February 20, 1992 |
Five conventions will have to be canceled unless Reading Terminal Market merchants agree to be closed at various times between now and March 1994 for reconstruction of the train shed. In a fact sheet released yesterday, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority said that, "without adding substantial cost, the only way to get the schedule back to (the March 15, 1994, completion date) is to close merchants in phases in the . . . market for a period not to exceed 2 1/2 months. " Responding through their merchants' association, tenants at the market have told authority officials in a letter that "unless the authority changes its stated intention immediately, the market will have no choice but to fight this closure on all fronts.
February 9, 1992 |
In the midst of an asbestos cleanup of a Bucks County apartment complex, the complex's management has criticized the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it distributed a "misleading" fact sheet about the cleanup. But about 45 angry residents of the complex, the Salem Harbour Apartments in Bensalem, lambasted the management during a meeting yesterday morning. They said they trusted the EPA. Salem Harbour hastily called yesterday's session on Friday night, hours after the federal agency sent residents a three-page fact sheet about the cleanup of asbestos shingle debris at the complex.
June 28, 1991 |
I'm unemployed and have been since February 1991. I worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for one year and four months. This is the first time in 13 years that I have ever been unemployed. I am now receiving unemployment benefits. My checks will run out the first week in August. It is my understanding that unemployment insurance was to be considered a "safety net" for the unemployed - a means of helping one get back on one's feet until a decent job is found. Well, now the "safety net" has a hole in it. I have sent out 25 resumes and have filled out 40 to 50 job applications since I was laid off. My field of occupation is an electronic technician, and I have not been able to find a job. Yes, we are in a recession, but in listening to the news, the news media try to imply that we are recovering.
July 24, 1990 |
Since Mala Lim saw her husband fatally beaten on a South Philadelphia street corner on June 16, she says she's been afraid of running into the man who she said did it. "I don't like to go out," the 31-year-old Cambodian immigrant said. "I just stay inside all day with my daughter. " Police yesterday arrested a 21-year-old South Philadelphia man in the beating death of Heng Lim, a crime that stirred anger among Asian-American activists in the city. Timothy Meitzler, of American Street near Porter, turned himself in to detectives about noon yesterday, according to Homicide Capt.
July 20, 1990 |
Asian-American leaders say there is a growing pattern of violence against Asians that has been largely ignored by city agencies and unnoticed by the media. The group Asian Americans United says some statistics in a January report by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations tell a striking story that the commission overlooked: that Asians are more likely to be victims of ethnic intimidation or violence than other ethnic groups. "You've got a situation where Asians are being victimized, but they're also being victimized by the people who are supposed to help them," said Debbie Wei, president of Asian Americans United.
May 2, 1990 |
Although many business executives are not applauding, some city Commerce Department officials are bowing. The director of the city's international business division wants her unit to go down in history for its efforts in attracting foreign investment and sending Philadelphia products overseas. She's distributed an "accomplishments and results" fact sheet giving her division credit for $140 million worth of Philadelphia products sent abroad and 3,500 new jobs created in the area.
March 25, 1990 |
They were, nearly everyone thought, just the facts. As it turned out, they were wrong facts. As a result, they managed to draw a crowd of irate residents to the Lansdowne Borough Council meeting Wednesday to battle a proposed rezoning of parts of Stratford Avenue and surrounding areas. The "facts" were contained in an information sheet circulated around the borough by a man seen walking two dogs. The sheet claimed the rezoning would allow rowhouses and duplexes in an area zoned for single and twin homes.