New York releases report on Darien Lake roller coaster death

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:19 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Before Sgt. James Hackemer died in a fall off a ride at Darien Lake Theme Park, he inquired about boarding procedures for disabled riders. Hackemer went to guest services about an hour and a half before he died. The report states that procedures were explained to Hackemer and that he also declined a brochure titled "A Guide to Fun at the Park for Guests with Disabilities."

Read more from The Democrat and Chronicle.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:11 PM

"Like", but wrong. ;)

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:39 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Majorcut'n? Are you saying he uses flash pass? ;)

Naw.. he's just a very busy mohel

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:04 PM

I read the New York State report and it said that the ride crew did not question the rider. In fact they did not know the restrictions for riders with not legs. To me it sounds like a failure of both management for not providing adequate training and a failure of the ride crew as they forgot about the rules regarding disabled riders and therefore did not do their job. Although no criminal charges were laid, I am sure that the Sergents family will win their civil lawsuit.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:10 PM

LostKause said:
"Like", but wrong. ;)

Travis, the comma (and period - on a previous post) go inside the quote ;)

"Like." or "Like,"

not

"Like". or "Like",

Now we all have something new to argue about.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:16 PM

LostKause said:
"Like", but wrong. ;)

At least you see what I did there. ;)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:28 AM

That was always a complaint about my work when I worked at the newspaper. It was the one mistake that almost always had to be corrected. Thank goodness for the copy editor. I was taught to put punctuation outside the quotes (West Virginia school system lol). I know you are right, but it's hard to change old habits, I suppose.

It was Yoda who once said, "Do or do not. There is no try."

I did it! :)

Wait. I was quoting the like button on Facebook. I think that might be a special circumstance or something. :p

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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:31 AM

^I was taught by a very tough High School English teach that under no circumstances does the period or comma ever go outside the quotations.

Of course, he may have been wrong.

I do the same thing - something about when I saw "me and Travis had a great time at Camden." I think it's supposed to be "Travis and I" or something - but at this point, it's hard-wired in.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:34 AM

Just take one person out of the story and see if it works or not.

"Travis had a great time at Camden."

"I had a great time at Camden."

but not, "Me had a great time at Camden."

I think. I might have to get my laminated grammar guide out to make sure...


One big mistake that many people make, including me sometimes, is misusing there, their, and they're. I made up a rule to remember which is which, which I think is pretty neat...

There has the word here in it, and is a place. (Where? Here or there?)


Their has the word the in it, and both their and the are interchangeable. (The dog or Their dog...)


They're is a contraction of they are, of course.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, August 19, 2011 12:39 AM
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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:42 AM

Vater said:


Carrie J. said:
If you happen by the station at SFA, be sure to bow at the plaque.

I think they've since erected a copper statue in front of the station. Pretty good likeness, too.

You guys are dicks. Winky and all that.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 10:32 AM

CoasterDemon said:
^I was taught by a very tough High School English teach that under no circumstances does the period or comma ever go outside the quotations.

Yep, in American English, anyway. Personally I prefer the way the Brits do it -- commas and periods are only inside quotation marks if it's part of the quote, much the same way we handle question marks and exclamation points. If I'm not mistaken, the American form was a typographical decision rather than a grammatical one; someone just thought it looked better not having the empty space floating above that lonely, excluded period.

The British full stop said he was "lonely".
The American period said he was warm and cozy inside the "quotation marks."
"The complete sentence was handled the same way on both sides of the pond."

Then the panda shot the bartender.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 10:43 AM

+2 for the Tag Team Champions of CoasterBuzz..The Lost Ravens!!!

I don't know which post I liked better....

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Friday, August 19, 2011 10:59 AM

I speak and write American... anyone that has a problem with that needs to remember if it wasn't for America, the native language in England would now be German...


(ain't run on sentences fun?)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 11:11 AM

Mike Gallagher said:
+2 for the Tag Team Champions of CoasterBuzz..The Lost Ravens!!!

I don't know which post I liked better....

*Ahem, that's Team RavenKrause.

The cooler person's name always goes first.

Edit: plus, it seems way more "edgy"

Last edited by Raven-Phile, Friday, August 19, 2011 11:12 AM
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Friday, August 19, 2011 11:47 AM

Raven-Phile said:


*Ahem, that's Team RavenKrause.

Sounds like a new Hogwarts' House to me...

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Friday, August 19, 2011 1:56 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

Sounds like a new Hogwarts' House to me...

Team RavenKrause has no time for wizardry!

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Friday, August 19, 2011 6:10 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Mike Gallagher said:
+2 for the Tag Team Champions of CoasterBuzz..The Lost Ravens!!!

I don't know which post I liked better....

*Ahem, that's Team RavenKrause.

The cooler person's name always goes first.

Edit: plus, it seems way more "edgy"

"Gay" is the new "edgy."

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:31 AM

That's so edgy, Billy! :)

I don't deserve to be recognized in grammatical correctness club at all. Seriously.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:50 AM

You're practically a...

::splutters::

...rebel without a Krause.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:55 AM

Ouch.

You should have been a Paddlewheel Captain.

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