July 2, 2016 |
The City of Philadelphia won't ban rush-hour protests during the Democratic National Convention after all. And officials are granting a permit for a protest march down South Broad Street on the convention's opening day, all as part of settling a lawsuit filed last week by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Cheri Honkala, the longtime activist who heads a group called the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, had sought a permit to march from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center beginning at 3 p.m. July 25, the convention's opening day. The city at first denied the request, saying protests would be banned during rush hour - a ban the ACLU argued posed an overwhelming limit on First Amendment rights.
February 7, 2013 |
A fatal accident in Moorestown is causing heavy delays on Route 38 at rush hour, near the stretch of highway where the female driver died around 1:30 p.m., police said. In the single-vehicle accident, a woman driving alone and heading eastbound on Route 38 between Fellowship Road and Moorestown-Mount Laurel Road veered off the road and struck a pole and several signs before striking a second pole and coming to a stop. When Moorestown police arrived minutes later, Lt. Lee Lieber said, the driver was dead at the scene.
September 20, 2011 |
Blame it on the rain - from Aug. 14. A previously rained-out Phillies game rescheduled for 1:05 p.m. today at Citizens Bank Park could cause traffic havoc during the evening rush hour because it could coincide with - you guessed it - more rain. Phillies fans should be leaving the park some time after 4 p.m. The release of about 43,000 fans into the traffic stream is normally enough to impact the commute along I-95, the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and the Walt Whitman and Ben Franklin bridges.
January 29, 2014 |
Winter's prolonged toll included overcrowded PATCO trips during rush hour Monday morning - so much so that some travelers could not board the trains. The packed trains became a reality after 7:30 a.m., when several cars' electric motors failed, forcing cancellation of some trips, according to the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA spokesman Timothy Ireland attributed the motor problems to accumulated snow in the engines, which can cause short circuits when it melts and freezes. Ireland said the circumstances were not unusual given the weather.
November 16, 2012 |
A newborn, clearly in a hurry during rush hour, was delivered this morning morning in a car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. According to state police at the King of Prussia Barracks, the unidentified parents were on their way to the hospital. They pulled over and called for assistance around 7:24 a.m., police said. The full-term baby boy was delivered inside the blue Toyota Prius which stopped at milemarker 336.7 on the westbound lanes in Whitemarsh Township. The mother and infant were transported by Ambler EMS to Albert Einstein Medical Center, police said.
August 2, 2013 |
If the Blue Route seems packed now, just imagine what it will be like in 2040, when the region's population has grown by 600,000 people, an 11.5 percent bump. More cars. More Shore traffic on Friday nights in summer. More logjams when the Phillies are in town. But relief may be on the way. Regional planners are floating a plan to convert the shoulders of I-476 during rush hour, easing traffic flow during the busiest times without spending money to widen the road. During peak hours in the morning and afternoon, vehicles would be allowed to drive on the shoulder, creating a bonus lane for the estimated 90,000 drivers that use the road each day. The plan was mentioned in a recent report on managing growth from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
June 25, 2016 |
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the City of Philadelphia in federal court Thursday over denial of a permit for a protest march down Broad Street on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The suit comes five weeks after longtime activist Cheri Honkala, who heads a group known as the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, sought a permit to march from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center beginning at 3 p.m. July 25. Honkala, who aims to highlight the plight of the homeless, said she thinks officials want to create a "festival" atmosphere here during the July 25-28 convention.
December 3, 1992 |
A Deptford woman was trapped for 40 minutes last night after her car struck a tractor-trailer on Route 47 during rush hour in Deptford. Marilyn Paullin, 58, was in critical but stable condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center last night. Traffic had to be detoured off Route 47 for about an hour.
March 5, 2013 |
A truck carrying mail this morning lost its load on Route 611 in Warrington, Bucks County. The accident at Rout 611 and Bristol Road occurred shortly after 7 a.m. and during the start of rush hour, hampering local traffic. Only one lane was getting by as crews at the scene worked to remove the truck and gather the mail. Hundreds of pieces of the multi-colored envelopes and other mail scattered across several lanes.
June 17, 2016 |
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has some questions about how the city will handle protesters during the Democratic National Convention. Will protesters without a permit be arrested? Will the city really forbid marches on Broad Street? And what happens if thousands try to stay overnight in FDR Park? Less than two months out from the convention, the organization sent a letter to Mayor Kenney on Wednesday seeking answers on how protesters will be treated. The city responded the same day. "This is about clarity," said Mary Catherine Roper, the organizations's deputy legal director.