November 5, 2012
The Daily News Pet of the Week is Dassan, a 6-year-old Siamese mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Dassan is a friendly and laid-back lap cat who purrs the instant he's picked up. You'll fall in love when he looks at you with those big baby blues. He is neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. His adoption fee is $50. Everyone who adopts a cat in November from the PSPCA will also receive a 15-pound box of cat litter. For more information about Dassan, stop by the PSPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave., call 215-426-6300 or visit pspca.org.
February 22, 2012 |
What if I told you your brain may be infected by an alien organism that can manipulate you into taking deadly risks and drive you to madness, even suicide? What if I said it was Tigger, Fluffy, Jinx, and their lot who had inflicted this awful fate? In a theory seemingly straight out of a Roger Corman creature feature - Fierce Feline Infectees From Planet Farquhar! - some biologists, parasitologists, and psychiatrists claim Toxoplasma gondii ( Toxo , or T. gondii for short)
May 19, 2011 |
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A woman physically and emotionally abused at least six of her adopted children over a decade, including forcing them to use buckets as toilets and limiting their diet so severely that it stunted their growth, authorities said. Anya James, 50, was charged yesterday with 10 counts of kidnapping and six counts of first-degree assault. Anchorage police said that James fostered and adopted the six children between 2000 and 2010, collecting more than $750,000 in state adoption subsidies.
March 17, 2010 |
As soon as his daughter left home to pick up her boyfriend at Lenape High School on Monday, Lee Ormerod got a feeling. It was only a three-minute ride, but he texted her anyway: Are you OK? Moments later, he heard sirens wailing. Then her boyfriend called. Deanna Ormerod, an outgoing 18-year-old cheerleader, never completed the short drive from Mount Laurel. Police said Ormerod was killed when her black 1996 Honda Civic and a black 2006 Honda Accord, driven by Edward Thorn, 65, collided about 3:45 p.m. in the southbound lane of Hartford Road in Medford, roughly a quarter-mile from Lenape High.
January 11, 2009 |
The testimony was jaw-dropping. A former president of Verizon Pennsylvania accused former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo of making outrageous demands: Fumo wanted $2.5 million in legal work. He wanted $10 million deposited in his family bank. He wanted $15 million for his charity. As soon as the former Verizon executive, Daniel Whelan, left the witness stand last week, prosecutors returned to the real meat of their case: Fumo and a codefendant once used "other people's money" to buy some gum for $6.88, a bag of cat litter for $4.99, and a package of men's briefs for $8.98.
April 4, 1994 |
The gloved hand of the recycling crewman pounced down on a plastic bag of newspapers and slapped it with an orange rejection tag. "Plastic," explained city crew member Lindsey Givens. "Newspapers are supposed to be in a paper bag. " Suddenly, as workers prepared to leave her stuff there in the drizzle, recycler Linda Bacanskas tore out the back door of her Mayfair house. "There's a paper bag in there," pleaded Bacanskas, tussling to pull off the plastic bag that was hiding the right stuff.
November 18, 1992 |
Dear Polly: How can I get oil-spill stains off the floor of my carport? - Mrs. N.P. If the oil is fresh, you can absorb it easily with cat litter. Apply a thick layer - either of the cedarized sawdust type or ordinary clay litter; avoid the new type that hardens into lumps upon contact with moisture - to the floor, completely covering the oil. Let set 15 minutes so the litter can absorb the oil. Sweep up the oil-soaked litter with a broom, and rinse the remaining residue with water or use a mild detergent solution to wash the floor.
July 18, 1991 |
They needed more than two tons of Kitty Litter and they needed it fast. No joke. Saturday morning was a real race against time for a group of bicycle-racing officials in Bensalem Township. As expected, the cat litter stock of several area pet and grocery stores turned up short. But the Carrefour supermarket in Northeast Philadelphia met the demand, and sold the group 5,000 pounds of the stuff. All right. Time to let the cat out of the bag here. Actually, there wasn't a cat in sight at the Bensalem BMX Raceway near Route 1 and Street Road, site of the Quaker State National motocross racing event held last weekend.
February 21, 1991 |
Civilian and military officials aren't the only ones devising Persian Gulf strategies these days. Recently, Patience Merriman of Clifton Heights was eating lunch with friends when a way to end the war came to her. Cats. "We read about how Saddam Hussein had mined the desert and dug trenches that were filled with oil so that when the (allied) soldiers go there, they'll be blown up. We decided the answer is to bomb the desert with cats. They'll use the sand as a litter box, expose the mines, and then the troops can cross safely.
February 10, 1991 |
All cats and dogs turn up their noses at regular rations at one time or another. Don't let this disturb you, unless the food refusal lasts more than a couple of days. Then a veterinarian should be consulted. More serious is the plight of older and convalescent animals or those with chronic diseases. In these cases, the animals often lose their appetite when they need food most. It pays, in such situations, to tempt the animals to get something, anything, into their systems. The following recipe for pet bread pudding is very easy to make, contains the best sources of protein, provides ample calories and, most important, will be eaten even by the most debilitated pets.