December 16, 2000 |
The Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard's towering gantry crane hoisted its first piece of a ship yesterday, a minor milestone in the yard's effort to revive the region's moribund shipbuilding industry. The 400,000-pound double-bottom hull section of the yard's first ship was transported from the shop where it had been assembled and was flipped over by the giant crane. It then became the first ship section to be moved into the "grand block shop," the next-to-last step in the yard's ship-assembly process.
October 21, 2000 |
With the eyes of a skeptical South Jersey football world upon it, not to mention those of an overflow homecoming crowd, Cherokee High's football team needed 45 seconds to secure the respect it feels it deserves. The Chiefs got a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Crane to Bobby Deckert, and the ensuing extra point from Adam Scanzano, with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining to take a 21-20 victory over Shawnee last night. After Crane's score, which capped a two-play, 45-second drive, Shawnee drove from its 32 to the Cherokee 15 before stalling.
September 21, 2000 |
One 99-seat diner coming up! That kind of delivery requires heavy equipment. And yesterday, a 300-ton crane hoisted the first of four sections of the Berlin Diner into the air, deftly navigating it around overhead wires. Townsfolk gathered in a parking lot across the street to watch, and drivers speeding by on the White Horse Pike gawked at the rising stainless steel and glass. The diner's owner, Tom Karanikas, a Greek immigrant who has owned five diners since arriving in the United States in 1970, looked on warily as workers rotated the section into place.
April 24, 2000 |
Kathleen Crane has fast reflexes and a quick wit, two qualities that have served her well as Villa Joseph Marie's lacrosse goalie. "She has the leadership qualities and can make people laugh," Villa Joseph Marie coach John McOwen said. "To stay sane in goal, you have to have a sense of humor. She can laugh with you and at herself. You don't know when she'll make you smile. " But Crane, a senior, doesn't need to crack jokes or spout one-liners to make McOwen or her teammates smile.
March 18, 2000 |
Russell Buoncuore was out for his regular Friday night dinner at a restaurant here when he received a surprise. The usually dependable service at Travaglini's restaurant was slow. He politely asked the waitress to hurry up with the salad and bread - and then came a shock. Jeff Hogan, the owner of the restaurant, walked into the middle of the packed dining area and announced that there was a hero in the house. Buoncuore immediately began to blush and let out a painful sounding chortle.
February 16, 2000 |
Although its future ownership remains in doubt, the Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard is about ready to start building ships. The first 100 local workers, roughly one for each work area, have been trained at modern yards in Germany and Finland. All the high-tech equipment is on site and being readied for an April 1 startup. About 1,400 companies have signed up to be in the yard's supplier network, and the first 420 tons of steel have been ordered from Bethlehem Steel Corp. The yard - with its towering new outdoor cranes and robotic equipment inside new shop buildings - is, indeed, rapidly taking shape.
February 13, 2000 |
Of the many trips to amusement parks that Michael Valles took as a child, he remembers this: When the time came to ride the roller coasters, he stayed on solid ground. "I never liked to be spinning around in the air," Valles, 17, said yesterday from the sofa of his mother's apartment in Bensalem, Bucks County. "I just ride the bumper cars. " Imagine Valles' horror, then, when he free-fell 40 feet on Thursday while pouring concrete on what was to be a ramp to an underground parking garage at the Regional Performing Arts Center at Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City.
February 11, 2000 |
It looked like just another morning on the job site yesterday for the eight rubber-booted construction workers as they slung their rakes back and forth, smoothing wet concrete onto a ramp that would slope from South Broad Street to an underground parking garage at the Regional Performing Arts Center. Then the bottom fell out. Within seconds, all eight plunged 40 feet, trapped in a pit filled with steel, wood, and 40 tons of freshly poured concrete. "It was, boom, like a train hitting," said construction worker Mike Ransing, 45, of West Chester.
February 11, 2000 |
Russell Buoncuore was the first to sound the alarm. From the levers of his tower crane, 145 feet above Broad and Spruce Streets, he witnessed the unimaginable yesterday: workers tumbling pell-mell into a construction pit. "I saw it out of the corner of my eye," said Buoncuore, 61, of Pennsville, N.J., a crane operator for almost 38 years. "I was shocked to see something like that. I felt sure that somebody had to die. " Buoncuore, who works for the Falcon Steel Co. in Wilmington, started blowing the crane's horn to alert other workers of the danger at the Regional Performing Arts Center construction site.
November 26, 1999 |
Two of the workers running the lift when a giant crane collapsed at Milwaukee's Miller Park - killing three workers - say tracks on one side of the crane were sinking into the ground just before the accident. The comments came in sworn depositions released by order of the state Court of Appeals as the result of a lawsuit filed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Attorneys for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America, which is building the retractable roof for the Milwaukee Brewers' new ballpark, have opposed release of depositions in the civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the three accident victims' families.