July 25, 2016 |
It won't be like when the pope came to town. Sure, there are protests planned, cracks in some SEPTA trains, and any number of presidential motorcades whizzing through Philadelphia. But all in all, officials say, getting around the region during this week's Democratic National Convention shouldn't be too difficult. Shuttle buses, subways, and Ubers will move guests at the convention, and all of it should only mildly inconvenience people who couldn't care less that the donkeys are in town, organizers say. They plan to close streets only around the stadiums and keep highways open to passenger autos.
July 25, 2016 |
Storms that slammed the region Saturday afternoon disrupted PATCO service, the Delaware River Port Authority said. At Westmont Station in Haddon Township, damage to equipment knocked the track signaling system offline, DRPA spokesman Mike Williams said. (The storm-related damage was initially believed to be caused by a lightning strike, which Williams later said was inaccurate.) Service was delayed up to 30 minutes in both directions while repair work continued. Shortly before 9 p.m., Williams said the system was returning to its normal schedule, with residual delays.
July 20, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - Chaos erupted on the Republican convention's opening day, as Donald Trump attempted to use Monday to project calm and to reassure a jittery nation and world that he was up to the job of keeping the peace at home and abroad. Shouts and competing chants came when a last-gasp effort to reject rules binding delegates to Trump was snuffed out by the campaign's whips in tandem with national party officials. The convention chairman twice ruled that the effort to reopen the issue had failed by voice vote, and some angry anti-Trump delegates walked off the floor.
July 10, 2016
A person was fatally struck by an Amtrak train Friday afternoon in Delaware County, forcing the suspension of SEPTA's Paoli-Thorndale Line, officials said. The individual was struck at 3:51 p.m. near the SEPTA's Bryn Mawr station on tracks that are used by Amtrak for trains between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, said Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert. There were no passengers on the train, Tolbert said. The Keystone line was briefly halted for police investigators, but two tracks were back in service around 4:15 p.m. There was no timetable for when the SEPTA's regional rail line would resume service, said agency spokesman Andrew Busch.
May 23, 2016 |
Authorities were investigating a disturbance of some sort, which initially was reported as a manhole explosion, near 30th and Market Streets in University City on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, a police spokeswoman said. The reported underground explosion occurred near 30th Street Station, at the northeast corner of 30th and Market, shortly after 1 p.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. Market Street was closed to vehicular traffic from 29th to 30th Streets because of the investigation.
May 2, 2016 |
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - Blake and Gerlinde Trimble lived for nearly 30 years in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park outside this curiously named borough. But four years after they were evicted to make way for the shale-gas boom, they hardly recognize the place. "I'm having some trouble getting my bearings," Blake Trimble, 61, said as the couple wandered through a grassy field where their trailer once stood, identifying traces of raspberries, blueberries, and honeysuckle they had planted. It was their first visit since 2012, when security guards and the state police told residents that after they packed up, they couldn't come back.
April 24, 2016
Philadelphia Orchestra concertgoers experienced a rare interruption Friday afternoon when a fire alarm in the Kimmel Center sent audience and musicians out of the complex. No fire was reported after an alarm was triggered at 2:29 in the Perelman Theater, which was also evacuated, said Kimmel Center spokeswoman Leslie Patterson-Tyler. The Philadelphia Fire Department conducted an investigation, and within 40 minutes the Kimmel was deemed safe and visitors were allowed to return. "We are investigating what may have triggered the alarm," said Patterson-Tyler.
March 8, 2016 |
He's become the scourge of the Media/Elwyn Line quiet car. At 8:30 a.m., among those seeking silence on their way to work, the tall, gray-haired man is loud and insulting, other riders say. He's vocal when something annoys him, and cruel to conductors. "He's just mean and nasty, and he looks for obvious targets," said Megan Mackrides, 34, a regular rider. "The worst part is that no one feels comfortable to say, 'Hey buddy, shut up.' " Passengers complained to police without results.
February 17, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. said Monday afternoon that it had restored "almost all services" disrupted in a widespread national outage on its network earlier in the day. The company did not disclose the cause of the outage or its extent. An outage map on Downdetector.com showed people in most Comcast markets reporting some form of outage of TV, phone or Internet services. The company apologized for the inconvenience. email@example.com 215-854-5897 @bobfernandez1
January 7, 2016 |
SEPTA's regional rail travel got jammed in Center City Tuesday afternoon after a report of smoke in a train caused rush-hour delays of up to an hour. Smoke was reportedly being emitted from overhead equipment on a Warminster Line train between Jefferson Station and 30th Street Station about 5:50 p.m., said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The train arrived at 30th Street and the passengers were evacuated. The train was placed out of service for investigation. Commuters reported hearing at an announcement at Jefferson Station suggesting they find alternative transportation.