October 2, 1996 |
A West Philadelphia newsstand operator was shot in the back during a dispute yesterday morning with a police officer. George Major, 62, of Nedro Street near Broad, was in stable condition last night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a bullet wound to his lower back. The officer, Gerard McPhillips, 42, a seven-year veteran assigned to the 18th Police District, was taken off street duty pending an investigation, said Commissioner Richard Neal. Two men who said they witnessed the shooting at 52nd and Market streets, but did not want to give their names, said Major - known as "Ali" to customers of his wooden stand under the Market-Frankford El - had his hands up and his back to the officer when the shot was fired.
January 25, 1990 |
Patrons of some Philadelphia newsstands had to dig out an extra two cents to buy copies of the Daily News and Inquirer yesterday. The newspapers didn't raise prices, but 41 newsstands began charging 37 cents instead of the 35-cent price printed on the front of the papers. The news dealers, mostly in Center City, said the extra two pennies cover increases in the wholesale prices of the papers. Most other retail news outlets, including vending machines, continued charging 35 cents for the newspapers.
June 1, 1989 |
Martin I. Rudnitsky, 63, better known as "Marty," a newsstand operator who called du Ponts by their first names, sold cigars to the stars, and once got himself arrested to protest censorship laws, died Tuesday at his residence in Wilmington. Since 1973, Mr. Rudnitsky had owned and operated the Smoke Shop at Delaware and DuPont Streets, which is something of an institution in Wilmington. In the 1960s, he had presided over another such institution in Camden, a newsstand called Shorty's.
February 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Magazine distributor Robert B. Cohen, who built the Hudson News chain of newsstands from one store at LaGuardia Airport and changed the way travelers spend their downtime, has died at age 86. Cohen was already a giant in the magazine and newspaper distribution business when he decided to launch a retail chain in 1987. His stores were a break from the claustrophobic newsstands of the past, boasting hundreds of magazines instead of just a few dozen, with tall racks and bright lighting that invited customers to browse.
September 24, 1987 |
Fall asserts itself in the early chill of morning, but no more than the bees do, swarming pestily around the doughnuts and coffee on the counter at Berman's Newstand. Customers swarm around at this hour, too, drawn by the same doughnuts and coffee but also by the stacks of newspapers and by habit and a sense of continuity and, of course, by the lottery tickets. "You're wastin' your money," a man says to several others lined up at the ticket window. "I done got the winning ticket already.
November 10, 2000 |
The rush-hour attack was swift and vicious. A man hurled acid in a newsstand owner's face in Center City yesterday and then trotted down a nearby stairway to a subway, where he escaped. Investigators were trying to determine whether the culprit was a deranged sicko acting randomly or a calculating avenger with a twisted mission in mind. Ayalnesh Abay, 44, of 69th Street near Dicks Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia, was being treated at Temple University Hospital for severe burns to her face and chest.
January 29, 1990 |
Hurry, hurry, hurry. The fast-food industry discovered that sales would get a boost by offering customers the speed of service provided by a drive-through window. Banks, too, found that many customers liked drive-throughs to avoid standing in long lines. Now, a pair of Pennsylvania entrepreneurs, eyeing a money-making venture in the newspaper vending business, are latching on to the idea. Scott Biltz and Ken Beck have paired their business backgrounds to create the drive-through newsstand.
April 28, 2001 |
Her face has been forever scarred by a demon who attacked her so violently that she can no longer see the world the same way again. But Ayalnesh Abay has yet to see justice. After a court proceeding yesterday, the 45-year-old former Center City newsstand operator, partially blinded and wearing sunglasses, asked Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb if cops had caught the man who threw lye in her face as she worked in her newsstand last November. "No," replied Lipscomb.
November 11, 1996 |
Ask Garry McAdams about the all-new Avenue of the Arts, that fine promenade of granite and gleaming pavement and fancy streetlights stretching in both directions from City Hall on Broad Street. Then stand back. "I've been crushed like a grape," said McAdams, whose newsstand at the northwest corner of Broad and Locust Streets faces the sidewalk along a stretch of the $15 million project, which commands its own page in the Rendell administration's brag book. "The Avenue of the Arts is new, and that's all that matters right now. " That means conformity.
May 17, 2013 |
THE 1955 CHEVY was a classic example of sleek automotive design. And it was fast, powered by Chevrolet's first V-8 engine. Roland Price Sharpe Jr. worked hard on his '55, rebuilding it and freshening up the paint so that he could show it off to his pals in West Philadelphia who were working on their own cars. They would take their prized vehicles to a street in South Philadelphia where they would display them, and also, not exactly legally, race when the cops weren't looking.