June 6, 2014 |
THERE IS a good chance that, at some point over the next few months, you will find yourself in a conversation with a Phillies fan who attempts to downplay the ugliness that awaits this organization in the coming seasons. That fan will invoke the mighty dollar, regurgitating the numbers that he or she has heard or read during the last year or so. Franchises like the Phillies do not rebuild. They blow up the roster, clear the debris, and start writing checks all over again. Look at the Red Sox. Look at the Yankees.
September 2, 2011
Coincidence? Tire fire's timing is suspicious * Beach Street and Delaware Avenue, Fishtown Hmm . . . sounds fishy, and police agree. A fire was sparked on a massive pile of discarded tires in Fishtown yesterday - the same day the Daily News featured the dump site in its Marquis of Debris anti-litter column. Firefighters extinguished the blaze on the riverside edge of a vacant lot near Penn Treaty Park about 6:15 p.m. The fire was under control about 6:30 p.m., and there were no reported injuries.
May 12, 2001 |
Coworkers cried, accolades flowed, and flashing cameras lit the room. No wonder the guest of honor at yesterday's retirement party seemed overwhelmed. In the midst of the hoopla, the object of all this attention - a laid-back black Labrador retriever - sprawled on the floor and shut his eyes, a squeaky toy near his head. And thus Gentry, who will be 9 in July, marked the end of his career with the Philadelphia Fire Department. He hardly coasted into retirement - on his last day on the job, the department's "accelerant-detection canine" was called to two suspected arsons in Roxborough in the middle of the night.
April 30, 2000 |
Moose's men had vanished behind a wall of flame. On the industrial riverbank of Chester, a block-long warehouse roared with explosions and spewed noxious smoke. Fireballs somersaulted through its caving roof. Inside and out, stacked rows of rusting drums roasted in the heat. They swelled up fat, then blew and hurtled like 55-gallon missiles, spraying foul liquids. Staggering from the warehouse, retching and gasping for air, came Vincent "Moose" McLaughlin, 38, a tall, rugged fire captain revered by the men he now feared were lost.
January 8, 1999 |
Billy Harple, who was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for arson, thought of himself as a military general a couple years ago when he and his teen-age pals were setting fires in Port Richmond. A grossly overweight high school dropout working minimum-wage jobs, Harple awarded himself and his young accomplices imaginary "stars" every time they dropped a match in the dark of night in a Dumpster or abandoned car or vacant building. The fires, set in industrial sections bordering the gang's neighborhood, started off small but got much bigger and very destructive over a four-month period.
May 6, 1998 |
Napoleon has surrendered. The restaurant at 15th and Locust Streets, nearly enveloped for a year by the construction of a PATCO High-Speed Line elevator adjacent to its front door, will close after serving dinner Sunday, the owners said yesterday. "I'm losing $7,000 a week," said owner Dino Cataldi. "It's insane anymore to stay open. " But Napoleon will not go quietly. Earlier this week, Cataldi and partner Daniel Charest placed this white sign in a window: "On May 12, 1998 it will be exactly one year since the Patco/City of Philadelphia ADA elevator construction project began.
April 14, 1998 |
A Port Richmond man accused of being part of a gang that set fires in the members' neighborhood was indicted yesterday in federal court on charges of causing the destructive and costly tire fire that crippled Interstate 95 two years ago. William Harple, a heavyset 19-year-old with short hair and glasses, pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. If found guilty, he could face a maximum of 60 years in prison. According to the indictment, Harple was one of seven teenage firebugs who set at least 13 fires in Port Richmond in the winter and spring of 1996, including the I-95 blaze.
March 6, 1998 |
About two years ago, people who live around 55th Street and Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia began to notice a disturbing phenomenon - old automobile tires were mysteriously popping up in the community. When they called the city Streets Department to have the tires removed, one resident said, they found something even more mysterious and disturbing - no one seemed to care. "To them it's not a priority, but this is the neighborhood we call home, and we're out here every day trying to keep our community clean and safe," said Phyllis Walker, a resident of the 1500 block of Vogdes Street.
February 27, 1998 |
Twice set afire, the five-acre field of 150,000 used truck tires in Richland Township is now being cleared. Late Wednesday, the property's owner, the Goodman Group, began shredding truck tires and hauling them, under the Department of Environmental Protection's supervision, to the Pottstown Landfill in Montgomery County. DEP operations supervisor Jim Pagano said a third of the tires on the site would be shredded and sent to Pottstown. They will be used as a liner below an expansion of the landfill.
February 20, 1998 |
The huge tire fire that damaged Interstate 95 in March 1996 created headaches for more than 150,000 commuters. It angered residents in the area. It cost the city $6 million in repairs. But it jump-started Frank Plescha's business plan. He knew of a technology that could cleanly separate the steel center from the rubber on forklift tires. The process would allow recycling of both parts and keep some tires out of landfills. When the smoke cleared, he knew that was his cue to start his company, Thermal Flux Corp.