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June 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz raised questions Tuesday about construction dirt being piled under I-95 at Girard Avenue. Butkovitz asked if the 25-foot-high mounds of soil could imperil I-95, as dirt piles under an I-495 bridge in Wilmington forced its emergency closure June 2. The Wilmington bridge is to remain closed until at least Labor Day, as crews make repairs to stabilize the span, which was caused to tilt by the weight of dirt piles...
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred during what was supposed to be the sale of a dirt bike listed on Craigslist, police said Tuesday. Quasym Finch, 22, of the 7600 block of Ardleigh Street in Chestnut Hill, was arrested Saturday and also charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and related offenses. On the afternoon of April 25 in the 3700 block of North Fifth Street in Hunting Park, two men, ages 32 and 31, had gathered to sell the dirt bike, which one of the men had listed for sale on Craigslist.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AS THE WEATHER warms, the sounds of summer are starting: birds singing, the ping of baseballs hitting bats, the chatter of children frolicking outdoors - and the roar of dirt bikes and ATVs tearing around city streets and parks. That last urban bane already has prompted Philadelphia police to issue their annual appeal to citizens: They want fans of four-wheelers and dirt bikes to stay off public property and residents to report scofflaws. "These vehicles are not legal to drive on the city streets.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deirdre Kelleher spent Wednesday with her head in a hole, arm-deep in dirt. This is the Temple University anthropology doctoral student's second summer orchestrating a "public archaeology" excavation in Old City's historic Elfreth's Alley. Kelleher and a crew of volunteers are searching for clues about the lives of 19th-century immigrants, in one of the first projects of its kind in Philadelphia. "The 19th century is overshadowed by previous history," said Michele Schutte, assistant and curator at the Elfreth's Alley Museum, referring to Philadelphia's fascination with colonial times.
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PHILADELPHIA police have successfully launched a new city law aimed at clearing illegal ATV riders and dirt-bikers out of public parks and streets, but "bike life" has proven persistently deadly regionally, with at least four fatal wrecks in the last 14 months. Police impounded 26 ATVs and dirt bikes through Monday and issued 57 citations through May 7 (more recent figures are unavailable due to a paperwork lag) under a law first enforced April 6 that stiffens penalties for illegal riders, police data shows.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a dirt bike that fled the scene late Wednesday afternoon in the city's Hunting Park section, police said. About 5:05 p.m. at Ninth and Cayuga Streets, the boy was about to get into a car when he was hit by one of three dirt bikes speeding through the park, police said. The rider fell but was helped up by the other riders, and they all fled west through the park. The boy was taken by private automobile to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
NEWS
April 7, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO PEOPLE were killed in separate dirt-bike accidents Thursday night, a vivid reminder of the danger of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles as summer approaches. The first accident occurred on Girard Avenue near Belmont in Parkside. Police said the operator was speeding when he struck a median and was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 7:40 p.m. He hasn't been identified. The second accident happened at Marshall and Kent roads in Upper Darby about 9:12 p.m. Police said Eric Robinson, 28, was riding a Yamaha 250 dirt bike when he lost control and hit a pole.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
A man riding a dirt bike was killed in a crash Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 7 p.m., the man, described only as 25 to 30 years old, was traveling west in the 4500 block of Girard Avenue when his dirt bike struck a median, police said. The man suffered a traumatic head injury and was taken by a medic unit to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. - Robert Moran
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | BY CHRISTOPHER MALO, www.phlmetropolis.com email.christopher.malo@gmail.com
THEY SEEM to be everywhere - outside gas stations, in mall parking lots, or beside a neighborhood minimarket. They are donated-clothing bins, those sturdy steel containers where you drop off used clothing for the needy. Ever wonder where those old shoes, shirts, belts and coats go? The answers may surprise you. For starters, many of these bins are not run by charities. And most of the stuff you donate isn't given to needy folks in the region. And two groups active in the donated-clothing business have been linked to a cultlike Danish organization that has been investigated by the Danish government and Interpol.
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