Man drives off casino garage
A 21-year-old man drove his car off the top of the Sands Casino Resort parking garage in Bethlehem yesterday and plunged seven stories to his death.
The car crashed through a railing of steel bars and cables. Police Capt. David Kravatz said there was no indication the unidentified man tried to brake the vehicle.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled the death a suicide.
Transit food drive starts
SEPTA and Philabundance were to launch their third-annual "Stop Hunger at Your Station" drive - which calls on riders to contribute food for the needy at their rail, subway and bus stations - in a ceremony today at City Hall.
Mayor Nutter was expected to attend, along with SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey and Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark.
Urban League hosts job fair
A cross-section of the area's top employers were to share strategies for finding employment at the Urban League Job Summit, at 10 a.m. today at the Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd and Market streets.
The event includes a job fair and presentations from human-resource managers from companies like Peco and Comcast. Sessions include "Current Opportunities" and "Social Media - A Tool for Networking." The Job Summit is part of Urban League Philadelphia's Empowerment Week.
Nuclear reactor shut down
One of the two nuclear reactors at Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station remains shut down because of an electrical glitch. Exelon said in a statement that Unit 2 shut down early Sunday morning when a turbine-control valve tripped after scheduled testing and maintenance on an electrical system in a non-nuclear section of the power plant.
Exelon said that there were no injuries, that no radiation was released and that there was no danger to the public. Unit 1 is still operational.
Heat closes Darby school
William Penn School District officials closed the Walnut Street elementary school in Darby early yesterday as temperatures topped 90 degrees.
The school will also be closed today because of the heat. The school has a few window air conditioners, but some of the units were not working.
Post-9/11 vets need jobs
A congressional report released yesterday shows that the unemployment rate among military veterans who served after 9/11 remains stubbornly higher than that of the general population, especially for the youngest men to leave the service.
The Memorial Day-themed report cites new federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data and suggests that one major reason for the high unemployment is that post-9/11 veterans were more likely to be employed in industries that were hit hardest by the recession, such as mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation and utilities.
- Staff and wire reports