Environment

(Rocks are placed temporarily around the collapsed roadway where a sinkhole undermined the Plymouth Road Bridge.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

PennDOT Presses For Replacement of Plymouth Rd. Bridge By August 31st

Government officials expect the bridge, closed since a sinkhole opened last month, to be reopened by the end of the summer and say the contractor will be fined $20,000 a day if it isn’t.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Cemetery Ridge, at Gettysburg.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Gettysburg, 150 Years After Lincoln Assassination

As we mark 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, we note that a getaway to nearby Gettysburg is a rewarding way to reflect on both the man and his turbulent times.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

("Monkey Kingdom." Image from Disney Corp.)

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’

(2½ stars out of 4)Macaque monkeys Maya and Kip are the focal characters in this nature documentary about the simian society’s rigid class system.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(File photo by Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

Officials Challenge Planned Interim Use of Diesel Generators By Revel’s New Owner

New Jersey environmental officials say the large diesel generators that developer Glenn Straub has brought in to get the Revel’s fire-suppression system operating again might not meet federal clean air standards.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(The Wash N Lube, at 11th and Spring Garden, has special sprayers to wash the underside of vehicles coming through.   Photo by Kristen Johanson)

Federal Experts Warn of Salt-Corroded Brake Lines, Especially on Older Cars

The guidelines come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after a five-year investigation. Officials advise to make sure the undercarriage of your car gets washed.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/13/2015

(Artist's rendering of proposed 3D electronic advertising display for 12th and Arch Streets.  Image provided)

Nutter Will Allow Massive 3D Electronic Billboards in Center City, With Legal Tweaks

Nutter says he has reservations about the huge, sidewalk-level, LED signs, but rather than veto the measure, he struck a deal with its sponsor, Councilman Mark Squilla.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(A BUSHEL AND A PITCHER.  Enjoying local blue-claw crabs at a Chesapeake area dockside restaurant.  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Ready For Springtime Crabbing?

Maryland crabbing season began April 1st! Why not catch yourself a dozen or two?

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(Officials of the Mural Arts Program cut a ribbon to ceremonially open a new tour office on North Broad Street, near Cherry.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Mural Arts Program Opens New Tour Office on Broad Street, Adjacent to Academy of Fine Arts

“It’s not only a new home but it’s a new chapter of collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,” noted Joan Reilly (center), chief operation officer of Mural Arts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

(Standing below the 25th Street Viaduct, officials show a rendering of what the bridge will look like after it is refurbished.  Photo by Mike Dougherty)

South Philly’s 25th Street Rail Viaduct Getting First Makeover in 85 Years

Officials say the gigantic, 1.2-mile, 25th Street Viaduct is in good shape structurally, but it’s not pretty. There are also concerns about public safety from crumbling concrete.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

(IT'S MADE FROM TRASH.  A dogwood tree and butterflies, constructed from recycled materials by sculptor Peter Kimelman, is part of a display at the Philadelphia Zoo.  Photo by John McDevitt)

At Philadelphia Zoo, Art Exhibit Turns Trash Into Thought-Provoking Sculptures

It’s called “Second Nature: Junk Rethunk” — a series of animal-inspired art sculptures on the grounds of the Philadelphia Zoo, all made out of recycled materials.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

(NJT's Morrisville train yard.  Mulch factory is in distance at left. Photo provided)

NJ Transit Traces Bad Odor On Some of Its Trains To Adjacent Mulch Factory; Working on a Fix

If you ride New Jersey Transit trains, particularly into the northern part of the state, you might have noticed a less-than-pleasant odor seeping into your train car.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

(Schoolgirls sing "Sakura" at the Shops at Liberty Place.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Opens Its Annual Cherry Blossom Festival With Songs and Sushi

Philadelphia’s 18th annual Cherry Blossom Festival is underway, with a number of events this week at several venues celebrating Japanese culture.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

(File photo by Ed Fischer)

Pa. Consumer Advocate Says She’ll Fight Peco Request For Big Fixed Monthly Electric Increases

Acting Pennsylvania consumer advocate Tanya McCloskey says raising the “fixed” portion of electric bills by 68% creates a disincentive to conserve, and will have a larger impact on seniors and low-income households.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

("New Jersey Collective's" Instagram web site.)

Instagram Account Shines A Spotlight On The Garden State

“Jersey Collective” is an Instagram account that showcases the beauty of New Jersey and the many talents of the people who live there.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/06/2015

(File photo of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.   Credit: Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

NJ Official Says Getting Hurricane Sandy Relief From Feds Was ‘Cumbersome’ But Worth It

An audit by the federal government has shown that the State of New Jersey had to apply 15 times to extend a grant in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015