Philly.com reports that a “swinger guru” spoke at a Thursday school assembly in the Upper Dublin school district north of Philadelphia, and that school officials are now apologizing.
Despite the alarms raised when an oil train derailed over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in January—and despite broadening federal concern about the safety of such trains—you can expect to see more oil shipping over the rails in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that the former Exelon Generating Plant in Delaware County is being converted to an oil terminal that will accept 80,000 barrels of crude every day.
I’m not going to name the town where I live. Go ahead and feel superior if you like — if you and all your kumbaya neighbors never mark your shoveled-out parking spaces with personal items when it snows — but here where I live, we do.
I don’t know if we’re less courteous than y’all, or more suspicious, or just exhausted from our position here at the crossroads of what forecasters refer to as “the northern and western suburbs.” Suffice it to say we’ve been walloped this winter. We’re sick and tired of it. And we know our own limitations, which is to say we know what we’re capable of should some day-tripper parallel-park himself or herself into the barely-bumper-to-bumper spaces we’ve painstakingly carved out of the snowdrifts that surround us. So we mark our spaces. Trust me; it’s safer this way.
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NewsWorks reports: “CSX Corp. says it has determined what caused a train carrying crude oil to derail on a bridge over a river in Philadelphia. WPVI-TV reported Thursday that a CSX investigation determined a maintenance crew replacing crossties didn’t follow procedures and failed to properly anchor temporary fasteners to the ties. The train derailed Jan. 20 on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.”
America! What a country! Where else could the son of a Kansan woman named Stanley and a bigamist Kenyan alcoholic wind up as president, right?
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On January 6, 1994, I got the phone call that I was being sent to Detroit. Something about a figure skater being assaulted. I was a reporter at WBBM, the CBS station in Chicago. CBS owned the broadcast rights to the Olympics that year and I assumed that had to be the only reason we were covering this story.
I didn’t know anything about figure skating. I had no idea who Nancy Kerrigan was. By the time my photographer and I got to the Cobo Center, the scene of the crime, there wasn’t time to cover anything. I just stood there in the dark and told the story using the now famous “Why me?” video. We were the only non-Detroit TV station there.
We had to stay overnight in Detroit, but it was difficult to believe this story was going to last much longer than a day. Man, was I wrong.
Following two oil train derailments in Pennsylvania in a month—including one over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia—Sen. Bob Casey is asking federal transportation officials to look at re-routing such shipments away from populated areas. YourErie.com has the copy of the full letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
You know how sometimes there’s just something in the ether, so that everywhere you turn, a subject comes up over and over again? Yesterday, on Presidents Day, that subject was underwear. In one of those news stories that make you scratch your head and go “Huh,” the Moscow Times reported that women in the streets of Kazakhstan were marching with underwear on their heads to protest a new law that’s set to go into effect on July 1st. (You should check out the link, if only for the photo of the demure young Kazakh male averting his gaze from the lascivious lace display.) Read more »
On Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office issued this one page announcement, stating that the Grand Jury investigation into the death of Chuck Peruto‘s girlfriend Julia Law found no evidence of criminal activity.
In August, Philly Mag profiled Peruto, one of the city’s most famous attorneys, and delved into the investigation surrounding her death.
Update: Peruto has taken to Facebook to respond to the news.