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December 27, 1990 | By Steve Edgcumbe, Special to The Inquirer
A crane at the Marriott Hotel construction site in West Conshohocken yesterday collapsed onto a smaller crane, causing it to fall on a parked truck, police said. The larger crane landed across a set of Conrail freight lines. No injuries were reported. A Conrail spokesman said that the crane blocked the two rail lines but that there were no delays in service because rail traffic the day after Christmas is normally light. The accident occurred about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Front and Fayette Streets, West Conshohocken Police Officer John Bianchini said.
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January 15, 1986 | By Jodi Spiegel, Special to The Inquirer
Items ranging in size from a two-by-four to an earthmover valued at $80,000 might disappear from a construction site in South Jersey on any given day. Such thefts have been particularly prevalent in Mount Laurel, Voorhees and Evesham Townships, where much of Camden County's new construction has been taking place. In Mount Laurel alone, there were 39 reported thefts from new building sites between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 last year, according to police statistics. Police were unable to provide a figure for the total value of the items stolen.
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October 26, 1989 | By Eileen Kenna, Special to The Inquirer
Members of a carpenters' union picketed the construction site of a controversial apartment complex in Cheltenham earlier this week, although a court injunction later limited their numbers. About 15 members of the Metropolitan District Council of Carpenters picketed Monday and Tuesday morning at New Second Street and Ashbourne Road to protest a subcontractor's use of nonunion carpenters on the job. The developer, Trammel Crow Co., based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Trevose, sought and was granted the injunction Tuesday afternoon.
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January 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two union protesters who were charged with assault last summer at the Goldtex construction site have entered a diversionary court program through which their arrests could eventually be expunged. The men were each ordered to perform 18 hours of community service, and each to pay a fine and court costs of $200.50, records show. A follow-up hearing to Tuesday's sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 19. The men, Ryan P. Stewart, 29, of Philadelphia, and Philip J. Garraty, 58, of West Grove, Chester County, were charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy simple assault.
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June 21, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A CONSTRUCTION worker and fireman were seriously injured in a construction accident yesterday. Police received a call at 12:44 p.m. that a 52-year-old worker had fallen 30 feet from the steel frame of a building being built at 19th and Arch streets. The worker was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. Jay Schneider, 36, a maintenance worker working on the roof of Russell Byers Charter School across the street from the accident, heard sirens and filmed the incident on his cellphone.
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January 25, 2001 | By Anthony J. Ranere
The archaeological excavations in advance of the construction of the National Constitution Center for the last several months have uncovered an extraordinary record of colonial and early-republic Philadelphia. Recent newspaper and television coverage has finally alerted residents in the Philadelphia region to this important project. By not opening the site to visitors, however, the National Constitution Center and the National Park Service have lost a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about the early history of Philadelphia - and about the value of archaeology in unearthing this history.
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July 13, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A section of floor of a building under construction at Temple University buckled Thursday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with unspecified injuries that were described as not life-threatening. "I heard the rattling. I thought it was a car accident," said Temple junior Maria Macri, 21, who was leaving class in a nearby building when the steel beam tumbled. "I could see smoke coming up, and debris. " The structure at 12th Street and Polett Walk is currently a six-story skeleton.
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July 27, 2012 | By Valerie Russ and Daily News Staff Writer
It was a bit quieter this week at the Goldtex Building construction site after two men were charged with simple assault and other charges related to a beating of a subcontractor on July 12. "Ever since your story came out [this] week, since the arrests, it's been a lot calmer," Michael Pestronk, one of the two brothers developing the Goldtex, told the Daily News Friday. Last Saturday, union protester Ryan Stewart, of Philadelphia, was arrested at his home, and another protester, Philip Garraty, of West Grove, Pa., turned himself in Monday on an arrest warrant.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Robert Moran, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old who was shot 10 times in the head and face and then left in a Northeast Philadelphia construction site nearly two weeks ago, was killed by a childhood friend over $60, the proceeds of a stolen PlayStation 3 video-game system, police said Wednesday. "In their mind, this is worth a human life," Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news conference announcing the arrest of 18-year-old Malik Anderson. "Because I didn't get a cut of a $60 profit from a used PlayStation game, I'm going to stand over top and shoot a kid that I've been friends with since I was 10, 11 years old," Clark said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
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March 14, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Dylan Purcell, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
When nonunion electrical contractors work in John Dougherty's South Philadelphia neighborhood, they may get a jolt. Take the case of Frank Lafontano, a Philadelphia police officer who runs Frank's Home Repair out of his modest rowhouse southwest of Dougherty's home. Last year, Dougherty's Electricians union Local 98 wrote to Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, complaining that Lafontano's moonlighting violated police policy. The union also circulated fliers saying Lafontano's firm failed to obtain a city permit before starting electrical work on a townhouse project at Third and Reed Streets.
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January 31, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
When David P. Silverman translated mystical writings on the side of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian coffin recently, he discovered a plea to the earth god, Geb. The long-ago writer sought protection for the coffin's inhabitant, a district governor named Ahanakht. But these days, the words could just as easily mean protection from the trembling earth next door. University City is the site of yet another construction project. This time, it's the demolition of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Tower complex, in order to make way for a new patient pavilion.
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks after a building under construction in Center City was set on fire - and after police released surveillance footage of a man they said was the arsonist - Stephen Pettiway took to the Internet to tell his side of the story. "[The city is] trying to discredit my character," he said in a video posted Tuesday to his Facebook page. "They put me on TV saying I was a man of interest for arson. . . . It backfired. " What Pettiway didn't know was that police were already watching him - and that an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agent had been surveilling him even as he filmed his video.
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October 2, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
STEPHEN PETTIWAY'S love of Facebook helped federal agents track him down. In a video posted to his page Tuesday, Pettiway, 52, riffs on Pope Francis' visit and the "martial law" that he says it forced onto the city. And then he admits to being the suspect in an arson investigation. "And they trying to discredit my character," Pettiway says in the video. "They put me on TV saying I, I was a man of interest for arson, the whole nine yards in case you guys didn't know. " It's important to note that in bulletins distributed to the media, investigators provided only a grainy picture of the suspect in a blaze that caused nearly $2 million in damage and displaced 40 residents at a Center City high-rise last month.
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October 2, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly setting a fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to a restaurant under construction in Center City, authorities said. Stephen Pettiway was arrested without incident in the area of 17th and Blavis Streets in Nicetown by the ATF Citywide Arson Task Force, ATF spokesman Steve Bartholomew said. Pettiway was scheduled to appear in federal court early Thursday afternoon to face a charge of arson, Bartholomew said. The investigation, with help from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, was continuing, he said.
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July 24, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
For the guys at Longo's Auto Sales in Collingswood, the Route 130 project can't end soon enough. "We went from selling 25 cars a month to 12," says owner Jim Longo. Adds salesman Bob Hartley, who works on commission: "You can't print my opinion of the project. " To say Longo's "overlooks" the $31 million makeover of 130 between the PATCO viaduct and North Park Drive doesn't begin to convey the used-car lot's proximity to three years of disruptive construction. Not to mention, traffic jams: About 65,000 vehicles per day thunder through this stretch of 130, often backing up south to the White Horse Pike and north to the (former)
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July 7, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer
A BOUQUET OF balloons hung above an empty table in a Northeast Philadelphia union hall full of construction workers. A sign reserved the table for "Friends of Fonzie. " The workers, known to occasionally get into heated arguments, were conducting the routine business of reading expense reports and voting on issues with "ayes" or "nays. " Suddenly they grew silent and just smiled: Alfonso "Fonzie" Soglia, 4, and his parents had arrived. The Glaziers Union Local 252 had invited the boy as guest of honor at this monthly closed-door gathering June 17 at Southampton and Townsend roads.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As usual, the mourners, one by one, cast a single red rose into the Delaware River, one rose for each person killed on the job during the last year. As usual, like every Workers' Memorial Day ceremony, the petals floated away, bright spots of red on dark water - 144 roses this year, one for each person killed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware from March 2014 to March 2015. As usual, a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace," the mournful strains floating across Penn's Landing.
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April 25, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A labor organizer at the center of much of the corruption within Ironworkers Local 401 was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for his leadership in the group's long-standing efforts to maintain a grip on city construction jobs through violence and intimidation. Edward Sweeney, the union's one-time business agent overseeing work in Philadelphia, apologized to U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson for the role he played in recruiting members to commit dozens of acts of extortion and sabotage, including a 2012 arson at the construction site of a planned Quaker meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill.
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April 17, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A federal judge Friday rejected a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense in the case of former Ironworkers Local 401 business agent Christopher Prophet. Under the agreement, Prophet, 44, of Richboro, Bucks County, who had pleaded guilty in December to racketeering conspiracy and extortion, would have been sentenced to five years in federal prison. But U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said he wants to wait until after he sentences the union's three other former business agents, who were also indicted, before he sentences Prophet.
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