February 4, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike fiasco Everyone knew last month's blizzard was coming, and it's no surprise that accidents would occur on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Yet, despite similar experiences in 2007 and 2014, motorists were treated to a rerun of an all-too-familiar horror show. Gov. Wolf claimed the state had succeeded in making sure people were safe, and his spokesman said "no one was hurt, there were no deaths . . . . " But that seems more a stroke of incredible luck rather than affirmative action by PennDot.
February 3, 2016
ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016 Turnpike should have been closed Behind the chaos of 500 motorists stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 24 hours in last month's blizzard is a fundamental question: Why did otherwise intelligent people put their lives at risk ("On turnpike, a blizzard of questions," Sunday)? Why did universities and businesses send their students and employees into the dangerous storm? And why did the Turnpike Commission not close the highway? Washington closed its Metro system from Friday evening through Sunday night.
February 1, 2016 |
For nearly 24 hours, said Philadelphia lawyer Mark Kaltenbach, he had gone nowhere but the driver's seat of his car, stranded with 500 other motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was dark, bitter cold - wind chills were in the single digits - and blizzardlike conditions were everywhere. He got out of his car and walked. Kaltenbach trudged in snow 2 to 3 feet deep from mile marker 129 to mile marker 127.5, only to find that a turnpike telephone recording had wrongly said he would find emergency workers there.
January 9, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's state fair is a little different from other state fairs. It takes place indoors, in the dead of winter. And it doesn't even call itself a state fair. But a state fair is exactly what the Pennsylvania Farm Show is and has been ever since the first one in 1917. Agriculture is Pennsylvania's biggest industry. The state is home to 59,000 farms, averaging a modest 131 acres each, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest figures. The vast majority of those farms - 97 percent - are family-owned.
November 19, 2015 |
Emily Sands watched Tuesday as a teammate tied one of her Westtown scoring records. She probably wasn't too mad about it. Freshman Sarah Oswald finished a cross from Relly Ladner with six minutes remaining as fourth-seeded Westtown rallied for a 3-2 win over visiting No. 5 Agnes Irwin in the PAISAA soccer quarterfinals. It was Oswald's second goal of the game and her 16th of the year, which tied Sands atop Westtown's freshman scoring list. Sands, a senior bound for Penn, scored her 25th goal of the season.
August 6, 2015 |
TRENTON - Jake Thompson spent five hours of his Tuesday afternoon on a chartered bus in a traffic jam. Double-A Reading's usual 90-minute trip to Trenton's Arm & Hammer Park was delayed by an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The righthander's first outing after being acquired from Texas as part of the Cole Hamels trade was off to a great start. "It was one of those typical minor-league days. Everyone grabbed a bag off the bus and we said, 'Let's go get 'em, boys,' " said manager Dusty Wathan after Thompson pitched seven strong innings in Reading's 7-1 win over the Thunder.
August 6, 2015 |
TRENTON - Nick Williams walked down the hallway with an ear-to-ear grin as he headed toward his team's locker room. His new Double A, Reading Fightin Phils teammates greeted him with cheers and loud club music as soon as he cracked open the door. They didn't want to start their celebration routine without the newly acquired centerfielder and leadoff hitter, formerly of the Texas Rangers organization. Williams and starting pitcher Jake Thompson were two of the five minor league prospects acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, which sent the former Phillies ace and reliever Jake Diekman to Texas last Wednesday.
August 5, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Chester County to be Pennsylvania's next police commissioner. Tyree C. Blocker, whose assignments included director of the state police's bureau of drug law enforcement, is Wolf's second choice for the job, following his controversial and politically costly nomination of Marcus Brown. Brown, a former head of the Maryland State Police, withdrew his name from consideration in mid-June after Wolf failed to get enough support among Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg.
July 9, 2015 |
Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase 6 percent in 2016, effective Jan. 3. Also, an additional toll will be collected from westbound vehicles at a new all-electronic toll plaza in Bucks County, at the eastern end of the turnpike. That toll will be $5 for passenger vehicles using E-ZPass and $6.75 for vehicles without E-ZPass. A bill will be mailed to the owner of a non-E-ZPass vehicle, based on its license plate. The decisions by the Turnpike Commission on Tuesday to raise tolls for the eighth year in a row means the cash toll to drive from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border will be $48.90 for passenger cars, up from the current $46.10.
July 3, 2015 |
Commuters who use the four bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority between New Jersey and Pennsylvania are one step closer to paying less in tolls. The DRPA finance committee approved a measure Wednesday that would lower tolls for frequent users of the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Commodore Barry bridges by $18 a month. The proposal will go before the authority's board of commissioners July 15. If approved, the changes would go into effect in November or December, officials said.