March 30, 2013 |
To a steak shop in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section that remains pretty much as it was when it opened 64 years ago, big change is coming Monday. Chink's Steaks on Torresdale Avenue is taking on a new name: Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop. Some will consider it a long-overdue act of racial sensitivity at a business whose name - the founder's nickname since childhood and a slur against Chinese - has drawn fire from Asian-Americans. Others no doubt will protest the switch, including regulars who have griped about any shift in how things are done at the retro-1950s eatery, even the addition of french fries to the menu about four years ago. Some might even think it's an April Fool's prank.
March 30, 2013
Francis P. McAleer, 78, of Maple Glen, who operated a tool company in Philadelphia's Germantown section for 25 years, died Monday, March 25, in a single-car accident near Millville, N.J. Mr. McAleer was driving north on Route 55 about 11 a.m. when his car went off the road and struck a tree, police said. He operated B&F Tool Shop in the 6300 block of Musgrave Street for 25 years before he retired in 1994. The company repaired large machines. Mr. McAleer was born on Feb. 24, 1935 in Philadelphia, the son of Francis and Katherine McAleer.
March 25, 2013 |
Ronald R. Thoma, 78, of Churchville, a retired packaging company executive and former tavern owner, died Tuesday, March 19, of respiratory failure at home. Born and raised in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, Mr. Thoma graduated from Frankford High School and Temple University by attending at night. He retired in 2000 as a senior vice president after 46 years at Crown Cork & Seal, a packaging firm in Philadelphia. He and his family owned and operated the Coach Dog Tavern at 1063 Street Rd. in Southampton for 23 years, ending in 1994, when it was sold and razed to make room for an Applebee's.
March 21, 2013 |
CONCERNED WITH how it will be officiated, NFL owners meeting in Phoenix delayed voting Tuesday on a rule change that would ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders in the open field. After approving two other rule changes to enhance player safety, they stalled on the more contentious issue. NFL senior vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said the owners plan to vote on it Wednesday before the meetings end. The owners outlawed peel-back blocks anywhere on the field; previously, they were illegal only inside the tackle box. A player makes a peel-back block when he is moving toward his goal line, approaches an opponent from behind or the side, and makes contact below the waist.
March 21, 2013 |
Two construction executives conspired to force their employees to pay kickbacks to keep their jobs at a Fort Dix reconstruction project and then also conspired to falsify wage records, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Camden on Tuesday. Leonard Santos, 66, of Yardley, owner of Sands Mechanical Inc. in Bristol, and Alex Rabinovich, 57, of Richboro, the company's general manager, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Meanwhile, federal investigators combed through Sands' offices, according to Santos' attorney, Joel D. Rosen of West Windsor, N.J. "No [kickback]
March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Bring on the snow, the sleet, the howling wind, Jeffrey Lurie said on a brilliantly sunny, mid-80s day in Arizona, a light breeze ruffling his hair, as he stood in the shade on a covered outdoor corridor at the Arizona Biltmore hotel during a break in the NFL meetings. When asked whether he regretted his vote in favor of holding the NFL's first cold-weather, open-stadium Super Bowl next February in East Rutherford, N.J., Lurie said he did not. Then he obligingly took things a step further, for grateful Philadelphia reporters looking for a nice headline.
March 15, 2013 |
AEG, THE COMPANY that owns the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the Staples Center, is no longer for sale, billionaire owner Philip Anschutz said Thursday. The announcement came amid efforts by the company to build a downtown stadium to lure an NFL team back to Los Angeles. Anschutz said in a statement that he had made it clear that he wouldn't sell the AEG sports and entertainment company unless the right buyer came forward. "They wanted more than what people were willing to pay," said Paul Swangard , managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at University of Oregon.
March 13, 2013 |
On the short block of South 47th Street between Paschall and Grays Ferry Avenues, there is a row of once-lovely, now-busted brick rowhouses. Porches sag, windows are shattered, and doorways are boarded up. One building in particular, 1503 S. 47th, is in the worst shape, with an orange Clean and Seal notice from the Department of Licenses and Inspections posted in July 2011 on plywood where the front door should be. Tax delinquent? Check. Code violations? Check. Owner? Guy Thigpen.
March 6, 2013 |
THE ANNUAL Forbes magazine billionaire list is out, and this year Philadelphia can boast just one billionaire owner - the Sixers' Joshua Harris. Harris, who lives in New York but graduated from Penn's Wharton School, saw his estimated wealth rise to $2.1 billion, ranking his fortune at No. 243 in the United States, 704 in the world. Harris, cofounder and managing director of investment firm Apollo Global Management, "saw his fortune increase $600 million in the past year as shares of Apollo, which went public in 2011, rose to new highs," according to Forbes . Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fell off the list this year, with last summer's divorce the obvious explanation.