October 27, 1988 |
"I hate bombs with a passion," Silvio Ioannucci told the federal judge yesterday, insisting he had been framed and mistakenly convicted by a jury of conspiring to sell powerful pipe bombs seasoned with roofing nails. "I will come out smelling like a rose," added Ioannucci, who offered to take a lie detector test "because I know I did not do anything wrong. " U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner said he would order a polygraph test for Ioannucci, a reputed associate of organized crime figures, but the judge refused to postpone sentencing and jailed him for up to 63 months without chance for parole.
May 18, 1990 |
Remember the garbage scow they towed halfway around the world looking for a place to dump it? You ain't heard nothin' yet. This is about a disassembled theater pipe organ - seven truck trailer loads' worth - that wandered the highways and byways for nearly a quarter of a century seeking a suitable home and a loving family. The story begins in 1928, when the M.P. Moller Co. of Hagerstown, Md., delivered and installed its $17,000 Opus 5230, a 3-rank, 204-stop, 1,400-pipe organ, in Mt. Airy.
October 3, 1993 |
Before the water is pumped in, the coal burned, and the electricity produced, the public was given a chance to look inside the Keystone Generating Plant being built along the banks of the Delaware River here. Builders and managers of the $500 million plant last week showed off the progress at the site, where ground was broken in the spring of 1992. Work is ahead of schedule, said Keystone project manager Richard Ciliberti. The plant is expected to go into full operation by the end of next year.
November 13, 1997 |
Looming between a pipe dream and reality lie plans to build a CVS drugstore on the site of an abandoned and dilapidated bowling alley on the west side of town. A pipe dream because the developer, Chancellor Development Group, has yet to submit site plans to the township Zoning Board; and yet reality, because the developer has had informal talks with the township for the proposed CVS, and has received a tentative thumbs up for the project. According to Township Administrator Ken Carruth, before submitting plans to the Zoning Board, Chancellor wanted to discuss past flooding problems at the two-acre site, which lies between Marlton Pike and Beacon Avenue, where the Ivy Lanes bowling alley now stands empty and abandoned.
September 18, 1994 |
As John Rende tells the story, he was sold on the idea of having his right index finger chopped off until it was time, like, to actually do it. At least, this is one of the ways that Rende has told the story. It might change. Rende, a dentist, and two ex-New Yorkers living the good life down here, where suburbia is landscaped to Disneylike perfection and everyone lives within a wedge shot of a fairway, allegedly staged a bizarre scheme to bilk insurance companies out of more than $1.6 million.
March 1, 1994 |
A Board of Education proposal for a 10 percent liquor-by-the-drink tax to help overcome expected School District deficits ran into opposition yesterday from some City Council members. Board of Education President Rotan Lee explained in budget hearings his hopes for the tax, after telling Council members that the district wouldn't seek increased real-estate taxes this year. During the eight-hour session, one Council member called the expected revenue "a pipe dream," and another told Lee the tax was no "cure-all" for the district's many problems.
February 4, 2004
Pa.'s loss of doctors especially bad for seniors I am active with the Politically Active Physicians Association, and I advertise in the Public Record. From what I know, Murray Dubin's article is dead-on accurate ("Tayoun's son plans to challenge Fumo," Jan. 29). The association has a mailing list of thousands. The question is: Will the doctors contribute? They are not known for their political generosity, and in a city and state where political connections drive policy, this has not helped them or us. Pennsylvania's aging population is losing 300 to 1,000 of its 30,000 doctors each year.
April 15, 1990 |
A waterlogged Springfield Township neighborhood plagued by poor storm drainage may see a pipe dream come true. Commissioners Wednesday night voted to investigate whether federal community development money can be used for a new pipe to help prevent flood damage to homes, streets, curbs and sanitary-sewer systems. The area, which is in Wyndmoor at Pleasant Avenue and down through New Street, will be surveyed to determine if income levels of homeowners would fall within eligibility guidelines for block grants as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency that oversees the community development program.
August 2, 1992 |
Long-sought storm-water drainage improvements along Route 413 in Bristol Township will continue to be a pipe dream. The Township Council last week, following Managing Director Carmen Raddi's suggestion, voted unanimously to inform the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that Bristol cannot afford the $436,000 drainage project. Bristol has an estimated $1 million budget deficit. And the council doesn't think the voters would approve a bond issue for the project. July 7, PennDot notified the township that it would be responsible for the cost of the drainage work, which was part of a $30 million state project.
September 7, 1994 |
Most of what you read or hear about the Philadelphia school system is negative. Little, if anything, has to do with curriculum, standards or facilities. We all read about guns, drugs and teen-age pregnancy. Or racial politics in selecting the superintendent - meaningless to the success of this school system and the future of our children. Divergent interests of the various parties take each in totally different directions, often putting them at odds with the others, and the children suffer.