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January 24, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just before toll rates went up this month on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tollpayers gave Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman a belated Christmas present: a $40,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lieberman, a Pittsburgh insurance executive, received the 2013 Grand Cherokee on Dec. 28 to replace a 2012 Grand Cherokee that he had received a year earlier. That one cost turnpike users $38,448. The year-old Cherokee was handed down to fellow Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Deon, a Bucks County restaurateur and beer distributor (and SEPTA board chairman)
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | By DAVID R. BOLDT
Driving back into the city after a recent vacation I was struck anew by a circumstance that has never ceased to both amaze and appall me. It is this: There is no interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95. Worse still, the effort to make the traverse from one thoroughfare to the other can induce motorists to venture onto a by-way whose very name causes visitors from elsewhere to laugh out loud: Street Road. The most amazing aspect of this situation - the lack of an interchange - is that no one in Philadelphia seems to realize that it's a problem.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | Staff Report
If you don't have E-ZPass, you should be careful following your GPS or an online map when it comes to two interchanges on to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in our area. The exits are E-ZPass only, and a Turnpike Authority spokesman says motorists who do not have E-ZPass tags could pay a lot more if they accidentally use them. They are Exit 352, the eastbound only Street Road Interchange in Bensalem, and Exit 340, the westbound only Virginia Drive Interchange near the Fort Washington Office Center in Upper Dublin Township.
NEWS
April 18, 2012
IF YOU DON'T have E-ZPass, be careful following your GPS or online map when it comes to two interchanges onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The exits are E-ZPass only, and a Turnpike Authority spokesman says motorists who do not have E-ZPass tags could pay a lot more if they accidentally use them. They are Exit 352, the eastbound-only Street Road interchange in Bensalem, and Exit 340, the westbound-only Virginia Drive Interchange near the Fort Washington Office Center in Upper Dublin Township.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a view of the "jobless recovery" - there are still fewer Americans employed today than in 2008, despite rising business profits and share prices - take a look at what has changed at Vanguard Group's Chester County campus. And what hasn't. Vanguard assets have tripled, to nearly $3 trillion, since the stock market bottomed out five years ago. Its popular index portfolios, targeted-date retirement funds, and other products now account for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. mutual fund industry.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are scheduled to increase Sunday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday that most cash-paying customers would see a 10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users would pay 2 percent more. Motorists on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area will see a steeper increase in cash tolls. The commission has been expanding the differential between cash and electronic tolls since 2011. E-ZPass travelers saved up to 17 percent last year, and the pending changes will widen that to 25 percent in 2013.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
A decomposed body was found Thursday morning in a wooded area near a construction site off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Towamencin, Montgomery County. The body, believed to be a man, was decomposed and surrounded by weeds, suggesting it had been there for several months or more, police said. A handgun was found nearby. Sgt. David Milligan of the State Police said a worker on the turnpike extension project came across the remains. The site is across from a Holiday Inn and an Exxon gas station.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2016 | By Michael D. Schaffer, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
November 19, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 6, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 6, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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