May 24, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to adopt a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region's waterways, and the ocean. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the Los Angeles City Council voted, 13-1, to phase out plastic bags over the next year at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
October 12, 1991 |
I was all set to save the planet. I had bought one of those reusable green shopping bags. Now all I had to do was remember to take it along when I went shopping. Once I did. I proudly marched up to the checkout line with my new shopping bag. There was a long line. I waited and waited to pay for my groceries. I was tired and preoccupied. Finally, when my turn came, the green bag in my hand had somehow slipped my mind. It did not reappear in my consciousness until I got home. I suddenly looked down and found myself with one plastic bag of groceries in one hand and one empty, lonesome, but environmentally correct reusable shopping bag in the other.
November 25, 2003 |
A 19-year-old Southwest Philadelphia woman was being held without bail yesterday on charges of murdering her newborn son. Police allege that Chante Bass, 19, of the 1800 block of South 56th Street, stuffed a piece of a shirt sleeve in the mouth of the full-term, 8-pound baby and then put him in several plastic bags and hid him in the cellar. Detectives believe the infant was still alive when he was put in the bags. Doctors at Misericordia Hospital in West Philadelphia became suspicious that Bass might have given birth when she was brought there by Fire Department paramedics around 7 a.m. Friday, suffering from vaginal bleeding.
October 13, 2005 |
Police yesterday were trying to identify a woman whose partially nude and severely beaten body was found among trash at the Newman & Co. recycling center in Wissinoming. The woman, believed to be in her 20s or 30s and Asian, was found with her hands bound behind her back with duct tape at the plant at 6101 Tacony St. about 2 p.m. yesterday, police said. "It's an obvious homicide," said Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson. "It's under investigation. " The body was found by an employee who had been separating trash on a conveyor belt and noticed a leg sticking out of a plastic bag, Johnson said.
April 24, 1987 |
The assassination of longtime Mafia boss Angelo Bruno touched off a bloody battle for control of Philadelphia's organized crime family. Bruno was killed by a single, powerful shotgun blast outside his South Philadelphia home on March 21, 1980. Over the next year, six men - including Bruno's successor, Philip Testa - died as a result of the intrigues swirling through the mob underworld. At least 12 more men have died since Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, exiled to Atlantic City by Bruno for misbehavior, succeeded Testa.
August 17, 2012 |
When you go into a supermarket, you are usually given a choice: paper or plastic bags to cart your groceries home, unless you are carrying your own reusable grocery bag. In some states, the choice could cost you a few pennies - including New Jersey, if bills pending in the Legislature become law. In what may be shaping up as a big battle in the fall legislative session, environmental groups and clean-ocean advocates are pushing lawmakers to...
October 23, 2007 |
PLASTIC BAGS have been a fixture at markets and retailers for decades, valued for their durability and ease of use. But they also present environmental challenges, and many communities, government officials and retailers are in search of solutions. In some cases, bans on plastic bags are on the table, like Councilman Frank DiCicco's proposal in Philadelphia. But there is every reason to believe such bans, the subject of a Council hearing tomorrow, would do more harm than good and that other measures would be more effective.
January 8, 1997 |
Used Christmas trees will be picked up by the city for recycling through Jan. 17 on regular collection days. They should be untied, free of decorations and not be in plastic bags. Vick Johnson (above) unloads trees at a city dropoff site at State Rd. and Ashburner St.
December 18, 2012 |
Lucy and Herman Bigham's home on a tidy West Philadelphia block is more than 7,400 miles from the litter that has both bothered and inspired them. Inspired them, that is, to start a small business with anything but a small agenda. They are out to turn plastic shopping bags in her native Kenya into a valuable commodity and elevate the fortunes of impoverished women there. Of course, they also hope it leads to profit - which their backers here think is doable. After all, that's part of the goal of social enterprise: to make money to do more good.
April 25, 2015 |
City Council has tried to ban them and tax them, but plastic bags have continued to flutter out of Philadelphia's reach. Now one member of Council is targeting them anew - with a bill to impose a five-cent fee on all shopping bags, paper and plastic. "People go into convenience stores and come out with a bag that they really didn't need and toss it onto the streets," said Councilman Mark Squilla, who introduced the bill Thursday. About a dozen states and scores of municipalities - including Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco - have passed laws to regulate plastic bags.