May 9, 2013 |
A jackknifed tractor-trailer spilled its cargo of cooking fat on the Schuylkill Expressway near 30th Street Station late Tuesday, prompting a major cleanup that lasted until after Wednesday's morning rush hour. PennDot reported that the last section of roadway affected by the accident - Exit 344 at the I-676 Vine Street Expressway - reopened about 10:30 a.m. Officials said the rig jackknifed about 11 hours earlier on the stretch of I-76 that runs under the train station. The trailer hit a pillar and was ripped apart, spilling its cargo of boxes of shortening.
April 18, 2013 |
Myriad oddities, including fake hair extensions and fake blood in a tube, washed ashore along New Jersey's 127-mile coastline pre-Sandy last year, making up part of more than 350,000 pieces of debris collected in 2012 by volunteers organized by the environmental group Clean Ocean Action. Among the "wild, the wacky, and the weird" were a Yoda doll head, ant traps, tanning goggles, a wicker sofa, vampire teeth, a toilet seat, false eyelashes, hiking boots, a girdle, a shopping cart, and a fully decorated Christmas tree.
April 14, 2013 |
An annual street cleaning volunteer event Saturday turned up a gun that may have been used in the fatal shooting Thursday across from Overbrook High School that left one student dead and another injured. The weapon was found around 12:50 p.m. near North 59th Street and West Columbia Avenue, less than a block away at the other corner of the school's baseball field. Police were running ballistics tests on the weapon to see if it was involved in the shooting, police said. Test results were not expected over the weekend.
April 14, 2013
IT'S TRASH TIME. Philly Spring Cleanup, the annual anti-litter event that last year mobilized 12,000 volunteers, returns Saturday with more than 500 locations around the city. In its sixth year, the cleanup encourages city residents to take to the streets with brooms and gloves, and cleanse a city with a serious litter issue. Residents collect more than 1 million pounds of trash each year. How it works is the city relies on community organizations to help recruit volunteers and initiate projects.
April 8, 2013 |
Zack Bird paints walls. He does pretty well creating murals and faux finishes for Palm steak joints across the country, and in some of the nicer homes across the region. Bird has a second, stealth job unpainting walls. Specifically, he paints over graffiti on walls and bridges in public spaces, along the river drives, and in the Wissahickon, "the thing I love most about Philadelphia. " Call it faux unfinishing. It's his one-man beautification project. Instead of Lady Bird, we have Zack Bird.
March 29, 2013 |
HACKENSACK, N.J. - Hundreds of college students have descended upon the Jersey Shore during spring break this year to help with cleanup and rebuilding in the wake of superstorm Sandy. And the state's public architecture school is bringing its expertise to bear in offering to help local officials and groups with research and design as the area rebuilds. The project at the New Jersey Institute of Technology - dubbed Resilient Design - will look at lessons gleaned from other flooded areas, from Venice to New Orleans, and is setting up studios throughout the affected areas of the state, said Thomas Dallessio, the project manager.
March 13, 2013 |
WILL THE next pope be European, African or North American? Will he be in his 50s or 70s? Will he carry an iPhone or an Android? One-hundred-fifteen cardinals gather Tuesday in the Sistine Chapel to begin the arduous process of answering these questions as they choose a new leader for more than 1 billion Roman Catholics. Pope Benedict XVI's decision to become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign was historic. But the papal conclave's decision on his successor could be an even more pivotal moment in church history.
March 9, 2013 |
TRENTON - A Republican power broker who helped get Gov. Christie elected. That power broker's ties to a company that landed a major contract after Sandy. And the prices the company is charging taxpayers to clean up the Jersey Shore. Democrats will try to untangle these threads Friday afternoon when the chief executive of Florida-based AshBritt Inc., which Christie tapped for the initial post-Sandy recovery, testifies at a joint legislative hearing. The hearing marks the start of Democratic efforts to call into question what has become Christie's strongest suit in this reelection year: his handling of Sandy.
March 5, 2013 |
For almost 50 years, trucks drove in and out of Monmouth Petroleum in North Jersey, filling up with heating oil for home delivery. But leaks and abandoned storage tanks left the site contaminated, another spoiled property in a state filled with shuttered industrial sites. Now, a developer is building an apartment complex on the Manalapan Township site - a plan that New Jersey environmental officials say might have taken years longer, or never happened, if not for the state's new privatized cleanup program.