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November 16, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since the mid-1990s, the rate of vehicle crashes for teenagers has plunged thanks to graduated driver licensing laws that restrict driving privileges until teens gain experience behind the wheel. "But even with these graduated driver licensing systems, crashes are still the leading cause of death and disability in teens," said epidemiolo- gist Allison Curry, director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A new study led by Curry suggests that states can make their graduated licensing systems even more effective by requiring young drivers to display a teen driver decal on their vehicles.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A SEPTA worker involved in a fatal 2009 Regional Rail accident is fighting a federal effort to disqualify him from safety-sensitive rail work until 2019. Vance Almond, 57, of South Philadelphia, contends he is being made a scapegoat in the death of rail inspector Kevin Sparks, who was hit and killed by a West Trenton train on Nov. 5, 2009, during a transit strike. About 8:30 a.m. that day, Train 327 was coming out of a curve at 65 m.p.h., traveling south on tracks usually used by northbound trains, just south of the Melrose Park station, federal accident investigators found.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is recuperating from a mild concussion after an early-morning car accident last week, her office said Friday. The accident occurred in a Scranton suburb while Kane was being driven by her security detail to "morning appointments," said spokeswoman Renee Martin. "She's on the mend," Martin said. Martin said the agent who was driving dropped his iPad on the floor of Kane's state-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, reached down to grab it, and accidentally hit a parked car on a residential street in Dunmore.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER BEING injured in a car crash last week, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has one message for her constituents: Wear your seatbelts. Kane is recovering at home from a concussion she received in that crash, Renee Martin, her spokeswoman, said yesterday. The crash happened in Dunmore, Lackawanna County, early Oct. 21 after Kane's security team picked her up for a morning appointment. As Kane's driver turned onto a residential street in the sleepy town, not far from Kane's home, he reached for his iPad, which contained the directions to the appointment, Martin said.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ONE DAY, the trials for Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa will be over, their guilt or innocence decided, their appeals - there are always appeals - resolved. If there's justice, Crawford and Rosa will rot in jail for life for the carnage of last July 25. That morning, they allegedly carjacked a real-estate agent in her Toyota, pinballed psychotically through North Philly then careened onto a sidewalk, killing three kids and their mom. The crash, by the way, was not a "tragic accident," as Crawford's defense lawyer, C.P. Mirarchi III, has had the gall to characterize it. Crawford, he said, never intended to kill anyone.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
SOME years ago, somebody in Hollywood figured out that you could get a near-certain Oscar nomination by making movies that flattered the creative process. Every year at this time they arrive, timed for awards consideration, and every year I get ready to complain about their craven statue-sniffing. How inconvenient, then, that "Birdman," an act-a-thon about acting and stardom and Hollywood - and a dead-certain Oscar nom for star Michael Keaton - turns out to be such great fun. It features Keaton as washed-up film star Riggan Thompson, famous once in the 1980s for playing a super-hero called "Birdman," now desperately mounting a Broadway comeback, adapting a complex Raymond Carver story.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Wednesday that a trooper's gun went off accidentally during a training session Tuesday and fatally wounded fellow Trooper David Kedra. Kedra, 26, a rookie officer assigned to the Troop K barracks in Skippack, died Tuesday evening after being shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township. The state police would not take questions concerning the incident and did not identify the other officer involved.
SPORTS
October 2, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DAYS LATER, Kris Dolezel's voice still quivers with emotion. It's understandable, given how close she had come to losing her only daughter, Molly. A horrific traffic accident in southern Oklahoma on Friday night killed four North Central Texas College softball players and seriously injured two others. Molly Dolezel, 17, is a freshman outfielder for the Lions and the daughter of Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. Kris Dolezel, the coach's wife, was driving her daughter and another teammate in the family vehicle an hour or so ahead of the team bus. The Lions had played at Southern Nazerene in Bethany, Okla.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 29-year-old woman was killed Friday night when she was run over by a SEPTA bus in front of her 8-year-old son in South Philadelphia, police said. About 7:25, a Route 27 bus was making a left turn from southbound South 15th Street onto Washington Avenue when the mother, her child, and an adult male friend attempted to cross Washington in front of the bus, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi, a police spokesman. "They knew the bus was in motion. They tried to outrun the bus," Ginaldi said.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an off-duty incident in which authorities say he hit a car driven by a Drexel University student, then threw the student's phone off a bridge when he tried to call 911. Tayon Moore, 31, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking, all misdemeanors, police said. Law enforcement officials said that at 1:12 a.m. June 24, Moore - who was off duty and driving his mother's Chrysler 300 - rear-ended the student on the 3400 block of Chestnut Street.
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