February 23, 1991
The running battle between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Parkway Corporation continues to be good news for lawyers . . . And bad news for everyone else. As spelled out in Paul Maryniak's story, the dispute over whether the garage at 15th and Arch streets is safe seems destined for still another day (week? month?) in court. So far, the Authority has spent almost $1 million in legal fees and other expenses, while Parkway's bill is almost $700,000. Almost $2 million - for lawyers?
February 28, 1990 |
The National Transportation Safety Board urged yesterday that tougher standards be developed to upgrade the effectiveness of brakes on jetliners and to improve safety guidelines for aborted takeoffs. The board acknowledged that its recommendations, if adopted, could have far-reaching economic effects on the airlines. Brakes might have to be replaced more often or perhaps even redesigned; planes might have to carry lighter loads of fuel in some circumstances, limiting their range, and heavily loaded aircraft might be restricted from using runways formerly open to them.
October 2, 1992 |
It must have seemed to Springfield resident James M. Thiel that things just couldn't get any worse early yesterday. First, the brakes of his 1984 Cadillac El Dorado failed. Next, the vehicle was barreling through the walls and into the living room of a home in the 1100 block of Providence Road, Upper Darby Township. And just when he pulled himself from the car, an occupant of the house appeared before him in boxer shorts, and shouted, "Robber!" Thiel pushed out a living room window and dove headfirst outside.
June 15, 1989 |
A car being driven at a private auto auction in Mansfield yesterday lurched out of control and struck 10 bystanders when its brakes failed, state police said. The incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. at the National Automobile Dealers Exchange complex on Route 206 in northern Burlington County. None of the injuries was critical. According to the state police, a Trenton man, Walter Buzinsky, 74, was driving a 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix into one section of the 12-lane auctioning complex, when the car's brakes failed.
October 27, 2013 |
The man who drove his BMW down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art told police Friday he could explain everything: His brakes failed. Emin Faki, 20, turned himself in Friday afternoon at Central Detectives after video surfaced online of his car driving up and down the famed Rocky steps the night before. In the video, the BMW bumps slowly down the steps and attempts to back up several times. At several points, the brake lights appear to come on. But Faki told police his brakes and transmission were giving him trouble, police said.
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | TRAFFIC COURT Credit to Castille It was wonderful to see the Inquirer recognize voters for their sensible decision to remove Philadelphia Traffic Court from the Pennsylvania Constitution last week, ending years of corrupt practices ("For Traffic Court, voters decide the fix is out," Friday). The article did a good job of recounting the court's history, but people should know that the charge for change was led by then-state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille.
May 28, 2007 |
If you've walked anywhere in Center City during the last two years, you have without a doubt witnessed a phenomenon that could mark the beginning of major social change. Witnessed it, and - almost as surely - not noticed. It is called "the fixie. " Otherwise known as the fixed-gear bicycle, a ride with one speed and no brakes. Mostly college students, couriers and assorted risk-takers ride these things, forsaking the increasingly complex alternatives featuring 27 gears, finely tuned derailleurs, and FAA-worthy brake systems.
January 20, 2013
Q: I find it to be a pain in the butt when I am on the highway and the person in the left lane is driving 40-50 mph. It is called the passing lane, buddy. At what point can I hit the horn or flash my lights? - In a Hurry but not a Rush from Ridley A: Slow down,'bro. It's not worth getting worked up with road rage over some slow driver, because these days you've got a lot of crazy people out there, and there's no telling what they'd do if confronted. Keeping a safe distance and flashing the brights once is cool, but if you keep doing it and the driver still doesn't move to the right, then it could turn into a game of wills.
March 12, 2006 |
The Brakes, a rock group rehearsing weekdays in a Bala Cynwyd basement, are not American Idol contestants, but they are featured in an H&R Block commercial that has been running during the popular TV show. The five in their 20s who first played together in the Bala Cynwyd Middle School Jazz Band also appeared recentlyon a back-cover advertisement in Rolling Stone. The TV and print ads, the concerts and CDs are steps that the Brakes hope will lead to many road tours, guitarist Matt Kass said.
June 22, 1998 |
On a Father's Day that was to have been the first day of the rest of Scott Wisner's life, investigators said there was no initial indication why the Greyhound bus he was driving ran off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed early Saturday, killing Wisner, his wife, and a boy they'd helped raise. Federal investigators yesterday were studying a brake system, taillights and road surfaces as they tried to unravel the mystery behind the crash of the bus and a truck. Four other passengers were killed and 18 people were injured in the accident, which occurred at 4:18 a.m. when the New York-to-Pittsburgh bus veered off the turnpike and slammed into a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of the rain-covered road about 50 miles west of Harrisburg.