April 18, 1990 |
Benjamin Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned. " So, in honor of the city's Benjamin Franklin 1990 celebration, Franklin (a.k.a. Ralph Archbold), the Mint and the visitors bureau yesterday gave away $40 in pennies to tourists.
December 28, 2004 |
Federal authorities in Philadelphia charged three pharmacists and two doctors yesterday with illegally selling hundreds of thousands of pills, including popular medications Prilosec, Celebrex and Prozac, that drug companies had handed out as promotional free samples. The samples were sold in retail pharmacies in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, federal prosecutors said. Four other individuals - two of them drug company representatives - were charged earlier this year in federal court in Philadelphia in the alleged schemes of selling drug samples for cash.
May 15, 1990 |
The "Perrier Cafes" were the places to belly up to yesterday as free samples of the mineral water were being given out to pedestrians at several Center City locations. At Broad and Chestnut streets, Ellen Shulman dispenses bottles of Perrier's "Nouvelle (New) Production" as Tom Turner provides live entertainment. Both are employees of the Burson-Marsteller ad agency. Perrier is using samples to promote the resumption of sales after a worldwide recall in February, when benzene was found in some of the firm's bottled water.
May 3, 1995 |
Do not - repeat - do not eat before attending the Philadelphia International Women's Show. You will want to save all available tummy space for free samples. The price of admission ($7 at the door) buys access to seminars - a new one every half hour, to beauty and fashion shows sponsored by J.C. Penney, scheduled through the day, to cooking demonstrations, to medical screenings and to a veritable shopping mall created inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. And the reason they hand out shopping bags at the Women's Show is because so many of the exhibitors pass out free samples, discount coupons, recipe booklets and health tip brochures.
November 30, 2011 |
OMAHA, Neb. - A Swiss pharmaceutical company is asking Nebraska officials to return a drug the state plans to use to execute death-row inmates. Earlier this month, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced it had obtained a new supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs needed to carry out executions by lethal injection, from the Swiss company Naari AG. The drug is no longer manufactured in the United States and is in scarce supply...
August 4, 2011
WHAT'S Philadelphia's best beer? The guys on 610 WIP Sportsradio's Midday Show will declare their pick tonight in the finals of their summertime Beer Brawl. Over the past several weeks, hosts Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow have been chatting with area brewers and sampling their beers in a rigorous attempt to declare a champ. They've narrowed their choice to nine beers in three categories that they'll focus on at Chickie's and Pete's (1526 Packer Ave.) from 7 to 10 tonight. The live broadcast will feature a careful taste test by a panel of celebrity judges, including Joe Sixpack, chef Georges Perrier, former Temple coach John Chaney, Comcast's Leslie Gudel, ex-Phillie Ricky Bottalico, ex-Eagle Ike Reese and Tom Burgoyne, who was last seen hanging out with the Phillie Phanatic.
April 24, 2011 |
I did my Easter duty last week: I confessed my sins to the patient Franciscans at St. John's , behind what used to be Wanamakers . They're old and a little deaf, so they ask broad questions: "You did what ?" For big companies and their collaborators, penance works differently. Johnson & Johnson , which has collected a list of federal fines and scoldings for acts of omission and commission, got nailed again April 8, when it agreed to pay the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission $70 million to settle allegations it bribed doctors and hospital and government officials in four countries to buy J&J's painkillers and breast implants, instead of someone else's.
November 22, 2011 |
Love Park seems to have a new "love" sculpture. It's giant yellow noodle, freshly set up today near 15th and JFK. The latest brainstorm of Claes Oldenburg? After all, the sculptor created Philly's Clothespin and the new boldly colored Paint Torch, as well as, in other cities, oversize rubber-eraser wheels, shuttlecocks and safety pins. Nah, this proves to be much cheesier, starting with its presumptuous message: "You know you love it. " Symmetrically curving up at each end, the piece is remindful of an eyeless smiley face - or Alice's enigmatic Cheshire cat. Love what?
December 5, 2004 |
Mindy Tamaccio is supremely passionate about makeup. When informed that a client left a case containing all her worldly cosmetics in the backseat of a Boston taxi, Tamaccio asks seriously: "Do you think your insurance might cover it?" True, the makeup was expensive, but not that expensive. Wardrobe consultants have long helped folks pitch clothes that never worked and were rarely worn. Now, Tamaccio does the same for makeup. That is correct: She's a professional lipstick eliminator.
April 15, 1991 |
A hungry horde of food-loving Philadelphians crowded into Memorial Hall Saturday and yesterday for snacks, drinks, cooking information and an entertaining escape from the chilly weather. In the diverse crowd at the second Book and the Cook Fair were tots in strollers, dowagers complaining of being jostled, and large numbers of food- knowledgeable men insisting that they, not their wives, were the better cooks in the family. It also gave the attendees a chance to meet some of their favorite authors.