July 28, 1988 |
Outside Ralph "Junior" Staino's door were the aqua-green waters of the Caribbean. Behind his beach house were the lush mountains of the Dominican Republic. He had novels to read, a radio that could pick up KYW in Philadelphia, a television, lots of rum, good food. He had a new car, new friends, and an alias, "Joseph Esposito of Hollywood, Fla. " But Staino, 56, a longtime Philadelphia rackets figure and reputed Mafia soldier, was running from the law. An FBI agent named Charles "Bud" Warner was in relentless pursuit.
August 6, 2008
A commentary Friday incorrectly described an eight-gate terminal for commuter planes as the "small" Cincinnati airport.
June 5, 1994
The new taxi fare between Center City and the airport - or between the airport and Center City - is $20. That might seem like a concept that's easy to grasp and, once grasped, hard to forget. But recent newspaper accounts and other anecdotal evidence suggest that some cabdrivers seem to be experiencing a great deal of difficulty getting their arms around this idea. Some continue to run the meter on airport-Center City runs. Others whimsically tack on the $1.50 fee they are now charged to handle dispatching of cabs at the airport.
June 21, 1997 |
When did we become a society that moves to places that we don't like? I began pondering this question after reading an article about residents complaining about a local airport. Surely the airport, which has existed since the 1930s, predated the housing developments and schools that were now endangered by the airport. Didn't anyone know about the airport when they built the school? We've become a society that moves to a place, then immediately starts complaining and trying to change it. Didn't you take a good look around before you moved there?
November 21, 2001
UNION SHOP steward Bill Whitehead was going to lose his job at the end of this month anyway: The valet parking operation at the Philadelphia airport, for which he worked, is being scuttled. But, as the Daily News's Bob Warner reported, Whitehead was given a head start on unemployment last week. He was fired right after he contacted the News to complain that the Parking Authority had thrown away thousands of dollars worth of uniforms. Whitehead may be gone, but that doesn't mean the questions he raised about the 18-month valet parking service at the airport won't continue to be asked.
October 20, 2011 |
THE NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia, claiming that the city's decision to deny an NAACP billboard at the airport flew in the face of the organization's First and 14th amendment rights. The billboard, which read "Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners" was the result of an April report by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that explored the cost of incarceration at the expense of education, according to the lawsuit.
March 8, 2008 |
The Wings postponed today's scheduled game against the Toronto Rock when severe weather in Ontario left the National Lacrosse League team unable to depart from the airport. The game will be rescheduled, with an announcement of the new date expected Monday, team president Russ Cline said.
August 7, 1997 |
Students from the Martin Luther King High cluster, participating in the National School and Community Corps Program, had ideal weather yesterday to launch model rockets from Belmont Plateau as an exercise in aerodynamics. The students also built and flew kites, and will visit the airport this week.
November 25, 1993 |
Departing is sweet. Arriving is sweet. The drag is in the middle as travelers join the teeming crowds heading to and fro for the holiday. At the airport yesterday, Christy Lindberg (left) bid farewell to fellow Haverford College senior Virginia Price, who was flying home to St. Louis.
July 27, 2011 |
HE PENNSYLVANIA Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city's fiscal watchdog, yesterday approved Mayor Nutter's five-year financial plan, though board chairman Sam Katz raised concerns about the future of the city's pension fund. Katz even said the city might need to sell an asset - such as the airport or the Philadelphia Gas Works - to improve the health of the pension fund, which has just 47 percent of the assets needed to pay projected benefits. "When you think that $500 million a year in an operating budget of $3.6 billion goes to benefits paid for services rendered in the past, that's a tough place for a city to be," said Katz, after the five-member PICA board voted to approve the five-year plan.