July 23, 2013 |
AUTHORITIES SAY a boy pulled from the bottom of a city-owned pool in southwest Philadelphia last week has died. Lt. John Walker, of the Philadelphia police Southwest Detectives division told the Daily News that the boy was taken off life support Saturday night. Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday identified the victim, who was pulled Thursday from the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center pool, as 7-year-old Jabriel O'Connor. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jabriel's parents, family, friends and all of the young people present at the Cobb's Creek Recreation Center on Thursday as they grieve," Nutter said in a statement.
July 17, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 17 years since the raging waters of Pennypack Creek swept away Nicky Simonetti, 15, as he fought the current trying to save his best friend's life. But his mom, Beth Simonetti-Gallelli, still shudders at the memory of the day in 1996 when she lost her oldest child - along with his childhood friend, Chris Busse, who was like another son to her. "It was one thunderstorm the night before. One violent storm. It woke me. And the next day, it was a picture-perfect, gorgeous summer day for July," she told the Daily News . "It was like 86 degrees.
July 11, 2013 |
A SLEW OF Harrisburg heavyweights came to Penn's Landing yesterday and joined the long list of officials who are asking whether regulators can do more to prevent another tragedy like the Center City building collapse that killed six people last month. The group, which included six House committee chairs, heard testimony on a bill from state Rep. Bill Keller that would, in part, add requirements for demolition-permit applicants and raise fees to fund additional training for city inspectors.
June 27, 2013
FIVE YEARS ago, Tara and Dwayne Cuff were rocked to their core after the tragic accidental drowning of their 11-year-old daughter, Trava. In her memory, the Abington couple co-founded Dolphin 11, a swim-advocacy organization. Their goal: to provide inner-city children - and particularly African-American children, like their daughter - with access to water-safety and swim instructions, and encouragement to start lessons. Through Dolphin 11, kids whose families can't afford swimming lessons can even receive a full year of free lessons at two local YMCAs.
June 22, 2013
The Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code By Margalit Fox Ecco Press/HarperCollins. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Richard Di Dio If George Smith, the 19th-century Assyriologist, supposedly stripped and ran screaming with excitement through the British Museum upon finally translating the Epic of Gilgamesh , what might happen with a translation exponentially more difficult?...
June 14, 2013 |
ENOUGH HEARTACHE and confusion was lurking beneath the bricks and shattered slabs of concrete at the Market Street collapse zone to last this city a lifetime. And yet there's more now - more sadness, more pain, more questions that probably won't be answered any time soon. Ronald Wagenhoffer, the city inspector who previously examined the four-story Center City property that collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift shop June 5, killing six people and injuring 13, committed suicide in a secluded stretch of Roxborough Wednesday night, authorities said.
June 13, 2013 |
Running Philadelphia can look like a child's game. Rock, paper, scissors: After landlord Richard Basciano hired a bankrupt contractor recommended by a formerly bankrupt architect to hire a marijuana-smoking ex-offender to knock down a building on Center City's main street, a few knowledgeable and conscientious citizens - an architect, bricklayers, people capable of recognizing knuckleheads at work and dangerous structural elements threatening collapse...
June 9, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter looked down at the paper on the lectern Friday, caught his breath, and intoned a kind of somber civic rite intended to comfort the city after the senseless deaths of six people when a building under demolition collapsed on a Salvation Army thrift store. "Every life is precious and valued," Nutter said in the silence of the ceremonial Mayor's Reception Room. "As a citizen and as your mayor, I am deeply saddened and hurt by what happened in my city, our city. " Then he apologized to the dead and their families, and he apologized as well to the injured survivors pulled from the wreckage, and then he apologized to their families.
June 9, 2013
Official failures behind collapse If my house were infested with rats, should I blame the rats or the exterminator who failed to control them? There are irresponsible real estate speculators and contractors who accept jobs they are not qualified to do. These people will always be in the environment, and we have to exercise some control to ensure that their actions do not result in a tragedy like last week's building collapse. Why did Licenses and Inspections issue this demolition permit?
June 8, 2013 |
It was an ordinary moment of commerce transformed into random catastrophe, as workers and shoppers from different backgrounds and classes died together Wednesday in a Salvation Army thrift shop. They perished after a building being demolished next door collapsed onto the store, owned by a nonprofit whose normal function is to help victims such as these in disasters such as this. Among the dead were: Two best friends from the suburbs hunting fashion bargains on a rack of second-hand skirts - one the daughter of the city treasurer, the other the daughter of a doctor.