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November 6, 2015 | David Gambacorta, Daily News Staff Writer
MAYOR-ELECT Jim Kenney's first order of business yesterday was sitting down with the little people - the really little people. Kenney sat elbow-to-elbow with wide-eyed kindergarten students at South Philadelphia's Andrew Jackson School, asking the kiddos if they knew Mayor Nutter, the guy he'll replace in January. They didn't. How easily people forget! But aside from the cute photo-op, Kenney's primary purpose for visiting the school, at 12th and Federal streets, was to outline the transition process that will lead up to the start of the Kenney administration.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A MAN WAS KILLED yesterday after jumping onto the Market-Frankford El tracks in front of an approaching train in West Philadelphia, SEPTA officials said. The unidentified man was struck by a SEPTA train on the elevated tracks about 11:45 a.m. at the 56th Street Station, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. SEPTA Police found the man trapped underneath the train, and he was pronounced dead shortly afterward, she added. The Philadelphia Fire Department removed the man from beneath the train, Williams said.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 58-year-old man died Tuesday after jumping in front of an elevated train in West Philadelphia and becoming trapped beneath one of the cars, a SEPTA official said. A review of surveillance video showed the man jumped onto the eastbound tracks as a Market-Frankford El train pulled into the station at 56th and Market Streets shortly before noon, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The man, whose name was not released, jumped in the presence of at least one female passenger, unrelated to him, who was on the platform, Williams said.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wheelchair users on Philadelphia's regional public transportation network regularly face obstacles getting on and off subways and trains. Most formidable are steep stairways that, at some stops, are the only access to SEPTA's subway platforms. Out of 53 stations on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, about 35 percent are not handicapped-accessible. What's needed is elevators to get people with mobility problems from street level to platforms above and below. "Twenty-five years after ADA [the Americans With Disabilities Act]
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jessica Cruz's coworker walked over to her Monday afternoon and said a homicide detective had been on the phone, looking to speak with her, Cruz knew something had happened to her boyfriend. Omar Lopez, 24, was supposed to have spent the previous night with his best friend and to have returned home that morning. When he failed to show, a worried Cruz called the friend's house, but he, too, said Lopez had never appeared. Cruz left for work with a sense of mounting dread. And when the homicide detectives called that afternoon, "I thought the worst," she said.
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city has allowed ESPN to close a block of Market Street near Independence Mall for more than 48 hours to set up its roving weekly football College GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia because of the interest in undefeated Temple University's game Saturday night against Notre Dame. The sold-out event at Lincoln Financial Field is this weekend's prime-time college football game. Hosting the show offers great exposure for Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald said Thursday night, calling it "an excellent opportunity to market the city to a national audience.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have received several tips in Sunday's robbery of a man aboard the Market-Frankford Line who was later Tasered and tossed onto the tracks at the Millbourne station, a SEPTA official said Wednesday. A video released by SEPTA shows a man and a woman snatching the victim's bag while he was sleeping and then quickly leaving the train about 12:50 a.m. The victim awoke and chased the two onto the platform, where, after a brief struggle with the man, the woman Tasered the victim on the back.
NEWS
October 29, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A THIN COVER on the Market-Frankford El's third rail protected a passenger from potentially fatal electrocution after a young man and woman robbed, tased and then pushed him down onto the tracks, SEPTA said yesterday. SEPTA Transit Police are searching for the couple responsible, who got away with the man's backpack. The man was sleeping on a mostly deserted car on the westbound side of the Blue Line as it pulled into Millbourne Station about 12:50 a.m. Sunday, according to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
QUESTIONS over the death of a man who was tased early yesterday by a transit cop prompted SEPTA officials to release video footage and police radio calls that were connected to the incident. Those pieces of evidence did not add up to a full explanation of how the man died. But they were released all the same in a bid to be as transparent about the case as possible, SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel said during a news conference at the agency's Center City headquarters. "It is our intent to be as clear as possible with the information we have at this point," Nestel said.
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