April 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The 18-story city office building at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, formerly the headquarters for Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, will be closed through the weekend as contractors try to repair the building's elevators, damaged by water from a broken pipe. Mayor Nutter said Wednesday that the 1,900 workers assigned to various departments inside the building should check with their supervisors to see if they should report to alternate work locations for essential services Thursday.
April 7, 2014 |
Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia's own elevated park more than a decade ago. After years of organizing, raising money, and drafting proposals, their efforts - and those of the politicians and professional planners who joined the cause - finally appear ready to bear fruit. Without fanfare, the city and the state have included millions of dollars in their latest budgets toward the first phase of the project: transforming the quarter-mile railroad "spur" that curves through the city's burgeoning Loft District and dead-ends onto North Broad Street.
February 21, 2014 |
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office says it is taking over the investigation into a physical altercation between Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the Revel Casino Hotel that police records say left Palmer unconscious. Rice and Palmer were both arrested early Saturday and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after police were called to the Boardwalk casino shortly before 3 a.m. The website TMZ Sports posted security video Wednesday that showed Rice coming out of an elevator holding up a woman who appeared to be unconscious.
January 22, 2014 |
Luna Theater's crackerjack production of The Pillowman , Martin McDonagh's terrifying, almost-funny play, adds to Luna's roster of profoundly edgy, creepy shows. Luna has carved out a niche market for itself that is much like McDonagh's, whose grotesquely weird and grim entertainments such as The Lieutenant of Inishmore , The Beauty Queen of Lenane , and The Cripple of Inishmaan have become staples of the contemporary stage. "The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story," Katurian Katurian says to his brutal interrogator in an unnamed police state.
January 15, 2014 |
The Federal Transit Administration has cited PATCO and the Delaware River Port Authority for failing to keep PATCO's elevators and escalators operating properly. The "deficiency" findings by the FTA come as PATCO passengers continue to encounter broken escalators at many commuter rail stations, after months of apologies and unsuccessful repair efforts by PATCO and its parent, the DRPA. On Monday, seven of PATCO's 14 escalators were out of service. One elevator was broken. The FTA's investigation of the broken equipment, prompted by a customer's complaint, examined whether PATCO was meeting federal requirements that its trains be accessible to customers with disabilities.
November 29, 2013 |
A man was in critical condition Wednesday after falling three stories down an elevator shaft of a University City high-rise, fire officials said. Around 2:30 p.m., the man, whose name was not released, fell three floors inside a tower of the University City Science Center, officials said. Rescue workers removed the man from the basement of the building and took him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was being treated for trauma wounds, the official said.
November 24, 2013 |
Developers are luring downsizing baby boomers with elevators, a luxury feature that offers convenience now and the promise of easier movement as they age. Business for Newtown-based Bell Elevator Co. Inc. is up 25 percent over the last year, said Tom Reavy, owner of the six-year-old residential-elevator firm. The aging U.S. population and the lower cost of installation - about $25,000 now compared with nearly $60,000 two decades ago - are two factors driving elevators' growing popularity, Reavy said.
October 16, 2013 |
While John Coltrane's influence is pervasive in the last half-century of jazz history, only tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders could be considered a Coltrane apostle. Sanders was a member of the saxophonist's band during the last two years of Coltrane's life as he pushed into the furthest reaches of the avant-garde, and Sanders continued making his own music in a similar vein, combining explosive freedom and spiritual purpose. Leading a quartet at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, the night before his 73d birthday, Sanders continued to carry the torch for his mentor, with more than half the set consisting of pieces composed by or associated with Coltrane.
October 11, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
July 24, 2013 |
New Jersey on Monday announced a $100 million fund to help primary homeowners with the cost of elevating homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The fund will grant up to $30,000 to reimburse homeowners for elevation work performed on existing single-family homes to meet new flood-map requirements. Homeowners who have begun or completed elevation work are not eligible to receive the grant, the state said, though preparatory work will not disqualify the homeowner from possible reimbursement for the actual elevation work.