May 28, 2015 |
To improve safety, Amtrak will install video cameras to monitor the actions of engineers in locomotive cabs, Amtrak chief executive Joseph Boardman said Tuesday. The use of such cameras has beenurgedfor five years by the National Transportation Safety Board and opposed by the engineers' union. The cameras will allow managers and accident investigators to review engineers' actions. Similar cameras, facing outward from the front of the locomotives, already are in place. The action is the second major safety move by Amtrak after the May 12 derailment of Train 188 at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured about 200 passengers.
April 22, 2015 |
After all the courtroom jostling and legal swordplay, it may in the end come down to this - the word of three witnesses against one. Any day now, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto is expected to issue his second and likely final ruling on the $1 million penalty he imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor. This decision has had the city's legal community buzzing. The emerging consensus is that the penalty, unprecedented in its magnitude, isn't justified based on the alleged offense and sets a terrible precedent.
November 28, 2014 |
Philadelphia taxis carry much less insurance coverage than cabs in many other cities, providing less protection for passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists in case of accidents. The minimum insurance requirement for taxis in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania is $15,000 per injured person and $30,000 for all people injured in any incident. That requirement, the same as for private motorists, has not changed since 1974. It compares with minimums of $20,000 and $40,000 for taxis in Boston, $30,000 and $60,000 in Baltimore, $100,000 and $300,000 in New York City and Los Angeles, $350,000 in Chicago, and $500,000 in Dallas.
May 27, 2014 |
Life fell apart quickly for the young Marine when he returned home to Philadelphia from Iraq a few years ago. While deployed, he worked as a guard, sometimes protecting convoys from ambushes. Back home, the veteran slept with a knife under his mattress. Or a sword. He could not sit with his back to a door. He could not handle crowded SEPTA buses. He was tormented by nightmares and would wake up sweating and screaming that he was under attack. His girlfriend couldn't take it anymore.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A Center City personal-injury lawyer ran a slip-and-fall insurance scheme and paid 45 people to help him stage bogus claims, District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday. A grand jury alleged that Andrew H. Gaber, 52, a sole practitioner, ran the scam for seven years from his office at 15th and Walnut Streets. Twenty-one insurance companies were defrauded of almost $400,000, the grand jury said. In announcing the investigation, Williams said Gaber - who was aware of the grand jury's work and pending fraud charges - committed suicide April 15. Gaber's death cast a pall over Williams' news conference detailing two years of work by a county investigating grand jury that heard from 20 witnesses, and examined about 360 documents and exhibits.
April 1, 2014 |
LIKE SO MANY long-suffering Sixers fans, I walked into Wells Fargo Center feeling like the two Delaware County teens who sat in nosebleed seats with a handmade sign: #WITNESS27 . If the Sixers were going to lose their 27th game in a row Saturday night, earning them the longest losing streak in major American pro sports, I wanted to see it. "We are true Sixers fans," said Joe Bakey, 16, of Brookhaven, who held the sign. "But this is a big moment in sports history. " His cousin, Ryan Stephano, 14, of Garnet Valley, said, "LeBron James' motto is 'Witness.' And we are here, witnessing.
February 5, 2014 |
WHAT'S IN THE WATER over at the news stations? Everyone's getting pregnant. NBC10's Deanna Durante will have to find a red maternity gown when she co-hosts the upcoming Red Ball with colleague Keith Jones . Durante is expecting her second child with hubby Tim Swan . She hasn't announced on air yet, but the station knows Durante is expecting. The couple welcomed their first child, Maya Elizabeth Swan , back in August 2011. Jones and Durante will host the annual Red Cross fundraiser at the Please Touch Museum on March 8. Then there's CBS3's Nicole Brewer , who announced she was pregnant with her first child, tweeting a picture of her 8/2/14 due date.
September 9, 2013
Among the legions of motorists who take to the roads each day in New Jersey, it may be difficult to find one who doesn't realize that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, according to opinion surveys. Distracted driving has killed and seriously injured people on highways across the region and nation. So why do so many motorists still text? The question continues to dog lawmakers in Trenton. Having sensibly banned drivers from even handling cellphones, much less texting with them, the Legislature is toying with the idea of allowing police to confiscate smartphones on the spot if drivers are caught holding them.
May 19, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former presidential contender John Edwards has reactivated his license to practice law and is setting out on the speaking circuit. The two-time presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator is scheduled to appear June 6 at a private retreat in Orlando, Fla., for lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP. A records check with the N.C. State Bar shows Edwards has also reactivated his license to practice law, which had been...
May 16, 2013 |
AFTER FOUR months of uncertainty, the state board that oversees Philly's finances has been made whole. State Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa quietly appointed lawyer Rhonda Hill Wilson to the fifth and final spot on the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board April 30, the same day a Daily News story detailed political maneuvering around the vacancy. The appointment was due in January. Each year, the board must approve the mayor's five-year financial plan with at least four of five votes.