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February 23, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An upgraded air-conditioning system and a glass-paneled elevator to replace the center court spiraling ramp are the latest improvements being made or planned at Oxford Valley Mall. They are part of multifaceted renovations as the 23-year-old Middletown Township facility prepares to meet competition from its future neighbors, which will include the Court at Oxford Valley, a 700,000-square-foot center of mega-stores, and several smaller centers. The giant crane looming over the mall last week was dismantling the old cooling tower on the roof and installing a new one, said Bob Hart, Oxford Valley's general manager.
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April 13, 2000 | by Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTA General Manager Jack Leary now knows what it's like to be at the mercy of his agency's perilous machinery. One of the Market-Frankford line's infamous elevators, at the York-Dauphin station in Kensington, snared SEPTA's top guy and a chief aide Monday morning. For 30 minutes, Leary and SEPTA assistant general manager Fran Egan chatted about how riders must feel when confronted with elevators that don't work. "We certainly appreciated the irony of it," Egan said yesterday.
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August 31, 1989 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
The Tredyffrin Zoning Hearing Board has unanimously approved a special exception for the Cathcart Health Center that would allow construction of an elevator at the facility on Valley Forge Road in Devon. Cathcart is a private health care center for 63 adults ages 65 years and older. At a Zoning Hearing Board meeting last Thursday, Dana Aberle, head administrator of Cathcart, said the two-story elevator would be built in the east wing of the health center. "The addition will not change the drainage or the roof line of the building," Aberle said.
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September 21, 1988 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority agreed yesterday to the construction of elevators in two PATCO High-Speed Line terminals, apparently curtailing a dispute between the authority and New Jersey officials over the rights of handicapped riders to trouble-free access to public transportation. Anthony M. Villane Jr., acting commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs, said the authority agreed to the installation of elevators in the not-yet-opened Camden Transportation Center and in the Woodcrest Station about five miles away.
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February 25, 1990 | By Lori Miller Kase, Special to The Inquirer
Willingboro's Board of Education failed to muster enough support last week to approve payment for a partially constructed elevator in John F. Kennedy Junior High School. The board's refusal to pay the bill for the elevator, which would allow a handicapped seventh grader to get to the building's upper two levels, came only a week after the New Jersey Department of Education warned Willingboro that it was violating federal regulations by not providing the student with equal access to educational programs in the district.
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March 9, 1990 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A security guard at the Philadelphia National Bank Building in Center City was killed yesterday in a freak accident in one of the building's elevator shafts, police said. Thomas F. Himmelreich, 64, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, died instantly when he was crushed between the elevator car and shaft wall at 1345 Chestnut St., just below street level of the 24-story high-rise, police said. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene about 1:35 p.m. after receiving a report of a man trapped in the shaft.
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July 12, 1987 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
Sharon Hill Borough engineers got the go-ahead last week to draw up plans for an elevator that would make the second floor of the firehouse more accessible for a senior citizens' group. The council voted, 6-1, Thursday night to allow engineers H. Gilroy Damon Associates Inc. to prepare specifications for the plan. Council member Dominic F. Corvaia voted against it. "I think it's a waste of money," Corvaia said after the meeting. "We have better uses for that money. " Corvaia said he would rather see the money spent on a new word processor and computer system.
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August 16, 1987 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
Sharon Hill officials have told residents that they do not intend to spend local tax money to put an elevator in the borough's fire hall. Plans for the elevator, aimed at providing handicapped and elderly people access to meetings and community functions, are being drawn up by the borough's engineer, Gilroy Damon. At Thursday's regular meeting, Borough Council President Charles J. Hollenden said that if the price tag for the elevator was greater than the amount of state grants the borough had received, alternate accommodations for the handicapped would be considered.
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September 7, 1988 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
At the King Plaza project one day last week, residents of the high-rise struggled, one after the other, with an elevator door that would not open all the way. The other elevator was not working at all. A Philadephia Housing Authority maintenance man got no special consideration. He had to push and shove to get himself through the jammed doorway into the cramped cab. Meanwhile at Southwark Plaza, another PHA high-rise, a longtime resident warned that the problem-plagued elevators were "terrible.
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February 11, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Michael Shuler appears to be the kind of guy who would probably kill for a cigarette. Last Oct. 1, he almost did, said Assistant District Attorney Brian Grady. Shuler, 25, stabbed and wounded a probation officer and a security guard on an elevator in a building on Broad Street near Cherry after he was escorted from a fourth-floor probation office for smoking. Yesterday, Shuler, of Reese Street near Hunting Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to 16 charges, including two aggravated assaults, resisting arrest and weapons offenses.
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August 10, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy is in an induced coma and is paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured when an elevator at the Criminal Justice Center crashed last week, Sheriff Jewell Williams said Monday. Sgt. Paul Owens, 49, was in an employee elevator around 10:20 a.m. Thursday when, for reasons that remain under investigation, it rose through the 15th-floor ceiling of the 17-story courthouse and smashed into an equipment room. Owens was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition with severe head and chest injuries, and doctors later discovered that he had four broken vertebrae, Williams said.
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August 6, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Joseph A. Slobodzian, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy was critically injured Thursday when a structural failure involving a pair of employee elevators shattered the morning with a boom that some feared was a bomb and forced evacuation of the Criminal Justice Center in Center City. According to Mayor Kenney's office, elevator Car 2B, which contained one passenger, rose through the 15th-floor ceiling into the equipment "penthouse," which houses the motors. That dislodged concrete and other debris, which rained down an adjacent shaft onto the roof of Car 1, which was at the basement level with one passenger aboard.
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July 17, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from an online discussion. Question: When I'm in an elevator and someone takes it to go up one floor, there's the occasional rude stare or snide comment. This really bothers me because I have friends with "invisible" disabilities that limit their use of the stairs. I want to speak up but am hesitant to do so to a stranger who just made a hostile remark and is sharing a confined elevator with me. Answer: Meh. Let these people stew in their own bile. Their getting gratuitously into other people's business isn't worth the brain space you've already devoted to getting into theirs.
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May 26, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
An artist who lost part of a finger operating an elevator filed suit Tuesday against the owner of the building, which had been cited for numerous code violations less than two weeks before his injury. Joseph Riviera, 69, of South Philadelphia, suffered a partial amputation of his right middle finger last Sept. 15 while operating a service elevator at 915 Spring Garden St. The building housed about 100 artist studios, including space used by Riviera for more than a decade. A minor electrical fire occurred in the building Sept.
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March 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police have released a video of a man stabbing a woman in a SEPTA El station elevator in Kensington during an attempted robbery. It was about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when the 30-year-old woman got into the street-level elevator for the Market-Frankford Line at the Huntingdon Station, 2600 Kensington Avenue, to go up to the elevated platform. The video shows the man entering into the elevator after her. After the door closes, the man is seen standing, facing the elevator door and speaking, while the woman stands in a corner.
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February 29, 2016
Suspect in S.J. murder nabbed A Pennsauken man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man, authorities said Saturday. Isaiah Pascall, 23, of Pennsauken, is charged with first-degree murder in last week's shooting death of Joshua Simmons, also of Pennsauken, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Saturday. The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday after a fight on the unit block of Russell Avenue in Merchantville, Camden County, authorities said. Police found Simmons lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.
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February 29, 2016
Woman knifed in train elevator A woman had a scary elevator ride at a SEPTA train station in Kensington early Saturday when a man tried to rob her at knifepoint, police said. At about 1:30 a.m., the 30-year-old woman was in an elevator at the Huntingdon Station, at 2600 Kensington Ave., at the Market-Frankford Line when the man got into the elevator with her, police said. The man pulled out what looked like a kitchen knife and said, "Give me the money," then stabbed the victim in the left shoulder and left leg as he tried to fleece her pockets, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
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November 5, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 58-year-old man died Tuesday after jumping in front of an elevated train in West Philadelphia and becoming trapped beneath one of the cars, a SEPTA official said. A review of surveillance video showed the man jumped onto the eastbound tracks as a Market-Frankford El train pulled into the station at 56th and Market Streets shortly before noon, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The man, whose name was not released, jumped in the presence of at least one female passenger, unrelated to him, who was on the platform, Williams said.
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August 2, 2015 | Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Jon Stewart's great assets as a TV interviewer is his ability to play dumb. That may seem counterintuitive for a guy who has gotten to talk to a sitting president on numerous occasions, not to mention various other political figures of note. That doesn't mean he throws softballs or refuses to challenge those he interviews. To the contrary, he has avoided the former and is quite good at the latter. When answers from interviewees became too high-minded, or too combative Stewart cuts in with the perfect quip about how he was lesser than the interviewee.
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June 28, 2015 | By Charitha Gowda and Vincent Lo Re III, For The Inquirer
'I'm more tired than usual, doctor," the patient said, though she really thought nothing was wrong. At 60, she assumed age was catching up with her, and was at the doctor's office for her routine checkup. Indeed, all her blood work was normal - except for the panel revealing elevated liver enzymes. A liver ultrasound suggested the damage had been going on for some time. Aside from hypertension, she had no other active medical conditions. The only drugs she took were a diuretic and a multivitamin.
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