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January 14, 1990 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Jonathan Berr, Special to The Inquirer
When Prohibition clutched the tiny town of Washington Crossing 70 years ago, Anna Shaudys was a sturdy Christian soldier who fretted over tales that bootleggers were toting moonshine and shotguns through the rural night. The whiskey breath on the neighborhood drunk, a retired tailor named Isaac Lipman, also permeated her childhood, smelling of sin and charm. And Shaudys' picture of alcoholism was simply sketched: Lipman clumsily loading himself into a horse-drawn wagon at twilight and setting off for the musty saloons in Trenton.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At a time when branding is paramount and every wannabe celebrity hopes to be photographed for online viewing, why would a new bar open without signs, advertising, or PR? And who would have the audacity - in this Facebook/Foursquare society - to forbid cellphone use or cameras inside? Welcome to Hop Sing Laundromat at 10th and Race Streets, Philadelphia's most-anticipated secluded barroom, with 12 months of buzz behind it. If blogging is any sign of sizzle, Hop Sing Laundromat has been aflame for a whole year - and that's before it opened, garnering more than 50 combined mentions on local blogs "Foobooz," "Meal Ticket," "Grub Street," "The Insider," and "Eater Philly.
NEWS
August 19, 1986 | BY BRUCE GITTLEMAN
As a challenge to the constitutionality of cannabis (marijuana) prohibition, and to halt the repression of rights under color of statute, and to protect the abuse of the law, as it has been demonstrated, I offer these legal, scientific and historical facts: Given that it was deemed necessary to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit ethanol/drinking alcohol, the present prohibition of cannabis, deriving as it does from a mere statute (Marijuana...
NEWS
September 15, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Lower Moreland commissioners have met in another attempt to end the confusion over the township's prohibition against leaf burning. On Tuesday, the commissioners decided that the leaf-burning ban would remain, but that it would not be enforced unless there were complaints. Township manager Alison D. Winter on Thursday attempted to explain the commissioners' actions. "Township officials are not going to be out riding around, looking for people who are burning leaves," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011
SURE, THAT CUP of bathtub gin might be laced with deadly wood alcohol. But bouts of blindness, leg amputation and sudden death notwithstanding, boozing during the Prohibition - at least as depicted in the new Ken Burns three-part docu-film airing on PBS next week - sure looks fun. The dandies in tuxedos, the girls in flapper dresses dancing to the raucous music of jazz bands as gallons of lager sprays from speakeasy faucets - wow, the...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, close enough to Atlantic City to occasionally bask in the glow of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," gets only a few glancing mentions in PBS' "Prohibition. " Society Hill bootlegger Max "Boo Boo" Hoff, described as a "sometime boxing manager," makes the cut, though we don't learn much about him. In Philadelphia, we're told, "citizens bought up homemade drinks with names like Happy Sally, Jump Steady and Soda Pop Moon. " "Prohibition" doesn't say what went into those concoctions, but maybe it's better not to know: It does list ingredients for a Chicago favorite, Yak-Yak Bourbon, described as "raw alcohol, flavored with burnt sugar and iodine.
NEWS
August 2, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The entrance to the auditorium at the National Constitution Center was beset by faux demonstrators Tuesday morning, a ring of young women carrying signs denouncing the evils of drink. Inside, a raucous jazz quartet from Bucks County's Pennsbury High School filled the room with Prohibition-era tunes. Constitution Center marketing staffers were decked out in flapper feathers and red dresses. All the hubbub was in service to the Constitution's 18th Amendment - and the center's big fall exhibition, "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," which will open Oct. 19 and run through April 28, 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011
* PROHIBITION. 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, WHYY. * BOARDWALK EMPIRE. 9 p.m. Sundays, HBO.   WE DIDN'T really need Ken Burns to tell us there was nothing dry about Prohibition. Not with HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" already partying on for its second season in a long-ago Atlantic City. But it's nice to be sure. And there's nothing like a documentary miniseries from Burns and his producing partner, Lynn Novick, to make it clear that HBO hasn't cornered the market on colorful characters when it comes to telling the story of the 18th Amendment, one of history's better illustrations of the law of unintended consequences.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
rFor almost a century, suffragettes, preachers, populists, presidential candidates, progressives, conservatives, and even the Ku Klux Klan, all railed against the evils of drink. Eliminate "spiritous liquors" and, like magic, wife-beaters, vagrants, unruly workers, and swarthy foreigners would all be wiped away, cleansing America of moral and alien scourges. Thus the passage, in 1919, of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the onset of Prohibition. But it didn't quite work out that way. Instead, an era of flappers and gangsters, speakeasies and massive federal law enforcement bum-rushed the country headlong into the Great Depression.
NEWS
December 19, 1986
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, after demonstrating repeatedly over the years its ineptitute in State Store operation and liquor code enforcement, has added yet another piece of solid evidence that it is incapable of acting responsibly or caring one whit about the public it is supposed to serve. It has provided further proof, although none was needed, that the State Store-LCB system deserves to die and be replaced by competitive free enterprise as Gov. Thornburgh is attempting to do - despite a barrage of lawsuits and the prospect of numerous court decisions and appeals.
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October 17, 2014
WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball. It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its "Well Earned Supremacy" could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery dust. Indian Queen Ale . . . Rival Porter . . . Trilby Export - the brands that Hohenadel brewed till it closed in 1952 were gone and mostly forgotten.
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January 10, 2014 | BY DEBORAH COHEN
AT THIS TIME of year, a lot of Americans have vowed to develop more healthful habits. Unfortunately, most of those who have made weight loss resolutions will fail. But it won't be entirely their fault. Americans today live in a food swamp. We are constantly exposed to marketing and advertising designed to keep food on our minds and treats at our fingertips. If you go out to dinner, you will probably be served more food than you need and eat more than you should. At the market, you'll be encouraged to buy unhealthful foods.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moorestown's long prohibition against the sale of alcohol came to an end this week, and crowds are celebrating at Moorestown Mall with wine, cocktails, pheasant lasagna, wild boar Bolognese, fire-grilled octopus pizza, and monkfish osso buco. "We knew it was coming," said Bonnie Bornstein of Lumberton. She meant more than the right to sip martinis or Barolo in a Moorestown restaurant for the first time in 98 years. Bornstein was speaking of where she was sitting with her husband, Arnie: at Osteria, the celebrated restaurant created by Philadelphia chef and restaurant impresario Marc Vetri.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THINGS GOT HEAVY in U.S. District Court yesterday and it even blew the judge's mind. Simple concepts like "phone number" and "address" took on deeper meaning for activist Adam Kokesh, as freedom for the ex-Marine meant the freedom to remain in jail for at least a few more days. Kokesh, 31, was arrested at Saturday's "Smokedown Prohibition" on Independence Mall, where activists sought support for their effort to decriminalize marijuana. He told his public defender, James McHugh, that he'd rather stay in jail than divulge his address and phone number to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
EIGHTY years ago this Sunday, the federal government enacted a law that targets beer drinkers with a mean-spirited tax on every bottle, every glass, every sip they take. In the decades that have followed this ignominious date, the law has taken billions of dollars out of our pockets, killed jobs, thwarted brewery expansion and threatened the middle class. Beer lobbyists today describe the law as "devastating" and "regressive. " They say it jeopardizes the entire industry. Just another example of greedy tax-and-spend politicians, right?
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Prohibition was repealed at 5:32 p.m. on Dec. 5, 1933, millions of Americans galloped to their favorite speakeasies to raise a glass of champagne - or beer or whiskey or gin, or whatever else stood on well-stocked shelves - to celebrate the passing of an almost 14-year period in which the manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned in the United States. But it didn't take long for puritanical instincts in some states - especially Pennsylvania, famous for its Blue Laws against many forms of Sunday recreation - to take hold.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Rema Rahman, Associated Press
TRENTON - For motorists unaccustomed to the ways of New Jersey, the experience can be confounding. Need to make a left turn? Go right. By diverting left-turning vehicles off travel lanes, the half-loops known as jughandles have been found to help through-traffic move along more quickly on congested roadways. But a New Jersey state senator is trying to put a halt to any new "Jersey lefts," arguing that they delay and torment motorists who must regularly use them and confuse those unfamiliar with such traffic configurations.
FOOD
February 1, 2013 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
There are no exceptions - even on a cold, rainy night in January, you'll have to wait outside the unmarked door of Hop Sing Laundromat in Chinatown for entry. After the doorman comes out to check your party's IDs (don't try to enter with more than four people) and give you the once-over (don't wear sneakers or hats), you will, if you're lucky, make the cut to the next-level waiting room, where there are more rules (no cellphone photos, video, or talking), and finally to a table where there are yet more rules (cash only, two-drink minimum)
NEWS
January 6, 2013
Erich Prince is a freelance writer in Wynnewood In 1991, Milton Friedman appeared on the television series America's Drug Forum : "I see America with half the number of prisons, half the number of prisoners, 10,000 fewer homicides a year, inner cities in which there's a chance for these poor people to live without being afraid for their lives . . . the same thing happened under Prohibition of alcohol as is happening now. " Friedman, a...
NEWS
November 14, 2012
By Daniel Okrent When Colorado and Washington voters passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana last week, they demonstrated - probably unknowingly - a rueful familiarity with the failure of Prohibition. Guess whether I'm describing the 2010s (before last week, at least) or the 1920s: Government strictures make it impossible for people to legally acquire a substance they want. However, anyone who really wants it has no trouble getting it. As a direct result, large criminal enterprises create a vast underground - and not-so-underground - market.
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