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NEWS
May 30, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE-INVOLVED car accidents are a smaller but still significant cost to the city, with more than $22 million paid out in the past six years. That averages $3.7 million a year - although last year's $4.8 million was the most paid out for car-related claims in recent years, records show. Claims usually involve police pursuits or officers breaking driving laws, the Daily News found in a review of cases since 2008. Here's a look at a few cases that prompted big payouts: *  A Kensington woman received a $265,000 settlement last year after two officers chased an ATV the wrong way through a congested neighborhood until the four-wheeler veered onto the sidewalk and hit her, according to her lawsuit.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
    A freak accident on Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield Township around midnight Saturday has left one man dead and a friend injured. State police gave the following account: Benjamin Melendez, 30, of Trenton, was a passenger in a Suzuki that broke down on the left shoulder of I-95, just south of the Yardley/Newtown exit. When a friend arrived to help, Melendez started to cross the highway to meet her and was struck by a side mirror on a passing Lexus. Daniel Raymond, 26 of Levittown, the driver of the disabled Suzuki, saw his friend get hit and went into the roadway to help Melendez, who was sitting up in the right lane, get to safety.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are all too familiar with the risks that come with performing death-defying acts to captivate audiences. Performers train for and live for the thrill of the big top and accept the dangers of the profession. For them, life is always a circus. A horrifying accident at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show in Rhode Island two weeks ago put a glaring spotlight on those risks and how performers cope with the dangers of the business. "You can't think about the accident when you perform," Svetlana Gololodova, a veteran aerialist with the Cole Bros.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ginny Doyle was a slick free-throw shooter at Archbishop Ryan High School whose love of basketball took her to the job of associate head coach for the women's basketball team at the University of Richmond. Chris Mooney, who also played basketball at Archbishop Ryan when Doyle played there and who is head coach of the Richmond men's team, told The Inquirer he learned around 11 p.m. Friday that Doyle had been aboard the doomed balloon. Mooney said Doyle was an excellent recruiter who loved to talk about coaching.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was all anyone at Philadelphia's circus school could talk about Monday: the horrifying accident that injured nine Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers during a Sunday show in Rhode Island. "My heart just dropped," said Lynn Lunny, a 32-year-old acrobat and teacher at the school. "A circus job," noted Lin Jun Ming, 35, another teacher and performer, "is a dangerous job. " That reality became freshly and shockingly plain in Providence, when a support on a suspended metal frame broke and sent eight female aerialists plummeting 20 or more feet to the ground.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Should local governments and school districts, unlike individual citizens and businesses, enjoy limited immunity from lawsuits? That is the question to be argued Tuesday before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg, where a prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs law firm is to square off against lawyers for the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County. A Bucks County Court jury slapped the district with a $14 million verdict in 2011 in the case of a former high school student run over by one of its buses.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A 75-YEAR-OLD man was mere steps from a Rhawnhurst senior center on his way to watch his wife's dance recital Saturday night when he tried to cross a busy stretch of Bustleton Avenue - but police say he never made it. The man tried to cross Bustleton midblock between Solly Avenue and Stanwood Street - about 100 feet from the Northeast Older Adult Center - just before 9 p.m., police said, and was nearly halfway across when a southbound Ford F-250 pickup...
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.
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