Silos razed on Penrose Ave.

The Tidewater Grain Co.'s silos on Penrose Avenue near the Schuylkill Expressway in Southwest Philadelphia, towering landmarks for years to motorists on the nearby Interstate 95, were imploded yesterday.

Traffic was halted on the Penrose Avenue and the Girard Point bridges while the silos were leveled. The elevator silo had been dormant since 1980.

Man struck, injured by car

An unidentified man was critically injured at 12:20 a.m. yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle on Stenton Avenue near Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. He was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center. Police said that they didn't expect to charge the driver.

Cops: Woman kills son, 6

A Deptford Township, N.J., woman armed with a 13-inch kitchen knife killed her 6-year-old son early Saturday by slashing his throat, then slashed her own throat, Gloucester County authorities said.

Police said that Martina Harding , 42, attacked the boy, Jared, while her husband and 9-year-old daughter were home. The boy, bleeding profusely when police arrived, died shortly after arrival at Underwood Memorial Hospital. His mother underwent surgery at Cooper University Hospital and was expected to recover. She has been charged with murder and related crimes.

Seniors alerted to rebates

Pennsylvania seniors are running out of time to apply for expanded property-tax and rent rebates.

State Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf says an estimated 200,000 seniors are eligible for rebates of up to $650 and more can qualify. He says people 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older can apply. Those with household incomes of $35,000 or less are also


Applications are available at state Department of Revenue district offices, senior centers, and at offices of state legislators and the Area Agency on Aging. Applications can be downloaded at

A 31G gift from Pa. 'Leo'

Less than two weeks after a man put 30 $100 bills into a Salvation Army kettle at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pa., someone did one better.

On Saturday morning, someone put 31 $100 bills in a Christmas card and dropped it into the tambourine held by Salvation Army volunteer Margaret Wetefsky at an Orwigsburg supermarket. The card, signed "Leo," contained a note saying, "I want you to be known as the person who collected the largest donation. May God shine on you." *

-Staff and wire reports