January 7, 2016 |
Where do you suppose that Champagne bottle is you uncorked on New Year's Eve? And whatever did you do with the cork? The molded Styrofoam that delivered your new laptop, the cardboard cup from Starbucks that held this morning's latte, the Sunday Inquirer, Friday's pizza box greasy with pepperoni, the aluminum foil that wrapped the turkey, and that string of Christmas lights that blinked out over the weekend: Where are they now? If you live in Burlington County, chances are good that your recent paper, metal, plastic and glass trail has been dumped, tumbled, crushed, and flattened, scanned by infrared light, puffed by air jets, and sorted by magnets at a plant in Westampton.
December 25, 2015 |
I didn't tell the friendly guy in the blue-and-yellow polo shirt what I was planning to do, but that didn't matter. He already knew. The cashier, an employee of a certain Swedish purveyor of stylish-yet-affordable home furnishings, took one look at the items I'd placed on his conveyor belt - six glass bottles with stopper tops - and perked up. "Nice. You making coquito?" He was dead-on. Right now, as we bear down on Christmas, we're in the thick of peak coquito season, when Puerto Ricans swarm their kitchens to blend up big batches of their island's answer to eggnog.
October 17, 2015 |
Big dogs have big hearts. Based on Norman Bridwell's classic 1963 book and the subsequent TV show, the exhibit Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Please Touch Museum celebrates the colossal canine. Clifford started out as the runt of the litter, but the copious love of his owner Emily Elizabeth caused him to grow to 25 feet. He tries to be helpful and friendly, but his size can sometimes be a difficulty. One can see why small fry find him appealing. The interactive exhibit, opening Saturday, illustrates Clifford's 10 Big Ideas (they come with a lifetime guarantee)
May 7, 2015
IN "THE D TRAIN," Jack Black is Keyser Soze. He's the psychologist who treats a kid who sees dead people, then realizes he's dead. He's the guy in "The Crying Game" whose girlfriend has an Adam's apple. He is, in short, a guy at the center of a jaw-dropping plot turn. Should this plot point be revealed? In the case of "The D Train," opening Friday, it's a divisive question. Some critics are doing it, some aren't. So, we put it to the highest authority we could think of - Jack Black, who stars in "The D Train," and who produced it. "Its tricky!"
February 6, 2015 |
So, where does your checked bag go after you drop it at the airline ticket counter? Like many passengers, bags may have a quarter-mile journey from the ticketing lobby to the aircraft. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Wednesday offered a rare glimpse behind the scenes at how baggage is screened at Philadelphia International Airport, where an in-line system of conveyor belts and explosive-detection machines can process up to 1,000 bags an hour. "Some people think the TSA opens and physically screens every single bag," said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy.
September 1, 2014 |
It was the messiest of political situations, a real schmear campaign in which the Jenkintown mayor stood to make a lot of dough. Literally. If you went past the window of Fill A Bagel one morning this month, you might have seen Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley wearing a white chef's hat and apron while making tie-dye-colored bagels to promote the forthcoming Jenkintown arts festival. After kneading, he walked to a machine with a small conveyor belt that forms the dough into circles.
October 21, 2013 |
Last week I traveled to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where a cousin was recuperating from a brain aneurysm. Before seeing her, I needed to drop off an equally sick computer at The Inquirer. Walking down Cherry Street, I turned left on Broad and headed north. It wasn't until I stood virtually beneath the iconic white tower that I remembered The Inquirer didn't live there anymore. And my cousin was the one with the brain trauma. Memories die slowly and painfully. Take the World Series.
July 3, 2013 |
What's an airline baggage handler supposed to do when a passenger's luggage falls off the conveyor belt, pops open, and spews forth an untidy trail of socks, pajamas, and shampoo? The answer, customer service baggage handler Bosco F. Sylvince, 47, of Willingboro, says in a lawsuit filed last week, is to grab the contents, stuff them back into the suitcase, fasten the clasps, and send the bag on its way. That's company policy, and that's what Sylvince says he did on July 12, 2010, while working for United Airlines at Newark Airport.
March 5, 2010 |
As if on a conveyor belt, games keep coming at the 76ers. Monday night they played the Orlando Magic, Wednesday night the Atlanta Hawks, and tonight they face the Boston Celtics. Since returning from the all-star break on Feb. 16, the opponents have been superior and the Sixers' play - especially on defense - has been inferior. Heading into the game at the Wachovia Center, the Sixers have lost seven of their last nine games; in those seven losses, they have trailed by at least 22 points six times, and in those nine games, they have allowed at least 100 points seven times.
November 9, 2006 |
A baggage conveyor belt in Philadelphia International Airport's A-West Terminal has broken down six times in the last week, delaying about two dozen overseas flights and forcing some to leave without all the passengers' luggage, US Airways and airport officials said yesterday. The belt, which carries outbound bags from US Airways' international check-in counters to a ground-level sorting area, has stopped working for periods of a few minutes to more than four hours since last Thursday, city Aviation Director Charles J. Isdell said.