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January 21, 1994 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Police put the heat on the Great South Philadelphia Rock Salt Caper yesterday. After an estimated 200 tons of salt was stolen Tuesday night from a South Philadelphia railyard, detectives began questioning vendors and others selling the salt. According to South Detectives, the salt - enough to fill two rail cars - was stolen between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday from Heavener International on Oregon Avenue near Front Street. The yard is a transport facility where goods shipped by rail are transferred to trucks.
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February 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney is trying to avoid rubbing salt in the wounds of those who put their feet to the pavement on snowy days - and that includes friends of the four-legged variety. Kenney introduced a resolution yesterday that asks the streets and services committee to hold public hearings to investigate the use of rock salt - which the city has used since the 1940s - to melt ice and snow in the wintertime. "What I've seen in the city this snow season is just the dumping of salt all over the place, regardless of how much we really need to break down the snow," he said.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WORKMAN died yesterday in an accident at a rock-salt storage facility in Bucks County, a county official said. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. near the Waste Management GROWS Landfill on Bordentown Road near New Ford Mill Road in Morrisville, according to Falls Township Police. Details of the fatal accident were unclear, but the man reportedly died after a pile of salt, used to clear ice from roadways, collapsed on him as he tried to move it with an industrial vehicle. John Hambrose, a spokesman for Waste Management, said that International Salt, a Lackawanna County firm, leases space in the complex to store rock salt.
NEWS
January 7, 1996 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Zigy was selling his rock salt for $8 a bag. Eric, across the parking lot, was charging only $6. But Eric had the girl, Amy. So who was smarter? Two hustling young entrepreneurs - Zigy from his ice cream truck, Eric from a U-Haul - sold rock salt in the Roosevelt Mall parking lot yesterday afternoon. With an estimated 1 to 2 feet of snow expected today, the 50-pound bags were flying like snowflakes, and the city was declaring a snow emergency. Zigy Skrocki, 24, studied economics in Poland until a couple of years ago, when the arrival of capitalism meant he had to pay for college.
NEWS
March 9, 1994 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How do you misplace 40 tons of rock salt? "Forty tons? We're talking enough salt to fill this room, twice," State Police Sgt. George Painter said yesterday, standing in an office big enough to serve as work space for five or six troopers at the barracks at Embreeville in Chester County. "We're talking two big, tri-axle trucks - tractor-trailer types - filled to the brim," said Wilbur Tritle of PennDot. That's how much Tritle says was missing when his men came to work at the Little Jackson's Stockpile off Route 282 in West Nantmeal Township on Feb. 25. State police certainly haven't ruled out theft, but they're not convinced yet that the Great Salt Heist actually happened.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A MAN IN North Philadelphia found himself between some rock salt and a hard place last week when someone held him at gunpoint as he cleared snow from the sidewalk, police said yesterday. Daron Stinson, 21, pointed a gun at the 52-year-old man on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. But he didn't demand his wallet or his watch - he wanted his rock salt, police said. And it was all caught on video - by Stinson - who then uploaded the footage to social media as part of an apparent string of prank holdups Stinson filmed and posted on his Instagram account, according to police.
NEWS
February 15, 2003 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One doozy of a fender bender has stopped traffic - not on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, but under it. An 80-ton concrete-and-wood fender was ripped from a piling under the bridge on Feb. 3, probably by ice jams on the Delaware River, keeping ships from heading north into two Bucks County ports. The Bucks County commissioners yesterday demanded that the Burlington County Bridge Commission do something immediately to reopen the shipping lanes. Because of the blockage, a ship carrying 45,000 metric tons of rock salt couldn't make it to the Grows Maritime Terminal in Lower Bucks County yesterday, according to the commissioners.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Watch your step out there. You and your neighbors may have an unwanted skating rink on your front porches this week, and there may be more ice on sidewalks and driveways than usual. That's because many stores haven't been able to keep deicing agents such as calcium chloride and rock salt in stock this winter. In fact, calcium chloride hasn't been available in many locations since the last big storm on Jan. 21, and other store managers said they have been out of the stuff since December.
NEWS
January 12, 1994 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Frank Dougherty, and Gar Joseph, and the Associated Press contributed to this report
A repeat of last week's monster ice storm was averted during the morning rush hour today as rain replaced the combination of rain, sleet and snow that fell in the area during the night. Streets and highways were wet, but not slippery as the temperatures rose. A high of 38 was forecast for today, with even warmer weather predicted for tomorrow. Accu-Weather said that, after dipping to about 30 degrees overnight, a high of 43 is expected tomorrow. A bitterly cold weekend is expected.
NEWS
January 28, 1994 | By Gwen Florio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Richard V. Sabatini contributed to this article
Yesterday the front page of this newspaper reported that there was hardly enough salt in the entire Philadelphia area to make one good margarita. This is not entirely true. There's some salt, certainement. But you might want to switch from margaritas to champagne before you rush out and buy some. This is not just any old rock salt, but fancy French stuff from Canada. Like many things French, it carried a fancy price: $30 for the 88 pounds. Pour Fondre La Glace - To Melt the Ice - it said on the 40-kilo bags that Tony from Haddonfield (he wouldn't give his last name)
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March 17, 2014 | By John Rosenberg, For The Inquirer
BOGOTA, Colombia - As a globe-trotting adult, I've tended to err on the side of caution and have learned to approach overly novel attractions with a great deal of hesitation. Such was the case on a recent visit to Bogota, Colombia, when against all restraint I kept thumbing back to a dog-eared page in the guidebook referencing a so-called Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, situated in an underground salt mine about 30 miles north of the capital. To prompt myself into finally hazarding Bogota's paralytic traffic so as to discover if the cathedral was worth its salt as a destination, I first had to channel a bit of Clark Griswold, goading his kids into the family car to make time to see the world's second-largest ball of twine as they made their way to Wally World.
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February 20, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A MAN IN North Philadelphia found himself between some rock salt and a hard place last week when someone held him at gunpoint as he cleared snow from the sidewalk, police said yesterday. Daron Stinson, 21, pointed a gun at the 52-year-old man on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. But he didn't demand his wallet or his watch - he wanted his rock salt, police said. And it was all caught on video - by Stinson - who then uploaded the footage to social media as part of an apparent string of prank holdups Stinson filmed and posted on his Instagram account, according to police.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Amelia Brust, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIAGrounded flights, closed schools, food-spoiling power outages, detoured buses, and ice-slicked sidewalks are the motifs of this winter, with almost every miserable weather combination hitting the region. The toll was on full display Sunday on people's windburned cheeks and chapped lips. And in the sore back muscles from shoveling, and the smashed fenders from harrowing rides on inadequately plowed roads and patches of black ice. Nora Meighan of University City did not hide her disgust in nearly deserted Clark Park around lunchtime Sunday, the temperature an uncomfortable 29 degrees.
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February 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney is trying to avoid rubbing salt in the wounds of those who put their feet to the pavement on snowy days - and that includes friends of the four-legged variety. Kenney introduced a resolution yesterday that asks the streets and services committee to hold public hearings to investigate the use of rock salt - which the city has used since the 1940s - to melt ice and snow in the wintertime. "What I've seen in the city this snow season is just the dumping of salt all over the place, regardless of how much we really need to break down the snow," he said.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Watch your step out there. You and your neighbors may have an unwanted skating rink on your front porches this week, and there may be more ice on sidewalks and driveways than usual. That's because many stores haven't been able to keep deicing agents such as calcium chloride and rock salt in stock this winter. In fact, calcium chloride hasn't been available in many locations since the last big storm on Jan. 21, and other store managers said they have been out of the stuff since December.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & ASHLEY KUHN, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT WAS QUIET around dinnertime on Stevens Street yesterday, save for the occasional gust of wind that shook through the block. Some folks stationed shovels and bags of rock salt on their porches, in anticipation of the predicted snowstorm. On Donna Muller's porch, an empty green rocking chair sat motionless in the corner. There was no sign of life in the house, no trace of the nightmare that unfolded Sunday afternoon when Muller, 49, and her son Rich, 22, were found slain inside their Lawncrest home.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WORKMAN died yesterday in an accident at a rock-salt storage facility in Bucks County, a county official said. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. near the Waste Management GROWS Landfill on Bordentown Road near New Ford Mill Road in Morrisville, according to Falls Township Police. Details of the fatal accident were unclear, but the man reportedly died after a pile of salt, used to clear ice from roadways, collapsed on him as he tried to move it with an industrial vehicle. John Hambrose, a spokesman for Waste Management, said that International Salt, a Lackawanna County firm, leases space in the complex to store rock salt.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 116 inches of snow in the last two winters, the decision was just cold logic. This year, the Voorhees True Value store would "go heavy on the rock salt," manager Ron Rago said, adding resignedly, "You take your chances. " Neither Rago nor the best minds in meteorology could have guessed that come January, the rock-salt business would be hitting rock bottom. After all, on this date last year, Philadelphia was experiencing its second foot-plus snowfall of the winter and its fifth of the last two seasons.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010
THOUGHT WE'D try something different while another Himalayan snowstorm blankets the region: players, former and current, with winter-related names. Easy ones are former Sixer Eric Snow, ex-Flyers goalie Garth Snow, longtime Rams receiver Jack Snow and his boy J.T. Snow, who spent 16 years in the big leagues - mostly with the Angels and Giants. But the list has to include Colts long snapper Justin Snow, who finally got to a Super Bowl last weekend after 10 seasons. Linebacker Percy Snow, Eric's big brother, spent 3 years in the NFL: He was a Chiefs first-round bust out of Michigan State in 1990.
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