April 18, 2014 |
When Sage Piszek heard that the first barrel of used cooking oil was full, he was puzzled. Already? Maybe rain had somehow seeped in. But when he checked, it was full ... of oil. That told Piszek that the project in South Philadelphia's Indonesian community, the first of its kind in the region, was working. On Tuesday, officials - including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator - and community members gathered for a ceremonial pump-out of that first barrel.
March 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
March 24, 2014 |
George Santayana famously said, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. " But when it comes to Russia and Ukraine, Western leaders can't seem to decide which century's lessons they should take to heart. When Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Crimea, a stunned Secretary of State John Kerry initially opined: "It's a 19th-century act in the 21st century. " In other words, 21st-century rules of an interconnected world barred anything as atavistic as forceful seizure of European territory.
March 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
February 21, 2014 |
Was it the pistachios? The Muppets in the Toyota? The Cheerios girl angling for a puppy? You may think you know which Super Bowl ad you liked most. But through the efforts of Temple University scholars and a company called Innerscope Research, the picture has been clarified with the tools of hard science. As it has done for several years, Boston-based Innerscope measured certain physiological characteristics of people watching the much-ballyhooed commercials, including heart rates and breathing patterns.
February 20, 2014
There has been very little excitement about Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s Action Plan v2.0 for Philadelphia public schools. But that's understandable. It's not that people don't like Hite or what he is trying to do. But they have been down this road before, and this time there's even less reason for optimism. It's the School District's little money problem - a deficit that at one point exceeded $300 million - that makes people skeptical. Hite's predecessors, Paul Vallas and Arlene Ackerman, got mixed results even when the district could get its hands on more cash.
February 18, 2014 |
The tree that stood across the street from the Edkinses' house came crashing into their Radnor yard during the ice storm. The power went out. They got a generator, and the Edkinses prepared themselves for the days ahead. Responsibility for the tree, luckily, was not an issue. "We talked to [our neighbors] ahead of time, and we said that since it was shared . . . we would just split" any cost of removal, said Christine Edkins. "When it happened, everybody came out, because everyone is so close.
February 10, 2014 |
IF A TREE falls in the yard but no one is around to claim it, does it have a keeper? That's the question the Daily News asked yesterday, following a record number of downed trees in the wake of this week's snow-and-ice storm. Many in the city were lucky to escape the power outages that affected swaths of the city and badly hit the suburbs - but those with saplings and shrubbery around their homes had a different experience. "It's tough because we can't control the fact we have so many trees, but it's very dangerous during storms like this," said Noreen Spota, administrative coordinator for the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
December 18, 2013 |
WOODBURY The Gloucester County hazardous-materials team should meet and train more regularly, coordinate better with county public safety agencies, and develop a long-term plan to improve performance, an investigative panel concluded in a review of the team's response to last year's train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro. The county appointed the three-person panel in January, after a dozen firefighters from Washington Township quit the countywide Hazmat team, saying the air-monitoring equipment they used while responding to the toxic spill was inoperable.
October 22, 2013 |
BACK IN 1982, the nation was terrorized by the Tylenol poison scare. Although the fatal poisonings of seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, from taking cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules were confined to the Chicago area, repercussions were felt everywhere. Johnson & Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug's manufacturer, pulled 32 million packages of Tylenol off the shelves of stores throughout the nation, taking a huge nose-dive in profits as a result.