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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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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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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.
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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
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
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
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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April 18, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia on Wednesday moved to the forefront of a national movement to protect immigrants from deportation over minor and nonviolent crimes. Amid cheers and applause by immigrant-rights groups, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order to end the city's compliance with federal agents' requests to hold arrested immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial. Advocates at the standing-room-only ceremony at City Hall - some in tears - hailed the order as historic and "one of the most progressive anti-deportation policies" in the country.
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April 18, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County man is facing charges over serving alcohol at his daughter's Sweet 16 party at his home last month, authorities said. Whitemarsh Township police arrived at Arthur Blumenthal's house about 10:30 p.m. March 21 and found an underage boy lying in the grass and vomiting, county District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Police Chief Michael Beaty said. The teen was hospitalized and treated for an alcohol overdose. In the basement of the home, officers found more than 60 minors, and a large amount of beer and empty cans.
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April 17, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Woodbury Board of Education member who resigned from the post abruptly this year did so after, according to court records, he was charged with giving two minors unspecified medication. Curtis Campbell, 43, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with distributing prescription drugs to two unidentified minors, child endangerment, and child abuse relating to the drug disbursement, according to complaints filed by the Woodbury Police Department and provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
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April 14, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MICHAEL A. BROWN, who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become founder/president of Environmental Construction Services in the Far Northeast, said yesterday that he is moving his company to Oxford Circle to make it a job-providing "pillar of the community. " Brown said that in 2010 when he founded the company - which retrofits businesses to reduce their energy costs - people told him he couldn't find skilled employees in Philadelphia. They were wrong. "In one year, I grew our company from four employees to 32 - everyone from energy auditors to union sheet metalworkers, pipe fitters and plumbers," Brown said.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg said he knows who will start Saturday for the Phillies, but he was not ready to reveal the decision Wednesday. All signs, nonetheless, point to Jonathan Pettibone's earning the promotion. David Buchanan was eliminated from contention when he threw 93 pitches Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. He would have to start Saturday on short rest, and Sandberg said that is not an option. The other possibility is Jeff Manship, who is the long man in the Phillies bullpen. But Manship threw 13 pitches in a scoreless inning of relief Wednesday.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darrell Roth Gordon, 87, of Marlton, who operated one of the first automobile dealerships in the region owned by a minority-group member, died Tuesday, March 25, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Gordon was born in Philadelphia to parents who had migrated to the United States from Guyana. He attended Central High School, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Gordon also attended the University of Pennsylvania, where there were only three other minorities in his graduating class, according to his daughter Laura.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While the Phillies played their final spring game in Florida, a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Thursday, Cole Hamels was next door at the minor-league complex beginning his journey back to the rotation. Recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, Hamels made his first start this spring in a game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor-leaguers. Hamels pitched two innings, although traditional rules did not hold. He wanted to face more batters, so he recorded four outs in the first inning and five outs in the second.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - Cody Asche has warded off the competition from the Phillies' top prospect and will be the opening-day starter at third base. This is not a surprise, but it's now official, after 21-year-old Maikel Franco was reassigned to the Phillies minor-league camp on Saturday. When asked if the competition is over, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, responded: "Uh, yeah. " Franco, who combined for 31 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .926 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading last year, needed a spectacular spring to unseat Asche.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
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