November 2, 2011 |
When City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke was campaigning door to door before the last election, people wanted to talk about crime, to be sure. And jobs, of course. But what blew his mind was how many complaints he got about raccoons. Talk about a nuisance and a public-health concern: Raccoons were reportedly clambering up downspouts, trotting across rooftops, and, in one case, burrowing through an outside wall into a woman's bathroom. Not long ago, one reportedly chased a young girl near Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
December 1, 2001
In a city that lost 70,000 residents over the last decade, it's foolhardy for Philadelphia leaders to content themselves with halfway measures to halt the flight. What they need to do, instead, is set policies that send out a clear message that Philadelphia - as the slogan goes - "loves you back" in ways that make a real difference. One smart way to do that has been proposed by City Councilman James F. Kenney, along with a number of Council colleagues. In their view, City Hall needs to scrap its insular, in-bred approach to hiring police, firefighters and other municipal employees.
June 17, 2012 |
MILAN — The Italian government on Friday announced measures worth $100 billion to spur economic growth, streamline the notoriously bloated public sector, and lower national debt, part of its attempt to convince international investors that its finances are sustainable. Italy has become the new focus of concern in the eurozone ahead of the Greek election Sunday. That vote could result in Greece's exit from the multi-nation currency, and in increased economic turmoil across the region.
July 13, 1989 |
The state Department of Environmental Resources held an enforcement hearing Tuesday for West Chester developer William Freas, who was accused by a schoolboy of severe soil-erosion violations in Parkesburg. The hearing was prompted by a science fair project by Clint Stees, a 10- year-old Octorara Area Elementary School student. His study of the Parkesburg Knoll development and soil-erosion problems at Buck Run won him a second place in the countywide science fair in May. Soil conservation district manger Daniel Grieg said yesterday that DER fined Freas an undisclosed amount for the erosion control problems.
January 21, 2013
Take a seat. Whaddya mean, where? You could have one right there in your carry bag. Perhaps not the most ergonomic of chairs, the Grand Trunk Collapsible Micro Stool is nonetheless a fine alternative to standing. Just pull this little red stool out of its included 12-by-6-inch stuff sack, unfold, extend the aluminum legs, lock in, and plop down on the nylon seat. Expanded, the stool measures 9.5 inches by 9 inches by 10 inches high. It weighs just 10 ounces - and that includes the built-in mesh storage "shelf" under the seat.
April 18, 2011 |
TRENTON - Dozens of New Jersey's government-related authorities, commissions, and agencies do not have an online presence, and critics say most of those that do fail to post basic information about their work and finances. So lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature have introduced measures that would mandate that all agencies put certain information online to provide more transparency about their missions, spending, and activities. The bills would implement changes recommended by the state comptroller, whose office issued a report finding that more than a third of New Jersey's independent local authorities and commissions do not have websites and that only 3 percent post financial reports online.
March 1, 2013 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla plans to introduce legislation Thursday to phase in over four years the jaw-dropping changes in homeowners' property taxes that come with the Actual Value Initiative. Squilla, the latest Council member to try to blunt the impact of the city's new property-tax system, said the measure also would give the city's Office of Property Assessment time to address concerns about some home values. "I think there's a lot more mistakes than OPA realizes," Squilla said.
September 6, 1990 |
Here is today's hay-fever quiz. There's so much pollen in the air that: a) The pollen measures 204 grains per cubic meter. b) The pollen measures 998 grains. c) The pollen measures 117 grains. d) Folks around the Philadelphia region are sneezing their heads off. Depending on whom you ask, or where you ask the question, the answer may be any or all of the above. But the only one that is undeniably true is "d. " "Welcome to the season," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
February 10, 1994 |
If the school district does not tighten its belt a few notches, then taxpayers will face a tax increase effective July 1. That's why the school board is taking steps now to cut costs, said Vice President Leigh Kwait. At a meeting Monday night, school board members unanimously voted to approve three measures put forward by the board's Finance/Budget Committee, formed last spring to review district programs with an eye toward holding down next year's budget. The first measure calls for a change in kindergarten admission policy.
October 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A Frenchman and an American shared the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for inventing methods to peer into the bizarre quantum world of ultratiny particles, work that could help in creating a new generation of superfast computers. Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics in the 1990s by showing how to observe individual atoms and particles of light called photons while preserving their quantum properties. Quantum physics, a field about a century old, explains a lot about nature but includes some weird-sounding behavior by individual, isolated particles.