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July 27, 1994 | by Kevin Haney, Daily News Staff Writer
Some Juniata Park residents are hoping the city can get to the bottom of things with regards to a sinkhole on their block. The problematic pothole first appeared in April, said Debbie Ropars, who lives on M Street between Hunting Park Avenue and Lycoming Street. Residents believe undermining related to the sinkhole has caused cracks in the walls and ceilings of at least three rowhouses adjacent to where the city Water Department and plumbers have worked since April, she said.
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February 12, 1996 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Gerard Jean-Louis comes from Haiti. But living through a number of Philadelphia winters he thought he'd seen all there was to see in the way of potholes. That was until he was forced to edge his way out of the passenger side of his sinking car Saturday afternoon in the 6000 block of Cedarhurst Street, off 60th and Baltimore. "What you had was a big emptiness," Jean-Louis, 60, recalled after a police tow truck early yesterday pulled the vehicle out of an estimated four-foot-deep sinkhole apparently created by the weight of the car. Everything seemed normal enough when his 1986 Chrysler turned onto Cedarhurst to pick up some friends for dinner, said Jean-Louis, who works in environmental services for Graduate Hospital and lives on Upland Street near 55th.
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July 10, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
KAREN ROWAN LIKES Mayor Nutter, but she'd like to push him into the sinkhole in front of her house. Not hard, not in a way that might cause serious damage, just enough of a nudge to get him to oopsie daisy into a hole like he did during a Memorial Day parade in Bridesburg a couple years back. After that near mayoral spill someone made a note of the offending, much smaller, hole and - boom - it was fixed, she said. It has been hard enough to get city departments to come out to her home on the 800 block of E Cornwall Street, so Rowan isn't holding out hope that someone important is going to come walking, or tripping, down her Kensington street anytime soon.
NEWS
October 23, 1996 | By Drew Weaver, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Flourtown Road reopened yesterday afternoon, its 12-foot-wide sinkhole freshly filled and paved over by state transportation workers in less than two days. The pavement caved into an eroded pocket of limestone earth Saturday morning. Six thousand regular drivers, and others making their way around a similar Ridge Pike closing, were forced to take detours already congested. A small bridge on Ridge Pike partially crumbled in September after heavy rains. Drivers from both closings have had to inch through the area during rush hour on Germantown Pike and Stenton Avenue, alternative east-west routes.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
ALLENTOWN - Several dozen families were forced to find new homes at least temporarily when a sinkhole opened under their street. Officials said the hole a resident spotted about 1 p.m. Saturday prompted the evacuation of a block of rowhouses. Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said officials hoped to be able to shore up and repair the houses, but residents would probably be displaced for a few days or longer. Engineers will send a robotic camera down to see how deep the hole is and test how fast it's spreading.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Repairs could take "several weeks, possibly a month" at the giant sinkhole created by a water main break in Southwest Center City, said city Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio. The trouble began Sunday evening, when neighbors near 21st and Bainbridge saw water spraying from manholes, then gushing into the streets, in places becoming two or three feet deep. Residents fled their homes on several blocks, and some people even had to be rescued by boat. At least 70 homes sustained damage, water department inspectors have found, DiGiulio said.
NEWS
September 22, 1997 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Old pipes gave way beneath the ground on Cherry Street Saturday, opening up a hole that sucked in a water truck and leaving 60 homes without water for most of a day. A water main on the 500 block of Cherry ruptured about 6:30 a.m., shutting off water for most of the residents from the 400 to 600 block of Cherry Street. When a Pennsylvania American Water Co. truck came to repair it, a sinkhole caused by the break swallowed the truck. "Actually, there was a big hole in the ground; the water department truck was in it," said Jeff Bohner, who lives on the 500 block of Cherry.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Tamara Lush, Associated Press
SEFFNER, Fla. - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by a sinkhole under his Florida home was called off Saturday and crews planned to begin demolishing the four-bedroom house. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole is almost completely covered by the house, and rescuers feared it would collapse on them if they tried to search for Jeff Bush, 37. Crews were testing the ground surrounding the home and evacuated two neighboring homes as a precaution. Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said heavy equipment would be brought in to begin the demolition Sunday morning.
NEWS
December 7, 1991 | By Karen McAllister, Special to The Inquirer
What began as a relatively small hole in the King of Prussia earth nearly two weeks ago has grown into a sinkhole 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep that has devoured a sidewalk and undercut a road, and is threatening a culvert. PennDot officials said this week that it could cost up to $250,000 to repair the damage. The sinkhole appeared Nov. 26 near Crooked Lane, in an industrial section of Upper Merion Township. Soon after it was discovered, township officials attempted to prevent its expansion by diverting tiny Frog Run Creek, which ran through the sinkhole.
NEWS
March 2, 2013 | By Chris O'Meara and Tamara Lush, Associated Press
SEFFNER, Fla. - In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie. About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole. Bush, 37, was presumed dead Friday, the victim of a sinkhole - a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger. The sinkhole, estimated at 20 feet across and 20 feet deep, caused the home's concrete floor to cave in around 11 p.m. Thursday as everyone in the Tampa-area house was turning in for the night.
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July 10, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
KAREN ROWAN LIKES Mayor Nutter, but she'd like to push him into the sinkhole in front of her house. Not hard, not in a way that might cause serious damage, just enough of a nudge to get him to oopsie daisy into a hole like he did during a Memorial Day parade in Bridesburg a couple years back. After that near mayoral spill someone made a note of the offending, much smaller, hole and - boom - it was fixed, she said. It has been hard enough to get city departments to come out to her home on the 800 block of E Cornwall Street, so Rowan isn't holding out hope that someone important is going to come walking, or tripping, down her Kensington street anytime soon.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A garbage truck was briefly trapped in 12-foot wide sinkhole that opened up on a South Philadelphia street Monday morning after a water main broke, police said. Authorities said the truck had just collected trash from a Hess station on the corner of South Broad and Kater Streets around 10:30 a.m. and was heading east on Kater when it suddenly sank because the asphalt couldn't support the 13-ton vehicle's weight. The truck sank four to six feet, police said. Police said it was unclear when the water main had failed.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County man accused of impeding storm-water flow in a flood-prone neighborhood with his elaborate grid of 20 raised garden beds says he has been vindicated. As he insisted all along, he said, his tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and beans were not at the root of the problem. An engineering study found that a man-made "inlet" had created a sinkhole that was blocking the flow across the properties of Anthony Bellosi and his Aston Township neighbors. Township officials have disputed Bellosi's contentions.
SPORTS
March 14, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DENNIS RODMAN doesn't like to sit still. The U.S. ambassador to the world - who visited with North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un last month - is off to Rome, where he hopes to get an audience with the new pope. Of course, the cardinals haven't actually elected a new pontiff, but why let details get in the way of a good story. Rodman told TMZ on Tuesday that his "people" are trying to arrange a get-together with whoever succeeds Pope Benedict XVI. "I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed," Rodman told TMZ. " . . . I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Tamara Lush, Associated Press
SEFFNER, Fla. - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by a sinkhole under his Florida home was called off Saturday and crews planned to begin demolishing the four-bedroom house. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole is almost completely covered by the house, and rescuers feared it would collapse on them if they tried to search for Jeff Bush, 37. Crews were testing the ground surrounding the home and evacuated two neighboring homes as a precaution. Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said heavy equipment would be brought in to begin the demolition Sunday morning.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
House is razed at Fla. sinkhole SEFFNER, Fla. - Crews on Sunday razed more than half of the Tampa-area home perched over a huge sinkhole that swallowed a man last week, managing to salvage some keepsakes for family members who lived there. Jeremy Bush, 35, tried to save his brother, Jeff, when the earth opened up and swallowed him Thursday night. On Sunday morning, Bush and relatives prayed with a pastor as the home - where he lived with his girlfriend, Rachel Wicker; their daughter, Hannah, 2; and others - was demolished and waited for firefighters to salvage anything possible from inside.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
Ex-cop an alleged thief A former Bethel Township, Delaware County, police officer stole more than $12,000 from the youth baseball league of which he was treasurer, authorities allege. John Rapp, 43, of Garnet Valley, turned himself in Thursday on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Rapp stole cash from the Chichester Baseball League and used its club debit card for personal use from 2009 to 2011, according to an arrest affidavit. The unauthorized debit- card transactions - at places like Wawa and Harrah's Casino - amounted to more than $5,000, which Rapp has since paid back, the affidavit states.
NEWS
March 2, 2013 | By Chris O'Meara and Tamara Lush, Associated Press
SEFFNER, Fla. - In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie. About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole. Bush, 37, was presumed dead Friday, the victim of a sinkhole - a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger. The sinkhole, estimated at 20 feet across and 20 feet deep, caused the home's concrete floor to cave in around 11 p.m. Thursday as everyone in the Tampa-area house was turning in for the night.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 4-year-old boy rushed toward the television set, pointed forward, and said, "That's my dad, that's my dad. " On the screen, his dad, Bryant Jennings, who will fight Tonga's Bowie Tupou in a United States Boxing Association heavyweight title defense Saturday night in North Philadelphia, wore a brown dress shirt, a pair of slacks, and wire-framed glasses. It was Jennings' first live TV interview and he appeared relaxed. Upon arriving home, Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) tuned in to the replay, and 4-year-old Mase was excited again.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
ALLENTOWN - Several dozen families were forced to find new homes at least temporarily when a sinkhole opened under their street. Officials said the hole a resident spotted about 1 p.m. Saturday prompted the evacuation of a block of rowhouses. Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said officials hoped to be able to shore up and repair the houses, but residents would probably be displaced for a few days or longer. Engineers will send a robotic camera down to see how deep the hole is and test how fast it's spreading.
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