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September 14, 1989 | By Frank Reeves, Special to The Inquirer
A local contractor began dumping tons of clean fill in the Llanerch Quarry last week - the first step in an effort to buttress a section of the quarry wall that collapsed in June. The contractor, James D. Morrissey, is building a section of the Blue Route between Routes 3 and 30. On Thursday, trucks belonging to Morrissey backed up to the edge of the quarry and dumped dirt off the side of a cliff behind five homes on Joanna Road. Haverford officials have said they would need as much as 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to buttress the wall.
NEWS
May 15, 1996 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The township has taken the plunge, literally, to determine whether some of its soil is contaminated by old orchard pesticides. An environmental consultant conducted soil testing at 20 locations Monday, injecting six-inch probes into the ground on township-owned baseball fields, open spaces and easements, said Public Works director Everett Johnson. The probes were made at the Devonshire development in the eastern part of the township and the Ramblewood area in the west. The borings from the probes will be analyzed over the next three weeks.
SPORTS
December 12, 2011
   With two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy moved to within one touchdown of Steve Van Buren's team records of 18 touchdowns in a season and 15 rushing touchdowns in a season. Here are the lists: Most touchdowns in an Eagles season:   Player              Year TDs Van Buren 1945 18 McCoy           2011 17 Brian Westbrook 2008 14 Terrell Owens     2004 14 W. Montgomery 1979 14 Van Buren        1947 14 Most rushing touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player              Year TDs Van Buren        1945 15 McCoy           2011 14 Ricky Watters     1996 13 Van Buren        1947 13
NEWS
July 26, 2002
WHEN THE Daily News launched its "Acres of Neglect" series on Fairmount Park, one of the things we put on our wish list was a Park Commission that would roll up its sleeves and get its collective hands dirty. This week, we got our wish. The new Fairmount Park Commission, which underwent dramatic reconfiguration in June with the election of six new members, held a retreat on Wednesday to discuss the state of the park. The last agenda item was a bit of gardening: The group went into the park and weeded out invasive plants and planted native species.
NEWS
June 24, 1990 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
An old quarry in Marple Township used for leaf composting and illegal dumping will be transformed into a thick bed of neatly graded dirt by a Blue Route contractor who has offered the township 50,000 cubic yards of free fill. Martin Nash, president of the township Board of Commissioners, said Wednesday that the township and James D. Morrissey Inc. last week made a "mutually beneficial" deal in which Marple will accept dirt Morrissey needs to get rid of. The dirt will be stored at the site, formerly used as a fire training ground.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | Inga Saffron
Would you live in a house made of dirt? The answer, I'm guessing, is no. As a building material, dirt has an image problem. Mud dwellings are practically synonymous with third-world poverty. At best, an earth structure is something you expect to encounter in an old hippie compound. Yet some of the world's most magnificent structures are made of little more than dirt and water, from New Mexico's pueblos to the great Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu. Now, thanks to the effort of several committed architects, dirt is making a comeback, this time as the material of choice for modern buildings, including multistory ones.
NEWS
November 26, 1989 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day, as they have for nearly two centuries, pilgrims journey to the little adobe church set among the cottonwoods here to visit what many of them consider a sort of Lourdes of America - the home of the holy mud of the Santuario de Chimayo. From around the Southwest and from places as distant as Canada and Peru, they come to take a handful of dirt from the hole that Bernardo Abeyta dug in 1810 when he saw a light shining from the earth. The pilgrims are convinced that the dirt has a special healing power, and over the generations, they have abandoned dozens of crutches and canes that now hang on the wall beneath ancient log rafters.
NEWS
February 14, 1987 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
You've probably heard of the Land of the Rising Sun, and certainly the Land of Opportunity. Well, how about the Land of the Migrating Soil? That's a geographically undefined area in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia whose inhabitants continue to be victimized by the ground beneath them. Take Joe Jezak, who has been without water for nine days. He's been borrowing just enough from neighbors to wash and to flush his toilet. And the Logacki family, whose basement has been flooded four times in the past two weeks.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
Ignatius Fratantoni sauntered up to the front of the meeting room, grabbed the microphone from the stand and said to the Marple Township Board of Commissioners: "Gentlemen sit back in your chairs, you're not going to believe this. " At once pleased and frustrated, Fratantoni told the board he could get 140,000 cubic yards of dirt from a contractor working on the Blue Route - and it won't cost the township a dime. He estimated the cost would be $1.4 million if the township had to buy it. "There is still fill available, there's not a lot of time," he said, urging the commissioners to decide where to use the dirt for "ball fields, primarily soccer fields.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Carrying a silver tray filled with pieces of broken glass, bottle caps and trash, Jane McGarity told Swarthmore Borough Council members that they had created a health hazard at the Thatcher Park playground. McGarity brought the tray to council's business meeting Monday, the same day, she said, the dangerous items were brought to the park in dirt used by borough workers to grade the area. Mayor Charles D. Hummer, Jr. said at the meeting that he would use his executive power to close the park.
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April 14, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It has been the same for Amanda Kulp since she was 5 years old and first learning to play the game. When she exits a softball field, she's going to be the dirtiest of any of the players. "It's just who I am," the Methacton senior shortstop said. Her teammates wouldn't want it any other way: They used to jokingly call her Pig Pen. The joke has evolved, though. Now instead of telling someone she has dirt on her shirt, they've replaced it with "Kulp on your dirt. " As in: "You've got some Kulp on your dirt.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A snippet of Zoe Scofield's choreography was seen last fall at the FringeArts Festival in a piece commissioned for Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. With her BeginAgain opening at FringeArts on Thursday night, Scofield and her company Zoe | Juniper present an evening length dance that ranged from tender and mysterious to fearless and mean, but always retained an eerie dreaminess of self and otherness. Visual artist and Scofield's partner in art and life, Juniper Shuey, makes up the other half of the Seattle-based Zoe | Juniper.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
YOU KNOW THOSE pesky dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles that zip around, weaving through traffic in the warmer months, making any drive through some Philadelphia neighborhoods a nightmare? Now there are about three dozen fewer of them on the streets, thanks to a daylong undercover bust around the city yesterday by Major Crimes Unit cops and other officers who are part of a detail aimed at getting the illegal vehicles off city streets. As yesterday's sting neared its end about 7 p.m., Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson, of Regional Operations Command North, said officers had seized 34 dirt bikes and ATVs.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TINDLEY TEMPLE United Methodist Church's stained-glass windows vibrated around Kyrell Tyler's casket as hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles revved outside on Broad Street yesterday, ready to roll for one of their own. Tyler, 23, a well-known stunt rider known as "DirtbikeRell" on various social-media sites, was shot and killed on Oct. 14. His body was found in a Chevy Monte Carlo near 60th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia....
BUSINESS
June 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz raised questions Tuesday about construction dirt being piled under I-95 at Girard Avenue. Butkovitz asked if the 25-foot-high mounds of soil could imperil I-95, as dirt piles under an I-495 bridge in Wilmington forced its emergency closure June 2. The Wilmington bridge is to remain closed until at least Labor Day, as crews make repairs to stabilize the span, which was caused to tilt by the weight of dirt piles...
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred during what was supposed to be the sale of a dirt bike listed on Craigslist, police said Tuesday. Quasym Finch, 22, of the 7600 block of Ardleigh Street in Chestnut Hill, was arrested Saturday and also charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and related offenses. On the afternoon of April 25 in the 3700 block of North Fifth Street in Hunting Park, two men, ages 32 and 31, had gathered to sell the dirt bike, which one of the men had listed for sale on Craigslist.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AS THE WEATHER warms, the sounds of summer are starting: birds singing, the ping of baseballs hitting bats, the chatter of children frolicking outdoors - and the roar of dirt bikes and ATVs tearing around city streets and parks. That last urban bane already has prompted Philadelphia police to issue their annual appeal to citizens: They want fans of four-wheelers and dirt bikes to stay off public property and residents to report scofflaws. "These vehicles are not legal to drive on the city streets.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deirdre Kelleher spent Wednesday with her head in a hole, arm-deep in dirt. This is the Temple University anthropology doctoral student's second summer orchestrating a "public archaeology" excavation in Old City's historic Elfreth's Alley. Kelleher and a crew of volunteers are searching for clues about the lives of 19th-century immigrants, in one of the first projects of its kind in Philadelphia. "The 19th century is overshadowed by previous history," said Michele Schutte, assistant and curator at the Elfreth's Alley Museum, referring to Philadelphia's fascination with colonial times.
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
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