June 3, 2015 |
Early arrivals at the Arden Theatre's fund-raising concert and award ceremony for Broadway eminence Stephen Sondheim on Monday night were greeted with champagne and popcorn and chatted happily in the lobby until just after 7, when the lights went out. According to Peco, an underground cable shorted near the theater at 40 N. Second St. during a powerful rainstorm, taking out about 600 customers. By 8:30, power had been restored to 400 of them - but not the theater, where only emergency lights gleamed.
June 14, 2013 |
LAST WEEK at minicamp, Jason Peters told reporters he hadn't lost any mobility, and there's a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana right now who probably agrees. News reports indicate Peters, 31, was arrested early yesterday morning after drag racing and resisting an officer by flight, in Monroe, La. The Monroe News-Star reported that a deputy watched a white Camaro and a blue sedan take off from a traffic light at 4:45 a.m., apparently racing. (This would seem to be a clear violation of new coach Chip Kelly's request that players get 10 hours of sleep a night, by the way.)
July 17, 2012
A 53-year-old Sewell man was charged Monday with impersonating a police officer last month for the second time in five years. Kenneth DiLuigi was arrested at his home after an investigation found that he tried to pull drivers over on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton, state police said. Motorists had complained about a suspicious-looking "police car" driving erratically, authorities said. On June 20, several witnesses told police, a green Ford Crown Victoria tried to get them to pull over.
May 19, 2011 |
First they took over our radios. Then our televisions, stereos, watches, toys, telephones, computers, and just about everything else. So is it any wonder that semiconductors are threatening to transform the lighting industry? That's the lesson of this week's Lightfair International at the Convention Center, where light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are the obvious stars of the show. These electronic devices already have a bright history. LEDs have come to dominate in niches such as automobile brake lamps, emergency lights, and decorative displays - in Philadelphia, witness the colored LEDs outlining Boathouse Row, flashing civic pride on the facade of the Cira Centre at 30th Street Station, or tinting buildings in the nightly light show on Avenue of the Arts.
June 24, 2010
TODAY'S FISCAL climate has resulted in cutbacks in emergency services. Fewer police, fire and paramedics result in longer response times - further compromised by the driving of many vehicle operators. Every operator has to take and pass a state driver's test. In Pennsylvania, the Drivers Manual, Chapter 3 ("Learning to Drive") has a section on "Emergency vehicles and situations. " I know this because the situation is so bad I thought it had been removed from the manual. Well, it's still there, right between school buses and funeral processions: "Certain vehicles have sirens and flashing red lights or a combination of flashing red and blue lights.
June 2, 2009 |
New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee testified yesterday that he did not see a stop sign at the Upper Township intersection where two teenage sisters died after he plowed his police cruiser into their minivan in 2006. "The last few frames in my mind are braking, looking, and darkness," Higbee said during an emotional day on the witness stand. Higbee testified in his vehicular homicide trial in the deaths of Christina Becker, 19, and Jacqueline Becker, 17, of Upper Township, killed when he crashed into them while chasing a speeder.
May 13, 2009 |
It wasn't until school the next day, when he learned that a classmate and her sister had been killed in a car accident, that Joshua Wigglesworth realized he had played a role in the tragedy. "I just broke down," Wigglesworth, 20, testified yesterday at the trial of a New Jersey state trooper charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of Jacqueline and Christina Becker on Sept. 27, 2006. No one disputes that Trooper Robert Higbee raced through a stop sign at Tuckahoe and Stagecoach Roads in the Marmora section of Upper Township around 10 that night and broadsided the minivan the girls were in. But a Cape May County Superior Court jury must decide whether his actions were criminally negligent.
October 24, 2007 |
South Jersey police officers involved in the 100-m.p.h. pursuit that led to the fatal crash of a stolen SUV yesterday appear to have acted "appropriately," a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor said. Officers like the ones in Waterford Township, who weren't identified by their department or the Prosecutor's Office, are discouraged from chasing stolen cars, according to the state attorney general's guidelines on police pursuits. Still, the guidelines give officers wide discretion.
September 21, 2007 |
Gov. Corzine limped out of Cooper University Hospital yesterday morning, three days after having excess bone surgically chiseled from his left leg, and declared himself ready to go back to work. Corzine, who turned over his executive powers to state Senate President Richard J. Codey before the surgery on Monday, resumed his duties at 10 a.m. He was released from Cooper an hour later. "I'm quite optimistic about the long-run outcome, and the short run as well," he told a scrum of reporters waiting in front of the Camden hospital.
July 28, 2007 |
An independent panel said in a report yesterday that Gov. Corzine's state police drivers should not far exceed the speed of traffic or use police emergency lights unless there is a specific roadway threat. The panel was not charged with analyzing the actions of Corzine's driver on April 12, when he was driving 91 m.p.h. and using his police emergency lights moments before crashing on the Garden State Parkway and severely injuring the governor. At a news conference yesterday, state Attorney General Anne Milgram said repeatedly that the panel's report was designed to improve the Executive Protection Unit, not to critique it. She said that all 18 of the panel's recommendations, which include training, staffing, and what kind of cars are driven, would be adopted.