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May 31, 2012 | By DANA DiFILIPPO & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers
THE DIRT-BIKERS and ATV four-wheelers gathered under a tree in Hunting Park one recent Sunday, the roar of their engines as much a part of the sunny scene as the ballplayers and picnickers and the guy selling barbecued chicken on skewers. As more and more riders arrived, they greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, admiring the modifications they made to their bikes and swapping stories about getaways, crashes and infamous rides, like Pupo's legendary 12-mile wheelie up I-95 that helped Philly "defeat" Baltimore in a friendly contest of skills.
NEWS
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
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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NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Convicted criminals and individuals with ties to organized crime have dumped tons of contaminated soil and construction debris near residential areas and waterways in New Jersey in recent years, enabled by gaping loopholes in state regulations, investigators say. The scheme stretches across the state, from Palmyra to Newark, according to the State Commission of Investigation, which held a three-hour hearing on the matter Wednesday at the...
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.
REAL_ESTATE
December 14, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I just replaced the furnace filter - every six months, as directed by the professional who visits to fine-tune it periodically. Looking at the accumulated dirt made me glad it was the filter, not my lungs, that looked so sooty, but it made me wonder about indoor air quality. We have central air-conditioning, so our windows stay closed in the summer. When I do open the windows in the spring and mid-fall, there is a lot of sneezing because of pollen and leaf mold. Winter is when much of the world locks down, however, and the experts tell me that indoor air quality can suffer as a result.
SPORTS
November 1, 2015 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Liam's Map had just run the best losing race of the year when Terry Finley's old friend, Vincent Viola, a fellow West Point graduate, explained that Finley became a part owner of Liam's Map before the race. A nice gift between friends after Liam's Map ran a brilliant second in the Aug. 8 Whitney at Saratoga. Finley, a Truman High graduate who grew up going to the races at Liberty Bell and runs one of the most successful horse partnerships in America (West Point Thoroughbreds)
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
JEFFREY BOWEN came to her apartment door with blood on his forehead, blood on his body, Jamie Utter testified yesterday. Moments earlier on that Friday night, March 20, Utter, who lived next to Bowen on the second floor of a Frankford apartment building, said she heard "some yelling" in Bowen's apartment and "a female voice say, 'Help me!' " She then "heard a couple of bangs, like things being thrown. Then, I heard a thud. " A short time later, Bowen knocked on her door. "Jeffrey came to my door asking for a condom," Utter testified at Bowen's preliminary hearing on murder and related charges.
NEWS
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....
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