April 20, 2016
ISSUE | SUICIDE Making a difference Kevin Hines, who survived a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, said the act of a stranger might avert a tragedy ("As Penn grapples with suicide, one man's tale," Friday). It brought to mind an experience I had about 20 years ago on the Ben Franklin Bridge. I was bicycling to the Jersey Shore when I noticed a woman at an overlook on the bridge with her pocketbook on the ground. By chance, my riding companion was a psychiatrist. We stopped, he spoke with her, and she admitted that she was thinking of jumping.
April 16, 2016 |
It takes four seconds to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge to the bay below, and Kevin Hines remembers every one of them. On Sept. 25, 2000, Hines, then 19, took a bus to the San Francisco landmark, and gobbled down a last meal of Skittles and Starbursts. He walked around for a while, sobbing and hallucinating, hoping someone would notice and stop him. After a German tourist asked if he would take her picture, Hines hurdled the orange railing and sped toward the water at 75 mph, tears plastered across his face.
November 8, 2014 |
Gorgeous and disturbing, Big Hero 6 is a departure for Disney: a film targeted at older kids, and the studio's first venture into straight-up comic book culture. Walt would flip in his cryogenic chamber if he saw this anime-style production. The protagonist is a 14-year-old robotics genius named Hiro Hamada, whose nanotechnology creation promises to change everything. Until it is stolen. The film is presumably set in the near future in a San Francisco altered by Asian influences.
January 23, 2013 |
Police descended on the quiet, narrow 1700 block of Naudain Street in Center City shortly after noon Monday, searching for evidence in the grisly slaying of a pediatrician who was found in her basement, her ankles and wrists bound behind her back, her body on fire. Authorities did not release the woman's name Monday night, but police sources identified her as the homeowner, Melissa Ketunuti, who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was 35. Police were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but Chief Inspector Scott Small said that there were no obvious signs of gunshot or stab wounds.
May 28, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats, and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tens of thousands of people were expected to flock to the area to enjoy a number of events taking place along a section of waterfront stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along the Embarcadero. Several thousand people had gathered along the waterfront by afternoon, said Mary Currie, public affairs director for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
May 27, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden Gate Bridge is turning 75 on May 27. And what a historic span it's been. Big, bold, and orange, the bridge is a beloved symbol of San Francisco and one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world. But for all its photogenic qualities, the bridge is uniquely accessible. You can drive across, walk across, bike across, sail beneath it, even scream over it in a daring display of aerial acrobatics. (OK, to do that, you'd have to be in the Navy's Blue Angels flying squad during Fleet Week.)
February 3, 2010 |
A new, $300 million toll bridge on I-95 over the Delaware River might not have room for bikes or pedestrians. The 180-foot-wide replacement Scudder Falls Bridge, between Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, and Ewing Township, Mercer County, is to have nine lanes for auto and truck traffic (up from the current four), two 14-foot-wide dedicated lanes for buses, and two 12-foot-wide shoulders. But a walkway on the bridge, which crosses over canal paths on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides of the river and would offer the only pedestrian river crossing for 12 miles, might be prohibitively expensive, says the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which will build and operate the bridge.
November 16, 2009 |
When heavy trucks rumble across the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, new sensors detect the stresses they put on the 2,300-foot span and instantly transmit the information to computers in Philadelphia. Drexel University researchers in the city then use the stream of data to develop computer models that display the bridge's condition and its potential problems. Such measures, known to engineers as structural health monitoring, are commonly done for a limited period and confined to academic research.
April 8, 2008 |
Three members of the group Students for a Free Tibet scaled San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge yesterday to protest China's crackdown in Tibet. The three unfurled banners saying "Free Tibet 2008" and "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet. " The slogan for the August Olympics in Beijing is "One World, One Dream. " The protesters later climbed down. In all, seven were charged with conspiracy and causing a public nuisance, with the three climbers facing additional charges of trespassing, said Mary Ziegenbien of the California Highway Patrol.
July 19, 2006 |
John J. Branigan, 84, a construction engineer who supervised the building of bridges across the city, died Sunday at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus following a fall at his Rhawnhurst home. Mr. Branigan started working as an inspector for the Streets Department in 1948. During his 36-year career, he worked his way up to construction engineer in charge of building bridges on Second Street, Chalfont Drive and Whitaker Avenue, and those that link the Airport High Speed Line. He also supervised work on the 58th Street, Walnut Lane and Manayunk Avenue Bridges before retiring in 1984.