July 24, 2014 |
A central question in the debate over a Rutgers University-led study of the ocean floor off the coast of Long Beach Island is whether the loud sound waves used to map the sediment will harm dolphins, whales, and other animals. It is an area of scientific research that has been getting more attention since the mid-1990s, when researchers generated loud sounds in the Pacific Ocean to study the effect of water temperature on sound. People began to wonder whether marine mammals could hear the sound and, if so, if that was bad. Since then, scientists have trained some of the more intelligent species, such as dolphins, to tap a paddle when they hear a sound.
July 20, 2014 |
The Borough of West Chester early this week won the latest episode in a years-long court battle with drugmaker Pfizer over sewer payments owed to the borough by Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company that Pfizer bought in 2009 for $68 billion. Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Shenkin ruled that Pfizer must give the borough $1.72 million for missed payments under a 1984 agreement that called for Wyeth to make quarterly payments of about $200,000 for the life of the Goose Creek Sewer Treatment plant.
July 10, 2014 |
IT WOULD HAVE been impossible for firefighters to arrive any quicker at Saturday's devastating blaze on Gesner Street that claimed the lives of four young children. That's the message that Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer wanted heard loud and clear yesterday as the city, in an unusual move, released 9-1-1 recordings and a list of GPS-tracked response times of the first four companies to arrive on the block in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. "You cannot get there quicker than a minute," Sawyer said, referring to the time between when a firefighter from Ladder 4, around the corner from the fire, notified dispatchers that the ladder truck was heading there and when the truck arrived on the block at 2:48 a.m. "That's not humanly possible," he said.
July 9, 2014 |
Residents of Southwest Philadelphia turned out in force Monday night to demand answers after the weekend fire that killed four children, at times sparking an angry outcry that drew scores of police officers and set the neighborhood on edge. The protest, which resulted in several clashes and led to a number of arrests, followed an afternoon community meeting at which residents challenged the fire commissioner over how long it took firefighters to respond to Saturday's devastating early morning fire.
June 23, 2014 |
On May 1, Thurman and Elizabeth Harrison were awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a commotion on their tiny Center City street. Firefighters were evacuating residents after they measured alarming levels of carbon monoxide outside several homes. About an hour later, Thurman Harrison watched in disbelief from the end of the 2300 block of Naudain Street as an explosion reduced his neighbor's house to rubble in one fiery instant and destroyed the rowhouse where he and his wife had lived for 18 years.
June 13, 2014 |
THIS NEEDED clarification. Not only is it rare for a sports executive to publicly call out his players, but the comments Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz directed at his charges were so brutally harsh, you wanted to make sure they were in proper context. For any Union fan wondering why manager John Hackworth got sacked on Tuesday, Sakiewicz said to look no further than the guys in the locker room. "Yes, I will clarify," Sakiewicz said yesterday at a news conference introducing Jim Curtin as interim coach.
May 21, 2014 |
The calls for ambulances kept coming and coming. People in Parkesburg, where Raymond Stackhouse lives, needed help. But the former chief of the Parkesburg Fire Company often had no volunteers to send. So the emergency passed to someone else. "It made us feel like we were failing the community," Stackhouse said. That was the spark that started the four-year process of forming the Keystone Valley Fire Department, a joining of the nearby fire companies of Parkesburg, Pomeroy, and Atglen.
May 19, 2014 |
If you're a Philadelphia schoolteacher, here's a lesson in real estate development: At Oxford Mills, educators can rent two-bedroom/two-bathroom loft apartments for the below-market rate of $1,500 a month. If you teach anywhere in the city - for the school district or for a private, parochial or charter school - you qualify to rent at Oxford Mills starting June 1. And if you operate a nonprofit affiliated with education, you can lease office space at a reduced rate. This mixed-use venture is one of several in formerly crime-ridden South Kensington, near Northern Liberties.
May 16, 2014 |
Fatima Perez's family knew something was wrong when she didn't call Monday afternoon - as she did every day - to make sure someone had picked up her 7-year-old son, Dennis, from school. They reported her missing that afternoon to Camden County police, fearing that Perez, a 41-year-old mother from Nicaragua who works two jobs and had never gone missing before, was in danger. The police, Perez's family said, suggested that she had an unseen drug addiction. Or that she willfully left town with her landscaper, who was believed to be driving her from her Camden home to Delanco so she could buy a car. Neither was true, they said.
May 15, 2014 |
THERE WAS no shortage of reactions in the wake of Michael Sam's televised draft-day kiss with his boyfriend, most of them falling into one of three categories: 1) Awwww 2) Ewwww 3) Mmmmm . . . cake There was, however, a fourth category of reaction, from a segment of parents who harbored concerns about how their children would react to watching an intimate display between two men on television (that these parents had no qualms subjecting their kids to Day 3 of the NFL draft tells us we still have plenty of work to do in raising awareness about early-childhood exposure to Mel Kiper, but that's a different issue)