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March 21, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two construction executives conspired to force their employees to pay kickbacks to keep their jobs at a Fort Dix reconstruction project and then also conspired to falsify wage records, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Camden on Tuesday. Leonard Santos, 66, of Yardley, owner of Sands Mechanical Inc. in Bristol, and Alex Rabinovich, 57, of Richboro, the company's general manager, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Meanwhile, federal investigators combed through Sands' offices, according to Santos' attorney, Joel D. Rosen of West Windsor, N.J. "No [kickback]
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - State school officials say they will begin construction on a dozen new schools this year, after virtually no building in the three years since Gov. Christie took office. Yet many dilapidated schools await emergency repairs to flood-damaged hallways, broken windows, and collapsing walls, school advocates said at a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. A rusted staircase collapsing at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden is just one of many examples, said advocate Mo Kinberg. Lawmakers criticized the Schools Development Authority (SDA)
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cold, wind-driven rain: It was a typical February workday in the Philadelphia region, a tough day to stand outside, with tools, and on ladders. In the gray morning, union carpenter Rob Whartnaby, of Chichester, rode to his job as foreman and superintendent on a project to build 144 pie-shaped single rooms and bathrooms for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of a $250 million update. But Whartnaby and his crew weren't braving the near-freezing weather at the hospital's walled grounds north of Wilmington.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Kathy Lally, Washington Post
SOCHI, Russia - The frenzy of construction for the Winter Games enveloping this city has local people feeling as if the Greek gods of old were flinging one Olympian thunderbolt after another at them as they helplessly endure. President Vladimir V. Putin wants to turn Sochi, a threadbare resort on the Black Sea, into a polished Russian jewel, an up-to-the-minute, year-round, snow-and-sun resort drawing tourists long after next year's Olympics have moved on. Construction roars along 24 hours a day, leaving some residents dazed in this city of 345,000.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elevators for two PATCO train stations have been delayed by construction problems and the discovery of the remnants of an abandoned, century-old subway station during excavation work. The elevators were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2012 at PATCO's Ninth-10th and Locust Street subway station in Center City and the elevated Ferry Avenue station in Camden. But the $5 million project has been slowed by permitting delays, supplier problems, utility conflicts, and, most important, the discovery of the old station under the Ninth and Locust site.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
Motorists can expect nighttime closures on I-95 next week as construction crews begin work on a $21.6 million project to repair 28 bridges in Philadelphia and Delaware County. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, two lanes will be closed northbound between Philadelphia International Airport and the Walt Whitman Bridge. On Feb. 22, two lanes will be closed southbound between the Walt Whitman Bridge and Island Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Over the next three years, crews will make repairs: Near the I-76/Walt Whitman interchange (15 bridges)
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Summer groundbreaking is scheduled for a visitor center and other improvements at the Flight 93 National Memorial at Shanksville in southwestern Pennsylvania. National Park Service officials told the Flight 93 Advisory Commission on Saturday final documents would be ready for contracting no later than March 19. The (Somerset) Daily American reported that commission vice chairwoman Donna Glessner said visitors would see construction this summer. The visitor center will house permanent exhibits and have a viewing window allowing people to look down to the site.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A new police building under construction in the Hunting Park section of the city partially collapsed this afternoon sending four people to nearby hospitals, fire officials said. The future home of the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, on the 300 block of East Hunting Park Ave., was being framed with two-by-fours about 1 p.m. when beams gave way. The falling wood hurt four construction workers, two of whom were sent to Einstein Medical Center and the other two to Temple University Hospital.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Joel Greenberg, Washington Post
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Sunday to follow through with plans for settlement construction in a key West Bank area known as E-1 after police evicted scores of Palestinian protesters who had set up a tent camp there. "We will complete the planning, and there will be construction," Netanyahu told Army Radio hours after the eviction, but he cautioned that planning for the new development "will take time. " Netanyahu, who is in the home stretch of an election campaign, moved swiftly against the Palestinian encampment, a new form of grass-roots protest modeled after scores of wildcat outposts set up by Jewish settlers on West Bank hills without government approval.
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