December 9, 1990 |
After more than a year of squabbling and delays by the Willingboro Board of Education, the John F. Kennedy Junior High School is still without a working elevator. In September 1989, the board voted to spend $173,300 to install an elevator in the school, a former high school that was transformed that year into a junior high. Michael Brown, a student who walks with crutches, needed the elevator to get from class to class in the tri-level building. The board was faced with the threat of losing more than $703,000 in federal funds if it did not make his classes more accessible to him. But, frustrated by the delays, Michael Brown and his family moved from the district in April.
October 17, 1986 |
The buzzing sound of a malfunctioning elevator occasionally competed with voices from a press conference and rally yesterday on the 18th floor of the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets. Strangely - or maybe not so strangely - no one at the rally seemed to take notice of the buzzing down the hall. Workers in the building called for the public rally to draw attention to a number of hazards in the high-rise stone and glass building, particularly the elevator problems.
May 8, 1989 |
One of the worst parts of urban life, as the sociologists call it, is riding in automatic elevators. The ride is all right. It is smooth and safe and free. But the silence gets a person. There is something strange about being sealed in a small room with a lot of other people without a word being spoken. The most anyone says to a stranger on an automatic elevator is: "Punch three, would you?" The rider who is asked to punch the button for somebody else's stop because he happens to be standing near the control panel always looks put upon.
May 6, 1987 |
The graffiti-scarred elevator bounced and jarred but refused to open at the sixth floor. Democratic mayoral candidate Edward G. Rendell pulled at the door, but to no avail. The car was off again, not stopping until it reached the 15th floor of Building 1311 of the King Plaza public-housing project. "This always happens. You got to pull the door if you want to get out, and half the time the elevator don't run at all," said Louise Hanible, acting president of the King Plaza tenant council.
October 17, 1987 |
It was Oct. 19, 1986. World Series week. Andy MacPhail was walking toward the elevator of the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York. Little did he know that he was about to push the down button that would change the course of baseball. MacPhail is the general manager of the Minnesota Twins. His team had just finished another one of those spectacularly depressing seasons that it had become world-renowned for in recent years. The Twins had come roaring down the stretch to finish 71-91, barely sneaking by the Seattle Mariners in the final days to escape the skid row of baseball - the grungy basement of the American League West.
January 7, 1995 |
An act of everyday heroism led to tragedy yesterday in the Bronx. James Chenault, a veteran welfare clerk and Vietnam vet, was riding an elevator in his Bronx office building when it apparently stopped slightly above the second floor and the doors opened. As Chenault, 55, held the door open with his back to allow a woman to get off, a second woman got her foot caught as she tried to step off, and Chenault quickly moved to free her. He did, but while he was still in the doorway, leaning in, Car No. 1 lurched suddenly upward, the doors still open.
April 4, 1988 |
A 65-year-old man, who lost an eye and a lung as a result of a near-fatal mugging 10 years ago, fought off another mugger Saturday, wrenched the attacker's knife away and stabbed him to death in a fierce battle in the elevator of a Bronx apartment house. Juan Cedeno was attacked about 9 a.m. in an elevator in his building in the Mott Haven Houses project in the South Bronx, police said. The robber threw an arm around Cedeno's neck, held the knife to his throat and demanded money, investigators reported.
November 30, 2000 |
Several Eagles got stuck in an elevator at Veterans Stadium for about 10 minutes yesterday. "I've got to get out of here," wide receiver Na Brown joked. "I've got to get out of the Vet. All I know is we pushed the button, the lights went out, and we all were stuck on the elevator with a dude who had a lot of mail. " The players on the elevator included wide receiver Todd Pinkston and offensive linemen Doug Brzezinski and Jermane Mayberry. There were also other team personnel on the elevator.
June 3, 1986 |
The $18 million Camden Transportation Center, which has been under construction in Camden, must include an elevator for the handicapped, according to a Superior Court judge's ruling released yesterday. "The legislature has mandated all plans and specifications for the construction and remodeling of public buildings shall provide facilities for the handicapped," Judge Paul A. Lowengrub wrote in a 15-page opinion. The Delaware River Port Authority and the management of its high-speed line, the Port Authority Transportation Co., had argued that because none of the other stations on the PATCO High-Speed Line is accessible to the handicapped, it would be impractical to build such an elevator only in the Camden Transportation Center.
July 3, 1990 |
A 4-year-old girl taking a tricycle out to play was caught in an elevator door of a West Mount Airy apartment building yesterday and was crushed to death in front of her 7-year-old sister, police said. Firefighters pried open the heavy metal door and freed Shantee Lancaster, but she was dead on arrival at Albert Einstein Medical Center 40 minutes after the accident. Shantee became trapped about 5:30 p.m. as she and her sister, Diana, were leaving the elevator in the lobby of the B-building of the Upsal Gardens Apartments in the 200 block of West Upsal Street, police said.