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.
June 14, 2014 |
A proposal to build a 15,000-square-foot facility at the Chester incinerator plant to house garbage imported by rail from New York City has been put on the shelf. After some residents raised questions, the Chester City Planning Commission tabled a vote on the plan for 30 days. The commission had been expected to approve permits Wednesday night for the Covanta Energy proposal, but 12 protesters showed up at the meeting asking for a review of the project. Covanta, which has 100 employees in Chester, has operated the trash incinerator on Highland Avenue since 1992.
June 4, 2014 |
IT WAS MID-MAY and Dom Cuoci's distinguished baseball career at La Salle College High was all but over. Slowed by late-season back problems, the 6-3, 210-pound righthander could only sit inside his Doylestown home and watch television, ice packs affixed to his body, as the Catholic League playoffs went on without him. After the Explorers lost to Ss. Neumann-Goretti in the CL losers bracket on May 17, the only chance for a state-title run was...
May 25, 2014 |
Action Manufacturing Co., a military contractor, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine for hazardous-waste violations and to remove its top executive to settle criminal charges brought by the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, according to court documents. The prosecutor's plea memorandum on Wednesday described Action, with operations in Bucks and Chester Counties, as tightly controlled by Arthur J. Mattia, its chairman and president. The plea agreement banned Mattia from the board of directors and management of the company.
May 13, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels had thrown more pitches yesterday afternoon than he had in any of the 248 big-league games that preceded it. He struggled with command, but he combatted a rising pitch count with sheer talent and perseverance. He put six straight zeroes onto the scoreboard after allowing a single run in the first inning and, when his work was over following 133 pitches, the most any major league pitcher has thrown this season, Hamels retired to the clubhouse for his poststart workout.
May 12, 2014 |
Here's the real Benghazi scandal: Republicans have turned the deaths of four brave Americans into a campaign tool to galvanize their base. Eight congressional investigations, along with an independent review board, have laid out the facts about the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate. There have been 13 public hearings, the release of 25,000 pages of documents, and 50 briefings on the security failures that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. None offered a shred of evidence that White House political considerations led to their deaths.
May 8, 2014 |
This being spring, the season of renewal, the idea was to be a good citizen, clean the block, rent a truck, and haul the trash to a designated sanitation site. Or so Celia Pretter believed. "I thought I was doing a community service, doing this all nice and legal," the Mount Airy horticulturist said. She wanted to help, "given that the city is in crisis and has no money for schools. " But logic quickly took a backseat to red tape, time was wasted, officials were phoned, funds were squandered, and, truth be told, emotions flared and unkind words were uttered.
March 12, 2014 |
JORDAN LUNSK is in deep doo-doo. The Lawndale man, 39, faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and related counts after he picked a fight Saturday with an off-duty cop over dog waste, police said. In that incident - which took place outside the officer's house on Oakley Street near Levick, about a block from where Lunsk lives - Lunsk refused to pick up his dog's excrement from the officer's lawn, police said. The two first exchanged heated words, then blows.
February 27, 2014
IN AUGUST 1988, Jay Paterno was a 19-year old reserve quarterback on his father's Penn State football team. Jay stood near his dad in the New Orleans Superdome during the Republican National Convention as Joe Paterno delivered a spirited seconding speech for the presidential nomination of George H.W. Bush. I was there, too. I remember a Pennsylvania lawmaker spent $150 on buttons touting JoePa for governor. When I asked the coach about it, he said, "He sure wasted $150. " Fast-forward 26 years and the question facing 45-year-old Jay Paterno is whether his Democratic campaign for lieutenant governor is a waste or a winner.
January 3, 2014 |
WILLIAM MARTIN had a way of strolling into a room, cool and confident, master of all he surveyed. He would usually have a wisecrack to break the ice. Some of those he greeted might not have been amused, but you couldn't help but be charmed by this happy guy. "He had the ability to make you crack a smile even if you preferred otherwise," his family said. Because of his cheerful, outgoing manner, Bill was a natural as a greeter at New Covenant Baptist Church, where he made parishioners feel that they had come to the right place for spiritual sustenance.