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September 28, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move that would have seemed unimaginable even a year ago, the four unions that work inside the Convention Center will receive the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association's highest award for their role in improving the hospitality business in Philadelphia and at the center. Sharing the honors with the unions at the association's annual awards event in December will be the Convention Center Authority's board, chaired by Gregory J. Fox. Fox and the board members heard the news at Friday morning's monthly meeting from Greg Stafford, general manager of the Inn at Penn and president of the hotel association.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco's storied name, absent from the New York Stock Exchange since the Philadelphia company was acquired by a Dallas energy firm in 2012, will return to the Big Board this year. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP), a Dallas pipeline company that became Sunoco Inc.'s parent company two years ago, announced Thursday night that it will give its recently acquired Texas convenience-store company, Susser Petroleum Partners, a new name that is kind of an old one - Sunoco L.P. The new Sunoco L.P., which will trade under the ticker symbol SUN, will eventually become the corporate umbrella for ETP's growing portfolio of fuel stations and convenience stores, including Sunoco Inc. ETP had said it intended to drop its retail assets into the Susser partnership when it announced the $1.8 billion acquisition in April.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas Raftery III, the inspector general of the Delaware River Port Authority, is resigning, complaining of interference by the DRPA board and a "hostile" workplace environment. Raftery said in a draft letter dated Monday that his resignation would be effective Oct. 17. Raftery, who was hired in 2012 as the DRPA's first inspector general, has been at odds with many members of the board for months. He was hired to root out fraud, corruption, and inefficiencies at the DRPA. He soon collided with managers and board members, who complained that the inspector general was vindictive and bullying.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
VOTERS won't be seeing a referendum question on abolishing the School Reform Commission on November's ballot, since City Council had too short a time between passing the resolution last week and the deadline for inclusion; the bill is still on Mayor Nutter's desk, waiting for a signature. Maybe it will appear in May, but voters should pay attention now to what they'll see - and won't see. They may see a nonbinding vote saying something like, "Should Philadelphia abolish the SRC?"
BUSINESS
September 23, 2014
Novira Therapeutics Inc. , Doylestown, a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for curative treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection, has named Roger J. Pomerantz chair of its scientific advisory board. In this role, he also will function as a senior adviser to the company. Pomerantz is president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Seres Health and was senior vice president and worldwide head of licensing and acquisitions at Merck & Co. Inc., where he oversaw all licensing and acquisitions at Merck Research Laboratories.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
"Like day and night" is how John J. "Jack" McCormick describes the difference between living in a boardinghouse and living with a foster family. "I was at the boardinghouse for eight years and I couldn't see an end to it," says McCormick, 72, who is partially disabled from a 1985 stroke. "I thought I was going to leave there in a body bag. " Since August 2013, the retired postal clerk has resided with Bill and Jodi Cleary in their cozy home on a pretty street in Gloucester City, thanks to a New Jersey program called Adult Family Care.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Girard College on Monday asked the city's Orphans' Court to reconsider its recent ruling that the school cannot suspend its high school and boarding programs to improve its finances. The move, one step short of an appeal, came three weeks after Orphans' Court Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe said the boarding and secondary programs were critical parts of the vision the merchant-banker Stephen Girard outlined in his 1831 bequest. The money he left created the free boarding school for poor orphans on a 43-acre site in Fairmount.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014
ONCE UPON a time, it was enough just to go to a stadium to watch a game. But that notion is as outmoded as the rotary telephone. Today, it's all about the "game-day experience. " To that end, your Philadelphia Eagles spent the offseason completing a two-year, $125 million improvement project at 11-year-old Lincoln Financial Field. Some of the money went to adding 1,600 seats in three of the stadium's four corners and constructing bridges connecting the upper concourse. In addition, 1,300 new video screens were placed throughout the Iggles' South Philly nest, as well as larger video monitors in several other locations in and outside the Linc.
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