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September 28, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles H. Diehl Jr., 97, of Springfield, an engineering consultant, died of complications of coronary artery disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Maris Grove, a senior facility in Glen Mills. During a half-century career, Mr. Diehl, a licensed engineer, was in on the ground floor as the power-generating field evolved. From the 1930s through the 1950s he managed a hydraulic research laboratory in Philadelphia for the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp., a maker of construction equipment. During that time, hydroelectric power was gaining in ascendancy.
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September 20, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN YOU threw a party for Frank Hoffman, you'd better step aside. For his 98th birthday party at a daughter's home in West Deptford, N.J., 68 people crowded in, including family, friends and well-wishers. And there was no doubt that many present had benefited over the years from this man's incredible generosity and concern for all those who needed his special brand of caring. Francis H. "Frank" Hoffman, a mechanical engineer who kept the buildings humming for a number of Philadelphia companies, a passionate Phillies fan whose idea of a great time was chilling out on his patio in Crescentville to listen to a game, died Sept.
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August 30, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's something remarkably pure - unadulterated, undiluted - about Ethan Hawke's new action movie, Getaway , which opens Friday. It has no subplots, no subtext, no pretext. It's a film stripped down to a single cinematic ingredient - the car chase. "It is literally the biggest car chase ever in the movies," said director-producer Courtney Solomon of the flick, which costars Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. "It's kind of insane, when you think about it, to go out and make a 90-minute car chase.
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August 9, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL district hasn't officially received any additional state or city funding, but it sure is trying to find some money elsewhere. Between July 29 and yesterday, the district filed 26 lawsuits against various architecture and engineering firms seeking repayment of district funds. The district alleges there are "design deficiencies in the drawings and specifications" prepared by the firms for projects in its Capital Improvement Program, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said in a statement.
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August 2, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The New York-based owner of the Engine 46 firehouse in South Philadelphia said Wednesday that he would consider sparing the 19th-century landmark from demolition if a tenant can be found, according to City Councilman Mark Squilla. The offer came from Bruce Schanzer of Cedar Realty Trust during a meeting with Squilla and James E. Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association. Along with city preservationists, the men have been working since June to save the gabled redbrick structure next to I-95 on Reed Street.
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July 26, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Volunteer firefighters in Burlington County who lost their century-old headquarters five years ago are regaining a different piece of the past. The 1941 Ford truck that Franklin Fire Co. No. 1 sold in the 1970s and brought back home to Mansfield Township last year - after buying it on eBay - is being restored. The venerable apparatus will be used in parades and for educating kids about fire safety. "We were surprised it was still around," company president Doug Burgstrom says.
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July 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THAT WASN'T so hard, now was it? Cedar-Riverview LP, which owns South Philly's endangered Engine 46 firehouse, agreed yesterday to discuss the building's fate with local officials after the Daily News reported that residents and politicians were fed up with being left in the dark by the New York-based company. A demolition notice was tacked onto the vacant firehouse, at Reed and Water streets, earlier this week, indicating the 119-year-old property would be torn down on or after July 30. City Councilman Mark Squilla said he finally received a phone call from Bruce Schanzer, the president of Cedar Realty Trust, Cedar-Riverview's parent company.
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July 11, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Conrail had many more reports of problems with a railroad bridge in Paulsboro, N.J., before its collapse than the company has disclosed to accident investigators, a company locomotive engineer testified yesterday. The bridge collapsed in November as a freight train was crossing, derailing eight cars. A tank car punctured in the collapse leaked 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride into a creek, which combined with the water to create a dangerous gas cloud. National Transportation Safety Board officials said at yesterday's investigative hearing that local police and fire officials who responded to the spill didn't follow safety standards, creating greater exposure to the gas for first responders and some residents.
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July 10, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dean A. Cucinotta, 47, of Haddonfield, a designer of helicopter equipment who had helped coach the Haddonfield Soccer Club since 2005, died of lung cancer Thursday, July 4, at his home. A 1984 graduate of Moorestown Friends School, Mr. Cucinotta earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design at Syracuse University in 1989. After running his own design firm for a few years, Mr. Cucinotta worked for Boeing Co. in Ridley Park for 19 years until retiring in June, his wife, Nicole, said Monday.
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July 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard C. Walker, 88, of Glen Mills, a retired design engineer, died of lung cancer Wednesday, July 3, at his home. Mr. Walker was an electromechanical design engineer who worked for more than 30 years at the DuPont Engineering Design Laboratories in Wilmington. Born in Philadelphia's Lawndale section and raised in Fox Chase, Mr. Walker was a World War II veteran. He served with the Army Air Corps in India and the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
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