March 17, 2014 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - As a globe-trotting adult, I've tended to err on the side of caution and have learned to approach overly novel attractions with a great deal of hesitation. Such was the case on a recent visit to Bogota, Colombia, when against all restraint I kept thumbing back to a dog-eared page in the guidebook referencing a so-called Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, situated in an underground salt mine about 30 miles north of the capital. To prompt myself into finally hazarding Bogota's paralytic traffic so as to discover if the cathedral was worth its salt as a destination, I first had to channel a bit of Clark Griswold, goading his kids into the family car to make time to see the world's second-largest ball of twine as they made their way to Wally World.
February 20, 2014 |
A MAN IN North Philadelphia found himself between some rock salt and a hard place last week when someone held him at gunpoint as he cleared snow from the sidewalk, police said yesterday. Daron Stinson, 21, pointed a gun at the 52-year-old man on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. But he didn't demand his wallet or his watch - he wanted his rock salt, police said. And it was all caught on video - by Stinson - who then uploaded the footage to social media as part of an apparent string of prank holdups Stinson filmed and posted on his Instagram account, according to police.
February 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIAGrounded flights, closed schools, food-spoiling power outages, detoured buses, and ice-slicked sidewalks are the motifs of this winter, with almost every miserable weather combination hitting the region. The toll was on full display Sunday on people's windburned cheeks and chapped lips. And in the sore back muscles from shoveling, and the smashed fenders from harrowing rides on inadequately plowed roads and patches of black ice. Nora Meighan of University City did not hide her disgust in nearly deserted Clark Park around lunchtime Sunday, the temperature an uncomfortable 29 degrees.
February 7, 2014 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney is trying to avoid rubbing salt in the wounds of those who put their feet to the pavement on snowy days - and that includes friends of the four-legged variety. Kenney introduced a resolution yesterday that asks the streets and services committee to hold public hearings to investigate the use of rock salt - which the city has used since the 1940s - to melt ice and snow in the wintertime. "What I've seen in the city this snow season is just the dumping of salt all over the place, regardless of how much we really need to break down the snow," he said.
February 5, 2014 |
Watch your step out there. You and your neighbors may have an unwanted skating rink on your front porches this week, and there may be more ice on sidewalks and driveways than usual. That's because many stores haven't been able to keep deicing agents such as calcium chloride and rock salt in stock this winter. In fact, calcium chloride hasn't been available in many locations since the last big storm on Jan. 21, and other store managers said they have been out of the stuff since December.
January 22, 2014 |
IT WAS QUIET around dinnertime on Stevens Street yesterday, save for the occasional gust of wind that shook through the block. Some folks stationed shovels and bags of rock salt on their porches, in anticipation of the predicted snowstorm. On Donna Muller's porch, an empty green rocking chair sat motionless in the corner. There was no sign of life in the house, no trace of the nightmare that unfolded Sunday afternoon when Muller, 49, and her son Rich, 22, were found slain inside their Lawncrest home.
January 3, 2014 |
A WORKMAN died yesterday in an accident at a rock-salt storage facility in Bucks County, a county official said. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. near the Waste Management GROWS Landfill on Bordentown Road near New Ford Mill Road in Morrisville, according to Falls Township Police. Details of the fatal accident were unclear, but the man reportedly died after a pile of salt, used to clear ice from roadways, collapsed on him as he tried to move it with an industrial vehicle. John Hambrose, a spokesman for Waste Management, said that International Salt, a Lackawanna County firm, leases space in the complex to store rock salt.
January 29, 2012 |
After 116 inches of snow in the last two winters, the decision was just cold logic. This year, the Voorhees True Value store would "go heavy on the rock salt," manager Ron Rago said, adding resignedly, "You take your chances. " Neither Rago nor the best minds in meteorology could have guessed that come January, the rock-salt business would be hitting rock bottom. After all, on this date last year, Philadelphia was experiencing its second foot-plus snowfall of the winter and its fifth of the last two seasons.
February 11, 2010
THOUGHT WE'D try something different while another Himalayan snowstorm blankets the region: players, former and current, with winter-related names. Easy ones are former Sixer Eric Snow, ex-Flyers goalie Garth Snow, longtime Rams receiver Jack Snow and his boy J.T. Snow, who spent 16 years in the big leagues - mostly with the Angels and Giants. But the list has to include Colts long snapper Justin Snow, who finally got to a Super Bowl last weekend after 10 seasons. Linebacker Percy Snow, Eric's big brother, spent 3 years in the NFL: He was a Chiefs first-round bust out of Michigan State in 1990.