April 21, 2011 |
Residents of Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood should not have to worry anymore about what direction the wind blows during their summer cookouts, city officials say. A $30 million sludge-drying facility and $10 million odor-control system are ready to take on the foul-smelling muck at the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority plant on Ferry Avenue, authorities announced Wednesday at the start of the city's second annual Camden Clean...
March 27, 2011
So much for the "temporary" portion of Philadelphia's increase in property taxes. And so much for a "revenue-neutral" fix to the city's broken property-tax system. Instead, Mayor Nutter's 2012-16 budget plan includes a 20 percent hike in property-tax revenue. The hefty increase comes even as the administration says the city's budget crisis is easing, and that the expected funding cuts in Gov. Corbett's proposed budget aren't nearly as bad as expected. More disturbing, the Nutter administration - which promised an open and transparent City Hall - dropped the property-tax increase into its five-year plan without any comment or explanation.
March 18, 2011 |
FULTON, Calif. - Imagine a garden where melon, peach, apple, lemon, pear, and gardenias bloom. Then imagine holding all that in a glass. That's the theory behind wine sensory gardens, featuring plants commonly smelled and tasted in wine. Take a stroll through the neatly laid out cabernet-merlot corner of the red wine garden at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Sonoma County and you encounter things you expect to find, like black cherry and black currant. And there are a few you might not expect, like oregano and bell pepper, which also can be picked up in some reds.
March 9, 2011 |
IF THERE were a moral to the story that Gov. Corbett spun yesterday in his much-anticipated, first budget talk, it was that all wealth is not viewed equally - at least not when it comes to Corbett's notions about bailing Pennsylvania out of its $4 billion budget hole. To middle-class state employees, to upwardly mobile college students at Pennsylvania-funded universities, to the working poor who've looked to Harrisburg for affordable health insurance, Corbett sent out more sacrifice signals yesterday than a third-base coach on a built-for-speed baseball team.
February 24, 2011
LIKE THE pungent cheeses for which it's known, something stinks in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end union collective bargaining rights isn't about the budget crisis - it's about union-busting. The unions will accept pay and benefit concessions to ease the budget crisis, but Walker's insistence on eliminating bargaining rights is a blatant attempt to rewrite the laws of democracy. It's also a Republican blueprint to further separate America's "haves" from the "have-nots" - class warfare in the guise of a budget battle.
February 11, 2011
SOMETHING STINKS in Fishtown. Late last year, a 33-year-old Internet developer named Tim Patton went before the Fishtown Neighbors Association with a proposal for a small brewery in his home on Richmond Street near Marlborough. The company would produce about four kegs a week - so small that it wouldn't qualify as a microbrewery; instead, it would be classified as a "nanobrewery. " Patton presented plans that showed the entire operation could fit in a small room in the back of his house.
February 9, 2011 |
In a world so often fetid and unfriendly, thank heavens Valentine's Day soon will flaunt the bond between the heart and the nose. If you've never considered the connection, consult with cognitive neuroscientist Johan Lundström, who makes his money by studying how mating calls can be smelled as well as heard. "My research is aimed toward a better understanding of the cerebral basis for chemosensory and multimodal processing," he writes, in the least amorous of terms, on the website of his employer, the Monell Chemical Senses Center in University City.
December 8, 2010 |
As machines whirred in the noisy Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia, amid the sweet smell of baked goods, Yvonne Hiller methodically hunted down co-workers with whom she apparently had quarreled and gunned them down, authorities say. Hiller contended that she suffered from years of "chemical abuse" and that her co-workers had sprayed her with chemicals and deer urine, according to her statement to police, read in court at her preliminary hearing...
October 2, 2010 |
The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river and Tony Curtis is dead at 85. No one is going to ever say he was a great actor, especially based on the dreck he did in the last half of his career, but sometimes you only need one great part to be fondly remembered. Curtis had two, since he was pretty fabulous in Billy Wilder's great sex comedy "Some Like It Hot. " But for this writer, the Curtis part that will always be the touchstone of his career was his role as the scheming press agent in "Sweet Smell of Success.
August 25, 2010 |
J.A. Happ never thought he had it made. Not at age 27 with a little more than a year of big-league service time coming into the season. Not after a slow but steady climb up the Phillies' minor league ladder that included spending all, or significant parts, of five seasons in the bushes. Still, he did go 12-4 last season with a 2.93 earned run average, finished as the runner-up in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, and was penciled into the starting rotation at the beginning of spring training.