September 23, 2015 |
AFRICAN-AMERICANS have a heritage that encompasses a life that relies on nature and God's creatures. Throughout the South, blacks have farmed, hunted, gardened and fished for generations. And even though most African-Americans today live in urban settings, many of us descended from enslaved people in the South and migrated elsewhere. It is this personal connection to God's created world that drives us to protect God's creatures. One tool at our disposal to do this work (beyond prayer)
June 21, 2015 |
Oddyssey costume almost made him extinct Brett Klinger wasn't all that happy when he finished the Oddyssey Half Marathon on Sunday. That wasn't just because of the weather. The race was held on a hot and soupy day, and most runners looked like they'd jumped in a pool by the time they got to mile 13. No, a big part of that misery was that Klinger, 30, had decided to participate in the costume contest portion of the Fairmount Park race and his was a rather bulky one that he kept on for the entire event despite a key part coming undone before he reached to mile one. "We both liked Jurassic Park, and realized [Jurassic World]
September 10, 2014 |
Here they lie, 43 creatures and plants that are no more. Assembled in cases at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - in a library normally closed to the public - are birds stuffed with cotton, jars holding a snake and a bat, insects pinned to display boards. Most natural history museum specimens are, of course, dead. But the demise of the ones in this new exhibit - "Mortal Remains: Animals That Have Perished from the Face of the Earth in Recent Times" - held greater implications.
June 27, 2014 |
IN "TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction," Optimus Prime confronts a scoundrel who's part of a dirty deal to set mankind against his robot pals. "The world will know what happened here," he declares. No, it won't. Because all the world has to go by is this movie. Characters appear and disappear without reason or motive; chase scenes conclude ambiguously, like "The Sopranos"; night becomes day becomes night without any relation to time; Texas becomes Chicago, Chicago becomes China - we're just there.
September 23, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL The president of Rotary International issued a direct challenge to local members over the weekend: Recruit new people or risk extinction. "I believe in tradition, but sometimes you need change," said Ron Burton, whose group is one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations. "We've got to take a look at who we are and ask if we want to be relevant or even in existence in the years to come. " Burton spoke at the Rotary Leadership Institute of North America held in Cherry Hill over the weekend.
June 5, 2013 |
THE STATE House voted 117-81 yesterday to approve one of two state Senate bills to abolish the controversy-plagued Philadelphia Traffic Court. The second bill is expected to be approved by the House today. The bill passed yesterday would eliminate the court as part of a change to the state constitution. That bill will have to again be approved in the next legislative session and then approved by voters in a statewide ballot referendum amending the constitution. The second bill eliminates three vacant Traffic Court seats up for election this year and transfers the job of hearing traffic-ticket cases to appointed hearing examiners in Municipal Court.
May 16, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Traffic Court is closer to extinction after just one Democrat voted yesterday to save the controversial agency. The state House's Judiciary Committee voted to approve two pieces of legislation designed to abolish the court. The full House will now consider the two bills, passed unanimously by the state Senate in February, just days after nine current or former Traffic Court judges were charged in a huge scheme to fix tickets as political favors. One of the bills, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican, eliminates three vacant Traffic Court seats for which candidates are competing in Tuesday's primary election.
April 10, 2013
By Crystal Miller-Spiegel 'De-extinction," the idea that extinct animals can be brought back through cloning or genetic engineering, has caught the interest of a small group of scientists. The topic graces the cover of this month's National Geographic. Proponents say they are doing it for moral reasons and because we "miss" the extinct animals. They cite human exploitation (e.g. hunting, habitat destruction) for the extinctions, but their plans, though they sound exciting, are exploitation in another form.
February 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - During its heyday, it was famed as the lively and romantic heart of Arabic music - a Cairo street modeled after Paris' boulevards, home to musicians, belly-dancers, and instrument-makers. But Mohammed Ali Street is fading. It had already been in decline for years as a music center. Now the crunch of postrevolution Egypt may finish it off, amid economic crisis, uncontrolled urban sprawl, and the rising influence of Muslim conservatives, its patrons fear. The street in downtown Cairo, parts of it lined by French-style arched arcades, is now dominated by mobile-phone and electronics stores, donkey carts, and heavy traffic.
December 7, 2012 |
THE NFL KICKOFF could be nearing the point of no return. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff. The league previously had moved the kickoff from the 30- to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourth-and-15 situation. Schiano witnessed one of his players at Rutgers, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010.