April 23, 2016 |
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
April 15, 2016 |
Lawyers for the defunct Foxwoods casino project in South Philadelphia lost their bid in bankruptcy court to recoup the $50 million license fee Foxwoods paid in 2007. In a 64-page ruling Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Magdeline D. Coleman rejected the Foxwoods group's arguments under bankruptcy code and said she did not have jurisdiction over certain other counts, which belong in state court. A lawyer for the Foxwoods group - formally known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners L.P. - said he would recommend that his client appeal the bankruptcy issues to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2016 |
Following a successful drive in 2014 to fund the start of her Wild Mantle line of winter hooded scarves, Main Line entrepreneur Avi Loren Fox is launching another Kickstarter campaign Thursday to support a new line of hooded covers for warm weather. Fox, 29, a Narberth native who is Wild Mantle's CEO and designer, is looking to raise $44,000 to release a summer collection. She raised $39,827 in 2014 from 300 backers. The current campaign will kick off at 4:44 p.m. Thursday. "44 is my lucky number," Fox explained in an email.
March 26, 2016 |
Five news organizations, including the parent company of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com, on Friday urged the judge in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's upcoming criminal trial to reject her request to file a key defense argument in secret. Kane has asked Montgomery County Court Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy to permit her to file under seal a brief contending that she is the victim of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution. If her request is granted, her argument could be read only by the judge and Kane's prosecutors, not by the public.
March 17, 2016 |
The demise of Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations may have just saved Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the Republican nomination - at least in Pennsylvania. A Rubio supporter, University of Pennsylvania student Nathaniel Rome, had challenged in court Kasich's nomination petitions to appear on the April 26 Pennsylvania primary ballot. Rome dropped that challenge Wednesday afternoon, according to his attorney, John Bravacos - the day after Rubio, a Florida senator, ended his presidential campaign.
March 17, 2016 |
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid to have his corruption case dismissed by relying on a congressional privilege meant to protect lawmakers' independence from interference from the executive branch. The decision clears the way for the Philadelphia Democrat's trial on racketeering conspiracy charges to proceed May 2. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said none of the allegations in the indictment against Fattah violate the "speech and debate" clause - a constitutional provision that bars federal prosecutors from questioning lawmakers or holding them criminally responsible for their legislative acts.
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | CITY BIDDING Examine all aspects The city intends to improve its bidding process ("Reverse bidding: City sees big savings," Tuesday). But what about fundamental aspects: What's the level of participation on the bids? If the response is low, why? Once the bid is awarded, is the contractor required to provide what the contract stipulates? These issues are more important than the mechanics of the bid process. |Mike Egan, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2016 |
I T WAS just 3 1/2 minutes, but it was those moments in a game Saint Joseph's eventually would lose when coach Phil Martelli believed his team had a chance to be very good. The Hawks trailed Villanova, 52-37, at Hagan Arena on Dec. 1. After those 210 seconds, they trailed just 54-49. "I wanted to see how we would react to getting so far behind," Martelli remembered. "During that game, I said, 'There's something here.' " After the game, Martelli told his team they could be the best team in the Atlantic 10. They were close enough.
March 9, 2016 |
When the city wants to buy anything, from pencils to welding materials, it issues a request for bids and then buys from the company with the lowest first offer. City officials call that a lost opportunity, and have moved toward a process of letting sellers compete until the lowest price is reached. Officials say it could save the city millions. "They can see the prices and continue to lower the price they're willing to sell to us at until they're the last one standing," said Rebecca Rhynhart, the city's chief administrative officer.
March 7, 2016 |
They came from all around the region and the country - from Delaware County and South Jersey, from Bucks County and the Northeast, and New Mexico and Oregon - back to their childhood haunts, back to the maybe-not-so-mean streets, to say goodbye to a great son of Kensington. About 100 mourners converged on Holy Innocents Parish, Hunting Park Avenue and L Street, on Saturday morning to honor the memory and share stories about Elwood "Buddy" Segeske III, 60, of Primos, a regular guy who most people never knew, but if they had, they would certainly remember.