October 26, 2012 |
WHILE POLICE were testifying Thursday about the squalid conditions in which they found 89-year-old Iris Galarza last December, Galarza sat silently in the courtroom gallery, unable to hear a word. Galarza, who is deaf and has dementia, allegedly was victimized by the theft of $30,000 of her Social Security money by Nancy Gonzalez, her nephew's ex-girlfriend, who was supposed to use the money to pay Galarza's bills. For 32 years, Gonzalez was paid $60,000 annually as a secretary to City Council presidents.
October 9, 2012
ALLENTOWN - A Lehigh County man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole after pleading guilty but mentally ill in the slaying and dismemberment of his girlfriend last year. William Ward, 46, entered the plea Monday in Lehigh County Court to a first-degree murder charge in the June 2011 slaying of 29-year-old Trisha Sadler. Public defender Earl Supplee said the plea could help his client end up in a prison designed to house inmates with mental illnesses.
September 10, 2012 |
I'm concerned that hoarding is getting a bad name. And I blame cable. I say this because I'm not a fan of clutter, but there are definitely things I save, even though I could end up on A&E. Once again, it's not my fault. Even my faults are not my fault. Yes, that's the kind of grade-A attitude that got me divorced twice. Don't try it at home. In our culture, we get a mixed message about saving. It used to be that saving was a good thing. You saved time, you saved money, and you saved yourself for marriage.
September 3, 2012 |
In a Medford garden called HOPE, the acronym (Helping Other People Eat) is just part of the story. This modest patch of vegetables at Faith Church not only enriches the diets of needy people in South Jersey but also provides food for the souls of volunteer gardeners. "It's not just about vegetables," notes the Rev. Richard Carter, pastor of the 300-member church on Stokes Road. Members of the Presbyterian congregation are making new connections with their neighbors, as well as distant communities.
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...
July 9, 2012
The kids at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael, Calif., love Crayola markers. But not long ago, as they were using the markers for an art project — about the environment, as it happened — they had a disconcerting realization. The markers can't be recycled. So the students decided to do something about that. They posted a petition on the social media site, Change.org, urging Easton-based Crayola to "make your mark" by setting up a recycling program.
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.
May 4, 2012
Three journalists slain in Mexico MEXICO CITY - Three men who had worked as news photographers were found slain and dumped in plastic bags in a canal in the eastern Mexico state of Veracruz on Thursday, less than a week after the killing in the same state of a reporter for an investigative newsmagazine, officials and colleagues said. Press advocates called for immediate government action to halt attacks that have killed at least seven current and former reporters and photographers in Veracruz over the last 18 months, most of them among the few journalists still working on crime-related stories in the state.
April 16, 2012 |
At long last, people who care about the environment have something nice to say about those ubiquitous, fossil fuel-based, all-too-disposable plastic bags. Apparently, they make great eco-art. And great purses, placemats, floor mats, chair covers, you name it. Some years back, an ingenious soul -- no one is quite sure who -- figured out how to cut the bags into strips that could be fused into longer lengths or loops, which in turn could be linked the same way as a string of rubber bands.
December 20, 2011
Seattle officials ban plastic bags SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, approved unanimously after months of discussion and debate, takes effect in July. It includes a provision to charge a nickel fee for the use of paper bags, to encourage people to bring their own bags when they shop. The ban is expected to reduce pollution, free up landfill space, and improve the environment.