Tiny homes made in Amish country could soon house Philly's homeless
PHILADELPHIA — Out in Lancaster County, amid the low hills and high corn, horse-drawn Amish buggies slow tourist traffic on winding country roads.Old-time preachers reign on the radio, warning of dark consequences for sinners run amok in 21st-century America.And in the town of Leola, not 50 feet from a clutch of cows lounging under a hot summer sun, a small workshop hums and bustles with the creation of a product that could, someday soon, help the homeless in Philadelphia.“Tiny homes,” said Matt Meshey, a co-owner of Liberation Tiny Homes. “We see them as the solution to a lot of issues, homel...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bear 'attack' or 'encounter'? Latest incident fires up debate over hunting New Jersey's most controversial animal
HARDYSTON TWP., N.J. — The black bear that swatted an elderly man in the face last month is long gone, caught and euthanized by state wildlife officials, but the philosophical post-mortem over the future of New Jersey’s largest predator continues.For one, there’s a debate over how to even describe what happened in the 82-year-old man’s garage in West Milford, Passaic County, on July 24. He was left with 30 stitches in his face, evidence enough to call it an “attack,” say pro-hunting groups. Or was it instead an avoidable “encounter,” one that the man could have prevented by not storing food in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matthew Stafford: False-positive COVID-19 result was 'a little bit of a scary thing'
DETROIT — All things considered, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be taking his COVID-19 testing fiasco in stride. This despite the family-related concerns the positive test led to for Stafford and the residual consternation it caused for his wife, Kelly.A little more than a week ago, the Lions had to place Stafford on the COVID-19 reserve list when his third test after reporting for training camp came back positive. Four days later, Stafford was activated off the list and the Lions sent out a press release emphatically stating the quarterback had a false-positive and was ne...
The Detroit News
A century ago, it was a Florida landscape shrub. Now, it's a pest plant that keeps spreading
MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues spreading throughout southern Florida, capable of taking over ecosystems that otherwise support native animals and beckon tourists.One recently sprouted in Big Cypress National Preserve, a sprawling expanse in Southwest Florida, and the staff hopes to stomp out the fast-spreading invasive before it gains more ground. They’re alerting visitors...
Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?
Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials grease- and water-resistant; they’re known as “forever chemicals” as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances cannot break down in the environment.A report released last week on the fast food industry revealed that nearly half of all sampled packaging contained d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Court rules for transgender student in Georgia bathroom access case
ATLANTA — Transgender high school students must be granted access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled.The closely watched case granted a legal victory to Drew Adams, a transgender student who sought access to the boys’ bathroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The opinion, issued Friday, said the school board’s policy barring Adams from the boys’ bathroom violated his civil rights by discriminating against him because of his sex.Local school systems, some of which have been embroiled in controversy because of their transg...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Oakland ready for Trump attacks if 'proud daughter' Kamala Harris joins Democratic ticket
OAKLAND, Calif. — When Joe Biden’s vice presidential search committee met with a who’s who of California Democrats on a Zoom call late last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf used up every second of her turn to make an urgent pitch for Kamala Harris, a self-described proud “daughter of Oakland, California.”Schaaf has known the U.S. senator since they were both barely 30 years old and extolled her virtues as a fierce advocate for Oakland’s progressive values.But Oaklanders know that Harris won’t be the only one in the spotlight if she’s who Biden chooses to join the Democratic ticket for the Whi...
The Mercury News
Tropical wave in Atlantic not likely to develop, hurricane center says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A system that formed off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic had a low potential to form into the next tropical depression or tropical storm, but those chances are now gone.“Environmental conditions have become less conducive, and development of this system is no longer anticipated,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. Saturday advisory.Forecasters dropped the tropical wave’s chances of formation to 0% in the next two to five days. Its previous chances were up to 10%.The wave producing a few showers and thunderstorms was last located several hundred miles west-sout...
Whitmer urges resignation of county official who used racial slur, refused to wear mask
DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined local and state officials calling for the resignation of an elected official from northwest lower Michigan who used a racial slur before a public meeting this week.Leelanau County road commissioner Tom Eckerle uttered the slur Tuesday in an angry outburst, according to the Leelanau Enterprise newspaper, a commission colleague and a state lawmaker who represents the county.“Governor Whitmer believes that Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle must resign immediately. His comments are atrocious,” said the governor’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown in an email to The ...
The Detroit News
Legalization of abortion, gay rights has Haiti churches up in arms
An overhaul of Haiti’s archaic 185-year-old criminal laws provides stiffer penalties for rape, decriminalizes begging and, for the first time, addresses modern-era crimes like cybersecurity and terrorism financing while giving a clearer definition of what constitutes sexual harassment.But the language of the new penal code on the legalization of abortion, discrimination based on sexual orientation, bestiality, scrubbing criminal records of felons and the age of sexual consent for girls is stirring controversy. Outraged Haitians have taken to the streets in protest and support of a Change.org p...