September 13, 2016
The thick black smoke seen billowing above the Camden waterfront on Sunday seemed especially concerning on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Buffeted by the wind, the plumes were even visible from Lincoln Financial Field during the Eagles' season opener against the Cleveland Browns. @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/CbQNQBQJ9c — Josss (@Jozieee_H) September 11, 2016 But as it turned out, the source of the smoke was an industrial trash fire at Camden Iron & Metal, 1400 S. Front St., city fire officials said.
September 5, 2016
Q: I need help fighting a case with Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix, where I recently stayed. When I checked out, I saw a $250 charge on my credit card in addition to the $89 for the room. No one ever said anything about the charge. I called the front desk and was told it was a "smoking charge. " But I don't smoke. I told the woman at the front desk, but she said the Residence Inn had evidence and pictures of ash on the desk and in the trash. She said that I could dispute the charges with my bank, but that there was nothing she could do for me, and she refused to transfer me to a manager.
August 31, 2016
Back when he was working full-time in New Jersey, instead of trekking campaign trails for himself or an old chum, Gov. Christie signed a bill laying the foundation for his state to lead the nation in helping the fledgling wind energy industry expand to the sea. Funny how that changed once Christie began his run for president. Other than blowing his own hot air, he lost interest in wind power. Under Christie's direction, the state Board of Public Utilities created bureaucratic delays to impede the progress of an industry that had already received federal funding to locate turbines three miles off the Atlantic City coast.
August 16, 2016 |
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
August 13, 2016 |
As a pregnant faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia six years ago, Kristy Shuda McGuire would walk through "clouds of smoke" to get into her building. "It really bothered me," said McGuire, an associate biology professor. The college had a ban on smoking inside buildings and near entrances, but that left a lot of areas of campus vulnerable. McGuire got herself on the college's business affairs committee, which deals with building usage, and pushed for tighter restrictions.
August 11, 2016 |
For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue. The state Republican and Democratic Parties didn't find it funny. Both parties filed legal challenges Monday seeking to remove Poe - a stage name for the activism work and comedian act of Richard Tamaccio - from the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate. Poe on Tuesday said he was examining his options, one of which was to "bow out gracefully.
August 9, 2016 |
Backyard barbecuing or sitting around a campfire in the summer, toasty hands and roasted chestnuts in the winter - in any season, people love a nice fire. And in the smoke that those flames produce, scientists may have found a clue to the success of our species. For prehistoric humans, including Neanderthals, fire was their technology, providing heat, light, and a means of making more foods digestible. But when they made those fires in caves, they would also inhale great quantities of smoke and its toxic chemicals.
August 7, 2016 |
On an Atlantic City beach, a group of five adults recently sat a few feet from the ocean, some with lit cigars in hand. They placed makeshift ashtrays, really just upside-down seashells, next to their beach chairs, storing discarded cigars there. Two from the group - Monica Plumley, 48, of Glassboro, and Shelley Gatanis, 50, of Woodstown - had just met each other that day, and bonded over cigars. "I want to be able to do anything that's appropriate freely," Plumley said of their right to smoke on the sand.
July 13, 2016
Philadelphia homeland-security detectives were questioning two people found on the roof of a Center City hotel with smoke bombs and cameras Monday night, police said. The two were on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue in the 200 block of South Broad Street. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security, said Monday that "at this time no crime has been committed," but his detectives were conducting "noncustodial interviews. " - Robert Moran
July 5, 2016
Across wide swaths of the Shore, vacationers who are the lifeblood of New Jersey's multibillion-dollar tourism industry are spared from secondhand smoke wafting over from the next blanket. Why not every beach? That's the question Trenton lawmakers have asked - and answered with conviction - during two successive sessions, passing statewide bans on smoking on all beaches and in public parks. The most recent move came just weeks ago with a measure championed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester)