October 12, 2012 |
THAT PLASTIC container you see floating in the Schuylkill? It will probably float away from Philly, but it's hardly gone forever. Along with other junk tossed into local waterways, it ends up in the ocean, where it breaks down into a soupy mush. Remember that next you have a hankering for sushi. Need a visual on this? The 5 Gyres Institute, a California nonprofit, is teaming up with United by Blue, a Philadelphia apparel company that is dedicated to cleaning up waterways around the country, to show people the effects of pollution during a presentation here Monday.
October 11, 2012 |
Jerry Sandusky's wife stood by her husband as a "man of very high morals" and trashed their adopted son for saying that he too was sexually abused by his father in a letter to the judge deciding her husband's fate. "People need to know what kind of person he is," wrote Dorothy "Dottie" Sandusky of son Matt, 33, in the document , sent two weeks after her husband's conviction and obtained by The Inquirer this week. The letter, dated July 9, characterizes Matt Sandusky as a mentally ill liar and thief and asks Judge John M. Cleland to discount her youngest son's allegations in determining a sentence for her husband.
September 23, 2012 |
City officials said Friday that a formerly trash-strewn, city-owned vacant lot in Point Breeze that was cleaned and landscaped by a neighboring businessman can stay as it is. That is, until the city sells it. Edward Covington, executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, spoke to reporters at the lot in the 1100 block of South 20th Street to address what has been a growing controversy for the city. Covington said that four parties - including the businessman who cleaned the lot, real estate developer Ori Feibush - have expressed interest in buying the lot. The authority will take steps in the coming weeks to sell it, Covington said.
September 5, 2012 |
THERE ARE thousands upon thousands of him out there. That's what David Sims figures. Thousand upon thousands of guys who could run as fast as he can, hit as hard as he can, score on those tests they use to determine football players as high as he can. Thousands of guys who instead have settled into mundane jobs inside of the towns they once thrilled as teenage football stars. They were too much like him. Too much like who he used to be. Too proud to take the big hit to the big ego that junior college or an extra year at some type of prep school entailed.
August 14, 2012 |
A NONPROFIT GROUP'S effort to keep litter off the streets of East Passyunk backfired when neighbors used trash bins to dump household garbage, electronics — even discarded furniture. But the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp.oration is fighting back, enlisting the help of the Streets Department's Streets and Walkways Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP), as well as City Councilman Mark Squilla. After the city did away with wire trash bins and replaced them with Big Belly compactors on Passyunk Avenue, Samuel Sherman, PARC's executive director, bought 30 of the banished baskets to install in the area.
July 30, 2012 |
Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court should throw out the state's specious voter-ID law, or at least issue an injunction that recognizes there's no way that the state can provide the required credentials for hundreds of thousands of voters in time for the Nov. 6 election. That temporary step might buy the Corbett administration time, but it would in no way mitigate the obvious: that the ID law is nothing less than a political dirty trick aimed at tilting the playing field in favor of one party over another.
July 15, 2012 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - People who sit on the beaches of Ventnor, Wildwood, and Atlantic City - where the ice cream man will put his box down and hand over a banana Fudge Bomb without your even moving, except to find the money - might be shocked to learn that in Brigantine, people lack this fundamental Jersey Shore right. And that, for the most part, they do not care. But that, possibly as early as next week, when the City Council is scheduled to vote on a seven-page ice cream ordinance 15 years in the making, they could at last be granted the right of beach ice-cream sales.
July 13, 2012 |
THE STUFF YOU SEE here might look like a bunch of junk, but to us in the Daily News sports department, these are treasures. The move to our new office at 8th & Market has allowed us to take stock of what we've collected. We've been at Broad & Callowhill since 1964, and, buried beneath the dust and mouse droppings was a cache of memories. Today, Friday the 13th, of all days, is our last day here on North Broad Street and the building services people kept sending threatening emails to either pack up the stuff or get rid of it. But before we ship it along (or toss it in the recycle bin)
June 9, 2012 |
New Jersey State Police plan to remove those white-and-red plastic "Slow Speed — No Wake" barrels from busy channels to "eliminate many of the unnecessary regulatory buoys that litter waterways," according to a statement touting the move. Admittedly, the buoys aren't the prettiest part of the landscape, but calling them litter is like calling stop signs garbage. They are essential to public safety. Eliminating warning buoys will only set the stage for more boating accidents, harm the fragile habitats of shore birds, plants, shellfish, and turtles, and require more frequent channel dredging.
May 9, 2012 |
A CALL to the Marquis was all it took for Edward Williams, of West Philadelphia, to see a vacant lot on Filbert Street near Salford transform from nasty to classy after years of neighbors dumping everything from dirty diapers to used tires there. Half of the lot closer to Salford Street is used as a parking lot by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The other half — which is owned by SEPTA — was an unpaved, overgrown atrocity that hosted teetering towers of tires and mounds of trash.