July 16, 2014 |
Despite recent improvements, Pennsylvania remains one of the nation's most dangerous states for traffic fatalities, while New Jersey, by some measures, is among the safest, according to a new study. Pennsylvania had the fourth-most traffic fatalities in 2012, with 1,310 people killed in traffic accidents. New Jersey recorded 589 traffic deaths, which placed it 22d among the states. That represented a significant reduction from the number of traffic deaths in 2005. Pennsylvania's number of fatalities dropped by 18.9 percent, while New Jersey's was down by 21.3 percent.
July 13, 2014 |
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey called Friday for more scrutiny of temporary worker fatalities, citing a man's death at a Bucks County sugar plant last year. The Pennsylvania Democrat pressed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the prevalence of such deaths and offer guidance to lawmakers. Casey also pushed for the Protecting America's Workers Act, a perennial bill that would increase penalties for employers who fail to follow safety laws. Casey's call was described by an attorney for employers as "saber rattling" because OSHA efforts are underway.
July 11, 2014 |
MORE THAN two dozen protesters, angry about the weekend fire that killed four children, marched about 5 miles to City Hall from their Liberian-immigrant neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday, chanting, "We want answers!" and "We want Nutter!" When they got there, they were surrounded by about 30 police officers, and alternated between chanting and sitting on the pavement until about 7:45 p.m. They vowed to return in the morning. Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter, after returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., slipped in and out of City Hall through an entrance that he doesn't normally use. The protesters, who had started the more-than-90-minute march about 1:30 p.m. on Gesner Street near 65th, questioned the city's response to the fire early Saturday that broke out on the block.
July 11, 2014
THE WORST moment Monday night was when grief-fueled residents, filled with frustration and false information, blocked Ladder 4 from leaving the fire station near 65th and Woodland. They potentially put other neighbors' lives at risk. Cops had to break it up. Things got ugly. Neighbors blockading a firehouse was new to me. Police districts, yes. City Council district offices, sure. City Hall, of course. But a firehouse ? That was the worst moment Monday night.
July 10, 2014 |
IT WOULD HAVE been impossible for firefighters to arrive any quicker at Saturday's devastating blaze on Gesner Street that claimed the lives of four young children. That's the message that Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer wanted heard loud and clear yesterday as the city, in an unusual move, released 9-1-1 recordings and a list of GPS-tracked response times of the first four companies to arrive on the block in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. "You cannot get there quicker than a minute," Sawyer said, referring to the time between when a firefighter from Ladder 4, around the corner from the fire, notified dispatchers that the ladder truck was heading there and when the truck arrived on the block at 2:48 a.m. "That's not humanly possible," he said.
July 9, 2014 |
A COMBUSTIBLE mixture of anger and grief nearly boiled over on a Southwest Philadelphia street corner in the summer heat last night in a tense standoff between a long, blue line of cops and roughly 200 residents protesting what they claimed was a slow response to Saturday's fire that killed four children on Gesner Street. The confrontation - first outside a fire station on 65th Street near Woodland Avenue and later on the narrow rowhouse street where eight homes were destroyed, and where the acrid stench of smoke still hung heavy - led to at least two arrests, as witnesses said some protesters tossed water bottles while the crowd chanted, "We want answers!"
July 1, 2014 |
The red-and-white striped awning above the Rita's Water Ice in the 2800 block of West Girard Avenue carries the chain's cheery slogan: "Ice. Custard. Happiness. " But on Sunday, the small shop remained closed as officers from Philadelphia's police crime-scene unit investigated what caused a security gate to detach and fall from the storefront Saturday afternoon, crushing a 3-year-old girl who was attending a fund-raiser with her mother. Police identified the victim Sunday as Wynter Larkin of Yeadon.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia police continued their investigation Monday into three deadly shootings over the weekend. The first happened at 11:13 p.m. Saturday, when police dispersing a crowd of several hundred at a barbecue on Eighth and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia heard shots fired nearby. Police rushed to the 700 block of Montgomery Avenue, where they found two victims: 16-year-old Jameer Haynesworth of the 1700 block of North Franklin Street, who had been shot in the back of the head, and a 20-year-old man with a wound to his back.
June 11, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog. Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano. Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.