During the drought of blog postings I encountered the return of my problem with iPhoto, where it would crash whenever I emptied the trash, leaving empty icons behind. You can read about that experience here.
I did the usual stuff, index and thumbnail rebuild,etc… without success, I did some web searches and came upon a new solution buried among several others. It fixed my problem immediately.
All I had to do was go into iPhoto preferences and uncheck “Show item Counts” then I could empty the trash. I’m able to leave it enabled when I use iPhoto and only have to turn it off when I empty the trash. I typically disable it, empty the trash, shutdown iPhoto and then re-enable it when I start iPhoto if I want it. That may be overkill to do each time but seems easier than cleaning up after a crash.
Unfortunately I’ve lost the original link so can’t give credit where it’s due.