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July 17, 2016
Philadelphia police were investigating the discovery of a woman's body in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon in the city's Mayfair section. The body was found shortly before 1 p.m. in the 7500 block of Leon Street, police said. There was no immediate word on the woman's identity or cause of death. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - In the frenzy of finishing the state budget, slipping in a perk or two can become political blood sport. For legislators, that could be money for a pet project back home. For lobbyists, it could be language that exempts their client from some onerous regulation. For Lt. Gov. Mike Stack this year, it was flashing lights. Stack's office alerted legislators that the Philadelphia Democrat wanted law enforcement officers who chauffeur him and other "dignitaries" to have more flexibility in using the car's flashing lights to get to events, according to four legislative and administration aides familiar with the request.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
In car after car, the trouble spot was the same: Hairline cracks along a joint where contractors had welded steel plates no bigger than an ice cream sandwich. On Thursday, SEPTA engineers offered the first public look at the cracks that sidelined 120 rail cars, upending the daily commute for thousands of passengers since early July. Still unclear is what caused the cracks, in most cases barely noticeable to the untrained eye, but officials said they hope to have an answer next week.
NEWS
July 12, 2016
2 teens hit by car near Perkiomen Trail Two 14-year-olds were being treated for injuries Sunday night after being hit by a car near the Perkiomen Trail, Pennsylvania State Police said. The teenagers, both from Schwenksville, were riding their bikes when struck by a car driven by a 62-year-old man from Perkiomen. One was flown to St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia, and the other was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. The teens were crossing Plank Road as the driver turned onto it from Gravel Pike about 5:50 p.m. and hit them.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
With leased railcars finally on hand, SEPTA announced a new schedule Sunday night to improve service that has been rocky since a third of its rail fleet was pulled from service more than a week ago. The new schedule - effective for Monday's commute - adds trains and stations, with tweaked stops and arrival times throughout SEPTA's 13 Regional Rail lines - promising some relief for commuters dealing with crowded cars and bypassed stops. The full schedule, including a list of specific changes, can be seen on PDFs at www.septa.org/service/contingency.html . The changes likely to benefit riders most, said Matthew Mitchell, vice president of the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers, are three additional trains from both Glenside and Bryn Mawr and two added trains on the Manayunk/Norristown Line.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A Cherry Hill woman and a teenager were arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting paintballs at cars at the Moorestown Mall, police reported. Lila Marks, 28, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief, according to police. The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon. Two other juveniles were not charged, Moorestown Police Chief Lee Lieber said. Just before midnight, police stopped Marks, who was driving a white Ford pickup truck, after they received complaints of people shooting paintballs at cars in the mall and at other locations in town.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 41-year-old Havertown man who had left the Harrah's casino in Chester and was driving home early Wednesday was shot at numerous times while in his car, police said. Police responded to the shooting scene at the intersection of 12th and Chestnut Streets in Chester about 1 a.m. and found the man and his black Pontiac in the middle of the intersection, Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro said. The rear and driver's side of the car were riddled with bullets. The man, who was shot in the upper left side of his back, was alert and conscious when an ambulance arrived, Amaro said.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
Two police vehicles collided Tuesday night as they responded to a shooting in Philadelphia's East Germantown section, authorities said. Just before 9:10 p.m., a 33-year-old man was shot in the right forearm at Chew and East Woodlawn Avenues, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police took the victim to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Eight spent shell casings were found at the scene and one bullet hit a parked car. Police nearby heard the gunfire and it was so close that an emergency radio call to "assist officer" was declared, Small said.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Joseph N. Distefano, Staff Writer
SEPTA's decision to ground the largest fleet of passenger railcars built by Hyundai Rotem's South Philadelphia factory didn't hurt the company's share price, which rose modestly in trading Monday on the Korea Stock Exchange. Hyundai Rotem's investors such as Vanguard Group are used to the political, scheduling, and quality-control disputes that often plague multinational military and transit-vehicle providers, such as Hyundai Rotem. Still, the headlines over the weekend - that inspectors are checking welds while passengers are herded into crowded, older trains, possibly for months - do not help the company's efforts, or the city's, to achieve the decades-old dream of growing its Weccacoe Avenue plant into a center for the U.S. passenger railcar business, and become a successor to long-vanished American manufacturers.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Structural failures found in a third of SEPTA's train fleet are forcing more than 100 cars off the tracks indefinitely. Fixes could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day will likely face crowded trains and big delays. "Unfortunately, it will be rough on our railroad customers," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. The flaw, a crack in a weight-bearing beam on a train car's undercarriage, has shown up in almost all of SEPTA's Silverliner V's, the newest trains in its Regional Rail fleet.
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