November 25, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This town has always had its bosses. Its political Nuckys, Haps, and Sonnys, its corporate Steves and Donalds, its gangster Nickys and Joeys. But is the Boardwalk Empire ready for a new emperor? One with unilateral power to sideline the city's Republican mayor and Democratic council, throw out municipal labor contracts, sell off assets, slash spending, and privatize city departments? Jon F. Hanson, powerful two-time author of how-to-save-Atlantic-City reports delivered to Gov. Christie, is proposing exactly that - an emergency manager with "extraordinary supervisory powers" to stabilize a cratering city where casinos have closed and debt and taxes have skyrocketed.
June 16, 2014 |
On May 12, 1979 - the day he disappeared - Nicholas Peter Zizzamia, 22, borrowed his dad's Pontiac. The shy, sensitive Villanova University accounting major left his family's home at 322 Surrey Rd. in Cherry Hill around noon, saying he had to pick up graduation tickets on campus. Five hours later, Zizzamia called and told his parents he'd be back by 8 p.m. But he didn't arrive at Villanova, and he didn't go home, either. After he didn't show up at graduation, his parents reported him missing May 14. The Pontiac was found the following day, parked behind his father's popular barbershop, the Golden Razor, at 10 Grove St. in Cherry Hill.
April 28, 2013 |
ATTENTION, MOTORISTS: Be on the lookout for a hotheaded driver on Roosevelt Boulevard who'll knock your teeth out if you diss him. I share this warning because the guy is a menace, even if a certain cop in the 8th Police District doesn't think so. And I want to spread the word before someone gets beaten up, the way William Velasquez did. Last Saturday afternoon, Velasquez, 40, was cruising north on Roosevelt near Welsh Road, headed for Walmart....
May 16, 2012 |
Even in Philadelphia, where a murder happens almost every day, the deadly chain of events set in motion by Ivan Rodriguez and Donta Craddock stands out for its sheer devastation: four young people, from the age of 22 years to 11 months, killed by a speeding, out-of-control Pontiac that struck them on a Feltonville sidewalk June 10, 2009. Killed that evening were Remedy Smith, 11 months; Aaliyah Griffin, 6, and Gina Marie Rosario, 7. Remedy's mother, LaToya Smith, 22, died the next day. On Tuesday, Craddock, 21, seated in the wheelchair that he has needed since being paralyzed from the waist down in the accident, pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and related charges.
March 17, 2010 |
Have you watched an episode of your favorite product lately? As advertising has grown more pervasive, advertisers have had to get more cunning about reaching potential customers. While commercials once paid for television entertainment, the popularity of the digital video recorder and other technologies has forced entertainment to become the commercial. We can't fast-forward through advertising that's part of the show. CBS' Survivor was a TV pioneer in many ways, not least its use of product placement.
June 12, 2009 |
It was a warm night, and a watchful adult was outside, sitting on a step with her baby. Otherwise, 6-year-old Aaliyah Griffin never would have been allowed to play outside her Feltonville rowhouse. Two doors down, Gina Marie Rosario, 7, begged her mother to play with the new neighbor girl. Aaliyah had a jump rope, and Gina wanted to teach her a game. And then, before anyone could react, a silver Pontiac streaked down Third Street. It plowed into the four and came to rest wedged between a house and a utility pole.
April 28, 2009 |
Pontiac. It began 83 years ago as a line of cars unoriginally named after a town in Michigan, which was itself named after a Native American chief. Over the decades, Pontiac would evolve into an automotive brand so cool it spawned collectors' clubs and a muscle car - the GTO - honored in song by the Beach Boys (and Jan and Dean, and Ronny and the Daytonas before them). So it was with considerable sadness that the region's Pontiac enthusiasts - from car dealers to car owners - reacted to the latest fist-to-the-midsection announcement by General Motors Corp.
September 15, 2007
Two people died and three were injured in a five-vehicle collision last night on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Officials said the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 8800 block, near Winchester Avenue. The operator of a northbound red Pontiac lost control and the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane, striking two other vehicles, officials said. A male and female in the Pontiac, who were not identified, were both ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Three occupants from the other two vehicles sustained minor injuries and were taken to Nazareth Hospital, where they were in stable condition, officials said.
April 5, 2006 |
Like many people, I save a lot of coupons. But most of the ones I save I never use. Either I forget to take them to the store, or when I get there I find out that they are hopelessly out of date. But I can't stop myself from clipping coupons. I love bargains. Needless to say, manufacturers' coupons that say "no expiration date" are the best for me. Store coupons tend to expire in a week or two. A few weeks ago, I got some coupons from McDonald's in the mail. My wife and I each had a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich - for the price of one. A lot of restaurants give you a price break if you remember to carry their coupons.
January 11, 2006 |
General Motors Corp. said yesterday that it would lower the prices on 57 of its 76 models in North America in an effort to boost its sliding market share and wean buyers off expensive incentives. Mark LaNeve, vice president of sales and marketing for the world's biggest automaker, told reporters that the program would lower the manufacturer's suggested retail price by as much as $2,500 on some vehicles, but that the average decrease would be $1,300. "We want it to be crystal clear that with or without incentives, you're getting a great price," said LaNeve, who spoke while attending the North American International Auto Show.