May 26, 2015 |
Over the past 200 years, the country has lost half of its wetlands. Even in this era of environmental awareness, the rate has accelerated from 60,000 acres a year in 1998 to 80,000 a year in 2009. This matters because wetlands filter water for plants and animals that are integral parts of the food chain and provide rest stops for migratory birds. They also serve as a sponge in storms, protecting people and property. Some of New Jersey's wetlands have the misfortune of being near its popular beach towns.
May 18, 2015 |
The Federal Railroad Administration ordered Amtrak on Saturday to immediately install an electronic braking system at the Frankford curve that - if it had been in place last week - likely would have prevented the train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Amtrak officials said the system would be in place by the time the damaged line is reopened, perhaps as early as Tuesday, and "most certainly will be safer. " Service between Philadelphia and New York remains suspended through Monday, affecting thousands of commuters.
May 16, 2015 |
On Valentine's Day 2014, Adrien Reju played a set of what she called "unconventional love songs" at the Fire. The singer-songwriter covered songs by Sonny Bono, Lou Reed, Skeeter Davis, and others, and the show sent her down the path that led to her second full-length album, Strange Love and the Secret Language . "My choices for that show were a little more wacky or quirky," says Reju, who will perform a solo show Friday night at Burlap &...
May 16, 2015 |
If Amtrak Train 188 had been heading to Philadelphia from New York City, it would not have derailed at the sharp Frankford Junction curve, because an automatic braking mechanism has been in place for years on the southbound side of the tracks to stop a speeding train. But Amtrak never installed the same electronics on the northbound side, so Train 188 was able to enter the curve where the speed limit is 50 m.p.h. at more than 100 m.p.h. Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said in an interview that the lack of the automatic-braking control on one side of the curve was "a loophole" that he was unaware of until Train 188 derailed Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about 200. The death toll rose by one Thursday, when the eighth victim was found in the wreckage of the mangled first passenger car. Mayor Nutter said officials now believe all 243 people who were on the train have been accounted for. The eight victims have been identified through various sources as Jim Gaines, 48, an Associated Press employee, of Plainsboro, N.J.; Abid Gilani, 55, a bank executive, of Rockville, Md.; Bob Gildersleeve, 45, an Ecolab executive, of Elkridge, Md.; Giuseppe Piras, 41, an olive-oil and wine merchant, of Italy; Justin Zemser, 20, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman; and three passengers from New York City - Laura Finamore, 47, a corporate real estate officer; Derrick Griffith, 42, a dean at Medgar Evers College; and Rachel Jacobs, 39, an online start-up executive.
January 29, 2015 |
Octorara's Tarojae Brake needed 16 points to reach 1,000 heading into Tuesday night's Ches-Mont American League contest. The senior guard scored exactly that in a 61-56 win at West Chester Rustin. He hit the milestone on a free throw in the fourth. In other Ches-Mont games: John Rodriguez's 15 points helped Coatesville beat visiting Downingtown West, 56-48, and move the two teams into a tie atop the National division. Cary Angeline pumped in 39 points, and Downingtown East won at Unionville, 61-45.
November 11, 2014 |
THERE ARE SOME things you want to run long. I like two-week vacations so I can have time to wind down. A week is just not enough. If you're an investor, the best thing going is that you have a long time to let your money work for you. But the one thing you don't want to be too long is your auto loan. An increasing percentage of car buyers are opting to stretch their monthly car payments far longer than the traditional four-year loan. Edmunds.com noted that in October, the average new car loan was 67 months, making it the second-highest average term on record.
June 19, 2014 |
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said Tuesday that legislation on the proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works would not be introduced before the summer recess, drawing a sharp rebuke from Nutter administration officials who have been urging Council to start moving on the $1.86 billion deal. Suzanne Biemiller, the mayor's first deputy chief of staff, said Clarke's decision could jeopardize the sale of the city-owned utility to UIL Holdings Corp. of Connecticut, which can opt out of the deal as of July 15. "Obviously, the decision will be theirs to make, and we hope they'll stick around," Biemiller said.
May 9, 2014 |
J ET MAGAZINE, which first hit newsstands in 1951 to cover issues impacting African-Americans, is ceasing regular print publication and going all digital. Johnson Publishing, which owns both Jet and Ebony , says the switch will occur at the end of next month. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers' growing desires for quicker and easier access to information. Jet , conceived by Johnson Publishing founder John Johnson , publishes every three weeks, but will soon be able to update every three seconds.
February 12, 2014
DESPITE persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect racial minorities. Republicans are more likely to stress the cost of over-incarceration. But the common ground is real and significant. Last week, by a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Sens.
February 10, 2014 |
Say you're a 62-year-old man who's ready, willing, and eager to take Social Security's offer of early retirement. There's just one pesky detail. Although you're well-fixed financially, you can't afford hundreds of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical bills. And your wife, a 55-year-old cancer survivor worried about a relapse, can't get insurance. At least that was so last year, when you were still "job-locked" - stuck by your family's need for insurance in a position you'd be happy to give up, perhaps to a recent college grad struggling to find work.