December 27, 1990 |
"Tis the season to be jolly. But the way people get jolly seems to be changing. Once alcohol flowed freely at holiday parties, and quarts of vodka, whiskey or rum were standard gifts for employees, clients and acquaintances. But with alcohol awareness increasing, many people in Bucks County will be drinking a little less this season. Throughout Pennsylvania, holiday alcohol consumption fell 4 percent between 1988 and 1989. In Bucks County, overall consumption dropped 2.3 percent, or by 39,411 gallons, between 1988 and 1989.
October 13, 1989 |
One of the nation's most widely used drug-education curricula is effective in grades one through three in improving self-esteem, increasing students' knowledge and bolstering their ability to resist peer pressure, according to a survey of Philadelphia students released here yesterday. But students in grades four through six showed less response to the curriculum, called "Here's Looking at You 2000," according to the survey. "This shows how critically important it is to do the earliest kind of intervention," School Superintendent Constance E. Clayton said at a news conference called by the Corporate Alliance for Drug Education to discuss the results.
September 30, 1988 |
A bill requiring firms with 25 or more employees to offer new parents at least 12 weeks of unpaid leave cleared a key Senate panel yesterday, despite bitter opposition from business groups. Although negotiations were under way to weaken the parental-leave bill by applying only to employers with 50 or more workers, the measure wound up virtually unchanged. Supporters sharply opposed further changes, saying the bill had already been weakened from the original measure, which included all employers.
August 24, 1988 |
For a real "cooler," drink water! When the weather's hot and you're thirsty, a sugary wine drink is more likely to make you hot and dry than it is to cool you off and quench your thirst. A cold beer or a gin and tonic will have the same heat-producing effect. Even sugary soda pop, lemonade and iced coffee can heat you up. Thirst is the body's natural mechanism for replacing fluid, and the closer a drink comes to calorie-free, the better choice it is as a summer drink. For pure refreshment and replenishment, nothing beats plain water, whether from the tap or bottle.
May 24, 1988 |
By an overwhelming margin, the House approved a measure yesterday that would increase the price of wine sold in Pennsylvania by a nickel a gallon, but the tax is likely to be stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. The wine tax, which would raise an estimated $800,000 per year, would be created to pay for marketing and research for Pennsylvania's grape industry. The proposal, in the form of an amendment that passed 159-26, was tacked to a bill that would make changes in laws governing so-called limited wineries - ones in the state that produce wine from Pennsylvania grapes.
October 21, 1987 |
Beer is no longer the cloth coat of beverages, once associated with fast food and cheap dates, acceptable only at the beach, on the foul line, or in front of the television, according to Hal Rubenstein in Elle magazine. Beer has become as fashionable as high-topped sneakers. Currently, the most popular new beer in California is a light, spicy Mexican beer called Corona. What is unique about Corona, however, is how it often is served - with a wedge of lime pushed down the neck of the bottle.
July 23, 1987 |
James John Henderson always had an eye for Kimberly A. Bracaliello, 17, who lived just a few blocks from his home in Voorhees. But what may have started as a crush ended in tragedy in August when Henderson, rebuffed by Bracaliello, strangled her with a tree trunk, raped and stabbed her and then left her body in the woods to be found months later by hunters. Camden Superior Court Judge A. Donald Bigley yesterday sentenced Henderson, 27, to life in prison for the Aug. 18 murder of Bracaliello.
June 17, 1987 |
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.
May 27, 1987 |
"Wednesday at Midnight" on WYSP (FM/94) features a special two-hour "Rolling Stone Magazine 20th Anniversary Salute. " The show includes some of the best live rock performances recorded over the past two decades. Superstars to be heard include Janis Joplin, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles - and, of course, the Rolling Stones. At 7 tonight, on Mike Wolf's "7 O'clock Sideshow" on WYSP, you'll hear side 1 of "90125" by Yes. If you're a relative or friend of Camden's Richard Sterban or Philly's Joe Bonsall, a Frankford High grad, tune in tonight at 11 to the "Larry King Show" on WIP (AM/610)
May 26, 1987 |
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)