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June 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE SALVATION ARMY has a one-word answer for anyone who wondered if it rebuffed a request to put protective scaffolding over its Center City thrift shop: No. On Wednesday, the organization refused to address questions that arose after two lawyers separately claimed that the Salvation Army either denied or ignored requests to have scaffolding installed while a demolition crew tore apart a neighboring property at 22nd and Market streets. That four-story building crumbled on June 5, and flattened the narrow thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
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September 15, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - Scaffolding collapsed on more than a dozen cars at the nation's busiest border crossing Wednesday, injuring at least 11 people and halting all traffic trying to enter from Mexico, authorities said. A construction worker at the San Ysidro crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was in serious condition, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, he said. A section of scaffold installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight of the crossing's 24 northbound vehicle lanes shortly before 11 a.m., officials said.
NEWS
May 27, 1999 | By Elsa C. Arnett, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
In the course of a long-running major repair job on the venerable Washington Monument, a lot of people in this staid old city have fallen in love with . . . the scaffolding. Some are even discussing the possibility of leaving the scaffolding - designed by noted postmodern architect Michael Graves - in place after the repair job is completed next year, or moving it to another prominent location. This being Washington, a town not noted for doing back flips over the nouveau, there is also a solid minority that hates the new structure.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Cee Williams just knew there was something wrong with City Hall. He just couldn't put his finger on it. No, no, nothing political. He looked around the sun-splashed courtyard Friday afternoon. "Something's missing," he ventured. "I don't know what it is, but something's not right. " He cast his critical eye over the white granite facades, dazzling in the light. And then it hit him: no scaffolding. No Erector set of planks and pipes and screwed-together steel steps, no ladders dangling over empty space, no plastic tarps flapping in the breeze, no whine of cleaning machines, no hammering, no entrances blocked, no yellow caution tape, no construction fencing.
NEWS
March 13, 1998 | By Christina Asquith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Strong winds knocked two window-washers from their scaffolding alongside a four-story office building yesterday, causing one of them to plunge 52 feet, East Whiteland police said. Richard Culbertson of Honey Brook was flown to Brandywine Hospital, where he was in stable condition last night. His partner, Steve Petronri of West Chester, who had his safety harness on, dangled until firefighters arrived. He is fine, police said. "At this point, we're blaming it on the wind," said Detective Sgt. Jay Hess of the township police.
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September 1, 2014 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
I'm currently sitting in front of my computer not wearing a bra. This is pretty standard for me, not usually an issue, except I just made eye contact with a construction worker standing one foot outside my window. I've got scaffolding problems. Construction is a fact of life in New York City. Real estate is to New York as oil is to Texas, it's where all the money is, and for real estate barons, maintaining and improving their most valuable asset takes precedence over any resident's needs.
NEWS
August 23, 1990 | By Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writer
Don't think the criticism about how long scaffolding encased the City Hall Tower didn't bother Mayor Goode. It did. When the last piece of the metal framework that has covered the historic tower for almost six years was handed to Goode yesterday at a ceremony in the City Hall Courtyard - which by the way is still encased in fencing and scaffolding - he held it high above his head. And when Deputy Commissioner Peter K. Aborn reached out to hold the pipe for him while the ceremony continued, Goode yanked it back.
NEWS
August 29, 1995 | by Dave Davies and Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Yvonne Latty contributed to this report
An apparently deranged man who scaled scaffolding outside City Hall yesterday brought Center City bustle to a standstill for about 40 minutes. At first, the half-naked man, identified by police as Juan Valentin, 24, of North Philadelphia, was a minor diversion for passersby at Juniper and Market streets on the east side of City Hall. Shortly before 11 a.m., he climbed about three stories up the scaffolding, yelling, "I am God!" and "I love you!" to pedestrians. About 15 minutes later, Valentin climbed another three stories and began tossing building materials to the street below.
NEWS
August 20, 1989
Is Philadelphia ready for a future without the sight of scaffolding on City Hall Tower? After all, we've grown so accustomed to the embarrassed face it puts on our city, have come to consider it the symbol of government's inability to get the job done - whatever the job. What are we going to gripe about if the city actually finishes the tower repairs, and in time to meet its deadline of April? 'Fraid it's time to face up to that as a real possibility. In the last week or so, 15 feet of scaffolding was removed from beneath Billy Penn's statue.
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September 1, 2014 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
I'm currently sitting in front of my computer not wearing a bra. This is pretty standard for me, not usually an issue, except I just made eye contact with a construction worker standing one foot outside my window. I've got scaffolding problems. Construction is a fact of life in New York City. Real estate is to New York as oil is to Texas, it's where all the money is, and for real estate barons, maintaining and improving their most valuable asset takes precedence over any resident's needs.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Several dozen protesters carrying placards reading "Local People, Local Jobs" marched Friday at Eighth and Market Streets, complaining that Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and its scaffolding contractor had turned their backs on local workers. The timing came as a surprise because, while many members of Aker's regular unionized workforce were laid off during the recession and a downturn in shipbuilding in 2010, they have been recalled and are back on the job. Employment at the nation's second-largest commercial shipbuilder is 1,100 - what it was in July 2010.
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June 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE SALVATION ARMY has a one-word answer for anyone who wondered if it rebuffed a request to put protective scaffolding over its Center City thrift shop: No. On Wednesday, the organization refused to address questions that arose after two lawyers separately claimed that the Salvation Army either denied or ignored requests to have scaffolding installed while a demolition crew tore apart a neighboring property at 22nd and Market streets. That four-story building crumbled on June 5, and flattened the narrow thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
NEWS
January 16, 2012
By Craig Fehrman Rick Santorum's near-miss in Iowa provided a reminder that, for many Republican voters (and not a few candidates), religion and politics overlap. If you need another reminder, though, consider this: The Smithsonian has restored and put on display a weird and fantastic 19th-century book known as the "Jefferson Bible. " That's Jefferson as in Thomas, and this private, personal document offers a useful case study in how politics and Christianity have mixed it up in American history, right up to today.
NEWS
September 15, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - Scaffolding collapsed on more than a dozen cars at the nation's busiest border crossing Wednesday, injuring at least 11 people and halting all traffic trying to enter from Mexico, authorities said. A construction worker at the San Ysidro crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was in serious condition, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, he said. A section of scaffold installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight of the crossing's 24 northbound vehicle lanes shortly before 11 a.m., officials said.
NEWS
August 24, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Following Tuesday's earthquake, engineers at Camden's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital hurried Wednesday to secure the 30-foot Blessed Mother statue - damaged by the quake - in anticipation of the next natural disaster: Hurricane Irene. The earthquake caused the statue to shift, opening up a crack one to two inches wide in the middle. The 15-ton limestone sculpture has stood atop the hospital for 60 years and is a Camden landmark. Scaffolding material arrived at the hospital Wednesday afternoon and a crew worked to assemble it through the evening.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | Staff Report
Three workers were injured this morning when a scaffold collapsed at a building site in South Philadelphia, police said. A 40-year-old man was reported in serious condition with head, neck and back injuries at Jefferson University Hospital following the collapse on the 700 block of South 15th Street. Two other workers, ages 28 and 41, suffered lacerations and were in stable condition at the hospital. Police said the scaffolding collapsed about 6:45 a.m. at a rowhouse undergoing reconstruction.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Cee Williams just knew there was something wrong with City Hall. He just couldn't put his finger on it. No, no, nothing political. He looked around the sun-splashed courtyard Friday afternoon. "Something's missing," he ventured. "I don't know what it is, but something's not right. " He cast his critical eye over the white granite facades, dazzling in the light. And then it hit him: no scaffolding. No Erector set of planks and pipes and screwed-together steel steps, no ladders dangling over empty space, no plastic tarps flapping in the breeze, no whine of cleaning machines, no hammering, no entrances blocked, no yellow caution tape, no construction fencing.
NEWS
February 12, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two friends of accused shooter Gerald Ung on Friday gave a Philadelphia jury their versions of the events leading to the Old City shooting of Eddie DiDonato early on Jan. 17, 2010. Neither, however, shed any light on the trial's unanswered question: What started the argument that ended 70 seconds later with Ung, 29, a Temple University law student, critically wounding DiDonato, 24? "I still don't know why all this happened," Joy Keh, a New York news photographer who was visiting Ung, told the Common Pleas Court jury.
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