October 7, 2011 |
CAIRO - A work slowdown by air traffic controllers delayed scores of flights Thursday and left passengers stranded for many hours in Cairo's international airport, wreaking havoc in the latest example of cascading labor unrest that officials and analysts say is devastating Egypt's economy. The protest at Cairo International Airport was over a decision to rescind a promised bonus. It forced the delay of more than 200 flights and turned Egypt's flagship airport into a microcosm of the general mayhem that has come to define the country since the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.
May 25, 2011 |
LONDON - Airlines moaned in Europe and passengers groaned as ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano brought days of uncertainty to thousands of air travelers. Hundreds of flights were canceled Tuesday as winds blew a cloud of ash from the Grimsvotn volcano over to Scotland. Experts say particles in the ash can stall jet engines and sandblast planes' windows. The only comfort for frustrated passengers and airlines was that officials in Iceland said the amount of ash being released by the volcano was decreasing, and officials didn't expect the disruption to be as bad as one last year, when millions were stranded after the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
January 21, 2011 |
The driver of a tractor-trailer heading south between Philadelphia and Cherry Hill lost control and drove into the trees Thursday evening, affecting traffic on Interstate 295, according to the Belmar State Barracks. At 8:40 p.m. the driver lost control for unknown reasons, and the trailer blocked several local lanes, authorities said. The express lane was open. More than five hours later, authorities were still trying to clear the scene. No one was injured. Drivers heading northbound were not affected, and authorities said they hope to have the lanes clear before 6 a.m. Friday.
October 13, 2010
LETTER-writer Fred Whittman wonders why it can take an hour to get out of the parking lot at a major sporting event. I rarely have that problem. Most of the time my friends and I enjoy a leisurely stroll to our stretch limo. It's the longest stretch limo in the world, so Mr. Whittman, and anyone else, for that matter, is more than welcome to join us. We travel quickly and efficiently, several yards underneath one of the longest straight streets in North America. It's easy to find, with a high-vis orange paint scheme.
September 30, 2010 |
On the eve of an important court hearing here Thursday, new labor problems arose at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News that threatened their smooth emergence from a 20-month bankruptcy. The prospective new owners of the media company said the union that represents the 306 employees who bundle the papers for delivery had rejected a new contract, despite having previously voted to ratify a "substantially similar" offer. The situation brought warnings of dire consequences from the new owners, including shutdown of the papers.
September 13, 2010 |
A multi-vehicle crash blocked the westbound lanes of the Vine Street Expressway for three hours today, snarling the morning rush hour on both sides of the Delaware River. Despite the apparent seriousness of the crash, all those involved in the pileup walked away from the wreckage. The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. near Broad Street and involved two cars, a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer. One car burst into flames a short time later, forcing officials to also briefly close the eastbound lanes.
June 1, 2010
CHICAGO - The touch of homesickness hit on the fourth day of the extended Stanley Cup Finals weekend in the Windy City. At first, it made no sense to this aging, well-traveled sportswriter. Something was missing. Then it hit. It's the people here. So kind. So accommodating. No what-are-you-lookin'-at stares. These good folks don't even jaywalk, for crying out loud. I'm a Philly guy, born and raised in a neighborhood rowhouse. And I really don't know how else to say this, but I needed a dose of that Philly addy-tood, our noted edginess, to set me straight, make me feel at home.
May 12, 2010 |
A tanker truck carrying 49,000 pounds of liquid sugar destined for a Twizzlers factory overturned on a Pennsylvania Turnpike ramp in King of Prussia today, snarling traffic through the area at the start of the morning rush hour. The 4:22 a.m. crash closed the westbound entrance and exit ramps at the Turnpike's Valley Forge Interchange, forcing motorists to find alternate routes. About 7:30 a.m., one lane opened on the entry ramp, but the exit ramp remained closed. A crane was brought in to right the vehicle.
February 11, 2010
VANCOUVER - With winter stymied in the great Northwest, suffocating snowstorms back East have made the journey from Philadelphia to Vancouver a little more trying for Olympic ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, who train in Delaware County. Their flight scheduled to depart yesterday morning was canceled, Belbin said via Twitter, further jeopardizing their participation in tomorrow's Opening Ceremonies. "Still hoping Philly can get us out in the aft though. C'moooon PHL! I really need you this time," she wrote.
January 26, 2010 |
Drivers on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard were reminded again yesterday that they have the worst of both worlds. Since September, they have had to put up with lane restrictions and traffic jams because of work to reduce the boulevard's tendency to flood. And as yesterday's storm proved, the road still turns into a river whenever it rains. Two lanes were closed in each direction during parts of the morning and evening rush hours due to standing water, causing delays of up to a half-hour for motorists.