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BUSINESS
March 24, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of airplanes traverse Taxiway S at Philadelphia International Airport each day to reach and take off from a primary airport runway, 27 Left. An April 2009 repaving of the taxiway, also known as Taxiway Sierra, has been the focus of sharp disagreement - and now, a lawsuit. City Controller Alan Butkovitz has refused to approve a final $65,000 payment to the contractor, A.P. Construction of Blackwood, Camden County, contending the contractor used a lower grade of asphalt than was specified.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY AGREED that the 2012-13 season was going to be the best ever for the Atlantic 10. With recent Final Four participants VCU and Butler new to the conference and the tournament moving to the just-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league was poised to become even more of a national factor. When five teams (Saint Louis, VCU, Butler, Temple and La Salle) ended up in the NCAA Tournament, it was obvious that everybody was right. It was a great season for the league. Still, even as La Salle was set to play in the Sweet 16 as the final A-10 team alive, the storm clouds hovered over the league.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUSTIN, Texas - Two people were killed and 23 hospitalized early Thursday after a car crashed through temporary barricades into a crowd of pedestrians at the South by Southwest Music festival. The mood was dark at the Austin Convention Center, headquarters of the festival, later Thursday. SXSW managing director Roland Swenson issued a statement saying "the SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night. " He said the festival planned "to carry on with our scheduled daytime events" and added, "We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about our operations that impact our visitors.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
DOCTORS DID all they could, but were unable to save State Police Trooper Joseph Miller's pregnant wife - or the baby she was carrying - after he shot her Friday afternoon inside their East Norriton home. Authorities say it appears to have been an accidental discharge of his personal .45-caliber pistol. Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman, who performed the autopsies, said yesterday that the baby did not respond to treatment after doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section on JoAnne Miller, who was about 22 weeks pregnant.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDDYSTONE A waterfront rail terminal in Eddystone, a small Delaware County borough, will soon become a major center for transporting crude oil to area refineries. While officials applaud the project as a boost to the local economy, they also point to the threat of a disaster in the state's growing oil-by-rail industry. "Make no mistake," said former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. "An incident involving rail transport of oil will occur in the commonwealth, and lives, including first responders' lives, and property will be put at risk.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A silent nod was the closest thing to an apology they got, Doreen Thomas-Payne later said. She noticed it as she sat in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday, describing the effect on her family after an off-duty Pennsylvania State Police officer got drunk two years ago and plowed his car into one driven by her cousin, Robin Taneisha Williams, who died. "I would like you to know Taneisha would have been 23 years old next week, just starting her life," Thomas-Payne told Barry Searfoss Jr. "I just want you to know how much she loved us and cared about us. " Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio sentenced Searfoss, 42, of Coatesville, to six to 23 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN Hector Echevarria closes his eyes at night, all he sees is William Hopkins' face. After all, they were inseparable since childhood, playing pickup basketball and handball in the streets of Northeast Philadelphia. "Ever since then, he was by my side," said Echevarria, 18. "We were always together. " They stayed close throughout high school - Echevarria drove Hopkins to Northeast High every day. In return, Hopkins would cook for his buddy, whipping up plates of breaded chicken and Spanish rice in the Echevarria family kitchen on Mascher Street near Tabor Road in Olney.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODLAND TWP. It was a balmy Sunday afternoon, in the 50s, when Philip Raimondo and two other ATV drivers trekked across an 88-acre lake deceptively covered in ice. Raimondo drove about 400 yards from shore, the accompanying drivers told New Jersey state police, when terror struck. The ice began to crack. Raimondo, screaming for help, began to sink. He resurfaced moments later, slicing through ice to swim to shore, police said. Then he plunged for good. On Tuesday afternoon, after a search hampered by heavy snow and freezing temperatures, dive teams found what they believed to be Raimondo's body.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The last minutes of Jennifer Fitzpatrick's life played out in a Philadelphia courtroom Thursday on an audiotape of 911 calls and anguished testimony by her mother and the man charged with killing her. "I just ran over to her and picked her head up, and she died in my arms," said a weeping Colleen Fitzpatrick, recalling her 37-year-old daughter's Feb. 26, 2013, shooting by estranged boyfriend Anthony Alexander. Fitzpatrick glared at Alexander, 62, nattily dressed in a tan three-piece suit at the defense table.
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