March 8, 2013 |
For the first time, a lawsuit alleges that the derailment of a freight train and subsequent chemical leak Nov. 30 in Paulsboro claimed the life of a resident of the waterfront industrial town. The children of Wessie L. Hardy, 77, who had an underlying cardiovascular condition, charge that she died in a hospital three days after she was enveloped in a cloud of vinyl chloride gas from the derailment. Their lawsuit, filed Feb. 25 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Conrail, its joint owners CSX Corp.
January 16, 2013
19 troops killed in train crash BADRASHEEN, Egypt - President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday pledged to hold officials accountable for a deadly train wreck that fueled anger against his administration for failing to carry out reform and overhaul the nation's deteriorating public services. Nineteen Egyptian soldiers were killed and more than 100 others were injured early Tuesday 12 miles south of Cairo. Part of the rear car rested by the side of the road. Shoes and remains of the soldiers' clothes and food were scattered along the tracks.
December 16, 2012 |
Two Salem County, N.J., chemical plants that require shipments of vinyl chloride have temporarily shut down as a result of last month's train derailment in Paulsboro, which spewed the toxic chemical into the air and blocked a critical railroad bridge, a chemical trade association said Friday. As many as 400 people are employed at the OxyVinyls and PolyOne Corp. plants in Pedrickstown, according to the association. The companies use vinyl chloride to make and distribute products including plastics, pipes, and floor materials.
November 9, 2012 |
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.
October 5, 2012 |
"V/H/S" ENDS with an actual train wreck. But don't think of this as a spoiler. Consider it a warning, because the rest of the film is a train wreck as well. Realizing that horror's "found footage" gimmick has grown stale, "V/H/S" takes the next step forward by looking a few steps back. It uses a traditional anthology format, dividing its run time across multiple shorter stories that usually are connected by a thematic thread. On paper, it's a clever conceit. The framing story - which exists solely to get us to the abbreviated chapters - follows a group of destructive idiots hired by an unknown client to break into a deserted home and retrieve a VHS tape.
August 29, 2012
AND THUS it ends for Terrell Owens. For anyone who has even remotely followed T.O's career and had dealings with him, can anyone be surprised at its Greek-tragedy finish? Owens was cut on Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks - which presumably means his NFL career is effectively over. The former Eagle, who had a dramatic, if short, stint in Philadelphia, did not play last season following surgery on his left knee. He was trying to make a comeback with Seattle. "I'm no longer a Seahawk," he tweeted.
August 11, 2012 |
Before the case against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law got its hearing in Commonwealth Court, ID advocates could pretend they were the good guys. This campaign isn't about voter suppression, they could say with a straight face, this is about putting an end to voter fraud. But over seven days in a Harrisburg courthouse, that plausible deniability was shredded. Yes, it's possible that Judge Robert Simpson will let the law stand next week, when his ruling is expected. The legislature has a well established authority to regulate elections, and Simpson may not want to meddle with that.
July 31, 2012 |
ATLANTA — The 2012 Phillies died as they lived: like a train wreck. It was a hard death, but it was also a necessary one. In order to move forward, the Phillies first needed to eliminate all hope. And on Sunday afternoon, in a 6-2 loss that capped off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Braves, they did just that. Even if we were to acknowledge the mathematic possibility that a team can overcome a 12-game deficit in 2 months' time, we could say with near certainty that the Phillies are not that team.
April 25, 2012 |
THE EAGLES will be the first to acknowledge that they've made their share of draft mistakes over the years. But they hardly are alone in that respect. Many consider Bill Belichick to be one of the smartest men ever to set foot in the National Football League. He's taken the Patriots to five Super Bowls and won three of them. His team has recorded nine straight double-digit win seasons and has made it to the postseason 8 of those 9 years. Yet, if you inspect the Patriots' drafts from 2007 through 2009, you might wonder whether Belichick brought in a fourth-grader to make the team's picks during that period.