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BUSINESS
March 11, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If shopping malls are really dying - killed by retail apps, next-day delivery, and those giant "fulfillment centers" rising across Pennsylvania - you wouldn't know it. Not the way big investors like Simon Property Group are buying and selling rival shopping malls. On Monday, Simon - the Indianapolis company that owns one of the largest malls in the United States ( King of Prussia ) and the biggest in Philadelphia ( Philadelphia Mills , the former Franklin Mills) - offered $22 billion, or $91 a share, for national mall chain Macerich Co. , of Santa Monica, Calif.
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE JOCKEYING for an NCAA bid is intensifying. The power conferences are closing down their regular seasons this weekend, while the would-be Cinderellas are starting to decide who is going to the NCAA ball. Here are the three leagues beginning their tournaments tonight: Colonial At Baltimore FIRST ROUND/Today 8-Elon vs. 9-Towson, 6 7-Drexel vs. 10-College of Charleston, 8:30 QUARTERFINALS/Tomorrow 1-William & Mary vs. Elon/Towson, 12 4-James Madison vs. 5-Hofstra, 2:30 2-UNC Wilmington vs. Drexel/Charleston, 6 3-Northeastern vs. 6-Delaware, 8:30 SEMIFINALS/Sunday Times: 2:30 & 5 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP/Monday Semifinal winners, 7 (NBCSN)
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia and Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writers
John Valore figured his Camden team was in for a tough game. He was right. "I can't understand how they were a six seed," Valore said of Collingswood. "They are outstanding. " Camden rallied in the fourth quarter and emerged with a hard-fought, 61-57 victory over visiting Collingswood in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament Wednesday night. Junior forward Jamal Holloway scored 23 and junior guard Brad Hawkins added 12 for third-seeded Camden, which will visit second-seeded Middle Township in the sectional semifinals Friday night.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak will formally launch his Senate campaign Wednesday at Independence Hall, he announced in a news release Monday. Sestak, a former admiral and Delaware County congressman, has long made clear that he intended to run for Senate in a bid to unseat Republican Pat Toomey in 2016. He has been fund-raising and making appearances across the state in hope of a rematch from their race in 2010. Sestak "is running to restore Americans' lost trust in their political leaders by being accountable to the people," said the announcement.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested and expensive legislative races in the state this year, Republican Assemblyman Chris A. Brown announced his reelection campaign Saturday alongside Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. The sprawling Second District includes Atlantic City, which is in the midst of an economic meltdown after four casinos closed last year, taking with them 8,000 jobs. The resort is desperately seeking other revenue sources to keep municipal services and city government running.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns will not formally consider Revel AC Inc.'s bid to terminate Florida investor Glenn Straub's agreement to buy the Atlantic City casino until Tuesday. But at a hearing Wednesday in Camden, in a rare display of unity, attorneys for the bankrupt Revel, its lender, unsecured creditors, and other interested parties all argued that the plug should be pulled on the $95.4 million deal with Straub's Polo North Country Club Inc. "We have zero confidence in Polo North's ability to close," John K. Cunningham, Revel's lead bankruptcy attorney, told Burns.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It didn't take long for Brooklyn's convention machine to try to capitalize on the Convention Center's court order against union carpenters who allegedly harassed attendees and vandalized vehicles at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show over the weekend. "Antiunion," said one New York union official involved in helping Brooklyn in its bid to beat Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party, known for its strong union ties, is expected to decide "by mid-month" which city will land the convention with its millions of dollars of economic impact, a party spokeswoman said Tuesday.
SPORTS
February 5, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The place had a VIP feel. Ed Rendell sat in the front row, and TV cameras from the local stations shot footage from the corners. Some of Herb Magee's fellow coaches sneaked into the building, and 34 former Magee players were in the stands. A simple sign in the corner of the gym told the story, a printed black "1" on a white square. Philadelphia University's coach, in his 48th season in charge on Henry Avenue, on track for the 1,000th win of his Hall of Fame career, trying to join Mike Krzyzewski as the only NCAA men's coaches to hit that mark, watched a beautifully arcing attempt by a textbook shooter track toward the basket in the final seconds, a game-winner if it fell.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
James F. Kenney bid adieu Thursday to 23 years on City Council with a gracious and emotional speech, in which he thanked colleagues past and present for helping him grow from a callow, cocksure freshman to a respected and passionate legislator. The address, offered as a goodbye gesture, served to powerfully define his coming mayoral campaign as a vehicle for social change and fairness, two themes that have long marked his work on Council. "Don't ever be afraid to take an unpopular position just because it is unpopular when you know it is right," he said at one point, recalling his early support of gay rights and the opposition he faced.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2015
REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is a secret member of Beyonce's Bey Hive. I have no proof, other than that every time he's on TV lately, the former governor of Arkansas invokes the superstar's name. To my ears, it sounds as if he's a little bit "Drunk in Love. " Not that we can blame him. By riding Beyonce's sequined skirt-tail, Huckabee's getting much-needed traction and scoring invites to programs such as ABC's "The View," where he shared a stage last week with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams.
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