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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.
SPORTS
June 28, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies appear ready to dispatch Floyd Youmans to the minor leagues rather than release him. General manager Lee Thomas said last night that he was leaning in that direction, although a decision on the disappointing pitcher is not likely until Friday, when the Phillies will return home. "One option would be to release him or outright him," Thomas said. "Another option would be for him to go to the minors, and we will decide in the next day or two what to do. "He's not going to start for us right now, with the way he's been throwing.
SPORTS
April 17, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
With Mark Portugal ready to come off the disabled list in time to make his first Phillies start Saturday night against the Expos, the Phillies find themselves in the all-too-familiar position of having to make a roster move. Portugal will replace Michael Mimbs in the rotation. It seems likely, however, Mimbs will remain in the bullpen as a second lefthander, along with Erik Plantenberg. "Mimbsie is intriguing," manager Terry Francona said. "The idea is to get him consistent, but he throws 90 [mph]
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May 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Zach Eflin, the youngest pitcher in the International League, is not showing his age in his first season at triple A. The 22-year-old righthander pitched seven shutout innings Wednesday to lower his ERA to 2.36, the seventh-best mark among pitchers who have made at least seven starts. The average age of the six pitchers better than Eflin is 24.83. Eflin has struck out 39 batters and walked just seven in 452/3 innings. His strikeout rate - 7.7 per nine innings - is three better than his mark last season.
SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Within walking distance of the Sleep Inn and Suites in Hagerstown, Md., is a Waffle House, Wendy's, Cracker Barrel, Burger King, McDonald's, and a 7-Eleven tucked behind a gas station. This is where the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws stay three times a season, when they pile into a bus for a South Atlantic League road trip. Shane Watson, a former first-round pick back at Lakewood after shoulder surgery, prefers the Cracker Barrel. A few weeks ago, when Lakewood visited Hagerstown, Watson planned to dine there for lunch - until a caterer carried salmon and some steamed vegetables into the hotel lobby.
NEWS
April 24, 2016
Government health officials will team up with minor-league baseball in a $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign's central message this summer - "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" - through advertising and promotions with players. The Food and Drug Administration says its latest effort targets white, rural males who are more likely to use dip, chew and other smokeless tobacco products. Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's tobacco program, said many young people don't understand the health effects of smokeless tobacco.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
That old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions should be the epitaph for the Minority Venture Partnership, an unsuccessful program run by the defunct Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp. that failed miserably to deliver on its promise to create jobs. MVP was created in 1993 using $1.5 million in state money and $500,000 from PNC Bank. Gov. Robert Casey and Mayor Ed Rendell said another $8 million would be raised for the fund within a year, but that never happened.
NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
On paper it seemed pretty simple. The state gave a newly created venture capital fund $1.5 million to invest in small minority businesses in Philadelphia. Those businesses would share their profits with the fund and the money could be used to invest in more businesses. But 20 years and several lawsuits later, taxpayers lost on their bet. Of $1.25 million invested in 14 businesses between 2004 and 2006, the city recovered only $225,000. Nine of the businesses paid nothing back.
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