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October 19, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services Inquirer staff writer Richard Burke contributed to this article
The Burger King Corp. declined comment yesterday on a $500 million discrimination suit filed against the fast-food company by a dozen black franchise owners, but it defended its much publicized minority-improvement program. A class-action suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington contends that black owners were charged up to twice the amount charged whites to purchase franchises and were deceived into accepting inferior locations for their restaurants. The suit, filed by 10 current and two former Burger King franchise owners in cities that include Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Fairfax, Va., and Fredericksburg, Va., also contends that Burger King forced some blacks out of business by acting "maliciously, deliberately and anti-competitively" over the last eight years.
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June 13, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Burger King Corp. is temporarily closing playgrounds at 650 of its U.S. restaurants to replace netting that surrounds the play areas after the death of a 4-year-old boy who became entangled in the equipment. The child crawled on a net at a Burger King in St. Louis and was trapped in an off-limits area of the play structure, the company said. The boy died April 29 after the accident. Burger King will install "no-climb" nets on the sides of the play structures accessible to children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said yesterday.
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March 13, 2001 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Burger King Corp. and Alcone Marketing Group are recalling 400,000 "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" Kids Meal toys distributed nationwide in January and February, Burger King said yesterday. The red plastic boats, 2 to 3 inches in diameter, contain a metal pin with a plastic cap that attaches the paddle wheel to the boat, the No. 2 hamburger chain said in a statement. The pin may come out and pose a choking hazard to small children. Alcone Marketing Group, based in Irvine, Calif.
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March 9, 1990 | New York Daily News
The Labor Department yesterday slapped Burger King Corp. with a searing lawsuit that alleges violations of federal child labor laws in its eateries around the country. The suit accuses Burger King of scheduling 14- and 15-year-olds for work at hours not permitted under the law, such as during school, and in hazardous jobs, mainly as cooks. Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole said the suit against the Miami-based fast- food company seeks to stop it from breaking the law. The suit also asks Burger King to pay fines for past violations.
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August 31, 1999 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Middle East's latest Arab-Jewish flap - the Burger King war - has the fast-food company in a pickle. Jewish organizations are planning demonstrations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and in cities as far away as New York and Amsterdam, to protest Burger King's decision last week to close one of its restaurants in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. "Burger King is behaving like a chicken, not a king," is how Benny Kashriel, the mayor of Maale Adumim and a Jewish settlement leader, put it yesterday.
NEWS
July 25, 2011
Seven people were injured, including one critically, when a car crashed into the dining room of a Burger King Monday afternoon in Center City, police said. The maroon sedan veered onto the sidewalk on Eighth Street just south of Market Street and plowed into the fast-food restaurant around 2:40 p.m., police said. The car had just exited a parking lot across the street when it suddenly smashed through the brick and glass exterior and into patrons seated in the dining area. Police said the driver was an 85-year-old man from Glenolden, Delaware County.
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February 26, 1987 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
Plans to build a Burger King restaurant near the Sproul Road entrance to the Lawrence Park Shopping Center have been rejected by the Marple Township Planning Commission. After reviewing preliminary plans for the 5,000-square-foot restaurant Tuesday evening, Planning Commission members unamimously recommended that the township reject the proposal because it would remove parking spaces from the shopping center's already congested parking lot. The commission's sentiments were shared by the more than 35 residents who attended the meeting to oppose the fast-food restaurant.
NEWS
March 9, 1990 | By Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
Police Officers Louis Carboni and Gene Aspice were passing the Burger King at Broad and Mount Vernon streets in North Philadelphia Wednesday night when they saw two men dash out the door and run down the street. The officers, members of the police anti-crime tactical unit, entered the restaurant and found a shaken David Banks, the manager, and several women employees shivering from a stay in the walk-in freezer. According to Sgt. John Gallagher, Banks said two men had come in at 10 p.m., vaulted the counter, and pointed guns at his head.
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March 20, 2015 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
NOT EVERYONE is outraged at the whopping news that Burger King is reincorporating in Canada in order to avoid taxes. The fast-food giant just bought the Canadian-based Tim Horton's doughnut chain and as part of the deal will keep the BK headquarters in Miami but incorporate the new entity in Canada, which has a lower effective tax rate than the U.S. Supporters of the move say that it's no big deal, that Burger King owes it to its shareholders to...
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July 3, 2014 | BY SONO MOTOYAMA, For the Daily News
AS THOUGHTS turn to the red-white-and-blue and barbecue, what could be more natural than to seek culinary inspiration from our allies in the Revolutionary War and continuing champions on the battlefields of gastronomy: the French. Yes, those guys. Our fledgling country owed a debt of gratitude to the French, acknowledged in Pennsylvania with the naming of Lafayette Hill after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat who served as a major general in the Continental Army under George Washington.
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September 2, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As strikes go, this one was more symbol than shutdown. The Burger King on U.S. 202 in Wilmington, in my neighborhood, was one of the fast-food outlets hit by a national mini-walkout and picketing backed by the Service Employees International Union . SEIU held a pre-Labor Day "action," pushing for higher wages for the army of workers who pack and sell fast-food sandwiches, drinks, fries, and snacks in factory-like conditions. The strikers want to double the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, as my colleague Jane Von Bergen reported.
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June 9, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. began a new chapter Friday. The company, which also makes baked beans, vinegar, and Classico pasta sauce, said it completed its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital, the Brazilian investment firm that also owns Burger King. With the completion of the deal, 3G is shifting one of its partners from the helm of Burger King to head Heinz. Bernardo Hees, 43, is taking the reins from William Johnson, who was the seventh CEO of the 144-year-old company for the past 15 years.
NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By Lanny Morgnanesi
There was some leftover meat from cheesesteak night at my house, so I put it on a salad. The meat had been cooked with onions, roasted peppers, and Worcestershire sauce. After two days in the refrigerator, it took on the flavor of the other ingredients. Delicious. I thought myself rather creative. But while eating I opened a magazine and saw a sandwich that rivaled my imagination: a fried egg and two strips of bacon inside a glazed doughnut. Yes, a doughnut sandwich. They are being tested by Dunkin' Donuts in the Boston area.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2013 | By Teresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The partners buying Pittsburgh's H.J. Heinz Co. have chosen one of their own to take over as chief executive officer after the $28 billion sale goes through. Bernardo Hees, who has been CEO of Burger King Worldwide Inc. and who previously ran a railroad and logistics company, will succeed Bill Johnson, according to an announcement Thursday. Johnson's role after the sale of the company to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital isn't clear. He has led Heinz for 15 years and will continue as chairman, president, and CEO through the transaction.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
SOMEBODY hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo. The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message left on Monday. Burger King usually tweets several times a week; typical tweets promote sales on chicken sandwiches, or ask how many bites it takes to eat a chicken nugget.
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March 29, 2012 | Candice Choi Associated Press
NEW YORK - Wendy's has dethroned Burger King as the country's second-biggest hamburger chain. Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume last year for the first time since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that is to be released next month. Wendy's had sales of $8.5 billion in 2011, compared with $8.4 billion for Burger King. McDonald's remained far larger than both with $34.2 billion in sales. The figures are based on Technomic's estimates of system-wide sales at franchise and company-owned restaurants, rather than corporate revenue, which includes fees from franchise operators.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012
Company description: (Bacon-Cheddar BBQ) A 5.5-ounce, flame-broiled premium ground chuck patty topped with two slices of melted cheddar cheese, three slices of naturally smoked hardwood bacon, fresh-cut romaine lettuce, red onions, ripe tomatoes, creamy mayonnaise and BBQ sauce on an artisan-style bun. Limited time only. Chain: Burger King. Calories: 820, with 56 grams fat, 135 mgs cholesterol, 1,800 mgs salt. Location: The Gallery Food Court (9th and Market)
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