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2009-09-30 16:58:50

Animal authorities in Pennsylvania said a cat found abandoned and wrapped in duct tape has gone home with a new adoptive family. Liz Williamson, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said a few people contacted the organization to claim ownership of the cat, named Sticky after its rescue, but no one met with officers to prove ownership, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. They were given the opportunity to come in and meet with our...

2009-09-30 10:31:08

A Philadelphia Eagles fan says stadium guards refused to allow her in Sunday because she was wearing a T-shirt that took a swipe at quarterback Michael Vick. Kori Martin's offending garment said Losers fight pitbulls on the front and had Vick's name crossed out, the Philadelphia Inquirer said Wednesday. Martin, 32, Broomall, Del., told the newspaper that security at Lincoln Financial Field would not let her in until she turned the T-shirt inside out. She called the move an impingement of her...

2009-09-24 22:47:23

A former Philadelphia police officer was convicted Thursday of warning Los Angeles Clippers point guard Jerome Pooh Richardson about a drug raid. The target of the raid was Alton Ace Capone Coles. At the time, Richardson's sister was living with Coles in southern New Jersey. Jurors in U.S. District Court found the former officer, Rickie Durham, 44, guilty of two counts of obstruction of justice and one of lying to law enforcement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Prosecutors said he could...

2009-09-20 15:12:18

Officials with art and cultural groups in Philadelphia say they are angered by the state's decision to expand state sales taxes to their businesses. Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance director Peggy Amsterdam said Pennsylvania officials' decision to apply the state sales tax to cultural performances and venues may prove detrimental to artistic and cultural sites statewide, the Philadelphia Inquirer said Sunday. Not only will it hit the arts organizations, but it will make it harder for...

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2009-08-28 17:49:06

Actor and TV personality Tony Danza this week took part in orientation sessions to prepare for his new teaching role in the Philadelphia School District. His experiences reportedly will be captured in a new A&E reality show called Teach. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the 58-year-old actor is not certified, so he will share a classroom at Northeast High School with a more experienced instructor while he helps teach English. So, how did Danza feel about his new career path? Scared, he...

2009-08-21 13:08:50

The U.S. Agriculture Department says the cranberry crop in New Jersey should increase by nearly 5 percent this year, bucking a nationwide outlook. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday while the overall U.S. yield of cranberries is expected to fall 10 percent this year, New Jersey farmers are enjoying a boost in output that will help meet a growing worldwide demand for the berries. Richard Nieuwenhuis, New Jersey Farm Bureau president, blamed the 2009 decline in cranberry output in states...

2009-08-21 09:42:02

Secured creditors would get 21 cents on the dollar under a reorganization plan for Philadelphia's two bankrupt daily newspapers, a court filing shows. The deal, which requires court approval, would give the creditors of Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC $66 million in cash and property for their $318 million debt, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday. The plan includes a $35 million investment and a guaranteed $17 million line of credit from housing developer and automobile dealer Bruce...

2009-07-21 12:19:04

Filmmaker Tyler Perry says he is arranging a trip to Walt Disney World for Philadelphia-area day camp children who were denied access to a private club. Perry said on his Web site Sunday he would send the Creative Steps campers, each with a chaperone, on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Florida resort, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday. I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them, Perry...

2009-07-04 12:51:00

Mister Softee is getting tough with impersonators this July Fourth holiday -- the Christmas of the ice cream season, one of the firm's U.S. owners said. With 600 trucks in 15 states, the company, which has its headquarters in Pennsylvania, is taking legal action against competitors who illegally use Mr. Softee's name, logo or jingle, said James Conway, who owns the business with his cousin, John Conway. The Conway family founded Mister Softee in 1956, the first truck rolling through...

2009-07-04 12:08:19

Philadelphia police say officers were forced to fatally shoot a homeless man who had been repeatedly making prank emergency phone calls. Police said the 59-year-old homeless man, whose identity was not released, used a call box at a Municipal Services Building concourse to repeatedly phone police Friday only to immediately hang up the phone, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday. Two police officers were dispatched to the downtown location following the 40th prank phone call and the...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.