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April 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Services have been set for Jeffrey Bayers, 60, of Maple Shade, a Philadelphia Parking Authority worker who was fatally injured when he was pinned under a tow truck in a city impound lot in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 22. Visitation was set for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Anne's Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. Vince Fenerty, executive director of the PPA, said in an e-mail, "Jeff was a conscientious and dedicated employee.
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April 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was killed Wednesday morning when he was pinned beneath a tow truck, officials said. Jeffrey Bayers, 60, had worked for the PPA for 13 years. A lot officer at an impoundment lot at 2500 Weccacoe Avenue, he was on the job around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when a tow truck backed up onto him, pinning him beneath. He was later pronounced dead, police said. PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke called the incident a "tragic accident" that is under investigation.
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April 17, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
ZACK PRITCHETT left his home so rarely that when he trudged up his block, he held his arm over his dark eyes, locked in a squint, to shade his face from the sun. With bent knees and hunched shoulders, the rail-thin teen with pasty skin and matted hair had an ostrichlike walk, neighbors said. The longtime neighbors on Reynolds Street in Bridesburg, where Pritchett, now 19, lived with his mom and ailing grandmom, saw him only twice a year, on Halloween and Memorial Day. Then, not at all. But they always heard him: His loud screams at all hours from a second-floor bedroom, even over a blaring TV. And the boom-boom-boom from what sounded like Pritchett hurling himself or kicking his bedroom wall in a ramshackle house with no running water or gas. Eleven neighbors told the Daily News that they had called city authorities about Pritchett since the mid-2000s - seven called the city's Department of Human Services and four called police.
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April 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
BEFORE HIS sentencing hearing yesterday, Keith Tolbert - the pimp who chopped up a man's body with an ax two years ago, then dumped the victim's torso in the Schuylkill - told authorities what he allegedly did with the man's unrecovered body parts. In a private 15-minute talk with a police homicide detective, a Crime Scene Unit investigator, the prosecutor and his lawyer, Tolbert answered all their questions, his attorney Mary Maran said afterward. She would not disclose specifics of what was said, but said police were directed to search in the city's "rivers.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New York prosecutors have subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records regarding the awarding of a contract to a company owned in part by the Dallas Cowboys. The 15-year lease to operate the observation deck at the top of One World Trade Center drew attention earlier this year amid scrutiny into Gov. Christie's relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The subpoena, issued by the Manhattan district attorney, was disclosed in a bond prospectus dated Tuesday from the Port Authority.
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April 9, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
David Samson, who chaired the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey when the agency became embroiled in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, is retiring from the law firm he founded. Samson resigned from the Port Authority board in March 2014 as Gov. Christie, a possible Republican presidential contender, sought to move past the controversy. But Samson remained a presence at Wolff & Samson, the West Orange, N.J., firm he cofounded in 1972. The firm announced Tuesday that it was undergoing a leadership transition and would take the name Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. Samson, 75, will retire this month, the firm said.
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April 6, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1950, at age 24, Kenneth Ford left his graduate studies at Princeton, hopped in a Chevy and drove to New Mexico to help build the world's deadliest weapon. For two years, he toiled covertly with other physicists. Eventually they unlocked the secrets of the first hydrogen bomb. Retired in Philadelphia half a century later, Ford wrote it all down. Now he is sparring with the government over whether his memoir reveals nuclear secrets. His book, Building the H-Bomb: A Personal History , was published March 23, over objections from the Department of Energy that it included descriptive details of the bomb-building project.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
IF THE ongoing tensions sparked by the recent series of shootings of black men by white cops hasn't supplied America with enough race-based drama, there's always playwright Jeff Talbott 's "The Submission. " The one-act play, from Quince Productions, which on Thursday opens a 16-day run at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, centers on a white author who submits a play (called "Call A Spade") to a prestigious festival under the name of an African-American woman, assuming that such a subterfuge will enhance the piece's chance of being accepted.
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March 31, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Darby Borough police officer who was shot to death in his home. Chief Michael DiLenno of the Yeadon Fire Company confirmed in an interview with NBC10 the slain officer was Mark Allen Hudson, 26, a part-time police officer who also volunteered with Yeadon Fire Company No. 1. "It was kind of an around-the-clock thing for him," DiLenno said. "He would come up in the middle of the night, after he would get off day work being in a police car all day, for a fire call.
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March 23, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mo'ne Davis already has more accomplishments to her credit than many a Philadelphia 13-year-old. Baseball star, of course. As a member of the Taney Dragons, she was the first girl to pitch a winning shutout in Little League World Series history. She's donated her Little League jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. More recently, the honor-roll student and soccer and basketball player at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy added published writer to the list, with Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name , coauthored with Hilary Beard and just released by HarperCollins Children's Books.
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