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August 2, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE
BRAD LIDGE jogged in from the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park as "Soldiers" blared from the speakers. Carlos Ruiz was ready behind the plate. Prior to last night's game, Lidge threw the ceremonial first pitch on the eve of the first day of the Phillies Alumni Weekend. Lidge, 36, who recorded 100 saves as a Phillies including running off a perfect 41 in a row in 2008, officially retired as a Phillie earlier in the day. "I always knew in my mind I'd be coming back to Philly somehow, some way," Lidge said.
NEWS
June 14, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
While inspecting a container of bananas at the Port of Wilmington, customs agents discovered two brick-like objects hidden in the ventilation system. Then they found two dozen more. Inside those bundles were about 63 pounds of cocaine with a street value estimated at about $2 million, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The seizure was made June 6 by tactical operations officers from Wilmington and Philadelphia. The refrigerated container was aboard the M/V Dole Chile, part of the Western Hemisphere fleet of produce giant Dole.
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March 5, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays in customs waiting lines as a result of automatic federal spending cuts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. Napolitano, who spoke at a Politico-sponsored event on the 10th anniversary of DHS, said delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are in the process of issuing furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees.
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September 25, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
NEWS
October 3, 2010 | By Michael Smerconish
On Oct. 19, Jose Melendez-Perez, the Joint Terrorism Task Force agent whose vigilance kept the intended 20th 9/11 hijacker out of the United States, will try to save his job. One month before 9/11, Melendez-Perez was doing secondary screening at Orlando International Airport when a young Saudi traveler arrived without correctly filling out his required paperwork. Right away, Mohamed al-Kahtani's cold stare gave Melendez-Perez the creeps. His street smarts were initially the reason he peppered Kahtani with questions.
NEWS
February 20, 2010 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal agents are cracking down on imports of a synthetic marijuana that has started appearing in the Philadelphia area. It is not illegal in any state to possess the substance, but Food and Drug Administration regulations bar its import and sale because it is not a tested and approved drug. Eighty-five parcels arriving from Amsterdam at a UPS facility at Philadelphia International Airport were detained and then seized after tests proved positive for the drug, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
SPORTS
September 27, 2010
The Phillies set a franchise record for attendance with 3,647,249 fans at Citizens Bank Park for the 81 home games this season. The Phillies have exceeded 3 million for four consecutive seasons and in five of the seven seasons at CBP. Every home game was sold out, with the team's sellout streak at 123 games. PHILLIES HOME ATTENDANCE: 2004 80 3,250,092 40,626 2005 80 2,665,304 33,316 2006 79 2,701,815 34,200 2007 81 3,108,325 38,374 2008 81 3,422,583 42,254 2009 81 3,600,693 44,453 2010 81 3,647,249 45,028 Includes home games only.
SPORTS
February 25, 2009
On Pat the Bat It won't be quite the same as Pat the Bat's return to Citizens Bank Park during the On Deck Series, but Burrell will likely be the Rays' DH to start Saturday's game in Clearwater against the Phils.   - http://www.the700   I, for one, would give PtB the longest, loudest standing ovation possible. (That is, if I were in attendance.)   - http://www.the700   Makes me sick to think of him somewhere else.
SPORTS
September 21, 2010
So the long-anticipated Phillies-Braves series got started Monday night. Are you like me? Do you have trouble working up a healthy antipathy for the Braves? The Mets, no sweat. The Cardinals, easy. The Marlins, not a problem. Even the Dodgers are easy to despise. The Braves, not so much. Oh, I could probably work up some hatred. The Braves complained about the CBP dimensions, and they play in a city that's largely an embarrassment when it comes to sports. Plus, Southerners use Coke when referring to any and all sodas.
SPORTS
April 27, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
John Weber saw something more than nearly 30,000 empty blue seats when he surveyed Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies' tedious, 9-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. The man in charge of ballpark ticket sales also saw the past, and it jarred pleasant memories. "How amazing was it that we sold out 257 straight games and our fans came out on days like this one?" Weber said Friday during a telephone interview. "They supported us on so many days like that, and I give them all the credit in the world.
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September 25, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
SPORTS
April 27, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
John Weber saw something more than nearly 30,000 empty blue seats when he surveyed Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies' tedious, 9-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. The man in charge of ballpark ticket sales also saw the past, and it jarred pleasant memories. "How amazing was it that we sold out 257 straight games and our fans came out on days like this one?" Weber said Friday during a telephone interview. "They supported us on so many days like that, and I give them all the credit in the world.
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April 5, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
A LIGHT DRIZZLE and clouds covered Citizens Bank Park yesterday afternoon, much the same way Cole Hamels' future with the organization lies in a murky gray area. An iconic playoff hero of years past, Hamels dominated the rumor mill and Twitter feeds all offseason as a trade chip, as the Phillies have moved further from those deep October runs into full-on rebuilding mode. Hamels yesterday discussed where he saw himself pitching on Opening Day during the winter months when talks swirled of him moving to Boston, Chicago, San Diego or another city.
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March 30, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
AS SPRING training wraps up, the Phillies are back home with some of the same habits left over from 2013. In their first exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park this spring, the Phillies' bats were silenced in the team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The loss gives Philadelphia a 9-18-3 spring record. "It feels good [to be back], and with the season opener right around the corner, these two games are nice tuneup games really to get the players familiar with things," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE
BRAD LIDGE jogged in from the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park as "Soldiers" blared from the speakers. Carlos Ruiz was ready behind the plate. Prior to last night's game, Lidge threw the ceremonial first pitch on the eve of the first day of the Phillies Alumni Weekend. Lidge, 36, who recorded 100 saves as a Phillies including running off a perfect 41 in a row in 2008, officially retired as a Phillie earlier in the day. "I always knew in my mind I'd be coming back to Philly somehow, some way," Lidge said.
SPORTS
March 10, 2013 | By Dan McQuade, mcquade@gmail.com
The Phillies have filled the stadium the past few years with things like home runs, stellar pitching performances and playoff wins. It's easy to forget it wasn't always so. The 40,016 in attendance at Kevin Millwood's 2003 no-hitter were really there for the Phanatic's birthday party. The team is better now, but it's still worth checking the promotional-giveaway schedule before you pay $100 in the preseason for a 200-level seat at an August game. Worst case scenario, you go home with a knicknack for yourself or your kid. To help you get the most bang for the buck, the Daily News has developed an innovative new statistic for the modern-thinking baseball fan. Using Giveaway Wins Above Replacement, or GWAR, you can figure out how to get the best swag for your game-going buck.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays in customs waiting lines as a result of automatic federal spending cuts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. Napolitano, who spoke at a Politico-sponsored event on the 10th anniversary of DHS, said delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are in the process of issuing furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees.
SPORTS
September 22, 2011
DON'T WORRY about the playoffs. There are a lot of extenuating circumstances at work that have led the Phillies into their current malaise. They are things that likely will not come into play when the Phillies open the National League Divisional Series next Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. I'm confident that they'll be just fine and come together like the World Series favorites they've proven all season that they are. Still, tonight's game against the Washington Nationals at the Bank is important.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2011
  We were there: 4:52 p.m. (pre-game). Wait: None. Order: Crispy pickle chippers and a 10-ounce N.Y. strip steak platter. Cost: $25.98. Phindings: The Ol' Phoodmonger was in the mood for something more substantial than concession-stand fare, so it was off to the CBP outpost of the popular local pub chain. We arrived ridiculously early because we know the lines can get long in a ridiculously short time. Which is ridiculous, because what we found certainly wasn't worth any kind of wait.
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September 1, 2011 | byline w, o email
HATFIELD GRILL We were there: 8:20 p.m., bottom of the 4th We waited: 5 minutes We ordered: Italian sausage on a roll, sweet-'n'-spicy chicken bites platter Cost: $15 Phindings: Hatfield Grills (the one we visited was on the third-base side of CBP) are where Phils Phans go for hot dogs, sausages and chicken bites. Where they go for good sausage and chicken snacks, His Phoodliness can't say - but it ain't here. True, we found the very mild sausage agreeable, at best, thanks to its subtle spicing.
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