October 14, 2009 |
In a city that has trouble getting residents to rat on criminals, officials now want Philadelphians to tattle on a new kind of miscreant: truckers and bus drivers who leave their engines idling, spewing pollutants into the air. Yesterday, the Clean Air Council unveiled a hotline and Web resource, www.idlefreephilly.org - yes, there's an iPhone app - where sidewalk sleuths can report where, when, and how long idling occurs. Both city and state regulations prohibit drivers from leaving their engines idling for more than five minutes.
March 19, 2009 |
I suppose, upon further reflection, that I should have taken care of the problem myself. After all, it was just a dead possum in the middle of the road, partially blocking my driveway on a Saturday morning. At least it wasn't a dead skunk, or worse. And there are certainly larger problems our fair city has to face. That's why I was happy I could simply call 311, the centralized number for nonemergency services that the city debuted with much fanfare in January. So there was my ticket: I'd call 311, the good folks would get my message, and the poor possum would be promptly removed by the Streets Department.
January 23, 2009 |
Gail Karp-Schmidt spent much of Monday on her two cordless phones, trying to get through to the hotline of a new statewide New Jersey program aimed at helping people avoid foreclosure. The Salem County woman was so desperate to reach someone that she switched back and forth between the phones as each ran out of power. Eventually she left her name and contact information on the program's Web site, asking for someone to get back to her. Karp-Schmidt, 54, lost her job at a car dealership in August 2007.
November 30, 2008 |
Operator: Transition hotline, can I help you? Caller: Uh, yeah, I've been reading about the transition . . . O: Yes, sir, only seven more weeks until The One takes the oath! C: Yeah, really looking forward to it. But I wanted to double-check something. O: Ask away, sir. We have answers you can believe in. C: I've been reading about some of the people who are going to help Barack Obama change Washington . . . O: The One. C: The who? O: The One. We don't say Obama.
July 19, 2008 |
A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday night after a knife fight erupted at a basketball court in Willingboro, authorities said yesterday. Authorities arrested Darnell Williams, also 19, yesterday and charged him with the murder of Julian Corry, according to Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The melee, which involved from 15 to 20 people, left two others with stab wounds and a third with head injuries. Authorities believe the brawl may have been fueled by a rivalry between Willingboro neighborhoods.
January 22, 2008 |
Just a sampling of cruelty calls received by the Pennsylvania SPCA last weekend is chilling: A Labrador retriever mix scalded by cooking grease. A Pomeranian found starved to death in a doghouse, his two tiny canine companions clinging to life in frigid conditions. The emaciated body of another dog found in an apartment by a landlord after his owner skipped out on the rent. And that was just in Philadelphia. Officials with the Pennsylvania SPCA, which is based in Philadelphia and operates six satellite facilities across the state, say those calls represent a tiny fraction of abuse cases statewide.
January 17, 2008 |
Falls are a major cause of injury for people over 65, so the American Physical Therapy Association has created a toll-free hot line (877-NEED-A-PT) to answer questions about falls and how to prevent them. The hot line will be active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. Risk factors associated with falls include: being older; being female; impairment of balance or walking; poor vision; leg or trunk weakness; reduced cognitive status (dementia); pre-existing medical conditions, such as Parkinson disease, stroke, or diabetes; being on more than four medications simultaneously; use of an assistive walking device; and a past history of falls.
August 15, 2007 |
The NFL's new guidelines on concussion management include a telephone hotline that will make it easier to report to the league when a player with a head injury is being forced to practice or play against medical advice. The league's new concussion guidelines, many of which stemmed from a conference in June involving team trainers and doctors, were formalized yesterday and will be sent to all players and other team personnel. They include whistleblower provisions for individuals to report concussions with the telephone hotline and a booklet that will allow players and their families to identify symptoms.
August 3, 2007 |
RECENT reports trumpeted the news: Women talk to their mothers, some every day, some even throughout the day. Cell phones, IMs, e-mail - it's a new trend in dependency. But women almost always talked to their mothers daily because they lived together as hunter-gatherers or farm families or in the same town or parish. I realize that our sense of history is often limited, but families have almost always lived their whole lives together. So they talked. It might not have been about sex or the credit limit on a charge card, but about whose turn it was to feed the chickens.
July 31, 2007 |
Robert W. Page, 71, of Pennsauken, a Family Court judge for New Jersey Superior Court, died of complications from cancer Saturday at his home. Judge Page sat on the bench in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Camden County for 10 years before he was appointed to Superior Court in 1981. Though his workload was heavier and his hours longer than for some judges assigned criminal and civil cases, his wife, Cora Reddicks Page, said he chose to stay in Family Court. Judge Page, who had a reputation for compassion for young people in trouble, said in a 1989 interview, "You have a lot of frustrations and failure, but this is where the action is for personal satisfaction.