September 9, 2004
WHAT IS wrong with Americans today? The military fatality list has hit 1,000 while President Bush continues his threat to rid the globe of all terrorists (meaning more deaths), while the Medicare premiums are set to increase in 2005 and while high-level college graduates are encountering jobless situations. The military death toll, continuing problems with health care and the flight of jobs overseas evidently leave little impression on the public. What does it take for Americans to realize that we cannot afford four more years of President Bush?
October 15, 2006 |
When a child on the Department of Human Services' watch is killed by a caregiver, city and state officials comb through case files and interview social workers to find out what went wrong. But the public never hears the results of those investigations. Officials say the so-called "death reviews" are kept confidential by law to protect children, families and witnesses. Critics contend that the secrecy serves another end: to shield the agency from embarrassment and accountability.
May 27, 1998 |
Two people were killed in a one-car accident Monday when their car hit a curb in the 1400 block of North Longacre Boulevard and caromed into a cast-iron utility pole, police said. Speeding may have been a factor in the accident, which occurred about 6:30 a.m., but police are not sure why the car went out of control, Police Chief Donald J. Molineux said. The crash is under investigation. The identities of the victims were being withheld yesterday pending an examination by the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office.
August 29, 1997 |
One down, one to go. That was the news in Atlantic County yesterday, as officials glowed over today's scheduled reopening of one of the two major bridges washed out in last week's torrential rainfall. The bridge, on Route 559 at the Sugar Hill intersection at Route 40, is scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. "They were working around the clock, 24 hours a day," said Mike Schurman, deputy emergency management coordinator in Atlantic County. "This is tremendous news for Hamilton Township people that have had one big traffic nightmare.
July 22, 2008 |
DRUNKEN driving stories, like those in the July 16 Daily News ("Vehicle Device Thwarts DUI Offenders" and "Losing Control: Philly Beset by High Rate of Drunken Driving"), make headlines every day. Groups like MADD relentlessly remind Americans that the abuse of alcohol continues to be a huge problem on our roadways and, as a result, the most drastic measures are needed. Though truly "drunken" driving is a serious issue, much of the reported problem is little more than PR. Consider fatality statistics.
November 8, 1988 |
Most people here in Mifflin County call it the Missing Link. Some call the 4.3-mile stretch of U.S. Route 322 the Bermuda Triangle of highways. In 16 years, 15 people who have entered it have not come out alive. And dozens of people each year are crippled and maimed in accidents on it. The latest fatality occurred Oct. 24. Raymond Erney, grandfather of Rutgers University quarterback Scott Erney, drove up from Florida to see his grandson pass against Penn State. Erney never made it back to Florida.
September 6, 2005 |
Delaware County's privately run prison has come under the scrutiny of county investigators, and the company that runs the facility was scrambling to examine its policies and identify any missteps after five questionable inmate deaths in the last five months, officials said. Four deaths - a heroin overdose, two apparent suicides and an unexplained fatality - are under review by Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green. The fifth death, from a fistfight, was investigated earlier this year, but no charges were filed.
October 27, 2014 |
Roselyn Gray was not feeling well when she went to work Monday. Her hands were swollen, and she could barely move her fingers. The 48-year-old receptionist at Multicultural Community Family Services, a nonprofit in Upper Darby, had taken an antibiotic for a mouth infection and did not know she was having an allergic reaction. By early afternoon, Gray was so uncomfortable that her supervisor told her to go to the Spectrum Community Health Center in West Philadelphia. There, Gray, who was born in Liberia, said she experienced one of Ebola's more insidious side effects - irrational fear of people even distantly connected to the epidemic that is ravaging three nations in West Africa, but has taken just one life in the United States.
October 18, 1999 |
Paul Barteld isn't sure whether his 7-year-old son will ever ride a roller coaster again. Michael Barteld, of Pine Hill, was aboard the Wild Wonder coaster on Ocean City's boardwalk on Aug. 28 when the car ahead malfunctioned, plummeted backward 40 feet, tore around a sharp corner, and slammed into his car. A mother and daughter, Kimberly Bailey, 39, and Jessica Bailey, 8, of Pomona, N.Y., were thrown from the crashing car and killed. "It was very scary for him," said Paul Barteld, whose son was cut and bruised.
February 5, 2013 |
THE THREE-STORY brick building on a busy corner in West Philly normally would not draw a second glance. Dead house plants gather dust in the storefront windows of the long-closed business. Moldering mail piles in the foyer. Vandals have busted the windows and sprayed graffiti. Yet some passers-by pause to gawk and even press their faces to the dirty windows for a peek. People died in there. The building is where Kermit Gosnell ran his abortion clinic for 38 years. Authorities raided it in early 2010, thinking Gosnell was running a pill mill.