July 12, 2007 |
Authorities today were investigating why lightning ground rods weren't enough to stop a spectacular South Jersey refinery fire that blazed for hours, spewing thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The four-alarm fire at Sunoco's Eagle Point Refinery along the Delaware River, directly across from South Philadelphia's Naval Business Center, broke out about 4:30 p.m., as heavy thunderstorms passed through the region. One of the thunderbolts struck a storage tank containing about 1.5 million gallons of xylene, a chemical used as an additive in gasoline, adhesives and paint.
April 19, 2007 |
Lumberton residents recovering from the flooding this week are being offered financial and material aid through a new township hotline and nonprofit social services agency, town officials said yesterday. Mayor Pat Delany said 19 of 74 houses that were flooded - when the banks of the South Branch of the Rancocas Creek overflowed its banks - had water on their first floors as well as in their basements. About 30 houses were still without power yesterday as utility workers, contractors and inspectors worked across the flood zone.
August 9, 2006 |
If you wished you could get that jerk fan thrown out of Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium, now you've got your chance. The Bengals have set up a hotline for fans annoyed by others' boorish behavior. Just call (513) 381-JERK on your cell phone. Team and stadium officials want to discourage too much foul language, fighting and threats. Security officials will use the stadium's video cameras to focus on the offenders and then respond. More than 500 stadium security and police officers work during Bengals home games.
May 19, 2006 |
FBI agents swiftly raided the scandal-plagued University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Stratford campus after a tipster said university employees were shredding records. The tipster dialed a hotline about 2 p.m. Wednesday and said the secretary for Warren Wallace, an associate dean at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, was shredding documents "important to the federal investigation," sources close to the investigation said. Federal authorities have been investigating the influence of State Sen. Wayne Bryant (D., Camden)
October 1, 2005 |
A toll-free hotline for Philadelphia-area victims of domestic violence was introduced yesterday. The hotline, 1-866-723-3014 (1-866-SAFE-014), combines telephone operations previously handled by four local anti-domestic-violence groups. Mayor Street introduced the hotline at a City Hall event yesterday. Most costs associated with the number will be covered by a $250,000 annual city subsidy. Street declared domestic-violence prevention a priority a year ago, adding $1 million to the 2005 city budget for programs.
June 18, 2005 |
The legal document that will allow the Live 8 concert to take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway two weeks from today is set to be signed Monday. Mayor Street said on Thursday that he hoped the letter of intent between Philadelphia and the local promoter, Electric Factory Concerts, would be completed "within the next 24 hours. " Yesterday, however, Thomas McNally, a spokesman for the city Commerce Department, said the unavailability of several lawyers had pushed back the signing until Monday.
April 23, 2005 |
A $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the owner of a Maple Shade motel was posted yesterday by authorities in Burlington County. Ranjit Patel, 57, was gunned down March 22 in the lobby of the Rodeway Inn at the busy intersection of Routes 38 and 73. "We need help from you," said Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi. "We believe there are people out there who can help bring his killer to justice. " The Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia is administering the reward.
December 9, 2004 |
The mother was worried about her daughter's safety. A group of girls was harassing her on her way to school, and fights had erupted in the neighborhood. Yesterday the mother called the Philadelphia School District's safe-schools hotline. "I'm going to work on this," Karen James, supervisor of the hotline call center, promised the woman. The call was typical of the 20 that James and Madison Jordan, a school police officer, fielded in the district's call center yesterday by 5 p.m. Citizens, parents and educators had dialed the confidential hotline to pass along tips of brewing trouble and to report school-related threats, fights, vandalism and harassment.
December 7, 2004 |
Mayor Street yesterday announced the appointment of a new 10-member police unit to gather tips and information and head off potential violence in and near city schools. Lt. Daniel McCann, a 28-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, will lead the Juvenile Violence Intelligence Unit that is assigned to investigate tips and complaints to the Philadelphia School District's safe-schools hotline. Even before the noon announcement, the new unit - largely composed of police officers - was able to head off trouble.
December 3, 2004 |
The Philadelphia Police Department will activate a round-the-clock school-violence hotline on Monday and will send armed plainclothes officers into schools based on phone tips about trouble brewing among students, Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said in an interview yesterday. The move comes amid community pressure over a wave of school-related assaults and shootings, and a rift between the schools chief and city administration over safety strategies. Johnson's comments about the hotline were a sneak preview of a city plan called Operation Safe Schools that is to be unveiled Monday.