A Capitol Zoning District Commission approval of a plan for a mixed-used development at the site of a closed laundromat on Main Street in Little Rock has been upheld by the executive director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Two groups challenged the commission's approval in March of a two-story brick building with five retail stores on the ground level at 1424 Main St. The project also features 16 apartments and a shared second-floor balcony. The Quapaw Quarter Association said the applicant didn't establish that the project was "substantially consistent" with the district's design criteria. A group of residents led by Dan Cook said the plan "fundamentally undermines ... the historic character of Main Street and the integrity of the district as a whole." The Department of Arkansas Heritage executive director, Stacy Hurst, said that while she preferred the development be more consistent with the area's master plan, she said commission rules provide the development be only … [Read more...] about Heritage chief OKs mixed-use development on Little Rock’s Main Street
A water main break that occurred around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday has resulted in flooding throughout some Center City streets, submerging roads and sidewalks around the area and leading to traffic and water problems.The Philadelphia Water Department said a 48-inch main broke near Sansom and Juniper Streets, the worst of the flooding reaching Broad & Walnut Streets. Into the morning, water continued to spread onto Walnut from 9th & Broad Streets.Residents in several nearby neighborhoods have reported decreased water pressure. Bella Vista, Graduate Hospital, as well as areas of Center City and South Philadelphia, are reportedly affected. A Jefferson Hospital spokesperson told NBC10 that the hospital still has power and running water.PATCO said on Twitter around 7:00 a.m. that it was not affected by the water main break and will continue to run as scheduled. SEPTA announced a number of detoured bus routes as a result of the main break. Altered routes include 9, 12, 21, 23, 42, and … [Read more...] about Water main break floods Center City streets, causes power outages
By Brett Molina, USA Today A 95-year-old Maine man received a surprise when attempting to fix his deck: an encounter with a rabid fox.Robert Galen of Brunswick, Maine, told the Portland Press Herald he was repairing his deck when he walked around the house to get more supplies. After reaching down to pick up a broken plank, he looked up and saw a fox standing two feet away, staring him down. Galen said before the fox could strike, he hit it over the head with the plank. State officials removed the dead fox, and Maine's Center for Disease Control confirmed the animal tested positive for rabies. "I’ve had fox around here, but I’ve never had an experience like this," Galen told the Boston Globe. According to the Press Herald, Galen was the third person to encounter a rabid fox in the … [Read more...] about 95-year-old Maine man kills rabid fox with broken wooden plank
MANILA -- "Ang Probinsyano" star Coco Martin expressed his desire for TV host-actress Maine Mendoza to be a part of his upcoming film, which is an entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). "Honestly, I would love to do a movie with her. Pero hindi pa maayos ang schedule," Martin was quoted saying in a Philippine Star interview published Sunday. Asked whether Mendoza would be part of the MMFF film, which will also star comedian Vic Sotto, Martin replied: "Hmmm, sana! Hmmm, bumebuwelo pa. Oops!!! Nasabi ko tuloy." Both Mendoza and Sotto host the noontime variety show "Eat Bulaga." Martin also bared that his "action-comedy" film with Sotto has yet to finalize its cast, saying "there are so many adjustments." Earlier this month, Martin confirmed he will be teaming up with Sotto for an MMFF entry. It's confirmed: Coco Martin, Vic Sotto teaming up for MMFF movie MMFF 2018 includes Vice Ganda entry, Coco Martin-Vic Sotto collab … [Read more...] about Maine to join Coco, Vic for MMFF movie?
CHERRYFIELD, Maine — The value of Maine's wild blueberries hit its lowest point since 1985 last year. Wild blueberries, which are smaller than the cultivated kind, are one of the state's most important agricultural crops. But the industry has struggled with low prices and oversupply in recent years. The Portland Press Herald reports that trend continued in 2017, when the blueberries were worth 26 cents per pound. U.S. Department of Agriculture data say the estimated value of the harvest fell more than a third to $17.6 million last year. The size of the crop also fell a third last year to 67.8 million pounds. The industry has struggled with competition from Canada, which produces the same fruit at a lower price. The berries are mostly frozen and used in processed foods. … [Read more...] about Value of Maine blueberries continued dip in 2017