May 1, 2016
Poisonous By Allison Brennan Minotaur 368 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill In Allison Brennan's well-plotted Poisonous , the poison in question seeps through a town and decimates a family. It starts with a teenager's penchant for Internet bullying. Ivy Lake's venom almost ruined the lives of several teenagers, possibly pushed the family of one teen to move, and, saddest of all, may have caused a bright, sensitive girl to commit suicide.
April 9, 2016
New Jersey legislators are trying to correct an oversight in the state's environmental laws, which do not require schools to regularly test their water for lead. Unacceptable levels of lead have been found in the water at 30 of Newark's 67 public schools, which have shut down their water fountains. The discovery raises questions about water quality in schools around the state. A bill sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Sens. Ron Rice and Teresa Ruiz (both D., Essex)
February 16, 2016 |
Every great drama has a hero, a villain, and a victim. Perhaps that is why the lead contamination of the Flint, Mich., water supply has captured the nation's attention. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the noble pediatrician credited with battling bureaucracy to expose the haunting truth, the government is the wrongdoer accused of malfeasance and a cover-up, and thousands of innocent children have been put in harm's way. In the aftermath, celebrities and politicians are speaking out about this newly discovered social injustice, and money is flowing in. But don't be misled by the current frenzy: Lead poisoning has been harming children for more than a century, and deteriorating lead house paint remains the greatest threat.
February 6, 2016 |
The national uproar over lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., has drawn renewed attention to a children's health crisis that has plagued Pennsylvania and New Jersey for decades. The states' own data show that 18 cities in Pennsylvania and 11 in New Jersey may have an even higher share of children with dangerously elevated levels of lead than does Flint. The states' reports, released in 2014, were recirculated this week by health advocates trying to draw attention to the lead problem. "We're not to trying to take anything away from Flint," said Elyse Pivnick, director of environmental health for Isles Inc., a community development organization based in Trenton.
September 30, 2015 |
The vocalist known as Jade Starling is not making a comeback. "We never left," insists the dance-pop singer/songwriter, currently savoring her best chart numbers since "Catch Me I'm Falling" landed her band Pretty Poison in the Top 10 in 1987. "I'm enjoying success again, but there were songs in between," Starling says. "We've been making music. We had some other singles out. We actually were on the charts a few times. " A personable, polished professional who's a South Jersey girl and proud of it, thank you, Starling met me two weeks ago at the DaStudio Recording Complex in Cherry Hill.
September 29, 2015 |
Pope Francis met Sunday night with a Delaware family of four who were poisoned by a pesticide used in the condominium building where they stayed while on vacation in the Virgin Islands in March. The unannounced encounter took place in the Atlantic Aviation terminal at Philadelphia International Airport before the pontiff boarded his plane for the trip home The pope kissed and blessed the family, said Brian Tierney, whose communications company handled media for the World Meeting of Families.
September 25, 2015 |
FIVE AMERICAN Airlines workers have accused the airline of using watercooler jugs to carry chemicals aboard planes to decontaminate lavatories - and then returning the jugs to commercial circulation to be refilled with drinking water and redistributed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the workers say the practice - known as "top-filling" - began in 2010 after the airline took over cleaning its own lavatories from an outside contractor. Normally, workers attach hoses from lavatory trucks on the tarmac to a parked plane's underbelly to pump toilet waste down into a container on the trucks, according to the lawsuit.
August 24, 2015 |
There are a lot of things Sean Hartmann likes about his job as a tree trimmer. It pays well, and the roadsides where he works are often beautiful, especially in the spring and fall. But he definitely does not love poison ivy. It's everywhere. Hairy vines the size of his forearm climb the trees he must cut. Even if he can manage not to touch it, it winds up on the chain saw and in the wood chipper. Fragments fly all around him. Until this year, the result was constantly blistered, oozing skin.
July 23, 2015 |
Like fine wine, Jade Starling just gets better and better with age. Pun intended, but "Better and Better" is a song off Starling's new hit album, which just landed in the No. 24 spot on the August Billboard Top 100 dance chart. Starling has been a musician with Pretty Poison since the early 1980s. Her new stuff has the benefit of authorship from longtime writing partner Whey Cooler, who's also credited with helping Pretty Poison reach its great success. Now, Starling is promoting her new, much anticipated solo debut, "Captive.
June 25, 2015
IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades. The fact is that who gets locked up is not inscribed in the Constitution. Society and its shifting mores has always determined who gets jailed - including the 17th century when people could be imprisoned for incurring debts.