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July 23, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Secret Service and other agencies have discussed the possibility of closing the Ben Franklin Bridge to traffic during Pope Francis' visit in September. A decision has not been made, a Secret Service spokesman said Tuesday, though the Delaware River Port Authority said closure was not in the plan "right now. " "If a decision is made at some point to do that, we will certainly make everyone aware as quickly as possible," DRPA spokesman Kyle Anderson said. "Right now that's not in the plan.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A police officer with the Delaware River Port Authority was sitting in his patrol car at the Ferry Avenue PATCO stop when a man walked up to him and punched him through his open car window Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The attacker had approached the officer's window shortly before 1 p.m. Officers are often approached with questions, said Tim Ireland, DRPA spokesman, and the officer rolled his window down, expecting a question. But the man threw a fist, punching the officer in the eye. The attacker then fled on foot.
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August 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police will face a massive task in screening the 100,000 pedestrians a day expected to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge from New Jersey to see the pope in Philadelphia next month. If 100,000 people are screened, that would be four times as many people as are screened at Philadelphia International Airport on an average day. Law enforcement officials briefed on bridge security plans said all papal visitors would be individually screened before they crossed the bridge. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans.
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August 17, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
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September 12, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority and Coast Guard officials were searching for a person who may have jumped from the Ben Franklin Bridge Tuesday evening. Around 5:15 p.m., Port Authority security cameras recorded a large splash in the Delaware River and officials later recovered a waterlogged backpack, said Tim Ireland, a Delaware River Port Authority spokesman. Authorities were not immediately sure whether a person had actually fallen into the river, although Ireland said the splash was caused by an object with a mass comparable to that of a falling body.
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December 28, 1993 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
A tractor-trailer loaded with frozen chickens overturned on the entrance ramp to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday. The accident on the Philadelphia side of the span tied up traffic from 6th and Race streets for more than an hour. A Delaware River Port Authority spokesman said the driver was unhurt. The vehicle reportedly flipped as it was going around the monument on the ramp that leads onto the bridge.
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July 24, 1998 | JEREL HARRIS/ DAILY NEWS
Philadelphia firefighters work to put out a burning Delaware River Port Authority patrol car yesterday afternoon. Patrolman Brian Keister, 38, of New Jersey, was monitoring traffic in the parked car at the Philadelphia plaza of the Ben Franklin Bridge when it started to smoke. Keister got out and the car caught fire at about 5 p.m. He escaped unharmed. The car was destroyed.
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April 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
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July 16, 1986
While driving across the Betsy Ross Bridge on the Fourth of July, I was struck by a remarkable omission: There was no American flag anywhere on the bridge. Of all the places in this land I would have thought that here, on a bridge named in honor of Betsy Ross, Old Glory would have been proudly fluttering in the breeze. The oversight of the Delaware River Port Authority certainly dampened my spirits. Ernest J. Kaufman Pennsauken, N.J.
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April 16, 1999 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
The body of construction worker David Crompton, 32, lies covered after he fell more than 50 feet from the Walt Whitman Bridge yesterday morning. A metal walkway he was working on gave out, and co-workers tried in vain to grab him before he fell, according to a Delaware River Port AUthority official. He landed and died in a vacant concrete lot on the Philadelphia side of the bridge. Workers were refurbishing the center lane of the seven-lane bridge when the accident happened.
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August 17, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
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August 12, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority quietly gave 2.5 percent raises to nonunion workers in April, retroactive to the beginning of the year. The 223 workers had not had raises in six years, and the new DRPA board chairman, Philadelphia labor leader Ryan Boyer, said when he was appointed by Gov. Wolf in March that he would advocate for pay raises. But the raises were not publicly announced and the DRPA board did not vote on them. Gov. Christie, who has the power to veto board actions, was informed of the raises and did not object, said DRPA board vice chairman Jeffrey L. Nash, leader of the New Jersey delegation on the bistate board.
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August 9, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Security screening on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for the papal visit next month won't be done by the Secret Service or Philadelphia police, the Secret Service said Friday. The bridge will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic for the papal visit, and all visitors will be screened, according to local law enforcement officers briefed on the plans. The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge, has declined to disclose its security plans for the bridge. Camden County officials have said visitors can expect long lines and "some inconvenience.
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August 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police will face a massive task in screening the 100,000 pedestrians a day expected to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge from New Jersey to see the pope in Philadelphia next month. If 100,000 people are screened, that would be four times as many people as are screened at Philadelphia International Airport on an average day. Law enforcement officials briefed on bridge security plans said all papal visitors would be individually screened before they crossed the bridge. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans.
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August 3, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Delaware River Port Authority can't decide whether to close the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for the papal visit without the Secret Service giving up more information about security restrictions. Problem is, says DRPA chief executive John Hanson, the Secret Service has not been forthcoming with needed details. The Secret Service wants control, he added, but not responsibility. With Pope Francis and as many as 1.5 million visitors expected in Philadelphia in less than two months, the Secret Service appeared to be at loggerheads with local agencies wrestling with rail and vehicle restrictions - and growing public frustration.
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August 2, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses. In a letter to Gov. Wolf dated Thursday, White said his resignation was effective Friday. "I thank you for the opportunity to have served the constitution, people, and government of Pennsylvania, in a faithful, effective, and honorable manner," White wrote. "I shall again, be available to serve the State of Pennsylvania when called upon.
NEWS
July 31, 2015
THINGS HAVE BEEN a little crazy here lately, with the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah sapping our limited resources. But there has been some fallout from our Wednesday story about Whitney White , the mysterious entrepreneur fired from a Chester government post in 2012 who resurfaced at the Delaware River Port Authority this year when Gov. Wolf appointed him as a DRPA commissioner. We reported that White's "think tank," the Global Institute for Strategic Investment, actually is located in the basement of a Northern Liberties rowhouse with four tax liens.
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July 31, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
As part of an ongoing makeover of the Delaware River Port Authority following Gov. Wolf's election, the DRPA's deputy chief executive officer is being replaced. Michael Conallen Jr., a former aide to two Republican congressmen, was dismissed Tuesday. He said his last day would be Friday. Wolf, a Democrat, has been replacing Republican appointees at the bistate DRPA for several months. "There are no hard feelings," said Conallen, who took the $174,000-a-year job in January 2012 under Gov. Tom Corbett.
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July 30, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
WHEN GOV. Wolf appointed Whitney White to the Delaware River Port Authority this year, Wolf's office said White was one of six qualified appointees who would "bring important expertise and diverse perspectives" to the debt-ridden agency that runs toll bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "DRPA's work is vital to our economic success and these professionals will help the commonwealth create jobs that pay for middle-class families," Wolf said in a statement in March, when White and the others were appointed to six-year terms.
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July 24, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thousand tour buses parked along the Camden waterfront. Huge crowds at PATCO stations. A mass of pedestrians making the 1.7-mile trek across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. That is a potential glimpse of South Jersey during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September. And transportation and law enforcement officials in Camden County, who provided initial details Wednesday, had a message: Don't think South Jersey won't be affected just because it's across the river from the papal festivities.
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