July 1, 2014 |
Robbers held up two Philadelphia convenience stores early Sunday morning, getting away with about $450 in cash, police said. Two men wearing dark, hooded jackets and gloves entered a 7-Eleven at 7607 Ridge Ave. in Upper Roxborough at 3:05 a.m. and displayed a small handgun, police said. After stealing approximately $300 and lottery tickets, the pair fled south on Ridge Avenue on foot. No injuries were reported. Approximately 90 minutes later, a lone robber walked into a Wawa in the 3800 block of Spruce Street in the University City neighborhood and demanded cash.
June 20, 2014 |
A LIBERAL political group yesterday accused a billionaire casino investor of making an illegal campaign contribution to Gov. Corbett. Keystone Progress filed a complaint with the state Gaming Control Board against Sheldon Adelson, a Republican mega-donor and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. The group claims that an Adelson contribution of nearly $1 million ended up in Corbett's campaign account, in violation of the state gaming law's prohibition of casino owners giving political contributions in Pennsylvania.
June 20, 2014
C ARLOS R. VEGA, 32, of Center City, is founder and CEO of startup Tesorio, an online marketplace that helps buyers and suppliers with cash management. Vega, a citizen of both Panama and the United States, is a recent Wharton grad with a masters in business. Tesorio was accepted into the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, which provides office space and other help for startups. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tesorio? A: Access to financing can be tedious for small businesses.
June 19, 2014 |
Long, grueling months of World Cup planning and preparation paid off big for the Germans this week. For the soccer team, sure. It thrashed Portugal. But on a local level, too - for the Brauhaus Schmitz restaurant on South Street. Before the doors opened Monday, the venue's owners devised and implemented a special flat-fee admission plan. Work schedules were checked and rechecked, advertising booked and delivered. Staffers hung extra big-screen TVs and decorated the restaurant in Deutschland banners of black, red, and gold.
June 15, 2014 |
IF ANOTHER casino comes to Center City, one councilman wants to ensure predatory lending places don't ride its coattails. An ordinance that moved through a City Council committee last week would do just that. Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced a zoning bill that would prohibit any new pawnshops or "personal credit establishments" from cropping up around a tentative site for a casino along Market East. Market8, a casino pitch for 8th and Market streets by developer Ken Goldenberg, is one of five proposals now in the hands of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
June 7, 2014 |
Tom Wolf visited Philadelphia City Council Thursday, landing squarely in the midst of a school budget crisis that many members have blamed on the state's Republican leadership. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee was escorted past pupils from three city elementary schools displaying a quilt advocating for arts funding. Wolf then headed into a closed-door meeting in Council President Darrell L. Clarke's office. Afterward, Wolf spoke in the caucus room to Council, staff, lobbyists and reporters, saying he was "a fan of this great city.
April 23, 2014 |
Legal fees incurred by Gov. Christie's reelection campaign, apparently in connection with investigations into the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, have surpassed the amount of cash in the campaign's coffers, according to a filing with state election law officials. Christie's campaign owes $264,000 in legal and documentation fees, compared with an account balance of $156,587, according to a quarterly report filed April 15 with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
April 17, 2014 |
TRENTON - State Sen. Donald Norcross raised $379,000 in the first quarter of 2014 for his First District congressional bid, which led campaign-finance filings disclosed Tuesday for South Jersey candidates for Congress. Fund-raising reports by the five other candidates for the First District seat were not available on the Federal Election Commission's website by Tuesday evening. The seat was vacated in February when U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews resigned to take a job with a Philadelphia law firm.
April 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts from lobbyists or others seeking to "influence the legislative process. " "Senate approval of this legislation gives hope that an ugly problem is about to yield a responsible solution," said Sen. Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne), sponsor of the bill. "It sets basic ground rules everyone can grasp. " The 49-0 vote followed an unusually quick path for a piece of legislation, and came just weeks after The Inquirer first reported that four Philadelphia lawmakers had been caught on tape taking money from a lobbyist.