December 15, 1996 |
With the holiday travel season approaching its peak and airline safety concerns running high, travelers should be prepared to find airport regulations more tightly enforced this year. Airport managers say that passengers have adjusted to stricter enforcement and that wait times have not gotten out of control. Even so, this is not a good time to arrive at the airport at the last minute, because lines at the security points almost certainly will be long during peak periods. Anticipating the following security measures will help speed you along, according to the Federal Aviation Administration: Bring photo identification with you. While many airlines were sporadically checking IDs last year, most of them are vigilant this year.
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.
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.
October 24, 1995 |
Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. plans to reduce its workforce by 7 percent and trim some zoned suburban sections of The Inquirer to reduce costs, company officials said yesterday. PNI, which publishes The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, said it would offer buyouts to both unionized and independent employees as part of its effort to eliminate the equivalent of 230 to 250 full-time positions. The company employs about 3,300. "It is my hope that we receive enough requests for buyouts to avoid the need to reduce jobs through other means," publisher Robert J. Hall said in a memo to PNI's staff.
October 12, 1994 |
Mark D. Wolgin, businessman and humanitarian, died Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 48 and lived in Center City. In 1976, Wolgin opened his first Newsstand restaurant in Centre Square. The English pub atmosphere with an international newsstand was such a success that he expanded the concept to other locations. Less known to the general public though, was Wolgin's charity work, such as the annual "Celebrity Serves," in which local and national sports, show business and political figures served as waiters and waitresses at a benefit that raised money for the Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.
October 12, 1994 |
Mark D. Wolgin, 48, a former restaurateur who developed and ran fitness programs for recovering addicts, the mentally ill and the elderly, died Monday at his home in Center City. He came to the city's attention in 1976 with the opening of the first of his Newsstands, which were English-pub-style restaurants and bars with an international stock of newspapers and magazines. The next year, he made the Newsstand the center of Celebrity Serves, a fund-raising event for the Children's Cancer Research Center at Children's Hospital.
August 30, 1994 |
In a few of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania suburbs, the new newspaper down at the old newsstand does not speak like a typical chronicler of suburban concerns. No reports from droning meetings of local officials. No coverage of beer-belly bar-league baseball. And definitely no announcements of the marriages and divorces that mark the passions and pains of small-town life. The paper is the Sunday Times. The Sunday Times of London. "Railtrack to hire 200 to break strike.
July 20, 1994 |
Jae Sook Kim, owner of Kim's Newsstand at the Market East train station, is serving a whole new clientele. And she has O.J. Simpson to thank. People who would never before admit to buying a supermarket tabloid are openly laying down their buck and a quarter since the Simpson coverage began. Kim can't give exact figures on how much extra she's taken in with headlines such as the Globe's "O.J.'s Dad Was a Drag Queen Who Died of AIDS. " But she's quite sure that "more people have been buying those since the start of the O.J. murder case.
July 8, 1994 |
Patricia Buchanan and Gary Burlingame want cleaner streets in Philadelphia - cleaner in moral sensibilities. Buchanan and Burlingame, Holmesburg residents, lead the Northeast Coalition Against Pornography, a group of about two dozen people who want to rid stores and newsstands of brazen displays of skin magazines. The group wants the city to enforce laws already on the books prohibiting the public display of such magazines and the sale of more hard-core material that meets the legal definition of obscenity.
February 21, 1994 |
A robbery suspect led police on a chase through several towns yesterday before going down a 40-foot embankment and careening through the air onto Interstate 295, causing a multivehicle accident that left one man critically injured. Richard Schroder, 31, of Clementon, was being held in Gloucester County jail last night on $25,000 cash bail. He faced robbery, assault, drug and related charges after the afternoon crash, which shut down the southbound lanes of I-295 for more than two hours.