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October 28, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A nearly unanimous City Council passed a new youth curfew Thursday after a long and raucous hearing dominated by often-heated testimony against the measure. The 15-1 vote sent a chamber full of opponents into chants of, "Shame! Shame!" As they filed out, they chanted, "We need schools, not the curfew. " The bill's sponsor, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, praised those who spoke out, but said many of their concerns had been addressed in a bill the city needed.
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April 11, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Mayor Nutter took out his pen Wednesday to sign two bills that crack down on "vaping," or puffing on electronic cigarettes, Gregory Conley broke the silence in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall. "Congratulations on hurting public health and deceiving smokers into believing that e-cigarettes are harmful," Conley shouted at the mayor while holding an e-cigarette. As a member of Nutter's security team stood in front of Conley, an e-cigarette lobbyist, the mayor fired back: "That device might be harmful, but he's harmless.
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January 12, 1992 | By Christine Bahls, Special to The Inquirer
The manager of a pool hall in Doylestown Borough and another man have been charged with providing beer to minors during a New Year's party that got out of hand, borough police said Thursday. Manager Victor Mayda, 39, of Philadelphia, and Brian Best, 21, of Furlong, were charged Tuesday under the state Liquor Control Act for serving beer to minors during a private party at the Billiard Club on Atkinson Drive, which Best had organized, said Sgt. Joe Kissel. Best had bought soda for the youths, who were 15 and older, and some cases of beer for those of legal age, but other youths came whom Best did not know, Kissel said, and "the party got out of control.
SPORTS
April 10, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
After just four games against the Phillies, Atlanta's Mark Wohlers was sent to the minors. Again. The righthanded closer was a flop in two relief appearances in the Braves' first four games of the season. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said Wohlers would report to triple-A Richmond. The 29-year-old, who lost his closer job last season when he couldn't throw strikes, agreed to go back down to the minors to try to regain his form. Wohlers was not available for comment. He faced three batters in Thursday night's 6-3 loss to the Phillies, walking two batters on four consecutive balls and throwing a sacrifice wildly over first baseman Ryan Klesko's head before Cox removed him. The Phillies tied an NL record by using five pitchers in the eighth inning of their win Thursday night against the Braves.
NEWS
December 19, 1986
Fund-raising events are given in such forms as chance drives, carnivals or beef-and-beers in different parts of Philadelphia. Organizations initiate these events for the benefit of a needy foundation. They are all rather harmless, except for beef-and-beers. A beef-and-beer, sometimes known as a ten-dollar night, consists of a donation ($10 or more) entitling the purchaser to four hours of food, beer and dancing. These beef-and-beers sound harmless and very enjoyable and profitable for the host, but to neighbors of the Port Richmond area they are nothing but problems.
NEWS
April 12, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Paul Graeser would ply the two 12-year-old girls with liquor, make them dance naked and wait for them to pass out. Then he would rape them. How do authorities know? Graeser, 47, made it easy. He videotaped the encounters at his home on Smedley Street near Moyamensing Avenue in South Philadelphia. Yesterday, after Graeser, a tow-truck operator, pleaded guilty to rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corrupting the morals of minors, Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich asked Common Pleas Judge Anne E. Lazarus to view the tapes before the scheduled July sentencing.
SPORTS
June 10, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons' game with Columbus was halted because of rain last night in Moosic, Pa., after the top of the third inning. It will be resumed as part of a doubleheader tonight. The Red Barons were leading, 3-2, when the triple-A Alliance game was stopped. The teams will meet at 6 tonight to complete the game, which will go nine innings. The game originally scheduled for tonight will last just seven innings, the standard length of league games that are part of doubleheaders.
SPORTS
November 20, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday sent 14-year NHL veteran Wilf Paiement to Muskegon of the International Hockey League "to get his game back in order," said general manager Eddie Johnston. Paiement, a 32-year-old right winger, has only two goals and five assists in 17 games this season. He has never played a minor-league game in his pro career. Paiement was signed as a free agent in July after scoring 20 goals and collecting 17 assists for Buffalo last season. Former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jiri Bubla has been convicted in an Austrian court for playing a role in an international drug-smuggling ring, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman in Vancouver said.
SPORTS
May 1, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Phillies righthander Todd Frohwirth said last night he's considering becoming a free agent rather than reporting to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. All major league teams had to reduce their rosters from 27 to no more than 25 by midnight yesterday. Called in to get the bad news after last night's game were righthander Brad Moore and Frohwirth. "They were the two that weren't getting enough work," manager Nick Leyva explained. "Todd Frohwirth needs to pitch on a daily basis to be successful and there's no way he could do that here.
SPORTS
July 4, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Salomon Torres, San Francisco's struggling rookie righthander, was optioned to triple-A Phoenix, ending a tumultuous 24-game stint in the majors. Torres, 22, was sent down to make room for Mark Portugal, who was activated from the disabled list. "I told him, 'Just go down and work hard and learn to relax,' " Giants manager Dusty Baker said. Torres (2-8) had lost six straight starts. Frustrated, he left the Giants on June 19 without permission, missing a team flight to Cincinnati.
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July 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies summoned Darin Ruf to the manager's office June 1. He was being optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley because a taxed bullpen required another arm. Go to the minors for the mandatory 10 days, the Phillies told him, and come back primed for more playing time. Ruf returned Tuesday, 51 days after his demotion. He crashed into a wall at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown in the first inning of his first minor-league game June 2. He fractured his left wrist and cut his right knee. "It's definitely been a mentally challenging season for me," Ruf said.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
THERE HAVE been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals being bandied about address current political and bureaucratic problems, but they will do little to resolve the instability and violence propelling tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors out of Central America. Street gangs, drug cartels, ineffectual local government and corruption have destabilized neighborhoods and cities in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Jesse Biddle has been out of action since he was placed on the temporary inactive list on June 26 for a mental break. Biddle, The Inquirer's fifth-ranked Phillies prospect, has been working in Clearwater since, and Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said Thursday that the Germantown Friends product is on his way back to feeling confident on the mound again. "I think he's really back to himself right now," Jordan said. "He's very, very relaxed, his throwing sessions have been really good.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The same thoughts race through Aaron Brown's mind each time he steps up to the plate for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters: What would I throw here if I were the pitcher? What does the situation call for? Brown, The Inquirer's 20th-ranked Phillies prospect, can run through the scenarios because it wasn't long ago that he was a pitcher himself, and a dominant one at that. Before the Phillies selected Brown in the third round with the 81st pick of the MLB draft last month as an outfielder, he starred as a pitcher and outfielder at Pepperdine for three seasons.
SPORTS
July 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and director of player development Joe Jordan couldn't have been more frank when assessing the minor-league system. "There are not enough offensive players in our system," Amaro said last week. "We feel we need to do better than that, and it certainly is something that is a priority for us. " Jordan went further. "We need more of everything," he said. "We are like 29 other teams. " In fairness, the system has helped the team in a few spots this year.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
CONVICTED sex trafficker Robert Spence will spend more years in prison than his teenage victim had been alive when he lured her and pimped her for cash, a Philadelphia judge ruled yesterday. After denying a motion to delay the sentencing in Spence's case, which dragged on for five years after his 2009 arrest, Judge Robert P. Coleman slapped the 46-year-old pimp with a sentence of 17 to 34 years for crimes including human trafficking, sexual exploitation of children and promoting prostitution of a minor.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Anthony Linder was 15, he says, he received a deadly invitation. Members of a violent street gang known as Mara-18 surrounded him near his grandparents' house in the Honduran city of Choloma, and demanded that he join them. "They told me I could make a lot of money. I told them I don't want to be part of it, because I would have to assault, and I would have to kill, people - and I don't like hurting anybody," he said through an interpreter. He said he was given 10 days to change his mind or face his "sentence" - effectively, death.
SPORTS
June 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH A SHORT supply of outfield production at the big-league level and a dearth of outfield depth in the minor leagues, the Phillies took a flyer yesterday on a former three-time All-Star. The Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal. He'll report to Triple A Lehigh Valley tomorrow. "I'd like to have more production in the outfield," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's pretty simple. If we think [he can provide it] after watching him play in Lehigh Valley, then we'll bring him. " Sizemore, who turns 32 in August, made three straight American League All-Star teams from 2006-08 while with the Cleveland Indians.
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June 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies took interest in Grady Sizemore's comeback last winter, but not the way the Red Sox did. Boston offered Sizemore, 31, a guaranteed major-league contract. The Red Sox released the former Cleveland Indians star on June 18 after 205 mediocre plate appearances and a .216 batting average - significant because no outfield corps is worse than Boston's. On Tuesday, the Phillies decided Sizemore was worth the zero risk of a minor-league deal. The talented but often-injured Sizemore will report Thursday to triple-A Lehigh Valley for an audition in center field.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commonwealth Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by minority investors in SugarHouse Casino seeking to block the reissue of Philadelphia's second casino license. The minority investors, led by Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague and auto magnate Robert Potamkin, argued in the lawsuit filed last August that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board had no authority to reissue the license that went to the failed Foxwoods Casino. That license was revoked in December 2010. Sprague said the group would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, perhaps as soon as this week.
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