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June 18, 1986 | By Frederick Cusick, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Despite opposition from state liquor control officials, Pennsylvania beer distributors won a preliminary round yesterday in their fight to tap the fast-growing market in wine coolers. By a 6-3 vote, the Senate Law and Justice Committee voted to approve legislation to give distributors the authority to sell wine coolers. Wine coolers are now sold only in State Stores. Wine coolers are a mixture of wine and fruit juices. Heavily promoted by their manufacturers, they have become the fastest growing part of the beverage market, a spokesman for the beer distributors said.
NEWS
November 21, 1986 | By BOB GROTEVANT, Daily News Staff Writer
An alternative to divestiture of the state Liquor Control Board that would allow beer distributors to sell wine coolers - but not other wine products - has been rejected by Gov. Thornburgh. Thornburgh's action increases the possibility that he will carry out his threat to dismantle the state's liquor monopoly beginning Jan. 1. The alternative to complete divestiture was floated yesterday by Senate Democrats, and was endorsed earlier this week by Gov.-elect Robert P. Casey, according to Sen. Mark Singel, D-Cambria.
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July 1, 1986 | By Frederick Cusick, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
State beer distributors lost out yesterday in a bid to get the legislature to pass a bill that would allow them to join in the lucrative business of selling wine coolers. As the General Assembly rushed to pass a new state budget before breaking for a long summer recess, the Senate voted 25-23 to return the wine-cooler bill to committee. The House, meantime, put off a vote on a controversial bill sponsored by anti-abortion groups that would place the abortion clinics under the certificate-of-need restrictions of the state Health Department.
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May 26, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The availability of an $85 bottle of Dom Perignon may have dominated Pennsylvania's Great Liquor Debate in the past, but arguments over a $5.99 case of Old Milwaukee could be the focus of the future. As the legislature haggles over how best to construct a new state liquor system, an intense lobbying campaign has begun that has nothing to do with fine wines. Instead, the issue is beer - or, more appropriately, beer distributors. "I think the issue of wine has been over with," said Sen. Eugene F. Scanlon (D., Allegheny)
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February 23, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
WHEN HER teenage son caught her having sex with his 15-year-old friend and the son reported the incident to school officials, Terri Mezzatesta came up with a wild story, police said. Mezzatesta, who is 5 feet 9 and 260 pounds, claimed that she was passed out drunk and unaware that the 15-year-old was having sex with her, police said. But cops didn't buy it because, according to her 14-year-old son - who'd allegedly heard his mother say, "Right there, baby" during the act - it was consensual.
NEWS
April 29, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
In a pair of surprise moves, the House approved amendments to Gov. Casey's liquor bill last night that would permit beer distributors to sell wine coolers and require the state to establish a new set of specialty wine shops. Both developments, which are likely to be reconsidered today, came near the end of almost five hours of debate, during which the lawmakers considered 52 amendments. With the passage of the wine-cooler and wine amendments - and the likelihood of more amendments to come - Majority Leader James J. Manderino (D., Westmoreland)
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March 11, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Two South Jersey chums who plotted for a month to kidnap, rape and murder a girl, gulped wine coolers and grabbed a 17-year-old girl they barely knew, then raped, bludgeoned, beat and stabbed her before leaving her to die in the woods, authorities said yesterday. The victim's remains were found by hunters in Voorhees Township on Nov. 16, three months after she was slain. She remained unidentified until last week, when a relative spotted widely publicized pictures of a reconstructed clay sculpture of the victim's head.
NEWS
June 17, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
With two weeks to go until a court-ordered deadline, the Senate postponed public debate yesterday on Gov. Casey's liquor legislation in favor of working out agreements on the issue in closed-door meetings. Republican and Democratic leaders said last night that they were close to coming up with a compromise that would avoid sending the issue to a House- Senate conference committee. "We're pretty close," said Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.). "The leadership of both sides have agreed to amendments.
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March 8, 2003 | By Larry Lewis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 36-year-old Willow Grove woman has been charged with letting about 25 ninth graders drink alcohol in her home in mid-December and later buying them liquor for a New Year's Eve party. Megan Smith, of the 2700 block of Veser Lane, is accused of corruption of minors, furnishing liquor or beer to minors, and endangering the welfare of children, authorities said. A boy who was at the New Year's Eve bash at another home in Hatboro said that Smith encouraged two girls to kiss "and some reward would be given," according to an affidavit.
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November 8, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE CUSP-OF-THIRTY man holding on to his adolescence like Peter Pan is a staple of dude comedy-"Laggies" wonders if there's room for women in Neverland. The film stars Keira Knightley as Megan, a twentysomething working part-time for her dad (Jeff Garlin), going to bachelorette parties and watching her last single friend (Ellie Kemper) get married. Her girlfriends joke about being domesticated, and Megan is the odd woman out. When her longtime boyfriend (Mark Webber) gets ready to propose and her parents' own marriage is suddenly looking rocky, Megan goes out for the proverbial pack of smokes and doesn't come back - at a convenience store she buys wine coolers for some local teens, skateboards with them, and ends up bunking with high school sophomore Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012 | Jason Wilson
"WHAT are you, a girl? Is this Girls' Night Out?" That's what a friend, an investment banker, said on a recent evening as the waiter delivered my glass of rosé wine to the table. I considered my manly friend, from his pink tailored shirt to the insipid Coors Light he was drinking. "At this stage of my life," I said, "I'm comfortable enough in my manhood to drink pink wine. " Yeah, that's right. I'm man enough to profess my fondness for rosé wines, especially on a steamy summer evening, before dinner as the sun begins to set. Maybe while poring over the sports page, too, if you need to. Fortunately, it's a good time to try rosé wines, with quality worldwide as high as it's ever been.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
WHEN HER teenage son caught her having sex with his 15-year-old friend and the son reported the incident to school officials, Terri Mezzatesta came up with a wild story, police said. Mezzatesta, who is 5 feet 9 and 260 pounds, claimed that she was passed out drunk and unaware that the 15-year-old was having sex with her, police said. But cops didn't buy it because, according to her 14-year-old son - who'd allegedly heard his mother say, "Right there, baby" during the act - it was consensual.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Less than two weeks remain for proponents to gather support for posing a November ballot question that could turn this famously dry Shore town into a haven for fans of BYOB restaurants. If they can't gather 747 signatures from local voters by Aug. 3 to call for a referendum, the issue will recede, as it has several times before. If they are successful, the battle over whether to allow diners to bring their own beer and wine to eating establishments could shift into higher gear as foes campaign to preserve the town's family-first brand.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bristol Palin - undone by wine coolers! (They still make those?) That proud daughter of Sarah Palin , in line to become America's first Royal Empress, reveals in her new memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, that she was sloshed on the stuff when she lost her virginity to high school stud (and later dropout) Levi Johnston . Bristol, who valiantly waited till she was 20 to write her first memoir (some celebs pen 'em at 16 and 17!), was so coolered-up, she can't remember a blessed second of the sacred event.
NEWS
March 8, 2003 | By Larry Lewis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 36-year-old Willow Grove woman has been charged with letting about 25 ninth graders drink alcohol in her home in mid-December and later buying them liquor for a New Year's Eve party. Megan Smith, of the 2700 block of Veser Lane, is accused of corruption of minors, furnishing liquor or beer to minors, and endangering the welfare of children, authorities said. A boy who was at the New Year's Eve bash at another home in Hatboro said that Smith encouraged two girls to kiss "and some reward would be given," according to an affidavit.
NEWS
June 26, 1998 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Before last week, the last time I tasted hard cider, I was about 9. Granny was in the kitchen cooking up some possum stew, and Uncle Jed was out by the cee-ment pond, whittlin' his stick. Me and Cousin Jethro snuck into the root cellar and found Granny's jug, threateningly marked XXX. Talk about "bubblin' crude," that cider had us flying for the rest of the afternoon. My family, naturally unnerved by this boyhood episode, loaded up the truck and spirited me away to Pennsylvania, land of the America's most regressive booze laws.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1996 | By Martha Groves, LOS ANGELES TIMES Inquirer staff writer Andrea Knox contributed to this story
Vintners in the famed Napa Valley get giddy when they contemplate the growing cadre of customers like Suzanne Patmore. The entertainment-industry executive used to spend no more than $10 for a bottle of wine. Yet there she was on a recent Friday night, clutching a wine magazine's list of recommendations as she strolled the aisles of a chic liquor shop in Los Angeles, scrutinizing labels on bottles marked $20 and up. "I'm sort of branching out to decent stuff, to things that actually rate on the Wine Spectator scale," said Patmore, 28, as she stood in line at Wally's.
NEWS
September 17, 1994 | By WALTER E. WILLIAMS
I love robust California zinfandels, merlots and cabernet sauvignons. But you may have as strong a passion for chardonnay, wine coolers and beer. I love biking 20, 40 and 60 miles on my custom-made Klein, Campagnolo-fitted road bike. But you may hate biking and rather play tennis, golf or just watch television. How come there's no conflict between us on these strongly held values? The answer's easy. I drink my zinfandel and bike my 40 miles, and you down your wine coolers and play several sets of tennis.
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