August 6, 2016 |
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy was critically injured Thursday when a structural failure involving a pair of employee elevators shattered the morning with a boom that some feared was a bomb and forced evacuation of the Criminal Justice Center in Center City. According to Mayor Kenney's office, elevator Car 2B, which contained one passenger, rose through the 15th-floor ceiling into the equipment "penthouse," which houses the motors. That dislodged concrete and other debris, which rained down an adjacent shaft onto the roof of Car 1, which was at the basement level with one passenger aboard.
July 11, 2016 |
While hybrid and fully electric cars have become a harder sell in today's cheap gas environment, there's no denying the enormous appeal of a battery-powered lawn mower. Operation is stupid proof, takes no liquids, and rarely requires servicing. Just charge up the high-capacity, 40-volt lithium ion battery pack for two hours and slide it into the dedicated mower slot (goes in only one way). Simultaneously press and pull the start button and power-up bar. Now you're good to mow a quarter-acre before needing a battery swap-out.
March 26, 2016 |
You don't need to visit France to enjoy a good château. Just wander over to Chestnut Street, where the nine-story Crozer Building lords over the 1400 block. Unlike the aristocratic French homes, this is a vertical château, and it was created for a burgeoning American commercial district. Designed by Frank Miles Day & Bro. in the late 1890s for the American Baptist Publication Society, the Crozer Building is one of the earliest tall buildings in Philadelphia. At the time, architects were making the transition from masonry to lighter steel-frame construction.
January 9, 2016
NEW YORK 17 salt miners rescued from shaft Seventeen miners spent a frigid night in a broken-down elevator in America's deepest salt mine, huddling with heat packs and blankets before being rescued early Thursday, an ordeal that highlighted the sometimes-risky work of churning out the road salt that keeps traffic moving on ice and snow. The workers were descending to start their shifts around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the roughly 5-by-6-foot car abruptly stopped about 90 stories below ground in the Cayuga salt mine while heading to a floor nearly deep enough to fit two Empire State Buildings stacked atop one another.
August 12, 2015 |
SOME in the local music scene are crying about an injustice. The Daily News has learned that several Philly euphonious greats have failed to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to ignorance of rock's roots. George Pettignano , who heads up efforts for the proposed Philadelphia Music Museum & Hall of Fame, has confirmed for our very own Chuck Darrow that several local artists - especially pre- Beatles types, like Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell - have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
June 12, 2015 |
Joseph M. "Doc" Braly, 92, formerly of Kennett Square, a veterinarian, pilot, and pioneer among golf club designers, died of cancer Monday, May 25, at the Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Born in Ponca City, Okla., Dr. Braly grew up in Huntsville, Ala. Even as a boy, he was smitten with aviation, and followed that love into the Air Force. He learned to fly and piloted different airplanes as a technical intelligence officer stationed in England and Germany, but his favorite was the P-51 Mustang, he told his family.
November 29, 2013 |
A man was in critical condition Wednesday after falling three stories down an elevator shaft of a University City high-rise, fire officials said. Around 2:30 p.m., the man, whose name was not released, fell three floors inside a tower of the University City Science Center, officials said. Rescue workers removed the man from the basement of the building and took him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was being treated for trauma wounds, the official said.
September 11, 2012 |
MARIKANA, South Africa - Chanting miners wielding machetes, clubs and spears marched from shaft to shaft of South Africa's beleaguered Lonmin platinum mine Monday, trying to intimidate the few workers who reported for duty in the fourth week of a crippling strike whose impact has already included dozens of miners killed by police. At one point on the six-mile trek, a striker lashed a whip at a man accused of reporting for work. He took off across the scrubland with dozens of men waving machetes and clubs in pursuit.
July 22, 2012 |
There are beach umbrellas and beach shelters. The Sport-Brella is both, and then some. You open it like a regular umbrella, but one with an enormous 8-foot wing span. And instead of standing straight up atop its shaft, the umbrella rests on its back, with the shaft at a supportive tilt from the ground. What you get is a concave half wall and sheltering overhang. For extra stability and wind-resistance on sand and soft ground, tie-down loops are sewn in all along the bottom rim (stakes included)
May 25, 2012 |
Whoa! Someone got quite a scare this morning at the Convention Center Parking garage on North Broad Street, between Race and Cherry Streets, in Center City. A black Infiniti, with a driver inside, partially fell down a ground-level car lift before 10 a.m. Andrew Afandor, an employee with the 1st Choice Response Unit tow-truck company, who was there afterward waiting to tow the car away, said he heard this account from garage employees: A garage worker had gotten into the Infiniti G375, which was in front of a closed elevator door.