August 22, 2013 |
Ten environmental organizations have asked a federal court to halt construction of the controversial Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, scheduled to begin Sept. 3. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. and PPL Electric Utilities are upgrading an existing 145-mile transmission line that crosses from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, including four miles of the national recreation area. The upgrade includes replacing a 230,000-volt power line with taller towers that will carry 500,000-volt lines.
August 14, 2013 |
We pay our water and sewer bills, usually without fail. We would cancel cable TV before not paying those necessary utilities. Otherwise, no one's happy in the house, right? That's exactly why some cities in Pennsylvania are circling back to municipal bonds backed by water and sewer, and why they may offer a more secure payout if the cities run into financial trouble, says muni bond expert Alan Schankel at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. Stressed municipalities are getting creative, ginning up revenue on which to refinance outstanding debt.
August 13, 2013 |
Authorities continued the search Sunday for a Washington-area man who disappeared during a tubing expedition on the Delaware River. Anthony Del Prete, 30, was near the end of a four-hour floating excursion Saturday afternoon when he slipped out of his inner tube near Point Pleasant, Bucks County. Rescue boats and divers were dispatched immediately to find Del Prete, who was presumed drowned. Recovery conditions were hindered by high water and low visibility, Point Pleasant Fire Chief Scott Fleischer said.
July 28, 2013 |
The owners of 2,041 commercial buildings in Philadelphia have an initial Oct. 31 deadline to report energy and water usage at those facilities for disclosure online, city officials said Friday. The city's Building Energy Benchmarking Law, a 2012 law designed to make big buildings more efficient by forcing owners to think about how much energy their buildings use, mandated the reporting for sites with more than 50,000 square feet of indoor commercial space. "In order to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America and improve the city's energy efficiency and cost savings, we need to make a concerted effort across the city to reduce energy use in buildings," Mayor Nutter said in a news release.
July 28, 2013
Dry air in hotel rooms is endemic, but a moisture-adding mist can be as close as your water bottle and a USB connection. Yes, the USB water-bottle humidifier for which we've all been holding our breath is finally at hand. The device, 2.4 inches in diameter, rests over the top of a water bottle, replacing the cap. It can be screwed onto the top of compatible bottles (not included, so you'll have to experiment). A wicklike filter extends down into the water. Plug the included micro USB cable into your computer or other USB port, and the wick draws the water through the filter, converting it into vapor.
July 24, 2013 |
BARCELONA, Spain - Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli, of Tunisia, got stuck trading elbows and kicks with a French challenger. Five-time world champion Thomas Lurz, of Germany, had to waste precious energy fighting off herds of competitors just to get around the buoys lining the course. Valerio Cleri, of Italy, likened the event to "wrestling," and had to deal with a jellyfish sting, too. For Spyridon Gianniotis, of Greece, however, the combative nature of the grueling, 10-kilometer open water marathon at the swimming world championships yesterday was just the way he liked it. So it was no wonder when Gianniotis retained his title in the discipline's signature event, surging ahead on the final lap to avoid a sprint with Mellouli.
July 19, 2013 |
Robert and Thea Long moved into their Sicklerville home nine years ago, the first owners of the newly constructed house with shiny hardwood floors. What they did not know until last winter's bitter cold snap was that the water pipes on the outside walls were not insulated and therefore were more likely to freeze, according to a lawsuit the couple filed Wednesday. "I walked into the house and there was water everywhere. And the water was still running," said Robert Long, 65, recalling the mess he found one Sunday.
July 18, 2013 |
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In one of the most harrowing spacewalks in decades, an astronaut had to rush back into the International Space Station on Tuesday after a mysterious water leak inside his helmet robbed him of the ability to speak or hear and could have caused him to choke or even drown. Italian Luca Parmitano was reported to be fine after the dangerous episode, which might have been caused by a leak in the cooling system of his suit. His spacewalking partner, American Christopher Cassidy, had to help him inside after NASA quickly aborted the spacewalk.
July 12, 2013 |
On her first day in the federal pen, but looking like she just stepped off a tennis court, Piper (Taylor Schilling of Argo ) is greeted by one of her ugly-makeover cellmates. "Look at you, Blondie," says Nicky (Natasha Lyonne). "What did you do?" "Aren't you not supposed to ask that question? I read that you're not supposed to ask that," says Piper. "You read that? What, did you study for prison?" Well, yeah! Maybe Martha Stewart's Guide to Stacking Time . The point is, Piper is a little out of her element.
July 10, 2013 |
Every summer for the last 37 years, Italiano's, a South Philadelphia landmark, has sold a South Philadelphia trademark: water ice. But this summer, the first-floor window of the Italiano home on South 12th Street has never opened to customers. The store, which once sported a hanging white sign reading "Italiano's" in red block letters, has consistently ranked as one of the best water ice and gelato shops in Philadelphia. After the sudden death of the owner's 52-year-old brother, Frankie Italiano, in February, the family decided to pay respects to Frankie and delay the shop's planned summer opening.