August 15, 2014 |
COUNTLESS PEOPLE have hoisted signs and chanted slogans at the top of their lungs on the streets of Philadelphia in recent years. Their causes have varied - covering everything from income inequality to environmental concerns to overseas conflicts - but protesters in this city have all shared one thing in common: They didn't have to gag on billowing plumes of tear gas, or dodge rubber bullets that were fired by cops clad in military gear. Much of the world has watched in horror as protesters and reporters in the small town of Ferguson, Mo., have been met with those nightmarish conditions in the wake of a recent police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an unarmed, college-bound teen named Michael Brown.
June 29, 2014 |
Southeastern Pennsylvania's recreational trail network - already the envy of many other metro areas - is getting a $7.5 million infusion through a federal program aimed at providing alternatives to vehicle-based transportation. The money will fund 11 projects in all five counties, closing a gap in a Central Bucks trail, building a multiuse trail in Lansdale, putting sidewalks in Swarthmore, and adding $1.25 million to the city's bike share program, launching next spring. Completion may be several years off, but ultimately, "what this will do is help get people out of their cars and onto sidewalks and multiuse trails," said Joseph Banks, a project implementation coordinator at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
June 20, 2014 |
On a 90-degree Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Gas Works unveiled some hot cars spouting dramatic blue flames that may turn some heads. The city-owned utility unveiled 24 new Honda Civic sedans that use compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel. Seven of the cars are wrapped in vinyl advertisements featuring PGW's logo, and blue natural gas flames pouring from the grill across the hood and around the fenders. Craig White, PGW's chief executive, said he balked before approving the incendiary look of a NASCAR entry gone astray.
June 17, 2014 |
Carl Ortell gets the problem. He runs a big company: $1.6 billion in revenues, 2,800 employees, global, growing, never had a layoff. But his company, Automotive Resources International in Mount Laurel, isn't well-known and its business, fleet management, isn't well-understood. "The only threat to the vision we have to grow the business, to expand our business globally, is whether we could attract the talent that we needed as a family-owned business in an industry that's under the radar," said Ortell, 51, the company's president.
May 29, 2014
MEDIA Delaware County on Wednesday will unveil the latest addition in its fight against crime, SWAT One. The black 2014 Lenco "BearCat" ballistic-engineered armored response vehicle will be displayed beginning at 1 p.m. at Rose Tree Media Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media. The county's SWAT team will show off the new vehicle's capabilities and special features. The state-of-the-art armored car can carry 10 people and withstand a hit from a 50 caliber projectile. It has night-vision optics and a battering ram, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
May 10, 2014 |
After years of discussion, commercial advertising could be coming soon to municipal buildings, libraries, recreation centers, and even trash trucks in Philadelphia - potentially netting the city tens of millions of dollars. At least 12 "major players" in the advertising business so far have answered the city's call for proposals to manage the sale and placement of ads on municipal property, Managing Director Richard Negrin said. He said it would be hard to know how much money the city could make "until you see the scope of the proposals.
April 23, 2014 |
Its top speed is 35 m.p.h. It has less horsepower than a lawn mower. Nevertheless, the bright-red, fiberglass-paneled contraption in a Swarthmore College basement is very much a race car - in a race to use as little energy as possible. The svelte, three-wheeled vehicle is headed to Houston this week to compete among 125 entrants in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Proud of your hybrid's gas-sipping economy? Take a backseat. Some of the cars in the running can achieve thousands - yes, thousands - of miles per gallon of gasoline.
April 21, 2014 |
A directive to "watch the tram car, please" may have to be added as the Boardwalk grows more crowded in the coming months, but for now, a toot of the horn from the battery-powered Boardwalk Jitney will have to do. People strolling the boards during a trial run Friday may not have been used to vehicles beyond the usual rolling chairs. So as the grasshopper-green prototype made its way along the Boardwalk, some seemed reluctant to get out of the way. "They'll just have to get used to it," observed passenger Judy DeCaellis of Galloway as some of the walkers - after receiving several toots from the horn - moved to the side to let the vehicle pass.
February 23, 2014 |
THE Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is investigating the massive chain-reaction crash that shut down the turnpike for 7 1/2 hours on Feb. 14. No one was killed, but 30 people were hospitalized with serious injuries after the pileup of tractor-trailers and about 100 other vehicles that began about 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes between the Willow Grove and Route 1 exits. Commission CEO Mark Compton said in a news release that the commission is looking into what caused the pileup and how authorities responded to it. Next week, the commission is expected to interview turnpike maintenance employees, call-center dispatchers and other safety officials, Compton said.