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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Robb Armstrong reads from "Fearless: A Cartoonists Guide to Life. " 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. Free. Information: 215-686-5322
BUSINESS
April 18, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Close calls don't count in sports retailing, and that helps explain why it will soon be lights out for the Sports Authority store in Cherry Hill. The field is crowded - Dick's Sporting Goods (the 800-pound gorilla because of its scale), Modell's, REI, Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops are among the players vying for the sporting dollar. There's also Schuylkill Valley Sports, an employee-owned firm with 18 stores in the Philadelphia region, and City Sports, an East Coast chain that tanked and is being revived by two Wharton-trained brothers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
A LARGE group of people who create books for children and teenagers are hoping to send a message to adults in North Carolina. Nearly 270 authors and illustrators have signed a letter calling on the state to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use. The letter, which was posted on the School Library Journal website, said the 269 signees are "disappointed and angered by...
BUSINESS
April 1, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania American Water announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Scranton Sewer Authority for $195 million. The company, a subsidiary of American Water of Voorhees, already provides water service to the sewer system's 31,000 customers. The transaction, which went through a 10-month bidding process, requires the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the state Public Utility Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Board on Wednesday selected Gregory Heller as its new executive director. Heller, CEO of the Baltimore-based nonprofit development corporation American Communities Trust, will fill the vacancy left by Brian Abernathy, who is now the first deputy managing director. Prior to working at American Communities Trust, Heller worked for Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions and the Enterprise Center Community Development Corp. in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
City officials have begun steps to seize access to a strip of waterfront land from a Fishtown business for completion of a planned 3.3-mile bike and walking trail along the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is in the process of getting an appraisal for an easement to the land behind the Henry Stewart Co. wire rope business between Penn Treaty Park and SugarHouse Casino, agency spokesman Paul Chrystie said Thursday. The city expects to acquire the easement within eight weeks, he said.
NEWS
February 12, 2016
Authorities on Wednesday night were trying to locate a 14-year-old boy who disappeared Tuesday afternoon from a facility in Chester County for children with developmental disabilities. John Thomas Parker was last seen walking away from the Devereux Leon Kanner Learning Center in West Whiteland Township about 2:30 p.m. Police said it was possible that Parker walked to a nearby train station to leave the area. His family lives in Washington Township. Parker is black, 5-feet 7-inches tall and about 110 pounds.
NEWS
February 8, 2016
Deana Vega lives with her mother and five younger siblings in a two-bedroom apartment above a passport photo store in Fairhill. The view through the steel bars covering the windows is bleak. The fading sun and palm tree adorning the hollowed-out remains of the La Terraza restaurant across the street. The corner boys. The evidence everywhere of drugs, violence, and hopelessness. But Deana sees past what lies outside. To the future she sees for herself. To a college classroom. To a job as a social worker.
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