June 14, 2016
By Karen E. Quinones Miller Yes, I'm saying it! The cartoon featuring those green, sewer-dwelling amphibians that everyone loves is racist. Subliminally racist. Insidiously racist. I know. People are tired of folks accusing movies or television series of having racist content or undertones. Because, come on, if you look hard enough, you can convince yourself that anything can be racist. Right? But let's look at some cold hard facts here. Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo - the stars of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - are the good guys.
August 8, 2014 |
HOLLYWOOD, an industry notoriously starved for ideas, has become very good at repurposing old junk. Some of the brightest people in the business earn their money taking the rubbish of yesteryear, adding irony and wit, and coming up with something both nostalgia-driven and new. If you can do it with "21 Jump Street," you can do it with anything. Except maybe "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " This reboot feels less like an affectionate tribute to the '80s kiddie phenomenon than a low-grade version of some stale "Transformers" sequel, and lo and behold, it's produced by Michael Bay. Bay has his purported strengths, but wit and irony are not among them.
November 15, 2012
DEAR HARRY: Since last spring, two of my friends' identities were almost stolen. Fortunately, both were able to stop it from happening, and neither was hurt. However, they have been urging me to be more cautious. As a result, I went out and bought a shredder. The directions in the manufacturer's literature would have me shred everything short of our paper napkins. I figure that they exaggerate in order to get me and others to overuse the shredders. What's the real deal here, Harry?
April 1, 2012 |
Camden Iron & Metal and its heap of crushed scrap at the foot of the Platt Memorial Bridge near the airport are moving to Camden, along with 175 jobs and the promise of 50 hires. The unsightly junkyard of crushed cars and washing machines that is synonymous with 26th Street and Penrose Avenue - the gateway to Philadelphia for millions of visitors - will disappear after the scrap recycler installs, by the end of this year, a modern new shredder at Atlantic and Front Streets in Camden.
November 29, 2011 |
Owen Schmitt played tuba as a boy in small-town Wisconsin and loved it. But he also happened to be a football star. He couldn't score touchdowns and march with the band at halftime. So he chose touchdowns over tuba. He went to the West Virginia University, where he became a football superstar. In his last year, he didn't have many classes and began to skip the ones he had because he discovered Guitar Hero. He loved Guitar Hero. He thought to himself it would be really, really cool if he could actually play guitar.
June 6, 2011 |
B ERNIE MADOFF may have illegally made off with billions of dollars, but at an auction of Bernie's belongings at his former Palm Beach mansion, one bidder legally made off with his underwear. According to the Miami Herald , 14 pairs of boxer shorts confiscated from the former swindler - Bernie's lawyers had all the briefs - sold for a total of $200. Most of the stuff up for grabs were household items - Bernie must have had an awesome shredder - but there were also shoes, antique golf clubs and art. More than $400,000 was raised for Madoff victims - the equivalent of a microscopic organism on a drop in the bucket.
August 1, 2009 |
It was the end of the line for the red . . . maybe it was a car, or maybe a truck . . . whatever it was, swinging lifeless in the claws of the big yellow grapple at Camden Iron & Metal Inc.'s scrap yard in South Philadelphia. Yesterday, the red hulk came in on a flatbed with 20 other flattened vehicles, all the family vacations, spilled coffees, old Cheerios, lost socks, new-car smells, old-car memories squashed out of them. Soon, a huge shredder, grinding it between its tombstone-size, rust-colored teeth in a cacophony of screaming metal, would turn the red vehicle into pieces no larger than a squashed soup can. Ashes to ashes.
September 21, 2007 |
Autumn arrives Sunday, bringing with it the perennial dilemma: what to do with all those leaves, branches and twigs nature drops on lawn and sidewalk? One solution: Turn them into mulch with a leaf shredder or wood chipper. Need to know: You can buy a shredder or a chipper or both, or a combination of the two. Which is the best for you depends on the size of your property and what falls onto it. If you own an acre with lots of trees, a gas-powered chipper/shredder may be what you need.
October 17, 2005 |
Here's an export success story you don't hear very often in Philadelphia: A local business has a hot product that Chinese customers can't get enough of. The company wants to build a new plant, bring new export business to the port, and hire more than 100 employees. Good news all around, right? Only one problem: the product is scrap metal. And the company - Camden Iron & Metal Inc. - has set its sights for a new car shredder and shipping terminal on Port Richmond, a community with a very different view of its future.