June 3, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGNS Votes, not dollars Like many of those who advocate that money equals speech, George Will sees it as a violation of free speech to limit a person's right to introduce as much advocacy money as they want into a political campaign ("Enough reform mischief," May 29). But campaign-reform advocates are not trying to limit free speech; they are merely trying to maintain a separate element of democracy: one person, one vote. Just because someone has the loudest horn in the room does not mean he has a right to drown out all others.
January 28, 2015
PEDESTRIANS, the Philadelphia Police Department has your back. Actually, it's on your back. Motorists and bicyclists, you can ease back. Last year's numbers put a torch to assurances from the city that enforcement is necessary for bikes and cars and pedestrians to coexist. Even the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia applauds enforcement. How did that pie in the sky taste? Let's start with tickets written to motorists for moving violations in Philadelphia last year.
January 17, 2015 |
An 18-year-old Temple University student who may have been taking pictures from an eighth-floor Center City dorm room Thursday evening fell to her death and struck and injured a pedestrian on the sidewalk below, police said. Shortly before 6 p.m., police responded to numerous 911 calls reporting that one or two people may have fallen from a building in the 100 block of South 16th Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. They found two women lying next to each other on the sidewalk outside the H&M store at the high-traffic corner of 16th and Chestnut Streets, Small said.
November 20, 2014 |
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki crossed paths with Lamar Fouse in the early morning of Oct. 20, 2013, things got real ugly, real fast. Fouse, 38, told a judge yesterday that while walking across 9th Street near Wharton headed to Pat's King of Steaks at 2:45 a.m., the off-duty Sawicki bumped into his knees with his car while trying to park. That's when Fouse said he tapped the back of Sawicki's car to get his attention, but ended up getting a lot more than that.
June 29, 2014 |
Their voices echoed as they moved south down Haddon Avenue and under I-676, bouncing back from the light-green metal supports of the overpass as traffic rumbled overhead. "Watch out for kids! Put your cellphones down!" Gabby Colon chanted toward the cars that passed by, some honking in support. Around her walked more than 80 people, crowding and spilling over from the sidewalk into the street. Many wore white T-shirts with a picture of 5-year-old Richard Pagan superimposed on a Captain America shield.
June 21, 2014 |
More than a month later, the horror of Zachary Woods' death still sends a chill down a pedestrian's spine. The 27-year-old Wharton student was walking along Walnut Street toward the Penn campus on a bright Tuesday morning when an out-of-control motorist slammed into another car at the 30th Street intersection. Spinning like a top, the car jumped the sidewalk on the south side and sent Woods plunging over the railing into Penn Park, 38 feet below. While news reports called it a "freak accident," you can't help wondering if it was entirely unpredictable.
May 20, 2014 |
A freak accident on Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield Township around midnight Saturday has left one man dead and a friend injured. State police gave the following account: Benjamin Melendez, 30, of Trenton, was a passenger in a Suzuki that broke down on the left shoulder of I-95, just south of the Yardley/Newtown exit. When a friend arrived to help, Melendez started to cross the highway to meet her and was struck by a side mirror on a passing Lexus. Daniel Raymond, 26 of Levittown, the driver of the disabled Suzuki, saw his friend get hit and went into the roadway to help Melendez, who was sitting up in the right lane, get to safety.
May 14, 2014 |
In Philadelphia's stepped-up efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, one tactic has not been used: Issuing tickets to scofflaw pedestrians. So far this year, Philadelphia police have cited no one for jaywalking. That follows a historic pattern. On average, city police issue about nine jaywalking tickets a year, according to the department's records. By comparison, San Diego issued 328 jaywalking tickets in a single day last year. Los Angeles police issued more than 31,000 jaywalking citations last year in that city's Central Bureau, an area of about 900,000 people.
April 4, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
March 18, 2014 |
PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.