July 13, 2012
Skeleton recovery to be aired online JOHANNESBURG - Archaeologists will stream live footage online as they recover significant parts of an early human skeleton that's nearly two million years old, the first time the public can participate in the discovery process from their homes, a South African scientist said. Paleontologist Lee Berger said that it was valuable to bring the research to the public. "It's important for people to understand where they come from," Berger said. "This belongs to the people, this is the story of humanity.
January 12, 2012 |
DON'T GET between city residents and their parking spaces. Just ask the members of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, who found themselves bounced from street to street in search of parking and wound up feeling unwelcomed even though they've been worshipping in their South Philly neighborhood for years. The church sits in the 2300 block of Fitzwater, a crowded street of rowhouses and limited parking, made worse by recent development. For years, the mostly African-American church congregation had been parking across the street on the north side of Grays Ferry Avenue, adjacent to what's now Toll's Naval Square, a luxury gated community of townhomes and condominiums.
November 8, 2011
By Gustave Scheerbaum Getting from one place to another safely and efficiently is a fundamental part of life. Philadelphia is fortunate in that a good portion of the population lives relatively close to the heart of the city, permitting many to get around by foot and bicycle. So how much should we value making transportation safer and more efficient, including walking and biking, and how should we balance that against our romance with cars? The South of South Neighborhood Association tackled this question through a project called Better Blocks Philly, part of last month's DesignPhiladelphia festival.
October 5, 2011 |
PARKING ain't easy down in South Philly. On rough nights, you might have to circle a dozen times and smoke a coupla cigarettes before you find a spot three blocks from your house. Unless you're an off-duty police officer willing to bend the rules. In that case, Help Desk learned this week, there's a loophole in the city's parking enforcement big enough to park your car. For most people, an illegal spot isn't worth it. Philadelphia Parking Authority officers stalk the streets.
August 12, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - A Corbett administration official has been stripped of his state car and curbside parking spot after he allegedly cursed at a 66-year-old woman who had parked in his reserved space to use a public bathroom. The disciplinary action came after Philip Abromats, a deputy secretary in the Department of Public Welfare, allegedly hurled invectives at the woman, who had parked in his space at a side entrance to the Health and Welfare Building in the Capitol complex. Abromats, who oversees county assistance programs that provide food stamps and temporary cash aid to the needy, got into a shouting match with the woman.
July 13, 2011 |
A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with shooting two people in the city's Feltonville section late Monday night in what police say they believe was a feud over a parking space. Raymond Howard, 44, was charged with two counts of criminal attempted murder and related offenses for the double shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday on the 4500 block of Hurley Street, police said. The shotgun attack followed another shooting that evening on the same block in which no one was hit, police said.
June 8, 2011
Though opponents sang the blues about parking issues and the impact on neighborhoods, zoning changes for a proposed Fishtown concert venue were approved by City Council's Rules Committee yesterday. The proposed venue would hold 2,600 to 3,000 patrons with a wraparound balcony and 105 covered parking spaces, situated along the Delaware River, north of SugarHouse Casino. The man behind the plans, David Grasso, told the Rules Committee that the area is a no-man's-land where criminals go to hide out or ditch cars.
June 2, 2011 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - With the kind of Memorial Day weekend we had, there really is no turning back on this Jersey Shore summer. The run-up to the first big weekend reminded me of an episode of the Food Network's Chopped , with chef contestants going down to the wire on a ridiculous 20-minute deadline, flinging food onto plates for the judges as Ted Allen calls out, "Time's up. Please step back. " Or, in the Jersey Shore version, "Step away from the geraniums! Your visitors have arrived!"
May 23, 2011 |
The Camden Parking Authority, which donated $219,000 to the city in January despite predictions that the agency's expenses would outpace its revenue this year, could lose its most lucrative source of income by the fall. NJ Transit is reviewing the qualifications of companies to take over operation of downtown Camden's Walter Rand Transportation Terminal garage and the transit agency's other parking facilities in the state. The financially struggling Parking Authority, which has been without an executive director since Judy Fulton retired in December, has managed the 500-space garage since it opened in 1989.
January 28, 2011
ON JAN. 5, letter-writer Pat Dever inveighed about residents who place "trash cans, cones, buckets, and chairs" to save parking spaces they may have shoveled out. Dever also wrote about removing such items "even when I'm not looking to park. " On Jan. 18, Dever wrote that "it seems" the initial "letter struck a nerve" because the DN "posted four letters very much against my stance on saving parking spots, with the writers going as far as threatening me and my tires" and "something has to be done to control this issue before maniacs go out. . . vandalizing vehicles.