February 26, 1994 |
Some 750 million pounds of pesticides are broadcast annually across our country. That such a situation is unhealthy can come as a surprise to no one. It was, after all, more than three decades ago that Rachel Carson, in her classic work Silent Spring, alerted us to the ecological consequences of this kind of environmental assault. Although the populations of many desirable species - especially songbirds - have plummeted because of such widespread pesticide usage, there is little evidence that much good has been accomplished.
June 4, 1987 |
To Gail Gillespie, the experience has been as horrifying as any science- fiction movie she can recall. Thousands of red-eyed bugs have popped out of the ground near her Haverford home, climbing the walls of her gray stucco house, swarming through her yard and patio. Their crunchy bodies litter the lawn. Their shedded skins stick to the trees. Their droning, metallic sound reverberates throughout the neighborhood. "It's like Alfred Hitchcock," she said yesterday. "One morning, when I woke up, my driveway was so covered with bugs that it was moving, actually moving.
May 16, 1989 |
Residents of the nation's Gulf Coast states have learned to cohabit with a number of strange critters over the years. Roaches the size of small mice, green lizards with inflatable orange necks, slippery snails that leave a slimy path wherever they go - all of these are quite ordinary to the people who live in the Gulf Coast's steamy embrace. But at this time of year, and again in September, Gulf Coasters become more than a little upset over an innocuous, black and red insect that looks no more threatening than a smallish lightning bug. It's called the lovebug, or in some circles the double-headed bug or honeymoon bug. A type of fly that spends most of its adult life hooked end to end with another adult lovebug in a lengthy mating dance, the lovebug's twice- yearly appearance spells disaster for motorists who find themselves in the middle of lovebug swarms.
September 21, 2003 |
In the heart of a paved-over South Jersey lies a pristine wilderness, a place of contradictions where delicate white flowers attack and smother unsuspecting gnats with gooey globs. It is the home of fat, red-bellied turtles, whose sudden splashes in the narrow cedar rivers are what break long silences when weekenders do not venture into the hideaway. It is the Pinelands, a place where sedge-choked marshes meet rivers and pygmy pine forests greet much taller neighbors, the cedars and red maples, on opposite river banks in the hybrid ecosystem.
July 18, 2002 |
A Bucks County student took home a first-place award and a Montgomery County student placed seventh at the Future Business Leaders of America national conference this month in Nashville. Cecilia Olmo, who will be a senior at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, was the national winner for computer applications. She earned a $300 cash prize. Aksha Vora, who recently graduated from North Penn High School in Lansdale, placed seventh in accounting. Each student competed against more than 100 other contestants.
March 16, 2003 |
It is safe to say that I am never going to turn up as a rules official at the U.S. Open. But, hey, after 40 years of swatting golf balls, it's not as if I don't know the difference between an OB stake and O.B. Keeler. Or so I thought. Fact is, sometimes you just don't know what you don't know until somebody rubs your nose in it. Such was the case on Tuesday when I, along with about 80 local amateurs, club pros, and officials from the Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Section of the PGA, attended a daylong seminar on the rules at Philadelphia Country Club.
January 23, 2009 |
Whatever is killing the bats of New England appears to have arrived in Pennsylvania. And New Jersey officials are checking out reports that it might be there, too. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission confirmed that bats had tested positive for the same fungus found in New England bats that have been dying by the tens of thousands during the last two winters. Everyone agrees that the finding could have profound effects on the bat population here. One of the many mysteries is whether the fungus causes the deaths, now referred to as "white-nose syndrome," or is a symptom.
July 19, 1992 |
Vice President Quayle, who publicly bashed CBS's Murphy Brown in May for glorifying single motherhood, tried to visit the set of the hit sitcom in 1989, co-creator Diane English said yesterday. Speaking to TV critics gathered in Los Angeles, English said Quayle's advance team had called when he was in L.A. and requested a visit to the show, which stars Candice Bergen. "We were doing a lot of Dan Quayle jokes at the time, so I think his people thought it might be fun for all of us to be photographed together," English said.
May 23, 2010 |
After the funeral of her 3-year-old son, Patti Murabito did what she had to do: the laundry. And then she, husband John, and their three girls began life without Johnny. "You're dealt the cards you're dealt," Patti says. "It's what you do with the cards. " What the family does now is help kids at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden. In 2006, the Murabitos outfitted a bedroom there in the theme of Johnny's beloved SpongeBob SquarePants. And on May 4, they donated $35,000 for a new toddler playroom, the combined generosity of their family and hundreds of their friends, neighbors, and business associates.
June 28, 1987 |
Higher speed limits, affordable gas, a weak dollar overseas. Vacationer, the American road beckons. And this year when you go, why not plan to visit some of "The World's Largests" that dot our countryside: giant cows, huge shoes, mammoth chairs and dozens of other such outlandish, behemoth creations. No matter what your destination, there's bound to be a place along the way with something large to show you, often the result of small-town civic boosterism. Herewith, a sampler of World's Largests.