January 13, 1992 |
How serious is the recession here? It is even beginning to affect the beloved British dog. The dog industry was thought to be recession-proof in Britain, if any industry could be recession-proof in any country. After all, this a place where dogs outnumber children under the age of 11, where puppies are given as stocking-stuffers at Christmas, where canines, as valued members of the community, have the right not to be leashed or licensed. "We always thought that whatever happened, old ladies would starve themselves to feed their puppies," said Peter Kemp, whose company specializes in dog-grooming products.
July 26, 2007 |
DON'T HAVE A COW, man! But it's OK if you eat one, and wash it down with a supersized Squishee. After 18 seasons on TV, Matt Groening's lovable cartoon gang comes to the big screen tomorrow in "The Simpsons Movie. " As much as social commentary figures prominently in the show - over the years it's lampooned everything from illegal immigration and video-game addiction to the rapture - the family's love affair with food, if you can call it that, is a huge part of the Simpson charm.
September 10, 2009 |
Five sacks of dog food for every sack? A heap of chow for each kapow? Yesterday, Main Line Animal Rescue, in an ad in the Washington Post, put a pledge behind its distaste for Michael Vick, the convicted Bad Newz Kennels conspirator. Each time the Eagles' new gadget guy-backup quarterback is tackled during the Oct. 26 away game against the Redskins, five bags of dog food will be donated to a D.C. animal shelter. "Because there are no second chances on an empty stomach," the ad says.
March 26, 1987 |
For three months, 19-year-old Lisa Ann Thomas says, she was chained in a basement dungeon, raped daily and beaten regularly. Since last Dec. 22 she has eaten nothing but dog food, dog biscuits and water, she says. She says she slept in the dirt at the bottom of a pit wearing nothing but a shirt. She says she saw two young women die. But, she says, from time to time her captor, whom police have identified as Gary Michael Heidnik, entertained her and the other young women police say were imprisoned in his home in the Franklinville section of North Philadelphia.
June 16, 2007 |
Dressed in a mesh bodysuit, white hairnet, and purple apron, Litza Flores ran her finger along the top of the 3,400-pound pressure cooker one last time to make sure it was clean. "Are you ready?" Flores asked Susan Gee, the quality assurance manager at the Quakertown dog-food plant. Gee pulled out a swab and dabbed the stainless-steel machine. If the daily high-pressure wash, or the chemical foam bath, or the chlorine hand-scrub had left behind any trace of protein on the giant pressure cooker, the chemical swab would find it. "A good flashlight helps, too," said Gee, whose job is to keep the plant operating at human-food standards.
June 20, 1994 |
Joey Skaggs seems to be a guy who just likes to stir things up. Skaggs, a New Yorker who bills himself as a "conceptual performance artist," claims responsibility for foisting upon an unwary public a number of the choicest hoaxes of the past couple of decades. He made some gullible people believe that there was going to be a windsurf voyage from Hawaii to San Francisco, that cockroach hormones could be fabricated into a miracle cure for all the world's ills, that there was a sperm bank with contributions from rock stars and other celebrities, and that a Fat Squad employing commandoes was available to forcibly keep people from breaking their diets.
August 17, 1987 |
Alpo Petfoods Inc. is going to the cats. Dogged by nearly no growth in the canine population and inspired by climbing growth in the cat population, the dog-food manufacturer has begun testing the cat-food market and expects one day to be a large producer. Alpo, a $400 million-a-year company that's been told by parent firm Grand Metropolitan PLC of London to aggressively acquire other companies, also may get into pet-related, non-food products as well as grocery products for humans, company executives say. But that doesn't mean Alpo has turned its back on dogs.
March 29, 2012
GARY HEIDNIK is Philadelphia's most infamous murderer. Between November 1986 and March 1987, he tortured and raped six young women in the basement of his home on North Marshall Street, in Franklinville. He kept the young sex slaves captive in a dirt hole, tethered to chains. Heidnik, 43, killed two of the women - Sandra Lindsay and Deborah Dudley. He cooked Lindsay's body parts and mixed them with dog food to feed his prisoners. He dumped Dudley's body in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
March 26, 1986 |
Dear Polly: My favorite Pointer involves mothers helping mothers. Some friends and I have done babysitting exchanges to save money and for the security of leaving our children with someone we trust. We have also set aside one day a week to get together with all our children to do a project. We might bake pies, sew, or make Christmas ornaments with the children. We might help, as a group, one of the mothers do a major project that is otherwise boring and tedious, such as washing windows, cleaning out the garage or, as we did recently, building a sandbox for the children.
June 4, 2010 |
A few years back I heard NPR's JJ Sutherland hold forth on the subject of Joe Mathlete's odd blog, Marmaduke Explained: "Marmaduke [the comic] simply is not funny. However, someone explaining Marmaduke - that's funny. " Mathlete's curious blog mines the deep shallows of Brad Anderson's cartoon, which has been around since the second year of the Eisenhower administration. Its central figure is Marmaduke himself, that Dennis the Menace of Great Danes, a creature that might be perceived as Scooby-Doo's dogfather.