August 11, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney isn't known to back down from a political fight. He has called Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput "not Christian" and Gov. Christie a "fat-assed . . . creep. " One of Kenney's first acts as mayor in January was clearing the north apron of City Hall, where for years dozens of politicians and other VIPs parked their vehicles. But those 200 cars parked illegally between the northbound and southbound lanes of Broad Street in South Philly? Reversing that generations-old tradition is apparently too fraught with peril.
August 10, 2016 |
You've seen them on the roadway: motorists driving while grooming, eating, reading the newspaper, checking email on a laptop, or turning the music dials. A New Jersey lawmaker wants to crack down on distracted driving under a proposed bill that seeks to stop motorists from multitasking when they get behind the wheel. "We have slowly but surely made our cars into extensions of our living room," Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex) said in an interview Monday. "As a consequence, we have people engaging in conduct that was never intended for a motor vehicle moving at 40 or 50 mph. "I've driven down the turnpike a number of times and seen people reading a newspaper folded on the steering wheel or working on their laptop in the passenger seat," he said.
August 6, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Days after a heat wave blistered parts of the state, a Luzerne County legislator has introduced a bill that would bar individuals from being sued for breaking into a hot car to rescue a child inside. "People wouldn't have to question, 'What if I get in trouble for smashing a windshield?" said Rep. Karen Boback (R., Lackawanna). "That should be the last thing on people's mind. " Boback, a new grandmother, said she was moved by news stories about children suffering in locked cars in the heat.
August 2, 2016 |
Gregg Deininger from Folsom, N.J., smiled proudly at "Pinky," his gleaming pink-and-cream '55 Chevy 210, and pulled out a photo of the gutted, rusted wreck it used to be. "Found it in a junkyard in Williamstown 20 years ago," he said. "It had a tree growing out of it where the motor used to be. " His wife, Suzanne, confirmed that first encounter. "I said to him, "What do you want that wreck for? It's got a tree growing out of it. " Deininger said, "Had to cut the tree down to get at the car. " The couple laughed together, as they have for 50 years, since he was 18 and she was 14, traveling the road of life in their vintage Chevys.
July 23, 2016 |
SEPTA's board chairman said Thursday that he has no second thoughts about buying the railcars that were recently pulled from service due to flaws found in one of their key components. "I was very comfortable with those guys being able to do the job," said Pasquale "Pat" Deon, referring to Hyundai Rotem, which received the contract to build 120 cars 10 years ago. Deon was board chairman at the time. Hyundai Rotem's railcars, the Silverliner V's, were delivered from 2010 to 2013 and this month were revealed to have fatigue cracks in equalizer beams, pieces that transfer weight from a car to the axles.
July 22, 2016
REGARDING SOLOMON JONES' column about Melania Trump's alleged plagiarism ("Whites have long stolen, benefited from black culture"): Solomon Jones, are you nuts? What in the world are you thinking? Are we trying to start a race war or trying to keep peace? I swear, you writers only want to keep tension in and around our city. You associate plagiarism with slavery, huh? I don't even think one (plagiarism) existed when the other (slavery) was even around. It was 51 words out of 1,500, and you call that clear proof of plagiarism.
July 21, 2016 |
A flawed weld that attaches a plate to a key weight-bearing beam is at the root of SEPTA's rail-car woes, the company that built the cars acknowledged for the first time Tuesday. "The design of how it was welded and the weld itself are in question," Andrew Hyer, marketing and business-development manager at Hyundai Rotem, said Tuesday in the company's first extended comments since cracks in the beams forced SEPTA to pull one-third of its rail cars from service. "How we decide to weld the material may make all the difference," Hyer said.
July 20, 2016
Two teenagers who allegedly were stealing vehicles from a Burlington Township car dealer and three others found nearby were arrested early Monday, authorities said. The incident happened around 1:20 a.m. at the Dodge City dealership at 4395 Route 130 South. Police said Xavier Carter, 18, of Beverly, was caught in the building's parking lot driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Officers soon located another suspect, a 13-year-old, driving a Dodge Charger that was also stolen from the dealership, police said.
July 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that temperatures inside a vehicle - especially with the windows rolled up - can rise to dangerous, even deadly, levels very quickly. Tests by the National Weather Service have shown that when it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of a vehicle with the windows rolled up, or just cracked open, can reach 123 degrees within 60 minutes!
July 17, 2016 |
SEPTA said Friday that it has leased 10 more rail cars to ease the crowding and delays that have plagued Regional Rail service during July. Schedules will be adjusted as of Monday to reflect the additional cars and make the best use of 18 leased cars already in service, the transit agency said. The crowding and delays are the result of cracks found in 115 of SEPTA's Silverliner V cars, which led the agency to pull all 120 cars from service two weeks ago. Officials say they hope to announce the results of their investigation into the cracks next week.