New Claymont transportation center to bring jobs, revitalization

By Amy Cherry 11:01am, July 29, 2016 - Updated 5:03pm, July 29, 2016
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Delaware has secured a $10 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund construction of the new Claymont train station.

The new state-of-the-art regional transportation center will be placed at the site of the shuttered Evraz steel plant. The 420-acre site along Philadelphia Pike was purchased by Commercial Development Company Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2014, about a year after Evraz idled operations. It will also be home to First State Crossing--a mix of office space, warehouses, manufacturing and a container shipping site with a small port along the Delaware River. The site is touted for its easy access to the Interstates 495 and 95.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons said the new transit hub will greatly aid in Claymont's overall revitalization efforts.

"Having a state-of-the-art train station that is easily accessible and has great capacity will begin to transform Claymont through investments in new homes, new jobs, new development," said Coons. "Taxes in Delaware are significantly lower than the taxes in Pennsylvania, and we are just 15 minutes from Philadelphia from what will be the new, Claymont intermodal transportation center."

"This site on the map for investors across the United States of America--especially in the Philly metro area--you have fantastic access here all the way into Philadelphia," said New Castle County Councilman John Cartier, who's been at the forefront of the fight for a new transit center in his district.

"We know that this major infrastructure investment is going to be the spark that's going to ignite a redevelopment in Delaware not seen since the Wilmington Riverfront," said Brett Sadler, executive director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation. "The jobs we believe that will follow the redevelopment of the steel mill--the Tri-State Mall, the former General Chemicals site, and the growth of Sunoco Logistics is crucial to the success of the Claymont renaissance."

Thousands of jobs are tied to the overall project.

"In a place where we used to have hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs...we're going to have not hundreds of jobs, but God willing 3,000 jobs...manufacturing jobs, advanced manufacturing jobs, distribution jobs, retail jobs, people living here," said Senator Tom Carper.

The world-class transportation center, which will be both bike- and pedestrian-friendly, is expected to be a big boost to Claymont, which has been fighting for improvements to the station since 2005.

Under the plan, the current Claymont station, which is really just a stop along the Wilmington/Newark SEPTA line would close. The "station" dates back to the early 1900s and has poor vehicular and pedestrian access--and a parking area divided by Interstate 495. It also suffers from flooding.

"It's old and decrepit and hard to get to," said Carper.

"The old site is bursting at the seams," echoed Cartier.

The current Claymont Train Station is severely outdated.

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The current station sees 1,200 passengers on weekdays and 100 on the weekends, according to WILMAPCO. But state and federal officials are predicting the new transportation center will greatly increase ridership.

"This will significantly increase that by making the Claymont station one of our busiest stations because it will become one of our most accessible stations, one of our most modern stations," said Senator Chris Coons. "You will see, initially, a modest bump in ridership, but then, in the years to come, a dramatic rise in ridership."

AAn artist's rendering shows the new Claymont train station. (DJ McAneny/WDEL)

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People driving alone to work, commuting for up to an hour, in the immediate area, is estimated to be about 79 percent. The federal government is hoping the new transportation hub will inspire more people to consider public transit to help reduce congestion on the roadways and cut back on greenhouses gases.

The cost of new, ADA-compliant train station is $40 million. The $10 million in funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program will fund design and construction as well as an environmental study. Other federal sources will provide nearly $14 million for the project while the Delaware Department of Transportation Trust Fund will give $16 million. New Castle County will give $100,000 while the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) will provide $25,000.

Part of the North Claymont Area Master Plan, currently being drafted by Wilmington Area Planning Council, makes changes to the transportation layout for that region (Courtesy/WILMAPCO)

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Construction is slated to begin in March of 2018 and will bring 350 jobs to the area annually. The first trains are scheduled to hit the tracks in May of 2020.

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Delaware Military Academy breaks ground on new athletic, academic center

By Lauren Huet 5:45pm, July 29, 2016
VIDEO: WDEL's Lauren Huet reports
The Delaware Military Academy broke ground Friday on a new academic and athletic center. Cadets, parents, and staff broke into cheers as the shovels dug into the dirt.

The new facilities will include eight classrooms, a gymnasium with seating for 750 people, offices, locker rooms, and an athletic training facility. The athletic facility will be a 27,000-square-foot dome built on a six-acre lot next to the DMA campus.

"Today is the celebration of our groundbreaking ceremony for a new monolithic dome and academic wing, appropriately called the Fusco Athletic Center and Catherine Fusco Academic Wing," said Commandant Anthony Pullella.

The project will cost about $6 million. The DMA's Capital Campaign has already raised about $3 million, including a $2.5 million pledge from Anthony N. Fusco Sr.

"The more we raise through the capital campaign, the less debt service we take on. That money can go to the kids' academics and the curriculum and improve their educational needs," said Pullella.

He encouraged people to donate to the Capital Campaign.

"We're building the future leaders of tomorrow," said Pullella. "We're providing an excellent academic, educational, athletic experience for the kids - the cadets. It's a safe environment. We take good care of our cadets here."

Pullella said the DMA has outgrown its current facilities.

"All our athletic teams have become extremely competitive. We've got to give them the facilities to continue to grow," said Pullella. "Academically, we need to build additional classrooms for our teachers to have space and increase our curriculum."

The DMA has 566 students, and close to 90 percent of them go on to higher education, Pullella said, adding the school has had a waiting list of more than 250 cadets for the last nine years.

"It's that family atmosphere that we provide. DMA is all about--we look out for one another. We support each other. The school is built upon respect," said Pullella. "You don't earn respect here, you just have it, and they believe in what the mission of the school is, we look out for one another."

Freshman Cadet Ellie Appleton agreed.

"Everyone is together and they look out for everyone," said Appleton. "It's not just like you're on your own, so it's better."

The DMA is chartered through the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Even with the new expansion project and approval from the district to expand enrollment to 715, Pullella said the DMA currently doesn't have any plans to increase enrollment. He says the school wants to protect what makes it unique: its family atmosphere.

"That's the part of the school that's unique. What's the number that we get too big?"

Anyone can apply to attend the DMA, but Red Clay Consolidated School District residents have preference.

This project is the second phase of the DMA's three phase expansion plan. Pullella said the goal is for this project to be complete by next August, and to open the doors to the new buildings next September.


Police: Man sexually assaults woman in Wilmington after forcing her to secluded location

By DJ McAneny 1:37pm, July 29, 2016 - Updated 7:26pm, July 29, 2016
A woman was sexually assaulted Friday morning in Wilmington after a man implying he was armed forced her to a secluded location, authorities said that afternoon.

According to Wilmington Police, the female victim was accosted by the suspect in the 600 block of West 10th Street at approximately 6:10 a.m., where he forced her to a secluded location in the block and assaulted her.

There was no photo or video available, but police said the suspect was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, with a medium complexion.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Det. Sarah Bozeman at 302.576.3650.


Officer hurt after dump truck strikes unmarked New Castle County police car in Wilmington Manor

By Amy Cherry 4:59pm, July 29, 2016 - Updated 7:26pm, July 29, 2016
An unmarked NCCo police car is struck by a dump truck. (Mike Phillips/WDEL)
An unmarked New Castle County Police car was hit by a dump truck on Route 13 in Wilmington Manor Friday.

The crash happened at 3:15 p.m., on Route 13 northbound just under the Interstate 295 overpass.

A police officer and another person were injured in a crash on Rte. 13. (Mike Phillips/TrafficWatch). (Mike Phillips/TrafficWatch)

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Police said the officer was transporting a prison when the unmarked Ford Taurus was struck by the Mack dump truck. Both were hospitalized with non- life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle was severely damaged.

Rte. 13 northbound was closed at PM rush hour Friday after a dump truck struck an unmarked police car. (Mike Phillips/TrafficWatch)

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The county's Traffic Services Unit is investigating the crash.

Route 13 at the scene of the crash was closed during afternoon rush hour. It reopened at 6 p.m.

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5 teens facing weapons charges in connection to Wilmington shooting--but no assault charges yet

By DJ McAneny 3:42pm, July 29, 2016 - Updated 7:26pm, July 29, 2016
Five individuals, all younger than 20, have been arrested in connection to the shooting of a 17-year-old boy, Wilmington Police announced Friday.

According to authorities, Anfernee Evans and Gerald Wiggins, both 19, and Maurice Hunter and Quan Tabron, both 18, were all charged with three counts each of receiving a stolen firearm in connection to the shooting of a boy in the 3500 block of North Church Street on July 23, 2016.

A 16-year-old juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and receiving a stolen firearm.

The victim was initially reported by police to have been 27 years old, an error they corrected in the announcement of these arrests. A first-degree assault charge remains pending, police noted, but so far none of the individuals currently arrested have had the charge brought against them.

The four older suspects were released on $9,000 unsecured bonds, while the juvenile was issued a $13,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Wilmington Police at 302.576.3661 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Man enters Bear liquor store, knife-in-hand, then immediately turns around and flees

By DJ McAneny 2:14pm, July 29, 2016
A man walked into a Bear liquor store brandishing a knife "for a brief moment," then turned around and fled.

Police would like to speak with this man.

Delaware State Police are investigating the matter as an attempted armed robbery, and said the man fled toward the Ruteledge development.

There were two employees present during the incident, and no injuries.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5'10" to 6' tall, weighing 140 to 180 lbs., and was wearing dark pants, a dark hoodie, black shoes, and a covering over his face.

There were no photos available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8655 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Wilmington man, 23, sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2nd-degree murder as victim worked outside home

By DJ McAneny 2:29pm, July 29, 2016 - Updated 2:34pm, July 29, 2016
RhiShawn McNeil/WDEL file
A 23-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on second-degree murder charges, Department of Justice officials announced Friday.

In January 2015, RhiShawn McNeil shot multiple times and killed 26-year-old Donnell Clark, an acquaintance, as Clark was working outside his home in the 900 block of East 17th Street in Wilmington.

McNeil pled guilty in May and was sentenced on the murder charge, and a charge of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.


Clinton becomes first woman presidential nominee of major party in last day Democratic National Convention

By Tom Lehman 2:38am, July 29, 2016 - Updated 7:28am, July 29, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accepts her party's recommendation during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Hillary Clinton on Thursday accepted the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday, promising to strengthen the country's economy, middle class, and safety from foreign threats while bashing Republican rival Donald Trump.

In a speech that helped close out the Democratic National Convention, Clinton, a former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, became the first woman nominated by any major political party for president.

"When any barrier falls in America in clears the way for everyone...When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." she said.

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president.



Clinton also painted Trump as a potentially irresponsible leader who has offered "empty promises" and alongside "bigotry and bombast" since announcing his candidacy last year.

"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.

For members of Delaware's delegation to the convention, Clinton's nomination meant generations of young women and girls would be inspired to do great things.

Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware was reminded of her nieces, whom she was told in a text message from her step-sister we're excited about Clinton.

"That's what Hillary Clinton being nominated means, not just for my generation but for two little 11-year -old girls. It means they can be president too," she said.

Clinton also appealed to staunch supporters of one-time primary competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Many of his supporters have been demonstrating this week inside the Wells Fargo Center and around Philadelphia, even as the nominee spoke Thursday night.

Pledging to work with Sanders on issues like the affordability of college, Clinton asked Sanders backers for unity in the upcoming general election.

"Your cause is our cause," she said.

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Man who stabbed ex-girlfriend and juvenile in front of child, 4, in Wilmington gets 33 years for attempted murder

By DJ McAneny 2:42pm, July 29, 2016
A 31-year-old Wilmington man will spend 33 years in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend and a juvenile during a domestic incident in November 2014.

According to Department of Justice officials, Krishan Dillard was sentenced Friday on attempted murder charges for entering the victims' North Adams Street residence and stabbing his ex in the neck, shoulder, arm, and abdomen, then stabbing the juvenile in front of a four-year-old girl.

Dillard, previously declared a habitual offender, pled guilty to attempted murder, second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, and first-degree reckless endangering.


Fight between Dover roommates leads to gun, drug charges

By DJ McAneny 1:54pm, July 29, 2016
Chad Henderson/Courtesy Dover Police
A 34-year-old man is facing weapons and drug charges after police responded to a fight between roommates.

According to Dover Police, officers responding to Stevenson Drive in the Manchester Square Apartments found a victim who claimed Chad Henderson pulled out a gun during an argument, waived it around in the air, and threatened to use it.

Police observed, through living room window, Henderson pacing around and, when officers knocked on the door, pulling the gun out of his back pocket and attempting to hide it in a bedroom, they said.

Authorities said they took Henderson into custody and found on his person 7 grams of cocaine, a switch-blade, and a gram of marijuana. A .380 Ruger was located and recovered as well, according to police.

He was charged with two counts possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, two counts carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child, and drug paraphernalia. Henderson was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $37,250 secured bond.


'Sunday Morning Market Place Robber' from New Castle pleads guilty to charges

By DJ McAneny 2:58pm, July 29, 2016
Shawn McIlvain/WDEL file
A New Castle man dubbed the "Sunday Morning Market Place Robber" by police pled guilty Friday to charges relating to a number of armed holdups in which he was implicated, according to Department of Justice officials.

According to authorities, Shawn McIlvain, 32, robbed the Market Place convenience store in the 1700 block of Wilmington Road, the Exxon gas station in the 800 block of South College Avenue, Party Pizza in the 200 block of Boxwood Road, and the Dollar General Store in the 2400 block of Kirkwood Highway.

He pled guilty to two counts first-degree robbery, first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts wearing a disguise. two counts second-degree conspiracy, one count resisting arrest.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 18 years in prison for a previous first-degree robbery conviction.


Joe Biden to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

By Associated Press 12:23pm, July 29, 2016
Joe Biden (AP file)
You have the right to remain starstruck: It's Vice President Joe Biden on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Biden will be in New York on Friday to tape an episode of the long-running NBC series. The White House said Biden's appearance on the episode will focus on the backlog in processing rape kits and efforts to prevent violence against women.

Biden has frequently teamed up with the show's star, Mariska Hargitay, for events raising awareness about the issues. She narrated a biographical video about Biden that aired just before his speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.

The White House hasn't said when the episode will air.


Former airman convicted in toddler's death

By Associated Press 4:21am, July 29, 2016
A former airman who was caring for the 21-month-old son of another airman who was deployed to Qatar has been convicted in the child's death.

Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Corbett was convicted of criminally negligent homicide Thursday. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Corbett had been charged with first-degree murder by abuse or neglect in Evan Dudley's death.

Authorities say Corbett, who was serving at Dover Air Force Base, was caring for Evan in November 2012 while the boy's mother, also a Dover airman, was deployed. Police say Corbett called 911 to report that Evan was unresponsive after falling down stairs.

The boy died at a hospital. His death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Corbett faces up to eight years in prison at sentencing on Sept. 15.


Pokemon Go -- What's next?

By Associated Press 12:39pm, July 29, 2016
(AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)
The creators of "Pokemon Go" said they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation.

The Pokemon Company's consumer marketing director J.C. Smith said they're updating the augmented-reality game so it remains fun for players but respects the real world.

The location-aware game provides virtual rewards for players who visit real sites designated as "Pokestops" in the game. Several locations, such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan and the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., have asked to be removed from "Pokemon Go."

Smith wouldn't offer a timeline of when updates will come to the game. "Pokemon Go" developer Niantic offers an online form to request exclusions, but changes to the game are not automatic.




Secrets to choosing a good lease car

By Associated Press 12:29pm, July 29, 2016
As the end of summer nears and dealers discount their 2016 cars to make room for next year's models, shoppers who want to lease could find some hidden bargains. The key is to understand - and maximize - two little-understood aspects of leasing.

It all comes down to finding cars with high resale value and then negotiating a low purchase price. "This is what I like to call `the leasing window,"' said Scot Hall, executive vice president of WantaLease, which posts leasing bargains.

Michael Sin, co-creator of Leasehackr.com, added, "People don't know about it, but there are many underappreciated cars you can lease at bargain prices." The forums on his site are filled with shoppers exchanging details of leasing deals.

The popularity of leasing has shot up to a historic high: 31 percent of all new cars driven off the lot are now leased, according to data from financial services firm Experian. Even used cars are being leased, although Experian says it's only at 3.98 percent. Meanwhile, Edmunds data show trucks and SUVs to be the fastest-growing vehicle segment for leasing.

"This is going to be a fantastic time to lease," says Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association. "Interest rates will stay low; there's a good amount of sales incentives. And the vehicles, from a safety and technology perspective, are the best cars ever produced."

DEPRECIATION AND LEASING

Still, not all cars are created equal when it comes to leasing, and you need to know how to lease the diamond in the rough. All cars depreciate (lose value) at a different rate. Take two cars, both selling for $30,000. One depreciates rapidly, and the other holds good resale value. At the end of three years, the length of a typical lease, one car has lost half its value, $15,000, while the other has lost only $10,000. That, my friend, is the car you want to lease.

"The biggest component of your lease payment is going to be depreciation - no doubt about that," Hall says. In lease-speak, this is called the "residual value," which ranges from a low of about 45 percent to a high of 60 percent over three years. Residual values are set by analysts and banks and basically are a prediction of what a new car will be worth at the end of the lease contract.

German luxury cars, the top Asian brands and domestic trucks and SUVs are among the categories that hold their value, Hall says. "Some cars are fundamentally cheaper to lease than others because they have stellar residual values," Sin adds. Many members on his site chose "leftover" Chevrolet Cruzes from the previous model year and got them for next to nothing because of discounts and rebates.

WHAT ABOUT ELECTRIC CARS?

If you're in the market for an electric car, Szakaly recommends leasing instead of buying - and not, in this case, because of its residual value. For one thing, the technology in EVs will be outdated by the end of the lease and the all-electric range is growing steadily because of advances in battery technology. For another, manufacturers often offer lease-only incentives.

LEASING RESOURCES

Many shoppers are confused by leasing, so it's important to know where to find solid information to help negotiate a low monthly payment and good terms. Furthermore, it's important to find a car's residual value or, barring that, at least know whether a car has a strong resale value. Picking a similarly priced car, but one that is good for leasing, could save you $50 a month - $1,800 over a three-year lease, Hall estimates.

Automotive sites compile lists of vehicles with strong residual values. Lease specials are listed on automakers' websites. And Edmunds.com has a monthly roundup of $199-a-month leases - but read the fine print carefully. If you are interested in a specific car and want to see how it holds its value, check a pricing guide to see what that same car, 3 years old, is now worth, Szakaly suggests.

Victoria Xie, also a co-founder of LeaseHackr, says their site's calculator rates lease deals by showing how long it would take for monthly lease payments to total the purchase price of the car. The higher the number of years, the better it is to lease the vehicle. "It gives consumers, especially those who are skeptical of the economic value of leasing, an alternative way to approach leasing," Xie says.

LEASING FUNDAMENTALS

Besides purchase price and depreciation, it's important to follow several leasing guidelines:

-Consider the leasing term: Lease for no more than 36 months. That way, you will always be under the included bumper-to-bumper warranty and, in some cases, free maintenance.

-Watch for out-of-pocket costs: Many advertised leases require large out-of-pocket payments, called "drive off fees." Experts recommend paying only about $1,000 even if it means making higher monthly payments. After all, the attraction of leasing is better cash flow.

-Keep an eye on the miles: Most leases allow 12,000 miles. But some permit only 10,000 miles and charge 25 cents per mile for driving more than that.


I-95 reopens to truck traffic in Philadelphia

By Associated Press 12:23pm, July 29, 2016 - Updated 11:07pm, July 29, 2016
Trucks can again travel along Interstate 95 in Philadelphia now that the Democratic National Convention is over.

Pennsylvania's Transportation Department reopened I-95 to commercial vehicles over five tons just after 3 a.m. Friday. It also reopened all travel lanes on I-95 north at Exits 13 and 22.

The routes had been closed since because of security concerns during the convention.


Going downy ocean? Consider getting your Greek on

By Associated Press 12:19pm, July 29, 2016
If you're heading to Ocean City this weekend, consider getting your Greek on.

The Ocean City Greek Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

The city's tourism bureau website said the event run by the St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the area's largest Greek festival.

The schedule includes music, dancing, a marketplace and, of course, food, available for dining in or carryout.

Organizer Alexandra Hall told The Daily Times of Salisbury that last year's festival drew nearly 6,000 people.

She said it's a critical fundraiser for the church and its philanthropic ministries.


Millsboro man charged with 6th DUI offense

By Associated Press 12:23pm, July 29, 2016
A Millsboro man has been arrested after authorities say he was caught driving drunk for the sixth time.

Delaware State Police said 52-year-old Gary L. Levis was arrested Wednesday night and charged with 6th offense driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while suspended or revoked, possession of marijuana, among other charges.

Authorities said a trooper noticed Levis driving without a headlight on in Dagsboro and conducted a traffic stop.

During the stop, police said the trooper smelled marijuana and alcohol coming from Levis, prompting a DUI investigation.

Authorities said they found several grams of marijuana and 16 Oxycodone pills inside Levis' vehicle.

Records showed that Levis had five previous DUI convictions, dating back to 1994.

It isn't clear if Levis has an attorney.


Union: American pushing pilots to speed up flights

By Associated Press 12:39pm, July 29, 2016
The pilots' union president said American Airlines is reducing its safety margin by "manipulating" flight plans with tactics that include faster speeds.

The union official suggested that American is trying to avoid canceling flights when crews push the limits of their legally allowed work shifts.

American did not respond directly to the union leader's claims. A spokesman said the airline takes safety and regulations seriously.

Dan Carey, who just started a three-year term as president of the Allied Pilots Association, said Thursday in a note to members that pilots were reporting pressure to approve faster flight plans.


Combi recalls child car seats for risk of chest injuries

By Associated Press 12:39pm, July 29, 2016
Combi USA is recalling more than 39,000 car seats because they can transmit too much force to a child's chest in a crash.

The recall covers certain Coccoro Convertible Child Restraints with a model number of 8220. They were manufactured from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 29, 2016.

Government documents say the problem happens when the seats are installed in a forward-facing position and secured only with a vehicle lap belt.

The problem was discovered in government tests. Combi says in the documents that there is little to no risk in real-world crashes. It has no reports of injuries.

Combi will notify owners and send them a cover for the bottom of the seat that reduces the force on children's chests. Distribution of the covers started on July 11.


Washington Monument to reopen; elevator bearings replaced

By Associated Press 12:46pm, July 29, 2016
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Washington Monument will reopen after being closed for nearly a week because of problems with its elevator.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email that the monument reopened at 9 a.m. Friday. It was closed last Sunday.

Litterst said this week's work on the elevator included replacing two sheave, or pulley, bearings. Officials said one of the bearings had failed.

Litterst also said officials have started the design process to modernize and upgrade the control system and other equipment to the often-malfunctioning elevator.


Combi recalls child car seats for risk of chest injuries

By Associated Press 12:46pm, July 29, 2016
Combi USA recalls 39,000 child car seats. (Photo/Combi USA)
Combi USA has recalled more than 39,000 car seats because they can transmit too much force to a child's chest in a crash.

The recall covers certain Coccoro Convertible Child Restraints with a model number of 8220. They were manufactured from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 29, 2016.

Government documents said the problem happens when the seats are installed in a forward-facing position and secured only with a vehicle lap belt.

The problem was discovered in government tests. Combi said in the documents that there is little to no risk in real-world crashes. It has no reports of injuries.

Combi will notify owners and send them a cover for the bottom of the seat that reduces the force on children's chests. Distribution of the covers started on July 11.