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February 18, 2000 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Boiler Room" is a slick, hip-hop update of the hustler movies "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Wall Street," although this tribute is as much fromage as homage. We know the influences of "Boiler Room" because it cites them by name - the movie not only lifts obvious scenes from "Ross" and "Wall Street," its characters discuss the movies, even watching "Wall Street" on the VCR and reciting its dialogue. This actually gives "Boiler Room" a kind of oddball honesty, and stamps it as movie of, by and for the under-30 crowd (writer-director Ben Younger is 27)
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February 18, 2000 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Who wants to be a millionaire? Most of us, in all likelihood. But not so avidly as the phone jockeys dialing for dollars in Boiler Room, Ben Younger's breathtaking feature debut about the bottom-feeders of the economic boom. For the boiler-room boys, a lower species of humanity than telemarketers, the suckers who play the market are juicy targets to be sucked dry. The guys teasing the touch-tones are more likely to be recruited from the bowling league than the Ivy League, but they are finaglers with finesse.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
A BOILER-ROOM explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, at 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
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February 14, 1993 | For The Inquirer / CHERIE KEMPER-STARNER
When is a boiler room not a boiler room? When it's a thrift shop, which is the case at the Main Line Senior Center. The center made the conversion with the help of Boy Scouts. In the new thrift shop, Barbara Lawthers (left) and Alexis Hillman carry some of the inventory.
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February 3, 1995 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
Firefighters assist a student in a wheelchair from Franklin Learning Center at 15th and Mount Vernon streets, North Philadelphia, after a trash fire broke out in the school's boiler room yesterday. Firefighters arrived at about 12:45 p.m. and brought the fire under control about 18 minutes later. The school was evacuated and the students dismissed early.
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May 25, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Croydon men were arrested Saturday night and charged with starting a fire at the Maple Shade Elementary School by pouring gasoline down a sewer near the school, Bristol Township police said yesterday. The fire damaged a portion of the school, located at 2335 Prospect Ave., Croydon, according to Bucks County fire officials. Arrested were Robert Borelli Jr., 19, of the 1900 block of Maple Avenue, and Mark Maurizi, 19, of the 2100 block of Maple Avenue. Both were charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy, police said.
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October 19, 2011 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police have arrested the 32-year-old daughter of Linda Ann Weston on charges of co-conspiring in the kidnapping and imprisonment of four mentally challenged adults found Saturday chained in the boiler room of a Tacony apartment building. Jean McIntosh lived in the Longshore Avenue apartment house for two years before her mother arrived earlier this month from Florida with the four adults, according to McIntosh's landlord. McIntosh told investigators that she knew Weston and her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, 47, had "extra" people living with them who were mentally challenged, according to police reports.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2000 | By Martin Booe, FOR THE INQUIRER
Five years ago, Ben Younger had a job interview at what he thought was a legitimate stock brokerage. It wasn't. And though Younger didn't take the job, the encounter would profoundly change his life. Younger, now 27, had stumbled into a "boiler room," a financial netherworld of unscrupulous brokers who use telemarketing to lure naive investors into buying worthless stocks. The ultimate result of Younger's blind date with destiny was Boiler Room, a film sure to send a chill through anyone caught up in the stock-market gold rush.
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February 3, 2012 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
EDDIE WRIGHT, a self-proclaimed street preacher from Texas, should get comfortable at the defendant's table because he's headed to trial on charges that he helped imprison four mentally disabled adults in a dank Tacony basement in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits. During a second preliminary hearing yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick reversed a lower-court decision to dismiss kidnapping, aggravated-assault and other charges against Wright. The reversal came after Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien presented additional evidence, including a Social Security disability application listing Wright as a friend and contact for one of the four alleged victims.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Jennifer Lin, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Jean McIntosh's Tacony apartment was getting crowded. By early October, she already had at least 10 people - adults, children, two toddlers, and a runaway teen - cramped inside her three-bedroom on Longshore Avenue. And sometimes her 19-year-old cousin, Beatrice Weston, was locked inside a closet, police said. So the four mentally handicapped adult captives her mother, Linda Ann Weston, had brought up from West Palm Beach, Fla., were going in the boiler room two floors below.
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January 17, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
FOR YEARS, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the school district, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
A BOILER-ROOM explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, at 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THEY LOOK MORE like siblings than father and son. They act like it, too, the way they playfully rib each other during a lunch break at a deli near Community College of Philadelphia. When I ask the guys for their business cards, Darryl Irizarry Sr. cracks wise. "I don't get cards," he says, as he watches his namesake, Darryl Irizarry Jr., produce his. "I get calls. " The father, 49, is a building engineer at CCP. When he's not working on equipment, he's monitoring it in the boiler room of a building on the main campus.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Camden High School, the city's "castle on the hill," antiquated science lab rooms require most chemistry classes to be taught out of textbooks instead of test tubes. The upper level of the auditorium, deemed structurally unsound 10 years ago, holds boxes of dusty supplies instead of students. A boiler room dating to the 1950s requires weekly fixes, and the load on the electrical system, designed 30 years ago, makes even the most veteran electricians nervous. The 122-year-old building is not the worst in the district among its 26 schools, and it's in better shape than it once was, officials say, but facility issues here are serious enough to land Camden High on the state's list of five schools most in need of immediate repairs.
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February 3, 2012 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
EDDIE WRIGHT, a self-proclaimed street preacher from Texas, should get comfortable at the defendant's table because he's headed to trial on charges that he helped imprison four mentally disabled adults in a dank Tacony basement in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits. During a second preliminary hearing yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick reversed a lower-court decision to dismiss kidnapping, aggravated-assault and other charges against Wright. The reversal came after Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien presented additional evidence, including a Social Security disability application listing Wright as a friend and contact for one of the four alleged victims.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
AFTER arriving in Philadelphia crammed with five other people in the rear luggage area of a Ford Expedition, Edwin Sanabria told a packed courtroom yesterday, he was led down to a sub-basement and ordered to sleep in "the little hole. " "At first, I didn't want to," said Sanabria, 31. "Linda made me. " Sanabria, who stands about 5 feet 2 and is slightly built, had sauntered into the courtroom with a multicolored hooded sweatshirt, a black Polo shirt, jeans and black boots.
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November 29, 2011 | BY BARBARA LAKER & WENDY RUDERMAN, lakerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5933
LINDA ANN WESTON claims that she doesn't know her birth date, the current year or how to spell "cat. " She thinks that George W. Bush is still president. Yet, Weston is the alleged mastermind of a Social Security and welfare-fraud scam that spans several states and possibly includes dozens of victims. Again and again, for decades, she has duped federal Social Security Administration officials, state welfare employees, police and social workers across the country: *  She had scammed at least $7,500 a month - or roughly $90,000 a year - in Supplemental Security Income on behalf of herself and at least 11 others, including four mentally disabled people that she allegedly imprisoned, with little food and no bathroom, in a dark boiler room in a Tacony apartment building.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Jennifer Lin, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Jean McIntosh's Tacony apartment was getting crowded. By early October, she already had at least 10 people - adults, children, two toddlers, and a runaway teen - cramped inside her three-bedroom on Longshore Avenue. And sometimes her 19-year-old cousin, Beatrice Weston, was locked inside a closet, police said. So the four mentally handicapped adult captives her mother, Linda Ann Weston, had brought up from West Palm Beach, Fla., were going in the boiler room two floors below.
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police have arrested the 32-year-old daughter of Linda Ann Weston on charges of co-conspiring in the kidnapping and imprisonment of four mentally challenged adults found Saturday chained in the boiler room of a Tacony apartment building. Jean McIntosh lived in the Longshore Avenue apartment house for two years before her mother arrived earlier this month from Florida with the four adults, according to McIntosh's landlord. McIntosh told investigators that she knew Weston and her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, 47, had "extra" people living with them who were mentally challenged, according to police reports.
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