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July 8, 1986
I've been following news reports on the tax-code revision passed by the Senate, but no one has listed the groups that are being given tax breaks. Except for a few brought out into the open by Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D., Ohio) the public has little knowledge of the rest. The Inquirer should publish a list of the groups so the public can make up its own mind on the tax bill. Sen. Bob Packwood (R., Ore.) continues to defend the bill, including the exceptions, because they are "the grease" to move it. However, the Senate saw fit to remove items beneficial to the middle class such as full deductibility of contributions to IRAs, and double exemptions for the blind and the elderly.
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April 18, 1988 | By GINA BOUBION, Daily News Staff Writer
An employee of a South Philadelphia doughnut shop was critically burned early yesterday when a car crashed into the shop and overturned a vat of boiling grease. The driver of the car also was critically injured and a customer was hurt in the 1 a.m. accident, police said. The employee, Joseph Lewis, 24, of Hazel Avenue near 48th Street, was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital's Burn Center suffering third-degree burns of the chest and face. The driver, Vincent Ventresca, 18, of Churchville, Bucks County, was admitted to Methodist Hospital with head injuries.
NEWS
February 19, 2007 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
Grease, the musical that spawned Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, and taught a generation the hand jive, is less about the birth of the American teenager than the birth of nostalgia for being an American teenager. In Grease, there are no classes to attend or parents to hassle teens. The kids of Rydel High School inhabit the glorious days of rock and roll, an autonomous world of paneled basements, record players, sock hops, sexual tension, and, occasionally, actual sex. You'd think by the popularity among the 'tween set of the movie version and the reality TV show You're the One That I Want, that Grease was wholesome family fare.
NEWS
June 19, 2003 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Throughout the first act and into the beginning of the second, the reaction of the audience at Tuesday's opening night of the musical Grease had been restrained. But at the opening of the second scene of Act 2, at the mere appearance of the silhouette of a man holding a microphone, the Academy of Music theatergoers broke into wild applause. They knew that Frankie Avalon was about to sing, and it was obvious from the ardent reception the hometown singer received before and after his single number that he was the reason most in the audience of 2,000 had come to the first musical in the Kimmel Center's Broadway at the Academy series.
NEWS
August 6, 2011
Annette Charles, 63, perhaps best-known for her role as Cha Cha DiGregorio in Grease , has died. Her agent confirmed she died Wednesday night. A longtime friend, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, said she died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Her death cames a little more than two months after the death of Grease actor Jeff Conaway, whose character was Cha Cha's date at a dance. Ms. Charles appeared on many TV shows during the 1970s and early 1980s, including Barnaby Jones ; The Bionic Woman ; Magnum, P.I. ; Bonanza ; The Mod Squad ; Gunsmoke ; and The Flying Nun . Born Annette Cardona, she became a speech professor under that name at California State University, Northridge.
NEWS
May 10, 2005 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
An all-woman production of Grease planned by two small Philadelphia theater companies has been threatened with legal action by the licensing agent and may not go on as scheduled. The production of the popular high school musical by Brat Productions and Tapestry Theatre had been scheduled to preview tonight and open tomorrow at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. But on Friday, lawyers for Samuel French Inc., which licenses the script, sent a letter threatening legal action if the show went on with an all-female cast.
NEWS
August 20, 2007 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Broadway revival of Grease could stand a lube job. Why does this new version, which seems cramped on its stage, not get us moving in our seats? Or is the musical, which takes us back to Rydell High and the teenage angst of the '50s, wearing out? I sat there, waffling about the revival, which opened last night and works only to a point. Part of the problem is the casting. Sandy and Danny, the two leading characters-in-love, were ultimately chosen by the 7.5-million-strong TV audience of the NBC talent runoff, Grease: You're the One That I Want.
LIVING
October 9, 2009 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: My brother tracked in, on his work shoes, grease and oil from an auto repair shop. I have old, worn hardwood floors from when I purchased the house and haven't been able to redo them yet. The grease has made dark black patches on the parlor floor, right in the center of the room where you can see the ugly stains as soon as you walk in the front door. I have put throw rugs over the black stains but I really want to get the grease and oil out of the wood. How can I do that? Answer: This is what the National Wood Flooring Association recommends: First rub the area with kitchen soap that has a high lye content, or saturate cotton with hydrogen peroxide and place over the stain.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1995 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
There once was a little musical called Grease. Debuting in 1972, the show, set among a group of high school students in 1959, had a relatively small cast and modest production numbers. It proved to be very popular, so it was no surprise that in the 1990s, when apparently every musical in sight is being revived, Grease's turn would come. It is also no surprise that in this age of the grandiose musical presentation, Grease is no longer a little musical. Grease! is what the touring show opening at the Merriam Theater tonight is titled, and it earns the exclamation point.
NEWS
December 6, 2005 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
America's predilection for fried food is fueling a burgeoning trend - using cooking oil to stay warm in winter. With heating costs sizzling and vegetable oil - new and used - abundant and not subject to international cartels or wars, interest is rising among homeowners and industry in substituting cooking grease and animal fat for heating oil and natural gas. "It's such a no-brainer of an idea," said Thomas Adams, director of an engineering outreach...
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October 18, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It turns out that Chester County is an auto-body trainee's idea of utopia. High-income residents, expensive cars, and winding rural roads add up to a lucrative place for collision-repair specialists to make six-figure salaries. And 45 students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine are on their way there, learning the magic of making dents - or worse - disappear. But along the way, the teens are doing a good deed. Students at the Downingtown school are the first high schoolers in the nation to participate in a program that repairs older vehicles to be donated to needy families and charitable groups.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Do you want to buy an agricultural chemical business? Not everybody does. But if you do, hurry. Chemtura Inc., a member of the Philly 50 list of companies with headquarters in the area and the highest market capitalizations, is continuing to restructure and is selling its division that produces chemicals that help grow food. In 2013, that division produced $449 million in sales, a bit more than 20 percent of the company's total of $2.2 billion. But it is, apparently, beyond the core of what Chemtura does well or wants to do. Though he offered no specifics, chief executive officer Craig Rogerson told financial analysts Feb. 25 Chemtura was in the second round of bids for what it calls its AgroSolutions business.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
If a bunch of young, upstart environmentally conscious entrepreneurs were going to make the struggling Chester County borough of Modena their home base, then the name had to reflect their place and purpose. So Jim Bricker, Rob Mastrippolito, and Brendan Steer relocated Waste Oil Recyclers, their vegetable-oil fuel conversion business, and then renamed the industrial park they later purchased. Out of Modena came MoGreena. The tiny borough, about a third of a square mile with 585 residents, is now a hub for several like-minded businesses whose goal is to live with less.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Let's pretend for a moment that Grease , receiving a main-stage airing-out at Walnut Street Theatre, isn't about slut-shaming and prude-shaming or the days when bullies were the cool kids. We can celebrate an era when we had the freedom to mock "Polacks," "Japs," and "pansies" at will, but didn't have to acknowledge African Americans because they were still invisible. We might even be OK with all that if director Bruce Lumpkin allowed this 1971 musical to take its original form: a hand jive at America's best-beloved 1950s myths presented by a bunch of working-class teenage scrappers all grappling for the bottom rungs of the same (gender-specific)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
SAY FAREWELL to " Daily News Live. " The sports-talk show will change format on April 8. "Philly Sports Talk," powered by the Daily News, will have additional, faster-paced segments, occasionally expanding beyond the world of sports to touch on major entertainment news, such as the Oscars. The show will also partner with NBC, bringing in the network's radio and television personalities to discuss the events of the day. Last month Comcast bought out General Electric's 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Todd McCarthy, Associated Press
Having a taste for Butter depends almost entirely on whether you find the comedy of condescension and ridicule a hoot or a very cheap form of amusement. This satire on self-righteous, homily-spewing red-staters and the cutthroat world of butter carving trades almost entirely on making jokes at the expense of others, most of all an obsessed, venal woman who could pass as a kissin' cousin to two prominent female Republicans of the preprimary season ( Butter was made in 2011). Decidedly not a critics' picture, Butter brandishes the sort of snide humor that plays well with a large public, but a fair slice of that audience could well be put off by the whiff of an agenda that's hard to miss.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | BY JULIANA REYES
IT TAKES only a day to turn a well-kept side street into a big, greasy pit. It's happened twice in the last month on Orianna Street in Northern Liberties, a local business owner named Christina tells us. One day Orianna looked fine. The next, there was a huge, sticky wet spot on the sidewalk. At first, Christina thought it was water. But it never dried up, and the stuff got all over her dog's paws. It also reeked of food. Christina guessed that it was used cooking oil. Before we keep going, we should tell you that one of the main reasons Orianna looks good at all is that Christina and her family keep it clean.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011
Repertory Films Ambler Theater 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-345-7855. www.amblertheater.com . Gone With the Wind (1939) $9.75; $7.25 seniors, students with ID and children under 18. 8/31. 7 pm. Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Casablanca (1942) $10; $7 seniors and students with ID. 8/30. 7 pm. Gone With the Wind (1939) $10; $7 seniors and students with ID. 8/31. 7 pm. Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.
NEWS
August 6, 2011
Annette Charles, 63, perhaps best-known for her role as Cha Cha DiGregorio in Grease , has died. Her agent confirmed she died Wednesday night. A longtime friend, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, said she died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Her death cames a little more than two months after the death of Grease actor Jeff Conaway, whose character was Cha Cha's date at a dance. Ms. Charles appeared on many TV shows during the 1970s and early 1980s, including Barnaby Jones ; The Bionic Woman ; Magnum, P.I. ; Bonanza ; The Mod Squad ; Gunsmoke ; and The Flying Nun . Born Annette Cardona, she became a speech professor under that name at California State University, Northridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2011 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
EMBATTLED ACTOR Jeff Conaway , who portrayed Kenickie in the John Travolta - Olivia Newton John classic "Grease," died yesterday. Conaway had been hospitalized since he was discovered unconscious at his Encino, Calif., home on May 11. He was 60. Born in New York City, Conaway made his Broadway debut at 10 in "All the Way Home. " But his big break came with "Grease," first on Broadway (where he played lead Danny Zuko, the part played by Travolta in the film) and then in the film as bad-boy Kenickie.
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