May 7, 2013 |
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A stretch limousine that burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge, killing five women inside, was carrying one too many passengers, investigators said Monday. The state Public Utilities Commission had authorized the vehicle to carry eight or fewer passengers, but it had nine on the night of the fire, California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said. He did not comment on whether the overcrowding may have been a factor in the deaths. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, and the vehicle has not yet been inspected, Maskarich said.
April 29, 2013 |
Today I am thinking about the power of one. The concept has come up twice recently and has my attention. This month during a class at the Police Academy, Virginia Pagano, head of the drug abuse prevention organization Project Stay Smart, said something striking. Along with three others, including the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Pagano had been called to testify before Congress. Pagano was scheduled to speak last, and as she listened to the other testimony, she became increasingly intimidated by the others' complex graphics, research, and multitude of statistics.
April 19, 2013 |
HOW FITTING for Doug Collins to draw upon Shakespeare in his final, melodramatic performance as Sixers head coach. A surprise playoff contender in his first two seasons, Collins ended Act III of his tenure by exiting stage left,where he will sit, for 5 years, now the power behind the throne. Collins will advise Josh Harris for $2 million, half of what he was going to make as coach next season. And thus, the production loses its star. Since his arrival, Collins, a former No. 1 overall pick of the franchise, has been center stage, the team's marquee draw.
April 19, 2013 |
Jason Osder was 11, a kid at the Miquon School, when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on the MOVE house at 6221 Osage Ave. in West Philadelphia. It was May 13, 1985. By the end of the night, six adult members of the Afrocentric back-to-nature organization - long in conflict with city officials, with police, with neighbors - were dead. So were five children, trapped inside the house. And 60 other rowhouses in the surrounding area had been destroyed by a fire left unchecked.
April 18, 2013 |
FORMER CBS 3 anchor Alycia Lane was at the Lenox Hotel in Boston on Monday, about a half block from the finish line, to cheer on a friend. She gave an account of what she experienced to the "Today" show Tuesday, and spoke with Brian Williams on NBC's prime-time special report Monday night. "We could feel the ground shake below us, and everything on our table shook," she recalled to Williams. "Ten seconds later, a second blast hit, and we looked outside and saw a plume of smoke up in the air. " She also brought up an interesting point: Police told Lane and other bystanders to turn off their cellphones so no devices would be accidentally detonated remotely, out of fear that the bomber was still in the crowd.
April 18, 2013
TWO PEDESTRIANS were fatally struck by Amtrak trains in the region Wednesday, officials said. Shortly after 6 p.m., a passenger was struck at the Bristol station on the Trenton line and declared dead at the scene. No further information, including an identity, was available. Amtrak resumed regular service by 7:30 p.m., and SEPTA - which has a regional-rail stop at the station - was expected to resume service a few hours later. Earlier, a woman in her mid-40s was struck about 10:30 a.m. by a train at Churchmans Crossing Station in Newark, Del. A preliminary investigation by Delaware State Police revealed no foul play, and the incident has been deemed an apparent suicide.
April 15, 2013 |
Antoine Gardiner was waiting for a red light on Lancaster Avenue by North 59th Street on Thursday afternoon when he heard it: "Pop, pop, pop. " "As I heard the gunshots, I looked to the right, I see this kid shooting like crazy into a crowd and the crowd was a bunch of kids. So the kids start running, scattering all over the place," said Gardiner, of Villanova, who owns a property-management company. "My first instinct was just, 'Let me get the hell out of here.' " As Gardiner called 911, a youth ran up to his pickup truck and shouted that he had been hit, but friends quickly dragged him to safety.
February 27, 2013 |
LUXOR, Egypt - The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot-air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame, and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths. Nineteen people were killed Tuesday in what was likely the deadliest hot-air-ballooning accident on record. A British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, were the sole survivors.
February 25, 2013 |
By all accounts, Luis Medina is a gentle giant, a burly 21-year-old who lives with his parents. The autistic young man often retreats into "his own world," a neighbor said. The Camden police officer who lives across the street is known in his department as a quiet man, too: a "good cop" and a 12-year, second-generation veteran of the force, Police Chief Scott Thomson said. He and the Medina family had moved to the 2800 block of Arthur Avenue around the same time, almost two decades ago. On Friday afternoon, the police officer, reportedly believing someone was breaking into his house, shot Medina and his caretaker as Medina banged on his front door and the caretaker tried to get him back to his own house.
February 5, 2013 |
Two classmates lost their lives last month. Now, the Neshaminy High School community is again shaken, this time over the terrifying bus crash Saturday night in Boston that injured dozens of students and chaperones from a variety of Bucks County schools and that left a Neshaminy sophomore athlete in critical condition. Matt Cruz, 16, of Penndel, was on the Calvary Coach headed back to Bucks from a visit to Harvard University when it struck an overpass, injuring more than 30 of the 42 aboard.