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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.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor. Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.
NEWS
December 28, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - Israel is planning its biggest construction surge in east Jerusalem in decades in a move that critics argue would cement its grip on the contested territory, further complicate any prospects for peace with the Palestinians, and badly rattle Israel's already rocky relations with the rest of the world. With more than 9,000 apartments in various stages of planning and construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaffirming his opposition to ceding any parts of the holy city to the Palestinians, a compromise that two of his predecessors had accepted.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - In unusually rare and blunt criticism of its top Mideast ally, the Obama administration on Tuesday criticized Israel for continuing to announce new settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians. The State Department accused Israel of engaging in a "pattern of provocative action" that calls into question statements from Israeli leaders that they are committed to peace. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said settlement activity only puts the goal of peace "further at risk" and urged both Israel and the Palestinians to halt all provocations and take steps to revive long-stalled peace talks.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alfred F. Schwartz, 73, of North Coventry, whose passions were family, Corvettes, and construction, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, of respiratory failure at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born at home in Danboro, Bucks County, he was a graduate of Central Bucks High School in Doylestown. He and his wife, the former Sally McKeown, lived in Montgomery and Chester Counties. Mr. Schwartz worked in construction for 45 years. He was employed as a construction manager with L.F. Driscoll Co. for 14 years, retiring in 2001.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania state insurance commissioner Michael Consedine last week sued top executives of a failed Villanova construction surety company, accusing them of "raiding" the firm's assets and diverting millions in company cash. The firm, First Sealord Surety Inc ., was taken over by Consedine's department in February. The failure caused the cancellation of financial arrangements for hundreds of construction firms who had used First Sealord surety policies to guarantee they would finish clients' projects on schedule.
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