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June 6, 2014 | By Jason Grant and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Investigators are examining numerous possible factors in Saturday's jet crash outside Boston that killed Lewis Katz and six others, including whether the plane's tail flaps malfunctioned on takeoff, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday. Asked whether NTSB investigators were checking into whether the horizontal flaps on the tail failed to respond properly to cockpit controls, the spokesman, Peter Knudson, confirmed that they were, but cautioned that they were but one possible factor and line of inquiry.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ON SATURDAY night, Shelly de Vries got a call from her husband, who told her he'd be home later than expected. "He told me to go to bed, that he'd see me in the morning and that we'd have coffee," de Vries said last night from her home in Marlton, Burlington County. Hours later, she was awakened by police officers who delivered news that she has yet to fully process: Her husband, Bauke, had died in a fiery plane crash at a private airfield outside Boston that also claimed the lives of six others, including Daily News co-owner Lewis Katz.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A NUISANCE BAR on a Nicetown corner where a fight outside sparked gunfire that left a woman dead in November 2012 became the scene of another fatal shooting over the weekend. Gunfire erupted in the bar formerly known as Buffy's Lounge - more recently renamed Mr. Chicken and Bernice's Lounge - at Dennie and Clarissa streets about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. Responding officers found a man in the bar shot once in the back, a police spokeswoman said. He died at Temple University Hospital just before 1 a.m. Police said yesterday that they had not yet identified the victim, and that no suspects or motive in the shooting had been determined.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After it was over, as two families mingled uneasily in the courthouse hallway, Kenneth Jones walked to Ronald Benton and offered condolences. Benton, tall and angular, rose from a bench and responded in kind, and they shook hands. It was the one positive moment Friday, when Rahmik Beckett - Benton's nephew and the killer of Jones' brother - went to prison for 20 to 40 years. In February, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Beckett guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2011 shooting of Kevin Jones, 24, who Beckett said he believed killed his close friend and was gunning for him. In addition to killing Jones in a chaotic nighttime shootout at 32d and Tasker Streets in South Philadelphia, Beckett was found guilty of firing at two police officers, who came upon a crowd of frightened, fleeing people as they searched for a suspect in an unrelated shooting in nearby Grays Ferry.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rowan University Police Sgt. Joseph Barnett and two fellow officers were keeping the peace on a bar-closing detail shortly before 2 a.m. a year ago when a young man on a bicycle clipped a curb, catapulted over the handlebars, and, tangled in his bike, crashed like a torpedo. "When he hit the ground, he hit headfirst," Barnett said. "You could hear him hit. " Blood pumped from his nose and mouth, pooling fast around him. Despite the possibility of a neck injury, the officers moved him. "If we didn't move him, he would have aspirated and drowned," Barnett said.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
WHEN AMBER LONG was shot and killed during a purse-snatching in Northern Liberties earlier this year, her mother, Stephanie, committed herself to raising awareness about street safety among women. Today, she will take part in a free women's self-defense class, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, on 63rd Street near Walnut. "This class is the first step on a productive road to protect ourselves," said Long, 52, of Harrisburg. "I want people to know that they shouldn't give predators, the nonfunctioning part of society, what they don't deserve.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fatal shooting occurred in Chester at around 11 a.m. Thursday at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue near the Widener University campus. The shooting did not involve anyone from the Widener community, police said. However, as a precaution, Widener sent a message to students and staff at 11:01 a.m. that shots were fired and to shelter in place. The lockdown ended at 11:27 a.m. "You exercise caution in a situation like that," said University spokesman Dan Hanson. This is the second time the university has told the campus community to stay indoors because of a shooting.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
While traffic fatalities have dropped to record lows in recent years, motorcycle deaths have risen, reflecting both an increase in the number of riders and the inherent vulnerability of the vehicles. And researchers have found a strong relationship between gasoline prices and motorcycle fatalities: As gas prices rise, so do the number of fatalities, and falling gas prices tend to be mirrored by reduced numbers of motorcycle deaths. Safety experts speculate that is because higher gas prices encourage people to use fuel-efficient motorcycles instead of cars.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NATE WELLS says the encounter started out as "busting" - ribbing someone over his or her fashion sense. It ended with his buddy "Zeem" lying on the pavement on Watkins Street near 21st in Point Breeze, bleeding from a stab wound to his chest. Yesterday, Wells, 14, laid out his account of what led to the fatal stabbing of Azim "Zeem" Chaplin, 14, on that night in February during a preliminary hearing for Chaplin's alleged killer. And after a heated testimony, Judge James M. DeLeon approved third-degree-murder charges for that suspect, Amber Hellesten, a girl one year Chaplin's senior.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 14-year-old Nathaniel Wells recalled, "We started busting on them. " It was Wells and two teen boys on one side of 19th Street in South Philadelphia and two teenage girls on the other, taunting each other about looks and clothes. It was harmless until it wasn't, when 14-year-old Azim Chaplin looked up and said: "I'm stabbed. " "I lifted up his shirt and just saw blood," Wells said. Wells' testimony on Tuesday persuaded a Municipal Court judge to order 15-year-old Amber Hellesten to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in the Feb. 11 stabbing that killed Chaplin in a confrontation in the 2100 block of Watkins Street.
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