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NEWS
February 12, 2003
GREAT news: the SUV backlash has begun. We've always disliked the fact that sports utility vehicles are so big and dangerous (consumers believe they're safe, when they're anything but) and that they guzzle gas. But now, with war looming, and our dependence on foreign oil increasingly problematic, driving an SUV today is downright unconscionable. That's why we support a recent bill introduced in Congress, by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Olympia Snowe that would raise the standards for fuel efficiency in SUVs.
NEWS
January 20, 1987
City Council President Joseph Coleman's attitude and the actions of Council in overriding the veto of the recent pension bill can be described in two words: Oink, oink. Gilbert A. Levy Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 12, 1991 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
Skippack farmer John W. Hasson stood ankle-deep in mud, pumping milk into a wooden trough as his pigs, squealing and grunting, snouts quivering, climbed over each other to get to their feed. Hasson inhaled deeply. "Does that smell sour to you? That's what they call noxious fumes," he said with a sniff toward his new neighbors, Ironbridge Estates, a subdivision of two-story colonial houses costing $200,000 plus. Ironbridge's developers say Hasson's farm smells. And his 250 pigs squeal too much.
NEWS
September 17, 2002 | By Cynthia Kaplan
What's the story with those French truffle pigs? If they like truffles so much, how come they don't just eat them? What's stopping them? What's stopping them from saying to those French truffle farmers, "Buzz off, monsieur, I saw it first," and then snarfing them down? I'll tell you what's stopping them. Muzzles and leashes and whaps on the snout with a knobby walking stick. That's what's stopping them. How would you like it to be your portion in life to constantly be searching for the yummiest thing you can think of, the thing you want the most, and then every time you find it, someone schleps you back with a jerk, snapping your head probably and whapping you on the nose for good measure, and then takes it for himself?
NEWS
June 27, 1995 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Somebody's finally packed up Thomas Kaden's potbellied pork and taken it away. The last four members of a nine-pig family that township officials deemed a nuisance to neighbors have been removed from their quiet suburban home, Upper Dublin Zoning Officer Jesse Hayden confirmed Friday. "The roosters are still there, but the pigs are finally gone," Hayden said. "All he's got to do right now is get rid of the chickens, and we're all happy. " Upper Dublin officials filed papers in Montgomery County Court two weeks ago demanding that Kaden pay the $1,750 in fines levied against him two years ago, when a Common Pleas Court judge ruled that Kaden's pigs were illegal under zoning laws.
NEWS
May 7, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The one-vehicle rush-hour accident on the Route 30 bypass yesterday morning would have qualified as routine - but for the porcine passengers. State police said a tractor-trailer carrying 100-plus porkers took the ramp for Route 202 in West Whiteland Township a little too swiftly, hitting the side of the bridge and tipping onto the guardrail. Neither pigs nor people were injured. Motorists were delayed - but not hamstrung - by the 6 a.m. crash, said police, who closed the ramp for about two hours and detoured traffic to the Frazer exit, where drivers could access 202. Trooper John Hanosek said the closure was necessary so the swine could be transferred from one tractor-trailer to another, a process that strained the senses for about an hour and a half.
SPORTS
April 16, 2010 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs rode three home runs Thursday night to a 4-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in the International League. Cody Ransom's two-run shot in the second inning provided all the runs starter Nate Bump would need. Scott Mathieson pitched two shutout innings for the save. Dewayne Wise and John Mayberry both hit solo homers in the fourth. Trenton 4, Portland 2 PORTLAND, Maine - Damon Sublett stroked a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to give the Thunder the Eastern League win. Eric Wordekemper struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to get the save.
NEWS
October 16, 1991 | BY ANNA M. WARROCK, From the New York Times
All right, gentlemen, you win. Yes, you can tell me I have a real pair of knockers. While I'm typing your memos, you can describe to me what sexual acts you'd like to watch or perform and with what implements. Go ahead, play professional sports, and take out a beauty queen. But don't bother to listen to her; threaten her until she listens to you. You are men, it's your world, you can be president and we can't, so why complain? Give me another understanding editorial about how the victim, the poor victim, needs support, needs to be heard.
NEWS
December 7, 1996
On permanent replay deep in every psyche are phrases like: Clean up your room! Cut the lawn! Stop that noise! And our favorite: Have you made up your bed? Nagging may be the reason we don't all live like pigs. But it's no fun to listen to - or to deliver. Now, thanks to the creative divorced mother of a lethargic 11-year-old, parents have a new tool to shift kids from idle into overdrive - while saving their breath, except to say "Oh, sweetie, your room looks lovely!" Under the name Harper - for "harping" rather than "nagging" - Rowena Starling of Berkeley, Calif.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Harry Stotsenburg, a fourth-generation pork farmer, keeps about 500 pigs on his farm in Deptford. The industry has evolved significantly since his family began raising pigs. "They don't want you to use shocks. They don't want you to use whips. It's one thing after another," said Stotsenburg, 43. "It's hogs. It doesn't mean nothing to me. And that's how we're feeding people. " Because he buys pigs and raises them to be sold, Stotsenburg does not use gestation crates - narrow cages for pregnant sows that animal-rights groups denounce as inhumane.
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NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITER
The first Phoenixville VegFest, a celebration of all things vegan, will bring a cornucopia of nonanimal food and drink, adoptable pigs that paint abstracts, and a guy who calls himself "Gangster Vegan" to Bridge and Main Streets on Saturday afternoon. "Phoenixville has become a very vegan-friendly town," said Jeesely Soto, who lives there and organized VegFest with two fellow volunteers from the Peace Advocacy Network, a regional nonprofit promoting "peaceful existence through veganism, social justice, and respect for the Earth's inhabitants and resources.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Like centuries of momma pigs before her, sow No. 9 was bred to eat and have babies. But as an exemplar of 21st-century farming, how would the 400-pound, bristle-haired creature fare when confronted with a rudimentary video game? Quite well, it turns out. Upon spotting a red square on a video screen the other day, the animal nudged a joystick with her snout, as she had been trained to do, and was rewarded with a snack. "She's not our prettiest sow, but she's a smart one," said Kristina M. Horback, an animal behavior scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.
SPORTS
July 29, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The game through the eyes of Blake Countess is a simple one, particularly as an NFL rookie trying to win a roster spot, and hoping to make a contribution more meaningful than just that. "Keep showing the coaches they can trust me out there," Countess said. "That's the biggest thing coming in, the coaches being able to trust you. So you keep grinding, and you get better every day. " Countess, a sixth-round pick in the April draft, is a versatile defensive back who played both safety and cornerback in college, often on the inside in nickel coverage.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
As an owner of The Bacon Jams, Michael Oraschewsky insisted there was nothing significant about his decision to order a vegetarian entree during our recent lunch interview. Yet on that late June afternoon in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood, Oraschewsky revealed that his spreadable-bacon company plans to drop the word bacon from its product name. Also vanishing from the label is the sunglasses-wearin', guitar-strummin', electric-pink pig. A new subdued look is on the menu for a fourth- quarter debut: TBJ Gourmet , thick black letters say. Discreetly tucked in the white space between the "T" and "B" are the tiny face, front legs, and curly tail of a pig, its snout a soft pink.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness" - that is how the Pig Iron Theatre Company described its own dizzying 2015 production I Promised Myself to Live Faster . The description could well stand for everything the interdisciplinary ensemble has done in its 20 official years of existence, with more than 24 original works (not counting daringly athletic takes on, say, Twelfth Night , as they did in 2011) and an educational program (the seriously clowning Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training)
NEWS
January 10, 2016
At last year's Fringe, Philadelphia sextet Dr. Dog brought its obscure 2001 The Psychedelic Swamp back to life with Pig Iron Theatre Company. "Bring My Baby Back" is the pure-pop first single on the rerecorded Swamp , out Feb. 5 on Anti-Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Pig Iron Theatre Company's anniversary remounting of its 2006 production of Gentlemen Volunteers , which toured the world to acclaim, is performed in English, in French, in song, and in mime. This new production is directed by three of the original crew - Dan Rothenberg, Quinn Bauriedel, and Dito van Reigersberg - but the cast is new, as is Michael Castillejos, who provides music on an accordion and sound effects on a Foley table. The gentlemen volunteers of the title are two young men right out of Yale who sign up to drive ambulances for the American Field Service in France in World War I, before the United States had entered the war. Vincent (Scott Sheppard)
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police, the FBI, and the city's Human Relations Commission launched investigations Monday after a worker at a North Philadelphia mosque found a severed pig's head outside its door. Surveillance video outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society, on Germantown Avenue near Jefferson Street, showed a red pickup truck drove past the building twice just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The first time it crept along slowly near the curb. On its second pass, the video shows, someone extended an arm from the passenger window and tossed something that rolled to a stop near the mosque's front door.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Back in 2001, the Philadelphia psych-rock pop band Dr. Dog made a cassette-only album called Psychedelic Swamp . The concept album concerns a man named Phrases who gets trapped in a marsh, where he receives an encoded tape from outer space that needs to be translated into music by Dr. Dog. Naturally, the album, never officially released, has attained mythic status among fans. And at Union Transfer on Wednesday, a packed house got to hear it brought to life most imaginatively in Swamp Is On!
SPORTS
July 31, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - In middle school, Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was at a crossroads. Already 6-4 by the time he finished eighth grade, Biddle knew he had a bright future in sports, but he wasn't sure whether that future included a baseball field or a basketball court. "I really thought I was going to be 7 feet tall," Biddle said. "When I was in eighth grade, I was just like towering over everybody on the basketball court, and I was like, 'Man . . . I like basketball, I don't like it as much as baseball, but if I'm going to be 7 feet tall, I better learn how to post up or something.' " Biddle, a Mount Airy native, made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Germantown Friends School, but he quickly learned great height doesn't always equal great success on the court.
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