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May 6, 1990 | By Larisa Kuntz, Special to The Inquirer
Someone staged a demolition derby at Wrightstown Used Auto Parts, much to the surprise of the owners. An intruder, driving one of the cars parked in the auto body store's compound, smashed it into 12 other cars there sometime last weekend, causing an estimated $4,000 in damage to the vehicles, said Buckingham police. The cars, intended to be used for parts, were parked behind a fence at the store at 870 Penns Park Rd. in Wrightstown. Police said the driver started up one of the cars and used it to crash into the others.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
A 10-year-old boy stole a truck on a West Philadelphia street Sunday and smashed it into five parked cars before neighbors caught him, police said. The white Ford truck was parked on the 6200 block of Market Street while its owner moved furniture from an apartment, according to police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien. The boy swiped the keys from a back door of the truck and tried to drive away, she said. He got barely a block before neighbors detained him. No one was injured, O'Brien said.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
A 10-year-old boy stole a truck off a West Philadelphia street Sunday and smashed it into five parked cars before he was caught by neighbors, police said. The white Ford truck was parked along the 6200 block of Market Street the truck while the vehicle's owner moved furniture from an apartment, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a department spokeswoman. The boy swiped the keys from a rear door and attempted to drive away, she said. He made it barely a block before being detained by area residents.
NEWS
September 28, 1996 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pennsauken resident Paula Wortham was showing a visitor the damaged front of her house yesterday when a gutter came loose and dropped with a thud on the front steps. Her front porch was lying in a heap on her front lawn and the metal railings leading up to her front door had come detached. Wortham, a toll collector on the New Jersey Turnpike, had just arrived at work Thursday night when she was told that the driver of a car, frantically retreating from two gunmen, had backed into her Remington Avenue house.
NEWS
April 11, 1988 | By Bill Iezzi, Special to The Inquirer
Mel Benner smashed a meet record in the 800-meter race and won the 1,600- meter run Saturday to pace Gwynedd-Mercy Academy to second place in the Red Lion Track and Field Invitational at Millersville University. The Mustangs scored 45 points; Milton Hershey won with 85. Benner, a sophomore, snapped the tape in the 800 in 2 minutes, 20 seconds, breaking the meet record of 2:22 set by Gwynedd-Mercy's Colleen Scanlan in 1985. Benner won the 1,600 in 5:14, and anchored the 3,200-meter and 1,600 relays, which placed second and third, respectively.
SPORTS
September 2, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mark McGwire, if there were still any doubts, is truly amazing. On the latest magical night in the Cardinals slugger's historic season, he made two more baseballs disappear. And this time he made a fan vanish, too. McGwire clubbed his 56th and 57th homers in St. Louis' 7-1 win over Florida last night, 922 feet of center-field bombs that pushed the muscle-bound first baseman past Hack Wilson's 68-year-old National League record. "That's a pretty awesome feat," McGwire said.
SPORTS
September 22, 1997 | By Kev Hunter, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The offensive line had little trouble creating the holes and the running backs had even less of a problem exploiting them. Using an overpowering running game, Owen J. Roberts earned a 32-0 win over St. Pius X (1-3) in a Pioneer Atlethic Conference battle Friday night. Junior tailback Matt Lucas was the first and last Wildcat to get into the end zone. Lucas scored on a 10-yard run just 1 minute, 41 seconds into the contest and then scored on a 12-yard run just before the half to give the home team a 32-0 lead.
SPORTS
October 29, 2010 | By Doug Hadden, For The Inquirer
Nick Gazzara, South Jersey's leading boys' soccer scorer this fall, shattered the Sacred Heart school record for goals in a season during the Lions' 7-2 Cape-Atlantic League win Thursday over visiting St. Joseph. Gazzara broke Matt Bik's 2008 record of 33 goals in a season with the first of his three goals in the game. The Lions (17-1) senior has 36 goals in 18 games. Matt Beckett added two goals and three assists. Also in the Cape-Atlantic, Andrew Kimball scored in the second minute off an assist by James Ruff and the goal stood up for Ocean City in a 1-0 triumph at Oakcrest.
NEWS
February 7, 1992 | By Cynthia Mayer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this article
A military transport plane practicing landings plunged nose-first into the ground yesterday, smashing into a restaurant, setting a motel on fire and killing 16 people. As amazed witnesses watched, flames shot 60 feet into the air, and raced along the ground and over the roof and walls of the motel and restaurant, trapping guests inside. "It looked like Pearl Harbor," said Mark Whitehead, who lives nearby and rushed to the scene. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
SPORTS
October 26, 2002 | By Rich Fisher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Lenape used some trickery to take the lead, than turned to old-fashioned smash-mouth football to expand on it last night. The result was a dominating 35-7 win over host Cherokee in a Burlington/Olympic Conference American Division game. That makes two come-from-behind wins in a row for Lenape (6-0, 5-0) over quality opponents, and gives the Indians a 6-0 record for the first time in school history. Lenape was 5-0 in coach Bucky Mitchell's first season in 1990. "That means a lot, a real lot," said Rob Williams, who ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and was the pivotal figure in the game's key play.
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SPORTS
February 23, 2015 | By Nick Carroll and Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writers
Carsten Vissering, a senior at Georgetown Prep and a USC recruit, didn't disappoint Saturday when he smashed the meet record in the breaststroke at the Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at La Salle University. He might have left the meet disappointed, though, thanks to Penn Charter's Reece Whitley. Whitley, the 6-foot-8, 15-year-old Quakers freshman with Olympic aspirations, finished in 53.66 seconds, nine hundredths of a second ahead of Vissering to set the new mark.
SPORTS
September 22, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having felt the pangs of losing an embarrassing home game to what was believed to be a lesser opponent last year, the Temple Owls wanted to play as complete a game as they could on Saturday to set the table for play in the American Athletic Conference. It turned out a full game wasn't needed. The Owls scored 49 points by halftime in a 59-0 destruction of overmatched Delaware State (0-4) in front of an announced crowd of 19,202 at Lincoln Financial Field. The 59-point victory was the largest by the Owls in the modern era of college football (since 1971)
NEWS
September 5, 2014
STRUGGLING nonprofit organizations, desperate to fund their good causes, may not know that there's a simple and surefire way to get a steady stream of money: get elected to office. Actually, it's not much of a secret: many, many elected officials know how this works. Some, like former state Rep. Mike Veon and state Sen. Vince Fumo, know it so well they've served jail time. The practice itself is not illegal - a public official can establish a nonprofit charitable organization, and then open up the earmarks tap to get public dollars to fund the group.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST PIKELAND A tractor-trailer on Tuesday morning heavily damaged a historic covered bridge in East Pikeland Township that the state spent $1.5 million rehabilitating three years ago. The truck was traveling from Route 23 to Route 113 when the driver went over the Rapps Dam Road covered bridge shortly before 10 a.m., damaging support beams on the roof and sides. The state bridge was built in 1866, reconstructed in 1978, and upgraded in 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWENTY-TWO PEOPLE were hospitalized yesterday after a violent crash sent a SEPTA bus careening into a building in Chinatown, authorities said. The collision happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of 11th and Vine streets, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. A Mazda sedan blew through a red light on Vine Street and slammed into the side of a Route 23 bus, forcing the bus onto the sidewalk, where it smashed into a traffic light, three parked cars and the side of the Chinese Christian Church & Center before coming to a stop, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said at the scene.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hymie's Merion Delicatessen had good luck and bad luck Thursday morning. The bad luck came in the form of a Dodge Ram pickup truck that crashed through the front wall, on the dining-room side, of the popular Lower Merion Township restaurant. The good luck was that the accident occurred an hour before opening time, so no diners were there and all the employees were in the other half of the restaurant. No one was injured except the driver, who one witness said was bleeding from his face.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A vandal smashed two windows of a coffee shop in South Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood over the weekend, causing about $2,000 in property damage, police said. The owner of OCF Coffee House, Ori C. Feibush, said Monday that he reviewed surveillance video of the incident and is "confident" police will identify and arrest the culprit. "The video clearly shows this was deliberate, it was planned, and it was coordinated," said Feibush, 29, a real estate developer. Feibush, who has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with residents who oppose his redevelopment company, blamed the attack on a neighborhood group, the Point Breeze Organizing Committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013
THE WAIT for Leslie Odom Jr.'s "Smash" close-up is nearly over. The Philadelphia-raised actor was promoted to a regular this season. That was mostly good news for his character, Sam, who went from the chorus of "Bombshell" to a principal role in the "Book of Mormon" tour, leaving behind his boyfriend Tom (Christian Borle) and best friend Ivy (Megan Hilty). Maybe less so for Odom, who's been missing from "Smash" for weeks (along, sadly, with much of the original audience). Sam returns in the March 26 episode - the last before "Smash" moves to 9 p.m. Saturdays April 6 - and he's back with a big solo.
NEWS
March 14, 2013
A woman was arrested in Parx Casino earlier this month for smashing a beer bottle over the head of a fellow slots player that blew cigarette smoke in her face, according to police records. Dana Sarne, 30, from Morrisville, asked Paula White to extinguish her cigarette while the two were playing slots on March 4, records say. Sarne said the smoke was irritating her asthma. According to the records, the two were playing in the casino's smoking section. White refused to put out the cigarette, records say, then blew smoke in Sarne's face.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013
*  SMASH. 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. LIKE A Broadway-bound show that opens out of town - or has a rocky time in previews - NBC's "Smash" returns for its second season Tuesday still a work in progress. But at least there is progress. Maybe no one ever envisioned that a show about the making of a Broadway musical would become a metaphor for the process itself, but with creator Theresa Rebeck having exited at the end of a first season that attracted nearly as many hate-watchers as it did fans, "Smash" is working to clean up the nonmusical parts of its act. Which is also what's happening on "Bombshell," the show's Marilyn Monroe musical.
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