By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Sun Staff Correspondent | April 1, 1994
PHILADELPHIA -- The vice president approached his task with the precision of a surgeon, slowly extracting tales from elderly Philadelphians impoverished by their reliance on prescription drugs.Al Gore was on a mission here yesterday to build enthusiasm among the nation's 35 million senior citizens for President Clinton's health care reform proposal. And he wanted to make sure no detail was lost on the attending gaggle of news media people.One couple he interviewed, Al and Angelina Nicotra, were struggling with bills totaling $500 a month for drugs.
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | October 5, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- Hysteria has swept through this city like an epidemic. No matter where you go in Philadelphia, they are dreaming about their beloved Eagles. No matter who you talk to, they are scheming about the Super Bowl.In only the first week of October, the giddy air of expectation will reach a crescendo when the unbeaten Eagles (3-0) tangle with the unbeaten Dallas Cowboys (3-0) tonight at 9 o'clock before a sellout Veterans Stadium crowd of more than 65,000 and a Monday Night Football audience.
By LOURDES SULLIVAN | December 9, 1994
We took the family to Howard County General's Symphony of Lights display. Wow! It was utterly enchanting. I won't tell what all the displays were, because it ruins the surprise, but I can mention that it took longer to get through than I'd anticipated. It's a much bigger display than it appears from the roads.It brought back memories of childhood in the city. We lived in Philadelphia, and one of the holiday traditions was to go look at the lights. There were three great places to go: Wanamaker's department store, South Philadelphia and the hairdresser north of us.The department store had an eight-story display of moving lights and water fountains on one wall of the inner courtyard.
By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 24, 1991
PHILADELPHIA, Germany -- On a flat, sandy stretch of land 30 miles east of Berlin sits a poor little farm village with the very un-German-sounding name of Philadelphia.It's a rundown place with one rutted main street, 294 residents, 95 brownish-gray houses, a three-room Town Hall and a two-room schoolhouse that had to close because it was too expensive to keep open. There is no hotel and just one Kneipe, or pub, where the locals go to drink.The place has a lot in common with its namesake across the sea.Its economy is collapsing.
By Debbie M. Price and Debbie M. Price,Sun Staff | January 11, 1998
"A Prayer for The City: The True Story of a Mayor and Five Heroes in a Race Against Time," by Buzz Bissinger. 402 pages. $24.95.The Philadelphia that Mayor Edward G. Rendell inherits in January 1992 is coming apart at the seams. Actually, there are no seams, only great gushing wounds. Mortal wounds, it is feared.The city has just enough money left in its piggybank to pay the bills for about a week and a half, and the budget deficit is headed toward an astounding $1.246 billion in five years if nothing is done.
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 28, 2005
PHILADELPHIA -- From 1999 to 2003, a gang that disguised itself as a legitimate bicycle courier service delivered marijuana to residents of Philadelphia's Center City who ordered drugs by pager, authorities said. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charged one New Jersey man and 11 Philadelphians, including a Shakespearean actor who has taught at Arcadia University, with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the gang provided customers with a pager number and a personal identification number.
By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 8, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - Until recently, Cynthia Harmon never thought much about who owned the airport Euro Cyber Cafe, where travelers stop on their way out Concourse D for coffee and pastries and maybe an e-mail check at the computer kiosk. Now, suddenly, the little shop where she works as a cashier is under scrutiny as one of a number of lucrative airport businesses owned by people with connections to Philadelphia Mayor John Street, the subject of an FBI probe into municipal corruption. "I was stunned," Harmon said from behind the counter last week, adding that she has never met the cafe's part-owner Aruby Odom-White, the wife of Philadelphia lawyer and Street fund-raiser Ronald A. White.
By Roberta Sandler and Roberta Sandler,Special to the Sun | March 14, 2004
One afternoon in 1959, I came home from high school to find my mother in tears. "I have bad news," she said. "Mario Lanza died today." I, too, burst into tears, mourning the end of the golden voice that had made Mario Lanza's movies so popular and that had crowned him as the Enrico Caruso of the 1950s. When he died in Rome, he was 38 years old. Flash forward to several months ago. I made my first visit to Philadelphia. There, I discovered not only the Mario Lanza Museum, but also the Mario Lanza Institute, Mario Lanza Park, Mario Lanza mural and Mario Lanza's birthplace.
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | April 2, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- US Airways Group Inc. and the city of Philadelphia agreed yesterday to move ahead with a $741 million expansion of Philadelphia International Airport to accommodate an increase in flights.The project, first announced in November, is to be completed within three years. It includes a $275 million international terminal and a $65 million terminal for US Airways' regional carrier, US Airways Express.The expansion reflects the airport's rising role in Arlington, Va.-based US Airways' flight schedule.
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 28, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Federal officials in Philadelphia charged three pharmacists and two doctors yesterday with illegally selling hundreds of thousands of pills, including popular medications Prilosec, Celebrex and Prozac, that had been handed out as promotional free samples by drug companies. The samples were sold in retail pharmacies in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa., federal prosecutors say. Four other individuals - two of them drug company representatives - were charged this year in federal court in Philadelphia with selling drug samples for cash.
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