December 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Before the recession, Amie Crawford was an interior designer, earning $50,000 a year patterning baths and cabinets for architectural firms. Now, she's a "team member" at the Protein Bar in Chicago, where she makes $8.50 an hour, slightly more than minimum wage. It was the only job she could find after months of looking. Crawford, now 56, says she needed to take the job to stop the hemorrhaging of her retirement accounts. In her spare time, Crawford works with a Chicago group called Action Now, which is staging protests to raise the minimum wage in a state where it hasn't been raised since 2006.
June 9, 1987 |
A commuter van packed with construction workers veered into the path of an oncoming dump truck during rush hour Monday, killing the driver of the van and injuring 14 other persons, police said.
March 7, 1985 |
Twelve workers were killed and 12 injured when explosives used by construction workers blew up by accident in the industrial city of Helwan, south of Cairo, police said Wednesday.
October 26, 1996 |
A man arrested outside the office of Jack Kevorkian's lawyer with an unloaded handgun and ammunition in his car pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Larry Blakeman, 39, of Leetonia, Ohio, could be sentenced to up to five years in prison next month. Blakeman was arrested Sept. 20 after allegedly telling construction workers in Southfield, Mich., that he wanted to "stop" Kevorkian.
December 7, 1997 |
Estimated cost of construction of the Getty Center: $1 billion Classic Etch-A-Sketches sold in America since construction began in 1989: 7,430,573 Travertine blocks used in construction: 295,000 Ocean freighter voyages from Italy required to deliver travertine: 100 Enameled-aluminum panels: 40,000 Square feet of exterior glass: 164,648 Miles of plumbing and sprinkler piping: 151 Miles of electrical conduit: 339 Miles of stair railings: 5 Linear feet of steel studs: 4.
October 31, 2003 |
About 300 construction workers taking part in a nationwide strike marched through Panama City to demand that the government continue to run the country's social security system. A driver hit a protester, and police said they fired warning shots after protesters attacked them when they tried to help the injured man. Associated Press photographer Kathryn Cook was treated after a bullet grazed her leg. About 20,000 teachers and construction workers participated in the one-day strike.
November 13, 1985 |
Black construction workers demanding jobs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard battled with police Tuesday, overrunning a police cruiser and hitting officers with pipes, rocks and hammers, injuring 13 officers and 4 civilians, authorities said. Eight members of the Black Economic Survival Group were arrested on a variety of charges including inciting to riot, assault, robbery and disorderly conduct.
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May 31, 1987 |
Eleven 18th-Century Skeletons, believed to have been English subjects captured by the French, have been discovered in fortifications surrounding Quebec's old quarter. The find by construction workers who were reinforcing the structure brings the number of skeletons uncovered to 37, archeologist Gisele Piedalue said last week.
June 7, 1987 |
Metal scaffolding being moved by construction workers toppled and hit a power line, electrocuting two workers and injuring five others, authorities said. The accident Friday at the Argent Square Depot shopping center occurred as the workers were pushing the scaffolding to make way for other construction equipment.