March 19, 2014 |
With no bargaining talks scheduled between SEPTA and transit workers, the president of the agency's largest union accused it of trying to provoke a strike. The contract between SEPTA and 4,700 city bus drivers, subway operators and maintenance workers represented by Transport Workers Union Local 234 expired at midnight Friday. TWU leaders did not call for an immediate strike, saying they would wait at least until after suburban driver and mechanic contracts expired during the first week of April.
March 18, 2014 |
Not that many years ago, Amazon.com was a low-wage warehouse network and online-shopping operator that, like the Japanese carmakers of the 1970s and '80s, seemed more interested in boosting market share than turning a profit. By making purchases more efficient - sending boxes to your door free, or nearly so - Amazon was better able to kill real-world chains like Borders and Circuit City and cripple department stores. But as it morphs into a cloud-computing, media-building, and advertising empire and projected profits rise into the billions, it has started raising prices.
February 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Seven years ago, Richard DeCoatsworth was called a hero after the Philadelphia rookie cop survived a shotgun blast to the face and chased his attacker for blocks. On Tuesday, after 10 months in prison on high bail following a chaotic May 18 armed standoff with Philadelphia police, DeCoatsworth reluctantly pleaded guilty to simple assault, a drug count, and promoting prostitution. His plea came after years of drug use and emotional turmoil. "His brains were scrambled.
January 16, 2014 |
The 1,400-room Marriott Downtown on Market Street, a key hotel for visitors to the expanded Convention Center, has been sold to investors for a price that values the property at $303.4 million. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., of Bethesda, Md., said it sold its majority stake in the hotel to investors Oaktree Capital Management L.P., and Clearview Hotel Capital L.L.C., of Newport Beach, Calif. Host had hoped to sell the Marriott, in the 1200 block of Market Street, for as much as $325 million, or $231,000 a room.
November 30, 2013 |
Even something as ruinous as the recent recession can have a silver lining. Back in 2010 when Pier Nicola D'Amico and his wife Nicole Amoroso started looking for a better version of the Bella Vista loft they rented, everything approaching decent was too expensive. Both "Nic and Nic," as they often are called, are involved in the art world - D'Amico is a high-profile photographer whose productions for his company, Klip Collective, are used by Sundance Film Festival and MSNBC; Amoroso, an art historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century art, directs Avery Gallery in Bryn Mawr - and the couple wanted to continue displaying their collections on large, high walls.
September 6, 2013 |
A MAN WHO fatally shot a woman he mistook for his intended target was allowed to plead guilty and receive a relatively light sentence yesterday because prosecutors feared he might walk free if he went to trial. For the March 2005 murder of Hadiyah McIver, Common Pleas Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi reluctantly allowed Antoine Moye to plead guilty to third-degree murder and receive a negotiated sentence of six to 15 years in state prison followed by five years of probation. Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega told the judge that the case against Moye, 30, was weakened by the fact that a key witness recanted his police statement and is now claiming to be McIver's killer.
July 13, 2013 |
On a sunny Saturday morning in June, a four-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot home in Radnor was facing a death sentence. The house was no more than 65 years old, but by the following Tuesday, it would be coming down to make way for something bigger and better, or at least more current. Its demise, though, would not be in vain. Enter Kevin Tobin, the man behind Pre-Demolition Sales. Owners call him in ahead of the wrecking ball - sometimes at the last minute - and he inventories everything from roof tiles to flooring, HVAC systems, wainscoting, shrubs, and patios, scrawling prices in marker on the soon-to-be-razed walls.
May 17, 2013 |
IF YOU'VE BEEN paying attention to the deadly collapse of the Bangladesh garment factory, you know our dirty laundry just got dirtier. Like a lot of you, I've followed the April 24 tragedy that, at last count, has claimed more than 1,000 lives. I was haunted by the heartbreaking photo of the couple found under debris in a final embrace. I was amazed at the rescue of the seamstress who lived 17 days trapped in the rubble. But it was all from afar. Until I went to my basement to do laundry, and noticed the tags on my clothes.
March 26, 2013
By Steve Frank Enjoying a fine meal in good company is one of life's great pleasures. But it turned out to be a slender reed on which to hang any hopes for a "grand bargain" to end the impasse over fiscal policy in Washington. It seemed like such good news when a group of Republican senators dined with President Obama recently at the Jefferson Hotel, near the White House. Everyone pushed away from the table more optimistic about being able to reach an agreement to solve the country's financial difficulties.
January 4, 2013
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, how come young people these days drink such weird stuff? Marnie: Like what, Buzz? Buzz: I went to a holiday dinner hosted by nieces and nephews and there was no respect for tradition. The turkey came with bacon jam instead of cranberry sauce. The wine was from Argentina instead of California. Even the eggnog was made with tequila instead of brandy. Marnie: Well, there's a natural urge for each new generation to experiment and try new things. I bet you'd have liked the wine if you tried it. Argentine wines are terrific, and a Mexican spin on eggnog might be tasty too. Buzz: Why go south of the border?