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January 2011 Archives

Philly Football Fans: Beware Of Potential Super Bowl Scams!

In a recent consumer advisory report from The Attorney General's Press Office, AG Bill Ryan warned Pennsylvania residents about possible scams connected to the upcoming Super Bowl. Philadelphia football fans will have to remain cautious when it comes to endorsements for phony game-day tickets or sweepstakes offers and travel packages that are "too good to be true."

"Scam artists are counting on the fact that enthusiastic fans will get caught up in the excitement of the Super Bowl and will not be as attentive as they should be," said Ryan. He encourages consumers to carefully look over the details of any ticket or travel promotion before paying or providing any credit card information.

Bills On Sports-Related Brain Injuries Are Reintroduced in PA

Pennsylvania State Senators Pat Browne and Tim Briggs reintroduced identical legislation that focuses on preventing brain-injured student athletes from returning to a game too soon. The bills also seek to better educate students, coaches, and parents about sports concussions, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Even a ding or a bump on the head can be serious, and can result in long-term or lifelong disability," Briggs said.

Take Tracy Yatsko, 23. She was a student at Tamaqua Area High School in 2005 and knocked her head against another player during a basketball game. Yatsko felt nauseous, dizzy, and ached after the blow, showing clear signs of a concussion. However, she returned to practice the next day and continued playing until she collapsed in a locker room one day.

Schuylkill Decides Ride The Ducks Will Not Resume Operation

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Mayor Nutter announced that Ride the Ducks will not be operating on the Schuylkill River. The city did not award the tour company with a contract, which was required for them to carry out their tours.

It was announced in October that the boat tours were previously expected to resume in March from its original operation on the Delaware River. But in a recent press release, Nutter stated that "the City has fully reviewed the Ride the Ducks proposal for the Schuylkill River and does not feel that it meets the City's standards for operations."

PA Recieves Lowest Grade For Traffic and Highway Safety

A national coalition known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently gave Pennsylvania a “red light” this year, which is the lowest grade a state can receive when it comes to highway and traffic safety laws. The red light indicates Pennsylvania may need better safety laws; yellow means improvement is needed and green denotes good legislation.

This is the second year in a row that Pennsylvania has received a red light, while nearby Delaware and New Jersey earned green lights. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the coalition based its analysis on whether states implemented 15 life saving laws. These include laws on:

Cathy Marrero May Sue Berkshire Mall Over YouTube Video

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Some Philadelphians may have heard about 49-year-old Cathy Cruz Marrero's water fountain incident at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing. reported Marrero, an employee at one of the Berkshire stores, had been responding to a friend's text message as she was walking when she suddenly fell into the mall's water fountain, head-first.

She hoped that no one had seen the embarrassing event and thought she could "just walk away" from it. However, her nephew called two days later and told her that a video of her falling into the fountain was captured by the mall's security camera and had been posted on YouTube. It had quickly gone viral online with nearly two million views in such short time period.

Car Accident Leads To Double Hit-and-run Case

Law enforcement authorities reported a 20-year-old man was killed after two cars ran into him in Northeast Philadelphia, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The drivers of both vehicles also failed to stop after striking the victim, which makes the accident a double hit-and-run case.

Police said the 20-year-old pedestrian was heading east and walking across Frankford Avenue when the first vehicle struck him. The second vehicle subsequently hit the victim after two women had walked over to check on the 20-year-old, who was left lying on the road. The pedestrian was then brought to Aria Health's Torresdale Campus and later declared dead.

Ride The Ducks Tours May Resume On Schuylkill River

Many Philadelphia-area residents may be stunned to hear that Ride the Ducks, whose tours were suspended after a fatal boat crash in July, still plans to resume its operations once again this year. This time, however, the company will carry out their "inter-quackative fun" on the Schuylkill River instead of the Delaware River.

Those who often visit the Schuylkill River Park have complained about the duck tours return, claiming the loud boats could overcrowd the park and disturb the quiet atmosphere for neighboring residents. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the panel for the city managing-director's office has not yet finished evaluating the company's proposal to hold the tours in the Schuylkill.

Judge Rules Doctors Will Now Monitor Kiddie Kollege Children

In the case involving Kiddie College in Franklinville, New Jersey, Supreme Court Judge James E. Rafferty ruled that doctors will now be monitoring the health of the children who had inhaled the mercury vapors present at the day-care center. Rafferty also ordered Franklin Township, Gloucester County, the State of Pennsylvania, andthe Kiddie Kollege owners to provide $1.5 million to fund occasional neuropsychological testing.

Kiddie Kollege had opened in a building that was once a former thermometer factory, which raised a lot of concerns about the health of the children attending the day-care. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported many kids had been exposed to high levels of mercury at the day-care between February 2004 and July 2006, which led to the four-year litigation over who was to blame.

Philadelphia Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Disney

In the lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks Resorts, Upper Darby local April Magolon claimed a man dressed as Donald Duck inappropriately touched her during her trip to Disney's Epcot Center in 2008. The Courthouse News Service reported that Disney had asked to have the suit dismissed, arguing that Magolon's complaint failed to state a claim and that a different Disney entity was responsible, since it hired the Donald Duck actor.

However, Philadelphia U.S. District Judge John Padova denied the motion to dismiss the suit. Judge Padova also declined Disney's motion to have the complaint transferred to Florida since Mangolon, her doctors and witnesses were all located in Pennsylvania.

New Year's Weekend Car Accident Report in PA

Fatalities from driving accidents during this past New Year's holiday weekend sharply increased in 2010, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer. However, state and local police officials reported a decline in overall car crashes and vehicle injuries over the last year.

State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said eleven were killed and 220 people were injured among the 693 auto accidents that occurred on December 30, 2010 through January 2, 2011. During the 2009-2010 New Year's holiday weekend, six died while 288 victims were injured in the 1,131 vehicle collisions that law enforcement officials investigated.