August 22, 2010 |
LEBANON, Kan. - On a wet Monday morning, we have a two-lane road out of Red Cloud, Neb., all to ourselves, following its straight line over rolling green pastures dotted with grazing black cattle. Just across the Kansas state line, we see a sprawling patch of purple phlox under trees surrounding an abandoned, weathered farmhouse. We pull over to stretch our legs and take some photos. Ahead of us is this pinpoint town (population 303) with the claim-to-fame of being the geographic center of the lower 48 states.
August 19, 2010 |
If a caper about small-town, small-time crime in South Jersey ever makes it to the screen (and why not?), it should be filmed in black-and-white and feature a fedora-wearing newspaper columnist. Who better than a wry, seen-it-all scribe to bring to life the local parade of frailties, follies, and foibles synopsized in municipal police blotters? I've immersed myself in a summer's worth of vaguely retro vignettes about "unknown persons" observed "fleeing the area" before being "nabbed.
July 17, 2010
I KNOW WIVES think their husbands don't listen to them, and to an extent, wives are right. Sure, we smile and nod when they boss us around. But in reality, while our wives are going on about taking out the garbage, we're thinking about football season, the All-Star game or cheeseburgers. It's not like we do it purposely. Many of the things wives say to us are things we need to hear. It's just that when our wives speak to us in that high-pitched, do-it-now-or-else tone, they remind us of our mothers.
July 17, 2010 |
The Voorhees police never had a chance to investigate the theft of two GPS units from a township family this week. By the time they were alerted by Debbie Adams, her Web-savvy husband, Ron, had already found the culprits. The units were taken from each of the Adams' unlocked cars sometime after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ron Adams realized Thursday morning that the units were missing. He went straight to his computer while his wife chased down a passing officer. "I was like, 'I'm going to go on Craigslist real quick; maybe they're stupid enough to do this,' " said Adams.
June 30, 2010 |
It almost sounds like an episode of "Dexter. " Sean Burton, the Delaware County business owner accused of stabbing James Stropas to death last week in a Springfield parking lot, had been secretly tracking the Iraq war veteran with a global-positioning device attached to the frame of his Jeep, according to search-warrant applications obtained yesterday by the Daily News . Inside Burton's van, police found a shovel, hatchet, change of...
May 21, 2010
RE THE OP-ED by Joe Ashdale, head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority: As far as taxicabs are concerned, sure they're in better condition. But don't use this as an excuse to rape the industry. Fines and fees have skyrocketed under the PPA and continue to rise, primarily because there's no state oversight. There's no avenue for public input from the industry to show what a harmful impact these steep increases are causing. Recently, the Commonwealth Court ruled that the PPA Taxi Division's rules and regs are invalid and unenforceable.
May 21, 2010 |
Michael Lacy is no Geomuggle or novice, and he's determined to make sure a new generation of geocachers populates the Jersey Shore. Geocaching is something of a video-game update on the road-rally concept. In this case, people or groups hide things in "caches," often identifying the sites in coordinates that can be discovered by Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Inside each cache is usually some small prize, but the fun is primarily just finding the site of the cache and recording, on a scorecard within what is usually a small box, that you were there.
April 27, 2010 |
At Philadelphia International Airport's busy tower, air traffic controllers showed off new satellite technology Monday that will one day transform the nation's air traffic system from radar navigation to an Internet in the sky. Philadelphia is one of four airports to get the technology, which relies on global positioning satellites, like GPS in a car, to transmit a plane's location to radios on the ground, controllers in towers, and to other aircraft...