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July 27, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
She may have earned her reputation as Mary, Mary, quite contrary. But yesterday, she was strictly mild-mannered Mary Mason. As long-time talk-show host Mason returned to radio after an 18-month sabbatical, listener after listener called to praise her and to welcome her back to the airwaves - this time on WCAU-AM (1210), weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. And not just ordinary folks were calling. As befits a woman with three decades in Philadelphia radio, the outspoken Mason fielded a call from Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix Jr. "I just wanted to say I'm very happy you're back on the air," said Nix during a call typical of those she received.
NEWS
February 12, 1995 | By Karla Haworth, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Jack Haines became a volunteer with the CONTACT Gloucester County telephone "helpline" four years ago, he never thought it would be so hard to stick to the organization's no-advice-to-callers credo. "It's very difficult, because we're trained to be problem-solvers," said Haines, now an assistant trainer with CONTACT, which has fielded calls from troubled Gloucester County residents for nearly 20 years. "And then you're told you just want to listen and not be a problem-solver.
NEWS
December 15, 1993 | by Jeffrey Horn, Daily News Staff Writer Sports writer Phil Jasner and staff writer Bob Cooney contributed to this report
Call 'em the Squids, the Deserters, the Sea Gulls, the Kitty Katz, the Benedict Arnolds, but get 'em out of town, and don't go to see them again - ever. And let 'em take the Eagles with them. They stink, too. Those were some of the stronger comments by Philadelphians reacting to the possible move by the 76ers to New Jersey. There was some sadness, too, and some say-it-ain't-so sentiments, but a hefty majority of callers to a Daily News phone poll expressed the view that if the Sixers want to, let 'em go!
NEWS
October 14, 1991 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
The phone board in Sen. Arlen Specter's Washington office has been illuminated like the proverbial Christmas tree over the last few days. A few of the callers had comments about Specter's handling of questioning during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of Anita Hill, the college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. But mostly, the callers wanted to cast their votes, either for or against Hill or Thomas, said Specter press secretary Dan McKenna.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Is he against abortion? Can he beat the president? Will he save us from the tyranny of Obamacare? Yes, yes, and yes, says the voice on the phone. Rick Santorum is a pro-life fiscal conservative best able to win the general election. OK, the Republican at the other end of the line says. You've got my vote. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, is positioned for a double-digit victory in Tennessee's GOP primary Tuesday, according to the polls.
NEWS
August 27, 1992 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A new company based in Holland is using the telephone as a means of advertising, but don't expect them to call you. They're hoping you'll call them. "It's voice mailbox with a twist," said Rick Kaplan of Newtown Township, one of the three principals of the Philadelphia Activity Line. In business since July 1, the Philadelphia Activity Line hopes to answer questions that tourists, conventioneers, and some area residents often ask themselves or their hotel concierge: "Where should we eat dinner?
NEWS
December 18, 1988 | By BARRIE MAGUIRE
Buddy and Randall. Thanks to the explosion of sports-talk radio, Buddy and Randall have sparked the biggest war in this town since the big one with King George III. Tune in and turn on. Day after day, hour after hour, irate callers to WIP and WCAU sports-talk shows are filling the air waves with bitter attacks on the "negative" Philly sports media and with loving praise for Buddy Ryan and his Eagles. All the while, the beleaguered sports-talk hosts - still fried because Buddy lied to them about drafting Keith Byars - get defensive and point out how incredibly lucky the Eagles have been, or what if Mark Bavaro had caught the ball, or that William Frizzell interfered with the Phoenix Cardinals' wide receiver Ernie Jones, or what a great coach Jim Mora would have been.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1995 | By Suzanne Schneider Ross, FOR THE INQUIRER
At the tender age of 12, the Hold Co. Inc. is a granddaddy when it comes to keeping us from getting cranky. The Blue Bell firm promotes such patience by supplying music and messages for companies to play when they put callers on hold. And while 28 employees working in 3,500 square feet of office space might not sound like big business, the company is one of the top five in its industry, according to its president, Anthony J. Stagliano Jr. "But it's really just scratching the surface," says Stagliano, comparing his company's 4,000-plus clients with the vast number of businesses that put callers on hold.
NEWS
December 5, 1995 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They thought the callers were doing them a favor. What really happened, police said, was that the callers, who passed themselves off as AT&T credit card service representatives, stole their victims' personal information and tried to open credit card accounts for themselves. "Don't give people information," said township Police Lt. John Scholly in a consumer alert. Both victims reported their respective incidents to police on Friday, Scholly said. On Wednesday, a Melrose Park resident received a call from a man who said he worked for AT&T Universal Credit.
NEWS
May 18, 2003 | By Dom Giordano
There is no doubt that Moorestown High senior Blair Hornstine's classroom accomplishments would make any teacher or parent proud. But the courtroom actions Blair and her family took against the Moorestown School District will forever tarnish her four years of hard work. By now, most people have heard about the Moorestown valedictorian controversy. Hornstine suffers an autoimmune deficiency that causes fatigue and prevents her from attending school full time and taking classes such as physical education.
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NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DELAWARE COUNTY Two-thirds of calls to Delaware County's 911 center in September made from wireless phones had inaccurate location information, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. And evidently, the problem is widespread. Close to 170 million wireless 911 calls are made annually in the United States, and last year about 73 million came through with inaccurate information, said Jaime Barnett, executive director of FindMe 911, a group of public-safety professionals.
NEWS
July 13, 2013 | By Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Stunned and bleeding after a Boeing 777 crash-landed at the San Francisco airport, hundreds of passengers staggered across the debris-strewn tarmac, some trying to help the critically injured, others desperately calling 911 and begging for more ambulances as dire minutes ticked away. "There's not enough medics out here," a caller told a dispatcher in a 911 call released by the California Highway Patrol. "There is a woman out here on the street, on the runway, who is pretty much burned very severely on the head and we don't know what to do. " Two people died and 180 of the 307 people aboard were hurt Saturday when Asiana Airlines Flight 214, coming in too low and too slow, slammed into a seawall at the end of the runway.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By Sam Katz
Last week, The Inquirer published a photograph of a South Philadelphia street scene, taken by Evening Bulletin photographer Bruce Murray Jr. No one anticipated how much excitement the picture would generate. Call me crazy, but I believe we live in a city of nostalgia. Phone and e-mail messages came in from dozens of folks who were sure they knew the street, year, and people in the photo. Almost everyone got it right - except us. It was a 1950 photograph - not 1943 as originally identified - showing the 2200 block of Pierce Street, between Mifflin and Tasker.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Is he against abortion? Can he beat the president? Will he save us from the tyranny of Obamacare? Yes, yes, and yes, says the voice on the phone. Rick Santorum is a pro-life fiscal conservative best able to win the general election. OK, the Republican at the other end of the line says. You've got my vote. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, is positioned for a double-digit victory in Tennessee's GOP primary Tuesday, according to the polls.
NEWS
March 3, 2012 | By Matt Katz, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Is he against abortion? Can he beat the president? Will he save us from the tyranny of Obamacare? Yes, yes and yes, says the voice on the phone. Rick Santorum is a pro-life fiscal conservative best able to win the general election. OK, the Republican at the other end of the line says. You've got my vote. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, is positioned for a double-digit victory in Tennessee's GOP primary on Tuesday, according to the polls.
SPORTS
December 2, 2011 | From Staff and Wire Reports
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Donovan McNabb is available again. The Minnesota Vikings waived the former Eagles quarterback on Thursday, giving him the opportunity to sign with another team for the stretch run in a parting coach Leslie Frazier described as mutual. McNabb, though, said during an NFL Network interview Thursday night that the decision was his. "I definitely asked for my release," McNabb told the network. "There is no idea of where the next destination is. I think the most important thing was for me, first and foremost, to do what was best not only for me but for my family, and secondly, getting away from things to get ready for the next chapter in the book.
SPORTS
July 31, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reprinted from Saturday's editions BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Oh, by the way, the Eagles got quarterback Vince Young. On the day they stunned the NFL by signing the No. 1 free agent on the market - cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha - the Eagles also added a significant piece by coming to terms with Young. The one-year deal was made early Friday morning. "Until a player appears on the transaction report, then any transaction is not official, including if the move has been discussed publicly," NFL spokesman Mike Signora said.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press
FOR YEARS, teenagers across the U.S. could call a toll-free hotline if they had embarrassing questions about AIDS and safe sex. Dial the same number now and you get a recording of giggling women offering to talk dirty to you. "We both have big appetites for sex," they purr. "Pinch us and poke us. Spank us and tease us. We love it all. . . . Enter your credit card number now. " Those naughty misdials, and countless others like them, appear to be no accident. Records show that over the past 13 years, a little-known Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers in the U.S. and Canada, often by grabbing them the moment they are relinquished by previous users.
NEWS
April 1, 2011
1BOMB-THREAT CALLER LIKES PEACE AND QUIET Someone called a bomb threat into a Wawa in the city's Fox Chase section yesterday morning because he was "sick of the noise" there, police said. The threat, directed at the Wawa on Oxford Avenue near Rhawn Street about 9 a.m. was determined to be unfounded, police said. It's unclear what Wawa noises the caller was sick of and, as of last night, police had not charged anyone with the threat. 2COPS INVESTIGATING BODY FOUND IN KENSINGTON A woman was found dead in a two-story house in Kensington's Harrowgate section yesterday afternoon, police said.
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