November 14, 2014 |
In 2008, Philadelphia's households recycled 8 percent of their waste. Pretty much the only good thing experts could say about it was there was ample room for improvement. Then, the city started weekly pickup. It moved from multiple containers for recyclables to single-stream recycling that didn't have to be sorted curbside. It began an awards-based program. The kinds of materials that can be recycled increased. On Thursday, city officials announced the 2014 rate - 21 percent, triple what it was six years ago. The amount increased from less than 55,000 tons to nearly 128,000 tons.
November 4, 2014 |
WHEN IT comes to the 76ers, obviously there are many ailments. Many are borne out of the fact that the talent level isn't on par with their opposition almost every night. But when the challenge is against yourself, those are the battles coach Brett Brown wants his players to win. So far, not so good in one of those areas, foul shooting. Going into last night's game against the Houston Rockets, the Sixers were next to last in the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage, making only 61.5 percent (48-for-78)
October 10, 2014 |
Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease doctor who helped save the lives of two medical missionaries with Ebola this summer, shared some shocking, frustrating, and darkly amusing details of his experience with a ballroom full of colleagues Wednesday in Philadelphia. The idea that Ebola had landed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta inspired such fear that pizza places refused to deliver and officials threatened to disconnect the sewers. "These are high-intensity patients," he told the standing-room-only-crowd attending ID Week at the Convention Center.
September 8, 2014 |
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.
August 25, 2014 |
ILLEGAL DUMPING is nothing new in Philadelphia, but even the most discreet of muck miscreants had managed to keep it to vacant lots and side alleys. But in recent years, Deputy Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton said problems with illegal dumping have seeped into the city's downtown business corridors and shopping avenues, making those who have to witness it bitter about litter. Of the 900 public litter baskets on street corners across the city, he said many are being used as household garbage receptacles when they are intended to give residents and visitors a place to stash their trash.
August 16, 2014 |
When Tiffany Threadgould moved into her Fairmount apartment in 2012, the first thing she did was trash the place. But for Threadgould, 40, that didn't mean making a mess. On the contrary, it's all about discovering beauty - or at least function - in objects that might otherwise be destined for the landfill. In her hands, CD jewel cases formed pendant lamps, paint cans became planters (and paint stirrers labels for a windowsill herb garden), and old sweaters made a cozy throw for her sofa.
August 13, 2014 |
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants. When an incinerator and other facilities swept into the city in the 1990s, they were controversial, setting off suits, protests, and debates over health concerns and "environmental justice" in a Delaware County city where about one-third of the residents live in poverty. While tensions have ebbed, a plan to build two new buildings at the incinerator complex and import trash from New York has stirred them anew.
August 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - San Diego natives, aces of their respective teams, division rivals. Right now, the relationship between Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg is mostly a professional one. When their playing days are through, Hamels said, "Maybe we'll mix in some golf. " For now, baseball is treating both just fine. Yesterday, in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Phillies, the two pitchers combined to dominate each others' lineups for 14 innings. The only run scored against either of them was of the unearned variety, with a fielding error by Phillies third baseman Cody Asche setting up a two-out RBI single by Denard Span in the third inning.
August 5, 2014 |
At 2:11 p.m. on July 23, Michael Kuttler drew his first breath and belted out an exultant scream. Seconds later, he participated in his first act of altruism - trying to save a stranger's life. His afterbirth was placed in a bin and handed to a woman who rushed down the hall in Lankenau Medical Center to a utility room. Working quickly, she swaddled the placenta in a cone of paper pads, pulled the rubbery umbilical cord through the bottom, then, using a syringe, plastic tubing, and gravity, spent the next 20 minutes collecting biological gold.
July 25, 2014 |
EVEN THOUGH its premiere is nearly six months away, the trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey" is already getting the moralists' crotchless panties in a bunch. Dawn Hawkins , executive director of Morality in Media, said that the "Grey" trailer "deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence. " Considering how many people read the trashy novels, we're not sure the trailer is deceiving anyone, but, yes, the trailer hints at the bondage scenes that so tittilated readers.