July 18, 2016
Kingsessing - with its paneled homes with metal awnings, trolley cables stretching over asphalt streets, and weeds peeking out from concrete cracks - is hardly the picture of nature. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a plan to make Kingsessing a model for green space. Working with groups such as Philadelphia University's landscape architecture program and the grassroots organization Empowered CDC, Fish and Wildlife has identified eight spaces to turn into community green space.
July 5, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Pipeline policy flawed A commentary about a U.S. House-approved energy bill meant to streamline regulatory approval of natural-gas pipelines suggested that the bureaucratic hoops faced by energy companies are effectively a "backdoor ban" on fossil-fuel production ("Energy bill to boost jobs," June 24). As a Philadelphian worried about the impact of fossil-fuel emissions on our environment, I support legislation that targets our nation's carbon consumption. A policy that places a steadily rising carbon fee on fossil fuels is a good place to start.
July 5, 2016 |
UPDATE : At about 9:20 p.m., as the rain intensified, the Philly Pops announced through social media that it had to cancel its concert appearance at the Art Museum to protect its instruments from damage. Officials of Welcome America, however, said the fireworks would happen at 10 p.m. as scheduled – regardless of the weather. EARLIER: Nature might be planning a fireworks show of its own Monday night, meteorologists are warning, threatening human firework displays all over the region.In addition, heavy rains were expected overnight, and a flash-flood was posted for between 12:01 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the National Weather Service saying that some areas could get hit with 3 to 4 inches of rain.
July 2, 2016 |
In 1868, the Academy of Natural Sciences mounted the first-ever full dinosaur skeleton. A century and a half later, it's forcing the dinos out of extinction with state-of-the-art animatronics that mimic their actions, looks, and sounds from millions of years ago. "Back in 1868, no one had ever conceived of being able to see a skeleton of an animal like a dinosaur, and just to see the skeleton was a wonder of the world," said Ted Daeschler, the...
June 21, 2016 |
On a wet afternoon at Crosswicks Wildlife Sanctuary in Abington Township, Leigh Altadonna walked the muddy trails, searching through binoculars for a breeding pair of wood thrushes, a species in decline, and remembering a childhood day 60 years ago when he saw a robin in the woods behind his Glenside home, carrying mud from a pond to build its nest. He's been a fervent birder ever since. "It doesn't take an exotic bird to get you into this," he said. "For me, it was a robin. " Altadonna, 67, is a benevolent guiding spirit at Crosswicks - Pennsylvania's only National Audubon Society sanctuary - rambling through its 13 acres as knowingly as he once walked the woods of his youth, eyes and ears attuned to the moving tapestry of birds from the forest floor to the tree canopy 100 feet above.
June 13, 2016 |
Dede Long, 65, past director of the Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, who while leading nature hikes taught children to look under rocks for salamanders and not to disturb the fox kits nestled in their den near the trail, has died. After fighting cancer for 11 years, Ms. Long died Saturday, April 23, at the retirement home she shared with her husband, Gary Peil, on St. Simons Island, Ga. As word of her passing spread north, the center reacted with a statement on its website.
June 12, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Ten years ago, my then-fiance started a relationship with another woman and then broke up with me to continue that. I wasn't exciting enough or pretty enough and other insulting reasons. We never spoke again. At the time, it was really crushing. By the time I found someone else, it was too late for me to have children with my own eggs, and it also took years for me to recover from the whole thing. I have moved on. I married someone wonderful and had a beautiful child through egg donation.
June 2, 2016 |
A woman whose body was found on a Society Hill street on May 7 died of natural causes, the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday. Lorraine Grant, 58, suffered from heart disease, Jeff Moran, the office's spokesman, said. She was found unresponsive on South Fifth Street near Lombard about 10:35 a.m. Saturday, May 7, and was pronounced dead 10 minutes later by medics at the scene, police have said. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
May 20, 2016
ISSUE | ADOPTION Pa., make searches for natural parents easier Thank you for the touching letter by a woman who is looking for her birth mother ("Finally, a chance to find my birth mom," Sunday). I, too, am looking for my birth mother, and my sister. I encourage Pennsylvania legislators to follow New Jersey's lead in making birth certificates available and to go further by making available the medical histories of biological parents. Like the letter writer, I feel alone in not being able to find my biological family, and I hope the day will come when it will be possible.
May 7, 2016 |
Hydraulically fractured wells now produce about two-thirds of the nation's natural gas output, up from less than 7 percent in 2000, according to an analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA's report follows on a March analysis that showed fracking accounts for about half of current U.S. crude oil production. The last decade's dramatic increases of domestic gas and crude oil production from fracking has contributed to a decine in energy prices.