October 29, 2014 |
THE TEENS WERE clearly up to no good. I was taking a shortcut to work through the Pennsylvania Convention Center entrance on Market Street last week when I saw a bunch of teenagers having some sort of confrontation with a mentally ill homeless man. I couldn't tell what they were arguing about as I rushed by. But whatever the teens were saying or doing was increasingly agitating the man. So I stopped. When I told them to leave the guy alone, the group quickly turned on me. The young woman in the group, capturing every moment with her cellphone, said I had it all wrong.
October 17, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE may rule as early as today whether five officials from the Salvation Army will have to sit for depositions related to a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims of last year's building collapse on Market Street that killed six and injured 13. During a hearing yesterday, lawyers for the Salvation Army argued that the five officials should not be forced to answer questions from the plaintiffs' lawyers while the criminal investigation...
October 11, 2014 |
Upper Darby Township police are looking for a man in his 20s who they say was caught on video slashing the throat of a fellow bar patron during an altercation early Thursday. The victim, Wilson Zunija Aquirre, also in his 20s, was in "extremely critical condition" at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police. The alleged assailant was identified as Miguel Escalon, also in his 20s, whom Chitwood described as "armed and dangerous.
October 7, 2014
LAST TUESDAY, I fell. Hard. Not in love. That was last year. Tuesday, for no reason, I tripped on Market Street and went down like a sequoia. I landed facedown, but my paratrooper training saved me from serious harm. Editor's note: Never a paratrooper, Byko did skydive a few years ago and learned techniques to hit the ground without injury. When skydiving, I could see the ground coming up to me (actually me coming down to it). Experienced skydivers advise to not look at the ground.
August 28, 2014 |
TODAY, THE CHILDREN will be the pied pipers - so put aside your worries and cares and follow the Taney Dragons as they headline a parade through the city and kick off tonight's Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. A 4-plus mile parade featuring the Dragons, who placed third in the country at the Little League World Series in Williamsport last week, will begin at 2 p.m. at 20th and Market streets in Center City. The parade will go east on Market Street around the southwest corner of City Hall to South Broad Street.
August 22, 2014 |
LAWYERS FOR the two men awaiting trial for allegedly causing last year's Market Street building collapse that killed six and injured 13 gave notice yesterday that they will seek to sever the case so their clients can be tried separately. If Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop were tried together, statements Benschop made after the collapse incriminating Campbell could not be properly challenged, Campbell's attorney, William Hobson, said after a brief court hearing. Attorney Daine Grey, who represents Benschop, said he supported the call for separate trials.
July 24, 2014 |
MORE THAN a year after a botched demolition on Market Street turned tragic, the official death toll may go up by one. Six people died and 14 more were injured in the immediate aftermath of the June 5, 2013, catastrophe, in which an unsupported wall from the demolition site fell onto an open Salvation Army store next door and crushed those inside. Yesterday, the widow of Danny Johnson, a shopper who was trapped under the rubble and died 23 days later, filed a wrongful-death suit against the property owner, contractor, architect and excavator operator of the demolition, as well as the Salvation Army.
July 18, 2014 |
FOLLOWING through on regulations passed after last year's deadly building collapse on Market Street, Mayor Nutter yesterday unveiled new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites to make it easier for residents to alert the city about unsafe projects. For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must pay for a 3-by-5-foot sign showing a copy of the permit, a rendering of the project, its expected completion date, contact information for the owner and contractor, and instructions for reaching the city.