April 19, 2013 |
Traffic jams are easing on the Walt Whitman Bridge, as the $140 million redecking enters its final phase about six months ahead of schedule. Construction crews removed concrete barriers Friday -- ending the so-called "cattle chutes" -- and DRPA chief engineer Michael Venuto said Wednesday that "if everything stays on track, we should be wrapping up this fall. " Originally, the work was to be completed in early 2014. The seven-phase redecking project that began in 2010 includes removal of the suspended span, installation of a lightweight grid deck, structural improvements, new parapets, and a new steel-shell movable barrier.
April 9, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - When an emaciated pit bull found at the bottom of a trash chute was rushed to a veterinary emergency room last month, doctors there thought he would be dead within the hour. Instead, the scrappy pup, nicknamed Patrick, has defied the odds and is getting stronger by the day. "He is a tremendous fighter," said Dr. Thomas Scavelli, the director and founder of Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the pet hospital in Tinton Falls where Patrick is being treated. "There are very few animals, or any life form, that could have gone through and survived what he has, and really never looked back.
July 31, 2010 |
Robert M. Seibert, later a Delaware County lawyer, parachuted during the World War II invasion of Sicily with more materials than he had when he left the plane. "His parachute had no sooner opened than a heavy object landed on top of it," the Evening Bulletin reported in 1943. "The object turned out to be a box of land mines dropped with a 'chute attached by a preceding plane. " On Wednesday, July 21, Mr. Seibert, 89, died of renal failure at the Quadrangle in Haverford, where he had gone for physical therapy.
May 17, 2010 |
Isaac Lane was asleep when he was awakened by the screams of a man calling for help early yesterday morning. After about a half-hour, Lane peeped out the door of his sixth-floor high-rise apartment and noticed the bare feet of a man sticking out of a trash chute. "When I looked out, I saw the feet, and his clothes right there by the elevator," he said. It turned out to be his neighbor, John J. Wilson, 57, who, authorities say, got stuck between the fifth and sixth floors of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Blumberg Senior Citizens' apartment complex, in Brewerytown, about 3 a.m., police said.
October 30, 2009 |
Continuing our efforts to get this region and our homes ready for winter, this week's tips will focus on rearranging the tons of snow that some weather forecasters predict this year. I say rearranging, because it will all melt, even if the process takes a couple of weeks, and the goal of any homeowner should be to get as much snow as possible out of harm's way. In 1996, we had a 36-inch snowfall on Jan. 7 and 8. I bought a snow thrower in December 1996 in preparation for another horrific snowstorm.
September 17, 2009 |
An express E-ZPass lane on the Betsy Ross Bridge is expected to be operational by 2011, following approval yesterday by the Delaware River Port Authority. The lane, which will let drivers pay tolls without slowing down, is expected to be built on the left side of the toll plaza, with an electronic E-ZPass reader on an overhead gantry. A similar express lane may be built on the Commodore Barry Bridge, DRPA officials said. Because of traffic patterns and bridge design, neither of the agency's two busiest bridges, the Benjamin Franklin and the Walt Whitman, will be outfitted with an express E-ZPass lane.
February 26, 2009 |
If scoring droughts were gold, Drexel's basketball team could help rescue the city's financial crisis. Despite giving up the first 12 points of the first half and the first 10 points of the second half in last night's Colonial Athletic Association game against visiting Northeastern, Drexel still held a one-point lead in the closing minutes. But the Dragons couldn't maintain their grip on the lead until the final buzzer. After Drexel's Leon Spencer blocked a shot, the ball bounded to Northeastern guard Baptiste Bataille.
March 28, 2008
You almost hope it isn't his. The raggedy, dirty, old parachute recently found in Washington state, that is. It's near where famed, legendary, disappeared, myth-type person "D.B. Cooper" jumped from a Northwest Orient 727 in 1971 after having hijacked it, forced it to land, gathered up $200,000, then back into the skies for a daredevil leap out of the plane - with the dough fastened to him. Never seen again. Into thin air. Pfffft. He's a member of the Without a Trace Club: Amelia Earhart!
September 11, 2006 |
A beginning skydiver and an experienced instructor connected by a harness crashed to their deaths yesterday in Gloucester County after their parachute malfunctioned, police said. After the main chute failed to open, the reserve deployed but not soon enough to catch air and open, witnesses and police said. The divers hit power lines, snapping wooden supports from the tops of two utility poles, before landing just before noon in the front yard of a home across from the Home Depot in Washington Township.
September 4, 2006 |
Customer Arlene Shapley-Oechslin, who had come to arm herself with a new umbrella before the weekend storms, had a question for the brolly-maker, Marc Kaufer. "How can an umbrella place stay in business?" "It's a mystery to me sometimes," admitted Kaufer, whose fourth-generation family firm, Frankford Umbrellas, has been the only manufacturer of its kind in the region for more than two decades. But on second thought, Kaufer said last week, there certainly seem to be a lot of uses for umbrellas, and plenty of people who want a good one. "I get the calls," he said.