May 5, 2011 |
This takes money laundering to a different level. Customs and Border Protection agents at Philadelphia International Airport seized more than $11,000 from a Jamaica-bound passenger on Saturday after he tried to hide the cash, stashing some of it in six boxes of Irish Spring Soap in his luggage, officials said today. There is no limit to how much cash can be brought in, or taken out, of the country, but travelers are required to declare amounts in excess of $10,000. The passenger was released and allowed to depart Saturday after agents returned $200 to him and seized the remaining $11,143 he was carrying.
April 29, 2011 |
Peggy Garrett and Lavera Diggins are typical gardeners, which is to say they're totally goofy in springtime. This morning, they're huddled over daffodils. "Oh, my God, Lavera, look at this one!" Garrett exclaims, running her hands through the sun-yellow blooms. Visitors to the Hands-on Garden, behind the Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park, are often amazed that visually impaired people such as Garrett and Diggins are able to enjoy this place, let alone plant and maintain it. "They come by all the time and say, 'Wow!
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...