February 29, 2016 |
Our question of the day is this: Why are there so many turkey vultures running around South Jersey? These actually are turkey vultures, Cathartes aura, not the black vultures that have reportedly been moving up to these parts from areas farther south recently. Turkey vultures are sometimes called "carrion crows" (they eat dead things) or buzzards, but the result is the same: They climb on car roofs and porches, and they get sick and leave droppings just about everywhere. They also are called "nature's garbage collectors" and may have been attracted by the carcasses of rabbits and squirrels left by the numerous foxes that have appeared here in the last year or so. The Audubon Society's field guide says the vultures, unlike other birds, have a sense of smell that allows them to detect carrion odor.
January 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My husband went to Florida three months ago to care for an ailing former lover. He told me she will be leaving him a sizable inheritance and he needs to protect her from "vultures. " I admit I am suspicious of his motives. I think there may be more going on than what he's telling me, but he has been painting a pretty picture of how rosy our future will be with her gift. He has now suggested that we get a temporary divorce so he can marry her in order to get her entire estate!
July 16, 2013
D EAR HARRY : Back in 1998, I struggled to keep up with four credit-card debts. I was married with two kids, so it was tough. I managed to pay off two, but the other two were turned over for collection. I just could not make it. I then was sent to prison for four years for a minor crime. When I was released, I got a job and started to get back on my feet with help from a loyal and loving wife. I pay my bills on time, every time. Then, out of the blue, these two old bill collectors called and wrote and gave me 30 days to pay up. They were unbelievably rude and demanding.
February 12, 2013 |
Kay Schuh has a dead vulture hanging in her backyard and is grateful for it. Until the bird was strung up last month by a federal wildlife biologist, Schuh's Mount Holly neighborhood had been taken over by what some see as vandals of the sky. For about nine winters, the pine trees in her backyard have hosted an increasing number of roosting vultures. "The smell is horrible," Schuh said. "You can see [droppings] all over our bushes and our shed in the back. " Schuh, mother of three, said her family routinely has had to clean dog Jake's feet before letting him in after a trip to the yard.
December 30, 2012
Ex-president is on the mend Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care at a Houston hospital after his condition improved, a family spokesman said Saturday. Bush, the oldest surviving president at 88, is now in a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital, where he will continue his recovery, the spokesman said. "The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush was admitted to the hospital Nov. 23 with a bronchial cough.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III said the arrest of a former Baylor basketball walk-on for allegedly trying to extort money from the Heisman Trophy winner is a good lesson for NFL rookies. "There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money," Griffin said Tuesday. Griffin would not comment directly on the arrest of Richard Khamir Hurd , 25, who was arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas, for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Griffin unless he was paid a "substantial sum. " Hurd played basketball at Baylor from 2004-08.
June 18, 2010
THE EAGLES are about to start their new season, and I just can't wait for those hypocrites from PETA to show up and protest Michael Vick. Who finances these vultures to gain media attention? And with all the pelicans, fish and endangered sea turtles getting murdered by the BP oil spill, where are they? That's right, nowhere to be found. I rest my case. Ralph P. Goldsborough, Yeadon
June 11, 2010
Saving the Main Line While it's very nice for the well-to-do patrons of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, this $2.5 million grant to restore the group's theater is an affront to all other Pennsylvania taxpayers ("Boost for final stage of theater's renewal," Wednesday). Your article seems to applaud this use of taxpayer money as a good thing while, in essence, it subsidizes only wealthy patrons of the arts. The BMFI president was quoted as saying that it hosts 2,500 people a week (about 130,000 annually)
May 1, 2010 |
Carlos Quiles and his confederates were in the business of selling vacant houses in Philadelphia at bargain-basement prices. The only problem was that the owners knew nothing about the transactions. Quiles and his partners sold dozens of homes from underneath their owners, while victimizing unsophisticated buyers who later discovered they did not actually own the properties. In some cases, the duped buyers spent thousands to rehabilitate the houses - one man with 10 children put $30,000 into the home before he learned the sale was fraudulent.
August 14, 2007
THE RECENT SALE OF Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, to media shark Rupert Murdoch has raised a lot of questions about media consolidation - questions that, unfortunately, too many news outlets weren't willing to look at until it became clear that they, too, could be chum for News Corp. America's media aren't completely controlled by one person or group, but it is undeniable that we're on that course. Last year, Knight Ridder, the former owner of this paper and publisher of 31 other newspapers, went up for sale, and the growing conglomerate vultures were circling.