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September 21, 1998 | By Denise-Marie Balona, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Twenty-five to 30 people were treated for minor injuries early yesterday morning after their tour bus ran off the Garden State Parkway and struck several trees, police said. The double-decker bus, which was carrying about 75 passengers from New York to the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, was traveling south along the parkway about 2:30 a.m. when it left the road, said John Tomasello, a spokesman for the State Police Department. The bus, driven by Paul Dunham, 58, of Staten Island, N.Y., was about 20 miles north of its destination.
NEWS
November 10, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
Twelve people were killed, including Americans, when a tour bus plunged off a highway in southeast England today, police said. Witnesses said the 53-seat coach veered off the M2 motorway in Kent, slid down an embankment and overturned. "I can confirm that we have 12 fatalities," said a police spokeswoman. Police said the passengers were American tourists on their way to the coast from London on the single-deck bus. "It was taking a party of 44 American tourists to the coast with two Britons, the guide and the driver," said the spokeswoman.
NEWS
March 24, 1989 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Common Pleas Court jury yesterday convicted Alvin Lester "Buddy" Bowers on three criminal charges related to the operation of a now-defunct tour bus company, but was unable to decide whether Bowers actually intended to steal money from his customers. After deliberating for nearly five hours, the 12-member jury returned late yesterday afternoon with guilty verdicts on charges of failure to make required disposition of funds, acting as an insurance agent without a license and acting as an insurance broker without a license.
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March 7, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN has been charged with murder and a slew of related offenses for allegedly shooting one man to death and wounding another outside a rapper's tour bus late last week. Police say 20-year-old Frank Briggs, of Shedaker Street near Baynton in East Germantown, pulled up in a car and opened fire on a crowd gathered outside rap artist French Montana's tour bus late Thursday night, after the bus stopped near a Holiday Inn Express on Columbus Boulevard. Fatally wounded in the drive-by shooting was Jowann King, 26, of New York.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
POLICE WERE STILL sorting out details Friday of an overnight shooting in Old City outside rapper French Montana's tour bus that killed one man and injured another. But one thing was clear: The rapper, although not believed to be a target in the shooting, is no angel. In a 2008 interview with entertainment website VladTV, the 28-year-old New York-based rapper, whose online bio touts him as chief executive of Cocaine City Records, talks about being shot in the head and about beating a murder charge.
NEWS
July 5, 1997 | By David E. Wilson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A tour bus carrying only its stricken driver veered off Route 130 Thursday afternoon and crashed into a used-car lot, leaving the driver dead and 11 cars destroyed. David Fennell, 62, of Delanco, suffered a medical problem as he was driving south on Route 130 in a N.J. Southern Coachways bus, township police said. The bus, a 1982 Prevost, jumped onto the shoulder, over a grass median and into the southbound lanes of Route 206 before plowing into the cars on display at Town Ford.
NEWS
September 30, 1986 | By Ellen O'Brien and Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writers (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
A tour bus headed to Atlantic City from Washington crashed into a tractor- trailer in Salem County yesterday morning, injuring 40 people, seven of whom were hospitalized. Rescue workers from a dozen ambulances worked for up to two hours extricating the victims from the bus, as the access door had been crushed in the crash, according to Lester Denny 2d, assistant fire chief in Carneys Point. The accident occurred at 11:21 a.m. on Interstate 295 about five miles from the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Carneys Point.
NEWS
May 9, 2011
NEW YORK - Police say that a tour bus in New York City ran over and killed a Philadelphia man and that the driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. Timothy White, 29, was found unconscious and severely injured under the tour bus in Manhattan just before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died. Police said none of the bus passengers was injured. According to a preliminary investigation, the bus was on West 47th Street, turning onto Ninth Avenue, when it struck the victim.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rapper Nelly had some 'splainin' to do Friday. First of all, realize! You do not drive anywhere near the Sierra Blanca border patrol down in Texas. Police there will jack you up if their superschnozz dogs detect a whiff of contraband. Fiona Apple got done there last month, and Willie Nelson , Armie Hammer , and Snoop Dogg all have experienced this fine service. When the zealous fuzz inspected Nelly's tour bus, they found - whoa! - 36 small bags of heroin, 10 pounds of pot, and a .45 pistol.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
G OV. CORBETT has been in office for just 10 weeks and, like many politicians who inherit a financial mess, he likes to blame the man he replaced. It's fair game: Gov. Ed Rendell was the top guy in the state for eight years, while the deficit grew to troubling proportions. But Corbett yesterday took what looks like a cheap shot - $66,462 in savings! - when you consider that the state's proposed budget is $27.3 billion. Corbett's staff emailed reporters to announce that the "defunct tour bus," known as "Commonwealth One" when Rendell took office, will be auctioned off in May or June.
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August 22, 2015 | By Elliott Sharp, For The Inquirer
Bands rarely improve with age. Many implode before they have the chance, of course, but many more keep trucking when they should have sold the tour bus on Craigslist. It is especially a pity when once-wonderful bands (for example, Metallica and Gang of Four) create new music that is so bad it threatens to revoke their legacy and makes us wonder why we even championed them in the first place. And so it is always nice to find an exception. High on Fire, which headlined the TLA Wednesday, is one of those rare bands that get better as they get older.
NEWS
August 18, 2015
ISSUE | OVERSIGHT Libertarian la-la land It's always distressing to read trade analysis from any of the idealists who toil for the Cato Institute ("Tariffs key to successfully negotiating trade deals," Wednesday). To be a member of the clique, one must worship the mythical "free market. " For trade oversight, I'll stick with something I have some say over, Congress, and Cato's Simon Lester can trust the World Trade Organization, a multinational entity whose interest in doing what's right for the American people is suspect.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lots of people come to G-Town Radio, a tiny nonprofit station based in Germantown, hoping to host their own show. Most have good ideas, says manager Jim Bear. But only a few know how to make them work on the air. Joseph Heard, 46, killed in a hit-and-run crash in Center City on Tuesday, knew how to make it work. For a year and a half, he had been the host of G-Town's Science 2.0 , a show that discussed "science for the rest of us. " With a degree in applied mathematics from Syracuse University, and experience as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, he grasped complex topics with ease, Bear said.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE HIT-AND-RUN tour bus that killed a pedestrian Tuesday in Center City struck the man at the front of the bus, dragged him 50 feet underneath and then "lurched" when the rear wheels rolled over him. But driver Walter Jefferson, 66, told police he didn't know he'd hit anyone and continued on his journey to Washington, D.C., unaware that pedestrian Joseph Heard, 46, lay dying in the bus' wake, said Capt. John Wilczynski, commander of the Accident Investigation Division. The 9:45 a.m. accident happened just outside Philly police headquarters, at Race and Franklin streets, so investigators used surveillance video from the Roundhouse to identify the striking vehicle, Wilczynski said.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
Just after rush hour Tuesday morning, an enormous white tour bus lumbered down Race Street, turned left, and hit a middle-aged man crossing the street. In the crush of Center City traffic, there were no witnesses to the 9:45 crash, police said - no one who saw the bus drag the man 50 feet, or spotted it heading for the I-95 ramp as the man lay fatally injured in the street. But the cameras outside Police Headquarters - just feet from the scene of the city's eighth hit-and-run accident this year - had captured everything.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
B IRDMAN is putting his Cash Money where his mouth is. He and his label, coincidentally called Cash Money, are suing Jay Z , TMZ.com reported yesterday, claiming that Jay's streaming service, Tidal, is a dud and it's illegally using Lil Wayne's music to save it. (Lil Wayne, a/k/a Dwayne Michael Carter, records for Cash Money.) TMZ says that Birdman (a/k/a Bryan Williams ) is suing for $50 million (a/k/a serious cash money). The claim is that the label has exclusive rights to Wayne's music and Tidal is streaming it without permission.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
WHEN America's sweetest heart and most mega of chart-toppers hits town this weekend, she won't need to ask for directions. Wyomissing native Taylor Swift spent the greater part of her 25 years a hop and a skip from Philly. As a girl, the future singer-songwriter and her family spent summers down the Shore in Stone Harbor. At age 11, she sang the national anthem at a Sixers game. Later, Swift won multiple Grammys; beat out Beyonce for a bunch of awards (sorry, Kanye )
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured Wednesday when a tractor-trailer truck collided with a bus of Italian tourists in the Poconos. The tourists had left New York City early Wednesday on their way to Niagara Falls. Four were reported in critical condition. Others suffered minor to moderate injuries. Academy Bus said its driver, who had more than 10 years of experience, was among those killed. Witnesses told WNEP-TV in Scranton that the truck driver was "up and walking around" after the crash.
TRAVEL
May 4, 2015 | By Julie Reinke Hazzard, For The Inquirer
"Want to go to Iceland?" I asked my husband and 14-year-old daughter. She immediately said yes, but my husband looked at me quizzically and asked, "Why Iceland?" I responded, "Why not?" I had gotten a brochure from my alma mater, detailing an "Iceland Weekend Getaway" scheduled during my daughter's spring break in March. She had never been to Europe; this would be a good opportunity to get her feet wet. But I wasn't sure how being vegetarians would go over in Iceland, which is known for unusual food options such as rotten shark and puffin.
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