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June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixt Rent A Car has purchased a building near Philadelphia International Airport for what will be the German company's first Philadelphia location, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which brokered the sale. The Munich-based car-rental firm bought the 84,471-square-foot industrial building at 3601 Island Ave. for $3.4 million from Pennock Co., NGKF said Tuesday in a release. NGKF also brokered the purchase of a nearby 104,000-square-foot warehouse by a company called Powers Court Partners for $3.48 million, it said in the release.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO allegedly hit four cops with his car last month and was then shot in the chest by police has been released from a hospital, a prosecutor said in court yesterday as he asked a judge to order a psychiatric exam on the defendant. Rudolph Keitt Jr., 47, is currently being held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road in Holmesburg. He faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses. His attorney, Brian Mildenberg, asked Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan to have Keitt transferred to a mental hospital for emergency psychiatric treatment, saying he believes Keitt is suffering from "acute schizophrenia" and other mental-health issues.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO finally rolled out the first of its refurbished railcars Thursday morning, with local officials promising the $194 million overhaul will mean new levels of comfort, safety, and reliability for commuters between South Jersey and Center City. The rebuilt cars, with new interiors, electronics, and heating systems, are more than a year late returning to service from a factory in Hornell, N.Y., because of persistent problems fine-tuning an automatic signal system that gives operating instructions to the trains.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael A. Ferrara was born in 1916 and grew up on Christian Street near Ninth, when South Philadelphia still had the flavor of its immigrant Italian families. "His father had a bakery in the house, an oven in the basement," Mr. Ferrara's daughter, JoAnn Ferrara Waity, said. Mr. Ferrara's father produced bread and rolls, Waity said, "and with the dough my grandmother would make tomato pies. " When Mr. Ferrara was a child in the 1920s, she said, his Sicilian parents - Mariano and Josephine - delivered their baked goods house-to-house with a horse and wagon.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, typically kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. So parents are urged to talk to their children about safe driving habits. This year, the number of car accidents and fatalities over the holiday weekend supported that point as both increased over last year, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. "This is the time when school is out," said Jana Tidwell, public and government affairs specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first six railcars to be rebuilt as part of the $194 million program to upgrade PATCO's entire 120-car fleet will return to service next Thursday, officials said Wednesday. The Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees PATCO, deemed the cars acceptable May 8 after a lengthy delay because of problems with communications, automatic train control, and propulsion and braking systems. The DRPA already has two more cars that will soon be put into service and two more ready to ship from Alstom Transport Inc. in Hornell, N.Y. The authority hired Alstom in 2010 to rebuild the 40-year-old fleet, deciding that buying new cars was too expensive.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Susan Snyder, and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
One minute they were husbands and wives, students and professionals, lost in cellphone chatter, the glow of iPads, the rhythm of a passenger train charging through Philadelphia on a spring night at more than 100 m.p.h. The next moment they were being hurled into overhead luggage racks, slammed into windows, even stripped of their shoes as Amtrak Train 188 flew off its tracks and came to a screaming, horrific, halt. It was, according to survivors of the deadliest Northeast Corridor rail crash in a generation, a scene of such sudden destruction they could hardly believe they had witnessed it - let alone walked away.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
As bad as Tuesday's Amtrak accident was, on a different day, it could have been much worse. The front end of the train that careened off the Northeast Corridor tracks, killing seven passengers, skidded for about 100 yards and crashed into Conrail's Frankford Junction Yard. The rail yard is frequently occupied by tank cars of the type used to carry crude oil, ethanol, or other explosive liquids. While the wrecked seven-car Amtrak train did not contact any freight cars, Gov. Wolf, who visited the crash scene early Wednesday, noted the proximity of nearby tankers and said, "That is a cause of additional concern.
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