June 14, 2013 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A refugee from Syria recently opened a bakery here, drawing long lines of customers eager to taste meat and cheese pastries with the special flavors of Damascus - a rare bright spot in the long shadow that the Syrian civil war is casting over the Gaza Strip. The conflict in Syria, about 190 miles away, is increasingly hurting Hamas-ruled Gaza financially, according to several officials in the Islamic militant group and in Islamic charities. They say Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a former major financial backer of Hamas, has reduced monthly cash transfers because Hamas refuses to side with the Syrian regime.
June 14, 2013 |
STATE SEN. Mike Stack sounds close to announcing a run for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary election. The four-term senator from Northeast Philly and his family could also be close to a multimillion-dollar jackpot if developer Steve Wynn wins a license to build a casino on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown. Stack, his four siblings and their mother, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Felice Rowley Stack , own about one-fifth of the 60 acres in an real estate option agreement signed by Wynn.
June 10, 2013
Larry Tye is the author of "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero," now out in paperback (Random House) The comics had never beheld a golden goose like him. By the end of World War II, Superman was the marquee attraction in four separate comic books and shared top billing with Batman in a fifth. Each magazine brought in just 10 cents, but a 1940s dime is today's dollar, and 3.2 million dimes were rung up every month. True Man of Tomorrow addicts could get a daily dose in the funny pages.
June 9, 2013
After reading about the cash hoards being amassed by Apple Inc. and some other U.S. corporations, I spent some time perusing the balance sheets of the Philly 50. I'd naturally assumed that Comcast Corp., the region's most valuable company, would have the biggest amount of cash and cash equivalents as of March 31. And naturally, I was wrong. DuPont Co. was sitting on $6.58 billion in cash at the end of the first quarter, up $2.27 billion from the end of 2012. Comcast reported cash of $1.84 billion as of March 31, down $9.11 billion from the end of the year.
June 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia police are searching for two men they described as "dangerous" and "disciplined" who are responsible for six armed robberies of convienence stores and businesses throughout the city since late April. The men committed the crimes together for four robberies, one acted alone in a fifth May 24 robbery and the sixth robbery, a May 24 holdup of the Forman Mills store in the 4800 block of Market Street, involved four men, according to Philadelphia police Capt. Benjamin Naish at a Friday press conference.
May 31, 2013 |
Almost four years after a double murder cast a pall over the opening of the Piazza at Schmidts complex in Northern Liberties, a final suspect has pleaded guilty. Caesar Holloway, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of third-degree murder and two counts of robbery and conspiracy involving the June 27, 2009, botched holdup. Party planner Rian Thal, 34, and Timothy Gilmore, 40, a friend and an Ohio-based long-distance trucker, were shot to death in the hall outside Thal's seventh-floor Navona apartment.
May 25, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - All but one of the convictions of a former county judge in the "kids for cash" juvenile justice scandal in northeastern Pennsylvania were upheld Friday by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected nearly all the arguments made by attorneys for Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., who is serving a 28-year sentence for racketeering, fraud, conspiracy, and other offenses. At the heart of the case was Ciavarella's involvement with privately run juvenile detention centers and allegations that as a judge he sent children to the centers so he could make money.
May 20, 2013 |
MILAN - Silvio Berlusconi's private disco featured not only aspiring showgirls performing striptease acts as sexy nuns and nurses, but also one woman dressed up as President Obama and a prominent Milan prosecutor, whom the billionaire media mogul has accused of persecuting him, according to the first public sworn testimony by the Moroccan woman at the center of the scandal. Karima el-Mahroug's testimony Friday at the trial of three former Berlusconi aides accused of procuring her and other women for prostitution confirms a sexually charged atmosphere at the "bunga bunga" parties of the then-sitting premier.
May 19, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-something divorced female. After my divorce I met a man I enjoyed being with. He led me to believe he cared for me and I bought into it. It was a vulnerable time for me and, unfortunately, I let my guard down. I did something stupid and co-signed for a student loan for him. He has stopped making payments, has blocked my calls, moved, etc., and now I'm stuck with the financial burden. I have learned that he had a fiancee while we were involved and they are now married.
May 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - How do you raise $1.9 million in three months? If you're Newark Mayor Cory Booker, you tap into a network of admirers that includes some of Hollywood's biggest producers, media moguls, and name-brand developers. Then you bring in Wolfgang Puck to cook. Ron Howard gave $5,000 to the Democrat's burgeoning 2014 Senate campaign. So did Rob Reiner. Executives from Disney and Warner Brothers donated. Ivanka Trump and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $5,200 apiece.