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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Godshalk is out to demystify the art of floral design. It's not that hard, she insists. "All you really need to do is pay attention to the flowers themselves - their shapes, their colors, where you want to put them - and then learn a few tricks. " A few tricks? Sounds like Julia Child suggesting we whip up a little dinner party. It's OK to laugh. The 66-year-old Godshalk is disarmingly, charmingly, earnest about this demystification thing, but given her talent and expertise, "a few tricks" qualifies as serious understatement.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will seek "expressions of interest" to develop the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The board agreed at its monthly meeting Tuesday to accept proposals - called "request for expressions of interest" - from terminal operators, steamship lines, automobile manufacturers, energy companies, and investment firms with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
TORONTO - It's a good example of how international the movie business has become that a Belgian director (Michael Roskam), his stars from Great Britain (Tom Hardy), Sweden (Noomi Rapace), New Jersey (James Gandolfini) and Belgium (Matthias Schoenaerts) met the media in a hotel room in Toronto to discuss a movie set in Brooklyn written by a guy from Boston. The guy from Boston (Dorchester, actually) is author Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), who set "Animal Rescue," the short story "The Drop" is based on, in his usual Boston-area, working-class neighborhood, but was told by producers that they thought he had become a victim of his own success and that blue-collar Boston was played out. So they gave him some options, one of which was to shoot the movie in Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township staff and officials were in shock Wednesday after police said a popular officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after going off duty Tuesday night. Officer Robert "John" Miller, 34, a nine-year veteran of the department and a married father of two sons, was found in the township building's parking lot, 301 Iven Ave., about 6:30 p.m., police said. "He was truly one of my finer officers," Police Superintendent William Colarulo said.. "I never saw this coming.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2014 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
'Guardians' maintain authority We clearly had better things to do: The top three positions at the box office for the weekend were exactly the same as last week: Guardians of the Galaxy continued its surprising run with an estimated three-day draw of $16.3 million - making it the top box-office draw of the year so far. Next up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , and in its second weekend of release, the teen romantic drama If I Stay ...
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
With four nominations for just two open seats, Camden City Council appointed two relative newcomers to the city's parking authority on Tuesday and passed on both the board's vice chair, who was seeking reappointment, and a candidate highly favored by Mayor Dana Redd. Jose Martinez Jr., a former commissioner for the housing authority, and Shaneka Boucher, a Camden Community Charter School administrator, were appointed to serve five-year terms on the parking authority board. The two, who were both recommended by Councilman Arthur Barclay, will join the unpaid board at the Aug. 26 meeting.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been a bit like a game of musical chairs at Camden's Parking Authority lately. On Tuesday night, City Council members interviewed and introduced four potential candidates to fill two vacant seats on the authority's board of commissioners. Three of the candidates under consideration - to be voted on at a public meeting next Tuesday - thought they already had the volunteer positions last month when Council passed a resolution appointing them. The same resolution also removed the board chairman, Angel L. Alamo, after it was discovered he was also working for the city.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday upheld an appeals court ruling ordering a new trial on attempted-murder charges for a Burlington County man, saying prosecutors unfairly used violent rap lyrics he wrote as evidence against him. The justices agreed with the lower court that the 13 pages of material written by Vonte Skinner at least four years before he allegedly shot a man in Willingboro were not relevant and should not have been used at his...
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Dean is awfully tired of Americans' penchant for applying the suffix -gate - from Monicagate to Obamagate - to attack politicians they dislike. Dean, White House counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, plead guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice in the mother of all political scandals, the real -gate , Watergate. The scandal? A cadre of Nixon operatives were arrested on June 17, 1972, after breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, most likely to steal the Dems' election strategy and bug the office.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, were arraigned in a matter of minutes early Tuesday night and both were ordered held without bail on a list of charges, including three counts of murder each. Earlier Story Two men have been charged with murder and sexual assault in connection with last week's carjacking that killed three North Philadelphia children and left their mother fighting for her life. Jonathan Rosa, 19, of Fairhill, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, of Logan, were also charged Monday with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related offenses - including sexually assaulting the woman they allegedly carjacked Friday morning.
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