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January 10, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was supposed to be a simple dedication of a $6.7 million firehouse in Tacony, Philadelphia's first in 15 years. Suikang Zhao had journeyed to the event from New York to explain his artwork, which honors the Fire Department and the Disston Saw Works, the company that built Tacony. Fourth and fifth graders from Planet Abacus Charter School, wearing red baseball caps identifying them as members of the Junior Fire Patrol, waited for their chance to help push a fire engine into its parking spot, the traditional way of welcoming a new station.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 46-year-old man was gunned down this morning in the city's Tacony section, police said. The man, whose name has not been released yet, was found on the street near the corner of Devereaux and Tulip streets shortly before 10:30 a.m., police said. He had a gunshot wound in the left side of his chest. The man was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later, police said. Contact Allison Steele at 215-854-2641 or asteele@phillynews.com
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MOST Philadelphians think of Tacony as half a bridge, said Alex Balloon, but once they discover the new Tacony Hoagie Trail, they'll keep coming back to the Northeast for "Tac-hoagies" that rival South Philly's signature deli divas. The Tacony Hoagie Trail extends for several blocks along Torresdale Avenue from DeNofa's "Homemade Sausage & Italian Deli" to Fink's "King of Gourmet Hoagies," then on to Jack's Place ("Home of the Best Hoagie in the Free World"). The marketing of the sandwich shops is about much more than feeding people, however.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
LUCK HAS RUN OUT for two men who may be responsible for a rash of drugstore heists in the Northeast and who unwittingly swiped a bottle of pills embedded with a GPS tracking device Monday night, police said. The pair allegedly robbed a Rite Aid on Roosevelt Boulevard near Solly Avenue in Rhawnhurst at gunpoint about 9:30 p.m. and took off with pain pills, as robbers have in several similar incidents over the last few months, police said. But Rite Aid and police outsmarted the pair: The pharmacy, investigators said, had placed a GPS tracking device in at least one of the pill bottles the gunmen allegedly stole, giving cops a way to track them down.
NEWS
October 14, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The case against Linda Weston, who was charged last year with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a squalid North Philadelphia basement in a plot to steal their government benefits, has from the beginning contained accusations of unimaginable cruelty. But authorities say the Weston story also represents a potential test case for a new federal hate-crime statute that allows for prosecution of those who victimize the disabled. It would be the first such prosecution since the law was passed in 2009.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
AIMING A LASER BEAM at a television news helicopter in the sky seems like something a Philly knucklehead might do as a prank. In reality, it's a federal crime. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Thursday charged Daniel Dangler of Tacony with aiming a laser beam at a CBS3 chopper over Philadelphia on July 18. A CBS3 spokeswoman said the pilot was not injured. Dangler, 29, was convicted in state court for drug offenses in 2004. Anthony Stefanski, Dangler's attorney, could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
The Burlington County Bridge Commission, which operates the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol toll bridges, has approved a new annual budget that keeps auto tolls at the current $2. Tolls on the spans have not gone up since 2000, while those on nearby bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority have risen 67 percent, to $5. The operating budget for fiscal 2013, which begins Monday, is $30.6 million, the same as in fiscal 2012....
NEWS
September 28, 2012
The Burlington County Bridge Commission, which operates the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol toll bridges, has approved a new annual budget that keeps auto tolls at the current $2. Tolls on the spans have not gone up since 2000, while those on nearby bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority have risen 67 percent, to $5. - Paul Nussbaum
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
BEATRICE WESTON was just 10 years old when the system handed her over to a monster. Although a judge placed her in her aunt's care with orders that city social-service workers monitor her progress, the system quickly forgot her. So no one intervened when Linda Ann Weston allegedly chained the girl in closets and basements, beating and burning her niece so often that even a decade later scars mar most of the 20-year-old's body. No one noticed when Beatrice was reportedly starved and forcibly prostituted.
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