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February 24, 1986 | By Larry Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee told the nation's governors yesterday that the Gramm-Rudman balanced-budget law was best understood as "a planned train wreck" and that the odds were 50-50 that the accident would occur. The train wreck, in the imagery used by the chairman, Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R., N.M.), would come in the form of the deep and automatic budget cuts that would be triggered this fall should Congress fail to reduce the budget deficit to the level stipulated by Gramm-Rudman.
SPORTS
June 28, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Lennox Lewis wants to fight Mike Tyson, and calls him a "train wreck ready to happen. " After Tyson stopped Lou Savarese in 38 seconds in Glasgow, Scotland, the former heavyweight champion said of Lewis: "I want your heart. I want to eat your children. " Tyson added that when he does fight Lewis, "I will rip out his heart and feed it to him. " Lewis dismissed Tyson's taunts and said he's ready to give up his IBF belt to fight him. "He's a train wreck ready to happen," Lewis said in British newspapers yesterday.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Brower's eyes lit up as he recalled the rain-drenched day in 1939 when he and a buddy were the first to arrive at a train wreck in the thick of the Pine Barrens. "The cars were all over the tracks. . . . I expected to find people dead," Brower said as he recalled the Aug. 19 crash of the Blue Comet, a luxury train that had departed from Atlantic City with 47 passengers, headed for Jersey City, N.J. For residents of the isolated area, the accident stirred the most excitement and alarm since the crash there of the Mexican airman Emilio Carranza 11 years before.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Fuse will premiere a docu-series Wednesday called Saturday Morning Fever , a behind-the-scenes look at the second coming of the once-legendary dance show Dancin' on Air . Why does Fuse care about a show that airs on Philadelphia's public-access channel? "It's a train wreck to the extreme," said Casey Reed, Q102 DJ and host of Dancin' on Air . Reed doesn't mince words when she talks about her side hosting gig. Fuse hopes you'll want to watch this train wreck, too. It premieres at 11 p.m. "It's sheer entertainment without having to be created," Reed said.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SEVENTY-TWO years ago, the wreck of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Congressional Limited prompted headlines including the words "Disastrous," "Horror," "Heroism. " Eighty people were killed and 292 injured in what Philadelphia newspapers of the day called "the worst train accident since 1918. " It happened at 6:08 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 1943, as many people were returning from Washington, D.C., to New York on a train that didn't stop in Philadelphia. But near Frankford Junction, as the train slowed to 56 mph, according to the engine's recording device, an axle on Coach No. 7 overheated and broke.
NEWS
February 10, 1999
Three weeks before the first big deadline for Pennsylvania's welfare-reform law, thousands of recipients haven't fulfilled their responsibility to search for work. One diagnosis: Many recipients are in "denial. " Then again, so are welfare officials. Officials have yet to acknowledge serious problems in the way many caseworkers have administered the new law. This is easy since they conveniently control what little data there is. And they have yet to comprehend the unfairness of punishing children for their parents' failure to comply with the rules - especially if there's a chance that they are not "willfully" disregarding the law, as required before sanctions.
NEWS
December 12, 2003 | By Warren P. Strobel and Ron Hutcheson INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
President Bush yesterday strongly defended his decision to restrict prime rebuilding contracts in Iraq to countries that supported the war, even as his aides acknowledged that the Pentagon's announcement of the new policy was badly mishandled this week. The announcement, which angered some U.S. allies, came just as Bush prepared to launch a global campaign to get countries to forgive much of Iraq's foreign debt, a key to the country's long-term reconstruction. The contract decision could undermine that campaign, as well as recent White House moves to repair ties with countries in Europe and elsewhere that have been splintered by differences over the Iraq war. "It was a train wreck," a top State Department official said of the decision-making process.
NEWS
October 31, 1999 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Among the worst railroad accidents to occur in this region was the head-on collision of two passenger trains near Bryn Athyn in 1921. Twenty-seven people were killed, most apparently burned to death, and 70 people were injured. As a result of the crash, the federal Interstate Commerce Commission mandated that all railway cars be built of steel. In a recent interview, railroad historian Larry Eastwood Jr. of Huntington Valley said the wreck took place on Dec. 5. By Dec. 23, the commission had published its report on the accident, he said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2010 | By Stephen A. Smith, Inquirer Columnist
His closest confidant asked the basketball world to pray for Allen Iverson, as if no one has all these years while seeing this train wreck coming. He acted as if the former 76ers star hadn't needed a significant dose of prayer, luck, and divine intervention until now. And as the rest of us are forced to bear witness to a disintegration, the rapid decline of a career clearly lacking nurturing, the time has arrived for Iverson's inner circle to stand up and be counted, to provide some semblance of tough love - by any means necessary.
SPORTS
November 9, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
OK, I'VE LEARNED my lesson. Team meetings, pledges to make this the week the season turns around - none of that means anything with this particular group. As Rich Hofmann pointed out in Thursday's Daily News, the Eagles CAN still get it back together - from a math standpoint, they still hold their fate in their hands, this week against a pretty similar 3-5 train wreck of a team. But Demetress Bell against DeMarcus Ware? Really? After watching the disjointed defensive efforts against Atlanta and New Orleans, I'm convinced something is going on here beyond offensive-line injuries and unfortunate turnovers.
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April 8, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I'M HAVING a difficult time trying to make this subtle. I don't want to gloat, because despite my criticism of the job Sam Hinkie did as the Sixers' president and general manager, I had no personal issues with the guy. I'd never root for anyone to lose his or her job, and Hinkie lost his on Wednesday when he stepped down from the Sixers. Still, there is no way I can say that this is not a positive thing for the Sixers organization. Hinkie did a horrible job. That can't be sugarcoated.
NEWS
February 14, 2016 | By Patricia Madej, STAFF WRITER
Gov. Wolf stopped by Penn Treaty School on Friday as a part of his "Schools that Teach" tour, hoping to drum up support for his proposed 2017 budget, one that a Pennsylvania GOP spokesman calls a "fantasy. " Wolf also warned of an incoming "train wreck" and a $2 billion deficit if last year's budget isn't agreed upon soon. He warned of tens of thousands of layoffs, higher property taxes and bigger classrooms. The governor visited for about an hour, stopping in a number of classrooms before heading into the library where he reiterated his fight for education funding increases.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Fuse will premiere a docu-series Wednesday called Saturday Morning Fever , a behind-the-scenes look at the second coming of the once-legendary dance show Dancin' on Air . Why does Fuse care about a show that airs on Philadelphia's public-access channel? "It's a train wreck to the extreme," said Casey Reed, Q102 DJ and host of Dancin' on Air . Reed doesn't mince words when she talks about her side hosting gig. Fuse hopes you'll want to watch this train wreck, too. It premieres at 11 p.m. "It's sheer entertainment without having to be created," Reed said.
SPORTS
December 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Sports Columnist
The 76ers acquired a 76-year-old Hall of Fame free agent Monday. Don't be fooled by the advanced age. Jerry Colangelo's stature in the game of basketball remains as relevant as ever and his energy level is still higher than human beings a third of his age. This was a turn in a new direction by Josh Harris and the boldest move the billionaire owner has made since he purchased the Sixers in 2011. With his team still in tank mode three years into a rebuilding process, Harris decided a fresh face and voice was needed to lead his organization.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The fatal derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia, which three weeks ago left eight people dead, has generated a lot of talk about more funding, reorganizing, or privatizing the nation's passenger rail service. But it's likely the talk will produce very little. Periodically, there is talk in Congress about privatizing at least the most successful portion of Amtrak - the 457-mile Northeast Corridor connecting Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. But beyond loud speeches about Amtrak's many deficiencies, there is little movement to accomplish that goal.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To improve safety, Amtrak will install video cameras to monitor the actions of engineers in locomotive cabs, Amtrak chief executive Joseph Boardman said Tuesday. The use of such cameras has beenurgedfor five years by the National Transportation Safety Board and opposed by the engineers' union. The cameras will allow managers and accident investigators to review engineers' actions. Similar cameras, facing outward from the front of the locomotives, already are in place. The action is the second major safety move by Amtrak after the May 12 derailment of Train 188 at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured about 200 passengers.
NEWS
May 20, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Another reason to welcome the pope The recent announcement that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestine should be welcome news to those who support peace and justice for all in the Middle East ("Vatican recognizes 'state of Palestine'," May 14). The Holy See's recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people follows the historic meeting last summer when Pope Francis brought Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together at the Vatican for a "Prayer Summit for Peace.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | BECKY BATCHA
FOLLOWING A house fire, a hurricane, a catastrophic train wreck, volunteers and staff from the Red Cross materialize - seemingly out of thin air - to help victims back on their feet. "We address all those human needs that restore your dignity to you," says judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO at the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. Within hours after Tuesday night's Amtrak derailment, her people had manned two help centers for passengers and their worried families, one at 30th Street Station and another at Webster Elementary on Frankford Avenue.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Noelle Foizen at first thought the emergency alert of a train wreck must be a continuation of the previous day's mass-casualty training. Or maybe her boss was messing with her - he demanded that people be ready for anything. In seconds, it became apparent to Foizen, a manager in the city Office of Emergency Management, that the alert was real: Amtrak Train 188 had come off the tracks as it rounded a turn at Frankford Junction at high speed, killing eight passengers and injuring more than 200. She began to help deploy people and equipment to support police officers, firefighters, and emergency workers, who soon were heading to the scene in droves.
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