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December 16, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Police say a recent string of gas station robberies in Burlington City and Township may have been committed by one person. The "strong-arm robberies" occurred at three stations between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, according to a statement Monday by the police departments of the municipalities. The robberies appear to be related "due to the similar nature in which they were committed," the news release said. In all three cases, the robber stole cash and ran off. "The suspect in all three cases is described as a black male, approximately 20-30 years old, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and/or jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers," police also said.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Now that U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has shown the way, the Pennsylvania legislature must do its part to prevent parents and other relatives who live with someone suspected of being a drug dealer from unfairly losing their homes and property. Robreno approved a settlement last week between the Institute for Justice and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office that puts reasonable limits on civil forfeitures, but the agreement doesn't apply outside the city. Under the state's civil forfeiture law, if police merely suspect that a house, business, car, or cash was involved in a crime, they can seize it and auction it off. The proceeds may then be banked by the local law enforcement agency.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandywine Realty Trust is shedding some South Jersey holdings as part of a sell-off aimed at raising money to sustain development plans in Center City and other core markets. The company, Philadelphia's biggest office landlord, has sold land in Mount Laurel to a hotel operator and is unloading five office buildings nearby, according to documents filed with Burlington County officials. Radnor-based Brandywine also is said to be shopping the former 30th Street Main Post Office building, which now houses the Internal Revenue Service's local staff, according to John Guinee, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Proceeds from these sales will likely be funneled into projects such as the FMC Tower near 30th Street Station and the eventual redevelopment of recently acquired properties on Market Street, Guinee said.
NEWS
October 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
On the outside, not much has changed. The once-grand S.S. United States continues to rust along a South Philadelphia pier. On the inside, some things have significantly changed, and not for the better: The conservancy that is trying to restore the iconic ocean liner - and that set an end-of-the-month, save-it-or-scrap-it deadline - has seen its fund-raising decline dramatically. While its officials insist that a secret developer is closer than ever to a suitable proposal, the ship needs time.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A couple of hundred Hillary Clinton supporters, already high off her debate performance the other night, gathered at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Thursday to hear her husband fan their fervor and rally them to reach for their checkbooks. Bill Clinton is good at that. Six black SUVs heralded the former president's arrival at the museum's rear entrance. And there he was, in a fitted blue suit, his iconic shock of white hair highlighted by the afternoon sun. He smiled, waved, and disappeared into the building to greet some 200 buttoned-up, high-powered lawyers and politicos, who later emerged from the closed-to-the-press campaign fund-raiser almost giddy.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Democratic National Convention Committee has settled in Philadelphia and is open for business. Jude Arijaje, owner of Minuteman Press on South Broad Street, stood next to Mayor Nutter and the Democratic National Convention Committee CEO on Thursday in his printing shop as proof that the DNC wants to partner with local businesses in advance of the party's national convention here next year. "Small businesses, large business, we want everyone to have a shot at the pie," the Rev. Leah Daughtry, the convention's CEO, said.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Nationwide, the percentage of cash sales for homes has fallen steadily since January 2013, yet the Philadelphia region's share of such transactions appears to be climbing, a report by real estate data provider CoreLogic says. In the eight-county Philadelphia region in June, the most recent month for which it has data, CoreLogic says, cash sales represented 55.1 percent of all home purchases - 13.1 percentage points higher than the same month in 2014 and well above the nation's 31.3 percent.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Philadelphians broke a pair of dubious records in May's Democratic primary: The most campaign money ever spent produced the lowest turnout ever. The numbers belie the notion that raising millions of dollars to pay for television advertising and field operations helps to bring more people to the polls. The reality is that too many big donors care more about influencing the future votes and positions of the politicians who get their money than they do about turnout. Of the 800,000 registered Democrats, only about 234,000 cast ballots.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia $50,000 for giving cash advances to 11 individuals who asked to be banned from casinos in Pennsylvania. Two other local casinos were also fined this week. Parx Casino, in Bensalem, was fined $15,000 for sending marketing materials to 146 individuals on the gaming board's self-exclusion list. The board fined Harrah's Philadelphia $7,500 for paying a slot machine jackpot to a person who was not sitting at the slot machine when the winnings registered.
NEWS
July 22, 2015
ISSUE | FORFEITURES Seize criminals' property only I join in applauding District Attorney Seth Williams for stopping his office's practice of using the commonwealth's forfeiture laws to take homes and cars from people who have never been accused, much less convicted, of a crime ("Dirty money," July 6). However, these changes do not go far enough. According to a recent American Civil Liberties Union report, Williams' office takes $1 million in cash annually from Philadelphians who have never been found guilty of a crime.
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