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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
NEWS
November 7, 2008
Everybody's hoping for another Phillies parade next year, but fans shouldn't expect SEPTA to do the impossible - that is, carry hundreds of thousands of riders beyond its normal capacity. The disappointed baseball fans who were delayed and stranded on crowded train platforms last week were understandably frustrated and angry. But they really shouldn't have been surprised that a commuter rail system sized for 135,000 could not handle several times the ridership. No question, thousands tried to do the right thing by taking a train or bus to Center City and the stadium complex.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unhappy with the pace of contract negotiations, SEPTA police are warning of a possible strike. SEPTA officials have drawn up contingency plans for protecting passengers and SEPTA property in case of a strike, a spokeswoman said Monday. The Fraternal Order of Transit Police, which represents about 220 SEPTA officers, had a one-day walkout in 2008, the first ever by the police force. No new strike is imminent yet, as the police and SEPTA have agreed to talk again in March.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
SEPTA bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, and other transit workers voted unanimously Sunday to authorize a strike, which could take effect this year or early in 2015. The voting took place in a huge Columbus Boulevard meeting hall packed with hundreds of SEPTA union members. "There wasn't a nay in the room," said Willie Brown, president of Transport Workers Union Local 234. "Members don't want to strike, but they are willing to fight for what we need. " Among the sticking points, he said, is a disagreement between the union and management about the size of pension fund contributions.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
I WOULD LIKE TO thank the Daily News for the help concerning my SEPTA issue ("Gripe from a bus rider," Jan. 30). The same day my letter was printed, director of customer service Rohan K. Hepkins called and stated he would look into the matter and apologized for the service and staff problem. Way to go, Daily News , for getting matters addressed. Maryann Zindell Philadelphia Take his word for it Re: "What Obama's up to" (letter, Jan. 29). Just want to give Tom Bell of Philadelphia a great round of applause for his comment.
NEWS
April 2, 2003
SEPTA unveiled its budget yesterday, and it was no April Fool's joke. The transit service is now facing a deficit the size of a Philadelphia pothole: $55 million for the fiscal 2004 budget. The bad news shouldn't be a shock to anyone. The economic downturn that has affected private businesses is now being felt big time in the public sector. Now it's SEPTA's turn to squeal. To make up the shortfall, the transit service is considering cutbacks and fare increases. Much of it makes sense.
NEWS
August 17, 1986
SEPTA Chairman Lewis F. Gould Jr. understandably is upset about the deletions made by Gov. Thornburgh in state funding for transit projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania before approving the capital budget enacted by the legislature. The governor "blue-lined" items for SEPTA totaling $36 million - more than half of the funds voted by the legislature. As Mr. Gould has noted in a letter to the governor, federal funds for transit capital projects require matching funds from the state.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
HOW CAN the Daily News say that the SEPTA service cuts make sense (editorial, April 2)? These cuts don't make sense. This is the beginning of the total dismantling of our transit system. These cuts will hurt our region's economy since it will be harder to attract new jobs and will only hasten the departure of companies who are considering leaving our area. As a supporter of Gov. Rendell, I ask him to address this issue of dedicated transit funding and fix this problem once and for all. It is sad that we continue to remain near the bottom of the list in the funding of the transit system our country.
NEWS
November 6, 2009
As I stood in line waiting for my train home for more than an hour Tuesday night, I debated whether the SEPTA union president had lost his mind, or whether I should get a job driving a bus. As the time passed and the guy behind me kept sneezing, I got more and more agitated at Willie Brown, the SEPTA union head who walked away from the bargaining table in the middle of the night, leaving thousands of riders in the lurch. Calling a strike without warning at 3 a.m. was dirty pool.
NEWS
May 26, 2010
By Vukan R. Vuchic SEPTA is going ahead with a major change to its Regional Rail service's line designations. It claims the change is necessary because some passengers mistakenly take a line such as the R5 toward Doylestown when they mean to take the R5 toward Bryn Mawr, in the opposite direction from Center City. However, instead of improving passenger information with better signs and clearer indications of train direction, the agency is eliminating all the "R" designations. Instead, it's naming each line after one of 20 suburban stations where it terminates, such as Lansdale or Doylestown.
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January 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ANDRE JOURDEN is reeling. He can't fathom why someone would want to kill his mother, who he says devoted her life to helping others. "She was 100 percent selfless," a tearful Jourden, 33, said last night at a vigil for his mother, Kim Jones, at the intersection where she was gunned down Tuesday. "Her whole life was helping others, and she worked hard at that. " Jones, 56, was shot once in the back of the head about 9:15 a.m. as she waited for a bus at 12th and Jefferson streets in North Philly, police said.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IN 1999, DOUGLAS KRATZ was a $200-a-day heroin addict. Nothing mattered but his next fix. That's all he was thinking about when he and an acquaintance were arrested by two SEPTA cops one October night. Officers Eric Cohn and Steven Zambon were on patrol around the North Broad railroad station shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 18 when they spotted Kratz and a woman on the outbound platform with drug paraphernalia, according to a transit police report. They later discovered a needle and seven small bags of heroin known on the streets as "Al Pacino.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps alumnus, the City of Philadelphia is looking to hire you. Starting this month, Philadelphia will award up to 5 points on its 100-point civil service exam for alumni of national service programs AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Mayor Nutter made the announcement along with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency which oversees AmeriCorps. "These individuals, through their service, create critical thinking skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, responsibility and they become the kind of invaluable workers that any employer would want," Nutter said.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
NEW YEAR'S EVE revelers won't be the only ones staying up late tonight. Your trusty public-transit provider will be running into the wee morning hours to help merrymakers get home, well after the clock strikes midnight. SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith said that trains will run more frequently during the late-night/early-morning hours on New Year's Eve, including the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines as well as regional rails. "Because we know there will be an additional crowd, trains will be operating every 20 minutes," he said.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
UNTIL YESTERDAY, whenever I'd hear someone mention Waco, Texas, I'd think of one tragic thing and one funny thing. The well-known tragic thing: the deadly 1993 siege of the nearby Branch Davidian religious compound that killed 84 people, including four federal agents and 25 kids. The little-known funny thing: Waco is home to the Dr Pepper Museum. How hilarious is it that the city has a building with three floors of exhibits devoted to a soda that tastes like Robitussin? Yesterday, though, I learned a wild thing about Waco: Every New Year's Eve, its public-transit system offers free rides to revelers.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joanne Williams has been riding Eugene "Smitty" Smith's Route 29 bus across South Philadelphia for many years. "He's an angel. He just don't want to marry me yet," she lamented the other morning. Since the SEPTA driver is retiring Tuesday, she knew this would be her last chance. At her stop, bracing herself on her cane, she whispered in his ear. "Nah," he replied, "my wife's a keeper. " They both smiled. Then she leaned in and gave Smitty a hug - he's been collecting many of those of late - and exited his bus at Broad Street for the last time.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LITTLE KRIS LI is the talk of the town. His mom, Yanjin Li, beamed with pride yesterday afternoon while talking about her son's much publicized entrance into the world Thursday night on a Market-Frankford El train. "Thank you to everyone who helped," an exhausted Li, 27, told the Daily News during a bedside interview in Hahnemann University Hospital. "It was so scary. " Li started having contractions Thursday afternoon, around the time other families were sitting down to Christmas dinner.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time the officers entered the subway car, they could see the baby's head crowning through his mother's sweatpants. A group of riders had already formed a semicircle around her, offering as much protection and comfort as they could on the Market-Frankford Line. SEPTA Police Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James arrived at the 15th Street station about the same time: 5:50 p.m. on Christmas. "Get your gloves ready," Caban told James. Caban, who had experienced childbirth only as an observant father, knelt and removed the woman's sweatpants as she practiced breathing exercises.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT for weeks, Ada Williams of Mayfair ended her SEPTA shift at 2:10 a.m., pulled her bus into the Frankford Terminal, then spent hours turning a special "Happy Holidays" bus into a winter wonderland on wheels. Day after day, Williams' co-worker Dennies Scott of Mayfair did the same. The yuletide-fueled holiday bus - swaddled in candy-cane stripes on the outside, sparkling with ornaments and glitter wrap on the inside - has been carrying city riders to work and shopping since the day after Thanksgiving.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can't shout "fire" in a crowded theater. Can an ad proclaim "Jew-Hatred: It's in the Quran" on a crowded bus? That's the free-speech issue before U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg in Philadelphia, who soon will have to decide whether a private group's ad targeting the Quran and seeking to "end all aid to Islamic countries" can appear on SEPTA's buses, trains, shelters, and kiosks. Defenders of the ad say it falls into one of the First Amendment's most preciously protected categories: public-issue speech.
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