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September 30, 2013 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Vicky and Andy Lynch of Plymouth Township have a tale of homeowners' hell to tell. In 1997, the Lynches - he's a lawyer, she's a law librarian by training - bought a sweet, plaster-walled, pine-floored stone Colonial. The main attraction? "My sister lives down the street," says Vicky, 45. The couple hired help to strip layers of wallpaper from every flat surface except the floors; to remove battery acid from closet surfaces because the former owner had stored car batteries in them; and to dislodge undershirts from the eaves.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Clifford E. Thalwitzer, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., a former executive with the Philadelphia construction firm JJ White Inc., died of complications from heart problems Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arbor Village Rehab & Nursing Center in Wildwood, Fla. A graduate of Bridgeton (N.J.) High School, Mr. Thalwitzer was a member of the New Jersey National Guard in the early 1950s. Called to active duty during the Korean conflict, Mr. Thalwitzer was a drill sergeant at an Army base in Texas.
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
Is there a correlation between tax compliance and construction-site safety? Members of City Council's Special Investigatory Committee, created to look into last month's fatal Center City building collapse, seemed to think so. The committee held its third hearing yesterday. "One indicator is if you're not paying your taxes, you're probably not providing a good safety plan," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., the committee chairman, referring to comments from demolition-industry experts.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Protesters are back. Members of Carpenters Local 255 stood at the curb on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Tuesday where a new store for Pier 1 Imports is under construction. The problem, said three men with a sign, is that the general contractor is using workers who do not belong to a union. "Labor Dispute," read part of a banner. In red letters, the rest of the sign shouted, "Shame on Pier 1 Imports. " Occasionally the three received a honk, or support in the form of thumbs up as they stood in the 85-degree heat on the busy byway near a Wegmans.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A series of safety experts from the building trade unions and the construction industry assured Philadelphia City Council on Thursday that demolition and construction work can be done safely when responsible building owners and contractors hire well-trained workers and make safety issues their priority. On the second day of hearings into the Center City building collapse that killed six people this month, that left some City Council members wrestling with a difficult issue: how to legislate responsible behavior.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Following on his winter promise that the Schools Development Authority would ratchet up its workload, Gov. Christie pledged Thursday that more school construction money was on the way and more groundbreakings were in the offing. Reaction was tempered with caution. Would the reality be anywhere near as rosy as the governor seemed to suggest? Christie announced that an additional $455 million was being made available to schools statewide, part of a grant program for so-called regular operating districts.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
This story has been updated. GAIL BRUNSON loves her South Philly neighborhood - the good, the bad and the in-between. She's lived on the same block of Ellsworth Street near 15th all her life. Brunson, 62, remembers when the crack epidemic hit and her neighborhood began to wither away. She was one of a few who stuck it out, but problems continued as squatters and drug users took over vacant homes. Those once-vacant lots are now dotted with two- and three-story brick homes, thanks to a 10-year real-estate tax abatement established in 1999 that provides for property-tax exemptions on new residential construction.
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