October 18, 2004
On Sept. 11, 2001, I turned on the television just after the first plane had hit the World Trade Center, and my view of our world changed. The terrorists made it perfectly clear: we're at war. The President told us way back in September 2001 that this war on terrorism was going to go on in various ways for years, and may not end in our lifetimes. Go look at the speeches. This isn't a little thing that will be over in one fell swoop. It's not a 4 month war after which we go home with our movies and medals.
March 18, 1992 |
The Paulsboro council last night renewed the liquor license of the Poodle Inn, a downtown bar that police Chief Roger DiStefano has called a major nuisance. The Borough Council had denied the tavern a license in June, but owner Janette Ramer appealed the decision. The council changed its vote last night after Council President Jeanne Giampoli said the earlier decision might not have held up in court and after Ramer agreed to conditions the council placed on the bar. Among those conditions: A manager must be present at all times while the bar is open.
October 8, 1997 |
Trying to crank up his sputtering campaign for district attorney, Republican Jack McMahon charged yesterday that Democratic incumbent Lynne M. Abraham was taking a "run-and-hide" stance on street crime and police corruption. McMahon delivered his comments during a news conference - his first in two months - in which he pledged to form one special unit in the District Attorney's Office to fight "quality of life" crimes, such as car theft and vandalism, and another to guard against the kind of misconduct uncovered in the 39th Police District scandal.
March 4, 1996 |
FIRST THEY GET THEIR KICKS, THEN THEY GET THEIR REWARD A bunch of soccer players in Brazil are having a cow. Literally. The new top executive of the Brazilian soccer club Londrina, who also happens to be a big cattle rancher, said the team is so deep in debt that he could no longer afford to give bonuses for good performances. He's decided, instead, to reward his players in cows. Kind of the score-a-goal-get-a-bovine system of motivation. So far, he's handed out 20 head of cattle, and is prepared to dispense with another 50 depending on how the players do. It's not for nothing he's known as the "cash cow" of Brazilian soccer.
January 18, 1991 |
It is, said a local school superintendent, "what lawyers call an attractive nuisance. " Soaring 100 feet above a sharp bend in Crum Creek, and shadowing a lovely meadow to the south, the railroad bridge on the Swarthmore College campus is indeed attractive. Nuisance, however, might be understating the case. In the last seven years, five young men have died in falls from the trestle on SEPTA's Media-West Chester line, either in accidents or suicides. The most recent incident involved a 20-year-old Rose Valley man, who leapt from the bridge earlier this month, six months after his best friend slipped and fell to his death there.
January 27, 1997 |
Jim Kenney has just learned that his best friend's South Philadelphia home was burglarized - in broad daylight. "While they're out working, some piece of . . . is crawling through his window to support his drug habit," fumes Kenney, the at-large city councilman who has made a mission of improving the quality of life in Philadelphia. His mantra: Nuisance crimes can make urban life miserable. Crack down on that, Kenney says, and you might start to reverse the exodus to the suburbs.
October 16, 1992 |
Since its inception in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been working aggressively to improve the quality of life for African-Americans. We are deeply troubled because here in Philadelphia, the quality of life is being destroyed by the crime and chaos associated with nuisance bars. Nuisance bars and "Stop 'n Goes" are feeding grounds for society's enemies: shootings, robberies, disorderly crowds . . . and substance abusers. One tragedy is that brave residents who battle these nuisance establishments have found the Liquor Control Board (LCB)
October 10, 2007 |
ON TUESDAY, the first case at the city's Rental Housing Court will be heard at the 8th Police District in Northeast Philadelphia. This long-awaited development will finally tackle the long-standing and destructive practice of irresponsible absentee landlords and nuisance rentals in the city. This project is a two-year labor of hard work and dedication by the Department of Licenses & Inspections, Municipal Court, local civic and community organizations in Northeast Philadelphia and my office, which investigated these nuisance rentals.
December 18, 2007
The ghost of Frank Rizzo lives. Except now, the late top cop and mayor appears to be walking a suburban beat. An Inquirer series on suburban police practices that concludes today reads like a throwback to the 1960s, when the Philly cops under Rizzo were known for meting out street justice - especially in black neighborhoods. The series details how police officers in Coatesville, Darby, Pottstown and other suburbs have racked up some of the highest arrest rates in America for such minor offenses as loitering, disorderly conduct and jaywalking.
December 24, 2013 |
WHEN THE MOOD strikes and the music's just right, patrons of Club Aura in Northern Liberties can get up out of their seats . . . and stand there. Owner Marc Stein said no customer, not even comedian Dave Chappelle, who stopped in over the weekend, is allowed to dance there, because the club doesn't have a special-assembly occupancy license required by the city. And he now realizes that he'll probably never get one. "I actually have to tell the bouncers to intervene if they see someone dancing in here.