April 1, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Health Department in March asked dozens of restaurants and other eateries to "discontinue food operations" following less than glowing inspections. In previous months, a failing inspection would have earned a sterner-sounding order to cease-and-desist, a toothless demand that the restaurant was free to ignore. But following an agreement with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections earlier this year, the health department is now reserving "cease-and-desist" for instances when the establishment refuses to close voluntarily.
December 28, 2011
WHILE WATCHING my favorite news channel, I listened as the anchor stated something about an old tradition regarding the first sailor off the ship greeting a loved one with a kiss. Well, what I saw next sickened me to the point where I almost threw my shoe at the television screen. How could this network air such filth - two women kissing? This was not news, it was an abomination. My son witnessed this filth and Lord knows how many other children saw it. There are a lot of people who are not down with this Adam and Steve or Jill and Jane mess.
October 15, 2011 |
Philadelphia police, investigating a report of squatters occupying a Northeast Philadelphia apartment building on Saturday, found four mentally-handicapped adults being held chained in "deplorable conditions" in a basement storage closet. The three men and a woman, all in their 40s and said to have the mental capacity of of 10-year-olds, were malnourished, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Two people were being questioned by police Saturday evening. "It's obviously very unsettling - it's very disturbing," said police Capt.
June 15, 2011 |
Police with the PSPCA on Wednesday revisited a house on Chadwick Street in South Philadelphia, where a woman lived without electricity in deplorable conditions with more than 20 sick and malnourished cats. They were trying to determine how many more animals were left inside the home near Passyunk Avenue after the woman, who was reportedly covered with fleas when officials arrived, was hospitalized Sunday. "The house is filled with debris," said Wendy Marano, PSPCA spokeswoman, adding that the house was declared unfit for human habitation.
June 8, 2011
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Officials turned off the water at the city's new waterfront fountain over the weekend, because people have been using it as a toilet. The fountain was activated last month and features a sculpture of a whale's tail with water spilling over it, which visitors are encouraged to run through. City Councilor Michael Buscetto III said that since the fountain opened, police have responded to calls of people urinating, defecating and showering in the fountain water.
March 25, 2010 |
'Because I have survived with neurotic happiness for 40 years, I believe that I can guide other people to a life of happy insanity," John Waters bubbles by phone from San Francisco. The moralist, mischief-maker, filmmaker, photographer, and performance artist refers to his one-man show, This Filthy World, which comes to Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Theater at 8 tomorrow night. It's always a gas to speak with Waters, 63, maker of cult movies including Hairspray (the 1988 original that inspired the recent Broadway musical and film adaptation)
May 15, 2008 |
An increasing number of people are fed up with the airing of sexually explicit, violent, degrading, stereotypical music videos on TV, especially during hours when teenagers haven't turned in for bed. Citizens are fighting back by filing complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, demonstrating in front of the homes of network executives and, more recently, targeting television sponsors. Having edited Emerge magazine, a former publication owned by Black Entertainment Television (BET)
April 6, 2008 |
Raking like a man possessed, 49-year-old Dennis McNeil tore into the grunge along a fence near the homeless shelter at 13th Street and Ridge Avenue. An hour into yesterday's "Love Where You Live" citywide cleanup drive, involving more than 10,000 volunteers, McNeil and 40 of his shelter mates had filled 50 fifty-gallon bags with the noxious stew of sandwich wrappers, wet weeds, plastic bags and the occasional syringe. The antilitter offensive bagged trash throughout Philadelphia.
March 23, 2007
AS A RESIDENT of this city for 54 years, I am totally disgusted with the filth on our highways, byways and residential streets. There is trash and filth everywhere you look. Where is the civic pride that was once a part of our culture? It is no wonder that it has gone by the wayside, as so many moral issues have. I have seen young children, teenagers and adults discard potato-chip bags, plastic soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc., right on the ground. This happens even when there is a litter basket but a few feet away.
June 21, 2006 |
Sue Camilli knew there was a problem 12 years ago when she saw about 30 stray cats roaming her well-kept West Deptford neighborhood, feasting on handouts from a couple who lived on Harker Avenue. She said she had called the township's animal control office, which dispatched officers to whisk away several cats. Apparently they missed some. After years of what neighbors say were vain complaints to township officials about the growing number of cats, SPCA officers and Gloucester County Animal Control agents raided James and Rita Penney's ramshackle house Monday night and discovered 45 cats and eight dogs in a squalid mess of stink and excrement.