a terrified resident Wednesday night, but the bloody sheets, tarps and gloves that were there made it clear that a gruesome discovery would be made somewhere, sooner or later. It didn't take long. Crime Scene Unit cops and members of the city Medical Examiner's Office found dismembered human remains yesterday scattered across a weeded lot at York Street and Sedgley Avenue, about a mile away from the grisly rowhouse that cops visited earlier in the week.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | BY BARBARA LAKER and STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
IT WAS THE afternoon of May 25 when Bob Coleman tucked the sparkling marquise diamond ring behind the TV in his Roxborough home. His palms were sweaty. Kimberly "Kim" Jean Finnegan, his live-in girlfriend of a year, stood before him in a purple dress, her eyes dramatically rimmed with liner she rarely wore, knowing they were headed to the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City to see the rapper Pitbull. But first, Coleman had something important to do. The 27-year-old son of Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman, dropped to one knee.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Jane M. Von Bergen, and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
On Wednesday morning, the College of Physicians, home of the Mutter Museum at 22d and Ludlow Streets, was bustling with workers. In front of the building, Bill Roam of East Lansdowne unloaded drop cloths from his truck. His son's painting company had a job inside and he had stopped by to see how it was going. Four stories above, Ray Kauffman and his crew from a Langhorne roofing company were hours into the work day. From their lookout, they could watch the demolition of a vacant brick building on Market Street.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti was killed after she questioned the competence of the exterminator sent to rid her rowhouse of mice. That's what Jason Smith - who allegedly strangled Ketunuti - told detectives in a teary five-page Jan. 24 confession. Smith's statement was read Wednesday at a preliminary hearing where Smith was held for trial on murder, arson, and related charges by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. "She said that I shouldn't be an exterminator, that I didn't know what I was doing," said Smith, 37, of Levittown, in a statement read by homicide detective Edward Tolliver.
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