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May 20, 1991 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pedaling with metronomic fluidity halfway through yesterday's Tour Du Pont finale, Erik Breukink was betrayed by shade. Facing a 50-second deficit to Norwegian Atle Kvalsvoll after 10 days of racing, the 27-year-old from Holland had scouted the 16.1-mile time-trial course earlier and noted certain rough spots. But now, as he shot down a shady lane in the bucolic Brandywine Valley north of Wilmington, one of those rough spots got him. His front tire went flat, and replacing it and regaining speed took him almost 20 seconds.
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May 9, 1992 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Undaunted by rain, wind, hail, cold and assorted bolts of lightning, Greg LeMond was done in by a flat tire last night in the second stage of the 1992 Tour Du Pont cycling race. On a day marked by nearly every adverse condition ever mentioned on the Weather Channel, LeMond's equipment failure occurred about four miles into a 16-mile time trial won by Dave Mann of the Coors Light team in a time of 35 minutes, 28.018 seconds. It was estimated that the flat and the resulting change of tire cost LeMond 20 to 30 seconds.
NEWS
June 27, 1994 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Cherry Hill woman's good deed turned nightmarish early yesterday when a motorist she tried to help on the Schuylkill Expressway ended up abducting, raping and robbing her, police said. Her captor took her through unrecognized city streets and, after about two hours, back to the Schuylkill. There, police said, he pulled her car to the shoulder and raped her a second time. It was then that two state police troopers - making what they thought was a routine courtesy stop to assist a disabled car - heard her pleas for help and rescued her, arresting and charging a 25-year-old man, according to Trooper McRay Bostick, a spokesman for the State Police Belmont barracks.
SPORTS
May 17, 1993 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As he had predicted almost from the start and proved with a powerful finish, Raul Alcala won the Tour DuPont yesterday for the second time since 1990. Alcala, a 29-year-old Mexican who rides for the Netherlands-based WordPerfect team, finished as overall winner of America's premier cycling event with a victory in Stage 11, a 36.5-mile individual time trial, which ended the 1,085-mile competition. While he was the last man out of the High Point, N.C., starting ramp, Alcala easily overcame a flat tire, the 85-degree heat and a vain challenge by Lance Armstrong, the disheartened 21-year-old Texan who had been Alcala's chief challenger.
NEWS
June 5, 1993 | By Steve Boman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Maybe 35-year-old Russian emigre Vincent Mercier, formerly Vladimir Shokhov, had read too many Westerns. Mercier's plan, authorities said, was to roll into town from the east on a quiet afternoon with a band of hired gunmen, watch them clean out a Bucks County jewelry store and high-tail it out of the area before lawmen had chance to react. The plan, however, dissolved faster than a soggy paperback. Police arrested three of the four hired guns immediately after the Dec. 5, 1990, robbery when the men: Attracted the attention of a resident - and the police - as they ate doughnuts before the heist.
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November 8, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
Judie McGoyd of Drexel Hill holds an umbrella for Beydi Theodore as he fixes her flat tire in the 3200 block of JFK Boulevard. Theodore is a parking lot attendant who works next to where McGoyd's car hit a rain-filled pothole just west of the 30th Street Station yesterday.
NEWS
January 17, 1997 | YONG KIM/ DAILY NEWS
The driver of a late-model Chrysler died yesterday when he was hit by an armored truck on the South Street exit ramp of the westbound Schuylkill Expressway. William Gemmill, 45, of Flourtown, was outside his car when it was rear-ended at about 6:15 p.m. as he was trying to change a flat tire, said police. The car burst into flames soon after it was struck. The truck driver was not hurt.
NEWS
October 1, 1989 | By Peggy Salvatore, Special to The Inquirer
If it hadn't been for the flat tire, police said later, the robbery might have gone off as planned. But there was a flat tire, and it led to the arrest of Douglas M. Burgess, 40, of the 1200 block of West Williams Street, and Thomas S. Clayton, 38, of the 1700 block of Taney Street, both of Philadelphia. Police said the two left the Jamesway department store at Route 611 and Almshouse Road, Doylestown Township, with a shopping cart full of unpaid goods at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
January 20, 1997 | by Karen Avenoso, The Boston Globe The Los Angeles Daily News contributed to this report
The family of comedian Bill Cosby held a funeral for Cosby's only son, Ennis, yesterday at their estate in this western Massachusetts town, the town's police chief said. Ennis William Cosby, 27, was shot to death Thursday as he changed a flat tire on a Los Angeles freeway. Investigators have said they believed robbery was a motive in the murder of Cosby, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. About 20 people, including Cosby, his wife, Camille, and their four daughters, attended the funeral and burial at 2 p.m., gathering in freezing weather under sunny skies, according to Shelburne Police Chief Mark De Jackome.
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January 9, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city and its police union offered a total of $10,000 in reward money Monday for help in catching and convicting anyone involved in slashing 56 tires overnight in West Philadelphia. Residents awoke to find 48 tires slashed on Hazel Avenue, from the 4900 to the 5100 blocks, and eight on the nearby 5300 block of Chancellor Street, police said. The mayor's office is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible. John McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, is offering an additional $5,000 for an arrest.
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May 18, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The black SUV that transported Gov. Christie got a flat tire as he was on his way to catching a train bound for Washington on May 4. Where was Newark Mayor Cory Booker when you needed him? Three weeks earlier, Booker had made headlines for rescuing a woman from a burning building in his hometown. A new Twitter meme sprouted: Booker was so tough he could single-handedly fight fires, intercept North Korean rockets, and end the Greek debt crisis, the joke went. Surely he could fix the governor's flat tire.
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June 7, 2011 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Eagles running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy has run into some more trouble for not showing up for paid appearances. The latest Shady snafu, in Mountain Top, Luzerne County, has resulted in a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court civil judgment of $8,180.50 against McCoy and a co-defendant. The May 18 judgment came after McCoy and a man listed in court records as Ishmail Kamara failed to respond to the lawsuit, said Barry Dyller, whose Luzerne law firm represented Sports Scene, the plaintiff.
NEWS
September 27, 2010
Philadelphia police are looking for a vehicle and driver involved in a hit-and-run accident Sunday. About 7:30 p.m., two boys, ages 11 and 13, were riding their bicycles when a black Dodge Charger struck them at Herbert and Large Streets in the Northwood section of the Northeast, police said. The vehicle drove off. The boys were taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for treatment. Part of the 11-year-old's scalp was torn off, but doctors were able to reattach it surgically, police said.
NEWS
January 14, 2010
SEVERAL WEEKS late, buried in the middle of the holiday shopping season, the city released its Crosstown Connector/Pilot Project Finding, bureaucratese for a report on bike-only lanes. In September, the city surrendered one lane of Spruce and Pine streets to bicyclists as a "pilot project," saying that it would study it and report in November. Back then, I wrote that I hoped for an honest and impartial report. I should have added "scientifically sound" and "complete," which it was not. Al Qaeda gets more warning of drone strikes than Philadelphians got of the report's release, at the University of the Arts.
NEWS
November 15, 2007 | By Pete Sigmund
When the left rear tire of my Hyundai Sonata started to shake in North Philly on the night of Nov. 4, I was still depressed and frightened by the shooting and death of Officer Chuck Cassidy a few days before. I had been driving south on Broad about 11:15 the previous Wednesday morning, about 45 minutes after Cassidy was shot. A police car blocked traffic and diverted me north, right past a house surrounded by police, some with their hands on their holsters. Police cars and motorcycles had shot from all directions, sirens shrieking.
SPORTS
May 7, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tony Nogueira won the wheelchair division in record time yesterday at the 28th annual Broad Street Run. Nogueira, who lives in Glen Ridge, N.J., was not the only one who set a record pace in the 10-mile race sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. Kenya's Patrick Cheruiyot established a new men's record in his first try on Broad Street. Naomi Wangui captured the women's race. Nogueira won for the fifth straight year, completing the course in 32 minutes, 5 seconds to shatter his 2003 record of 34:43.
NEWS
July 2, 2003
A good deed on the road justifies faith On May 31, my daughter was driving from Elkton, Md., to my home in Mount Laurel. Just past the Delaware Memorial Bridge, she got a flat tire. It was about 1 p.m. Being alone, she attempted to fix the problem, but to no avail. Along came an "angel" to her rescue. He was on his regular work schedule but stopped to help. First he offered his cell phone for her to make a family call, then he directed her to a service station nearby to have the problem repaired.
NEWS
March 4, 2003 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Vineland police officer who fled a drunken-driving accident will spend the next year on probation and must agree to never hold another government job. Thomas M. Wrigley Jr., 32, pleaded guilty yesterday in Superior Court in Gloucester County to fourth-degree assault by auto, failure to report an accident, and driving while intoxicated. Wrigley was accused of causing an accident that injured four people on Route 55 in Franklin Township on April 7, authorities said.
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