May 15, 2015
THE PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority is a fountain of new ways to be obdurate. This is about three T's - technology, testimony and ticking off a PPA parking enforcement officer. The technology and testimony I can prove. Incurring the wrath of an officer is supposition, but let's go for a ride. Brian Carroll, 38, carpools daily to his job in Newark, Del., where he is an engineer for an electric company. In February he got a ticket in the mail for making a "prohibited stop" on Jan. 30 at 5:24 p.m. in the 300 block of Catharine Street in Queen Village.
May 15, 2015 |
A LONG, GRAY day of digging through the twisted-metal jigsaw-puzzle wreckage of Amtrak Train 188 in an industrial no man's land in Frankford yielded the first but hardly the last answer to what caused the worst Northeast Corridor rail accident in nearly three decades: Speed killed. Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference that data showed the train had hit 106 mph - more than double the 50 mph speed limit for the sharp left curve at Frankford Junction - right as the engineer hit the emergency brake, to no avail, in the derailment at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday.
May 1, 2015 |
THINK OF ALL the stupid - and criminal - things you did as a teen: Drinking in the woods with your friends. Smoking marijuana. Fistfighting. Or worse, stealing. Was it wrong? Yes. Did you get caught? If you grew up in white suburbia, probably not. But think about what could have happened if you grew up poor in a black or Latino neighborhood, where the "War on Drugs" felt like a war on you; where police officers routinely targeted you, just because you looked like you might be up to no good.
April 29, 2015 |
"I have just one ground rule when I visit book clubs," novelist Nomi Eve said. "My standard phrase is, 'I have a thick skin, but it's not that thick, so please be nice to me.' " It's just as well that Eve's fans take her words to heart. Over the last six months, the lifelong Elkins Park resident has visited 90 book clubs to discuss her latest novel, Henna House . "I go into so many people's living rooms, and if they beat up on me, I'll come home every night crying," said Eve, who turned 47 last month.
April 26, 2015 |
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.
April 24, 2015 |
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.
April 17, 2015 |
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.
April 13, 2015 |
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.
April 11, 2015 |
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.
April 9, 2015 |
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.