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November 27, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The traumatized girl in the Special Victims Unit in March described a sex-trafficking underworld that stretched from Germantown to Georgia. The teenager said her captors had threatened to kill her if she ran from their home on a modest Northwest Philadelphia block. She said they had forced her, age 14, to have sex with as many as seven men a day. She didn't know most of the men's names - but she could name one for certain, a Center City lawyer she knew as "Meehan. " The girl remembered where he worked: "a big building near City Hall.
NEWS
February 20, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Snow began falling as afternoon slid into evening. With the lights of Center City twinkling around and below her, Jane Miles stood by the vast expanse of windows that line one side of her new 27th-floor condominium in Symphony House, watching. "The snowflakes look so big up here," she said, more than a little awe in her voice. "With all the cars whizzing by in the streets below, it's like being in another world. " A world high above Philadelphia that, even a few years ago, Miles and her husband would have been very exclusive residents of. But as condo towers grow more commonplace in the city, taller, well-heeled buyers are choosing to feather their nests in the clouds - or as close as several hundred feet above street level can get them.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
HE BRAGGED to friends about the girls he "banged," showing them pornographic pictures on his cellphone. He let loose his lust at work, locking the conference room doors for illicit, paid trysts in front of windows overlooking Center City. He even offered baked treats made by his wife to his favorite escort and discussed his daughters with her. But worst of all, Brian Meehan's conquests were teenage girls forced into prostitution, and he was a prominent Center City attorney introduced to them by clients, according to a Philadelphia investigating grand jury.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police released surveillance video Tuesday showing the attackers in the apparent hate-crime beating and robbery of a gay couple in Center City last week. The video shows a group of about a dozen white men and women in their early 20s who are "clean cut" and well-dressed, police said. About 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street, two men, ages 27 and 28, were approached by the group, police said. The group made disparaging remarks about their sexuality, police said.
REAL_ESTATE
November 16, 2014 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Lori and Donald Krain have a panoramic view from their roof deck, four stories up. To the east, William Penn peeks between the skyscrapers. To the west, the Cira Centre looms over University City. A church steeple rises amid rooftops to the south. Looking north, tall buildings obscure the Art Museum, but the Krains can still see the July 4 fireworks. The holiday provided an excuse for a party this year, and a deadline to furnish the deck of their new townhouse. Lori potted petunias and ordered a wrought-iron table, mesh chairs, and a cushioned couch made of ipe, a hardy Brazilian wood.
NEWS
January 16, 2002
MY FIANC? AND I both live in Harrisburg but travel to Philadelphia often because we love the city. What we don't love, however, are the outrageous parking rates. When he attended monthly meetings of the Black Data Processors Association in Center City, it cost him more in parking fees to attend the meetings than it did in gas and tolls to make the 105-mile trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Parking also becomes an issue when we want to visit Delilah's at the Reading Terminal for a nice Saturday lunch.
NEWS
December 11, 2003
YOUR Holiday Shopping Guide was a welcome sight in the Dec. 3 Daily News. But once again, it gave short shrift to Center City, whining about parking while barely mentioning that you can get downtown by trolley, El, rail, bus, foot, bike and ferryboat. Your reporter seeking Apple's new music player stated flatly that department stores "don't sell the iPod. " Just a few pages later, good old Strawbridge's display ad was featuring just that - the new 20 gigabyte iPod, no less.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
A 22-year-old man was shot and killed early today in Center City, police said. The victim, not immediately identified, was shot in the arm about 2:15 a.m. on the 900 block of Filbert Street, police said. He was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where doctors discovered the bullet had traveled into his chest, police said. He died at 4:46 a.m. Investigators are seeking a motive and a suspect. The also are reviewing surveillance videos from the area.
NEWS
February 9, 1986 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last decade, more than 15 1/2 million people have visited the Liberty Bell in its glass house on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. But Caroline Carol was not among them. Age 72, a native and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Caroline Carol has never seen the Liberty Bell, considered by many the premier symbol of America's freedom. "I always wanted to," Carol said wistfully the other day. "They used to take you when you were in school, but I never remember seeing it. . . . I guess I was absent that day. " Long a resident of Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, she said she felt "a little embarrassed" by the omission.
NEWS
March 1, 1996 | BY JIM BELEY
As I speak to fellow business managers and owners in Center City, I detect concern over recent economic reports. It seems that, in this paper and elsewhere, a picture of gloom and doom portrays the region's consumer spending. We hear reports of mall shop owners decrying lack of both traffic and spending. We see overstocked department stores slashing to their deepest discounts in modern memory. This concerns all of us in business. But many of us are just as deeply concerned that the picture is being painted with too broad a brush.
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NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in seven years, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission opened hearings Monday to consider proposals for new charter schools. The wish list for the first of four days of hearings included a community-based school in Germantown for students in grades six through 12, and three K-12 charter schools in neighborhoods across the city, operated by the nonprofit String Theory Schools, that would combine science and the arts. The day's roster also included a high school in Germantown that would focus on careers, a secondary school for at-risk youth that would shore up their academics and equip them for jobs in the region's high-tech economy, and a K-12 school in Center City with a focus on math, science, and technology Benjamin N. Persofsky, president of the founding coalition of the proposed Partnership School, said the K-12 school that the MaST charter in the Far Northeast wants to open in Center City could be crucial for keeping young professionals in the city.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FIVE charter-school applicants did their best yesterday to impress Philadelphia School District officials as they bid to expand school choice in the city. The applicants were the first of 40 that will outline their plans during public hearings this week before an independent hearing officer and a staffer from the district's Charter Office. The embattled district has not accepted new applications since 2008, but now is required to as part of the city's recently enacted $2 cigarette tax to provide additional funding.
NEWS
December 9, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A plan to replace beloved Center City diner Little Pete's with a glitzy boutique hotel is on hold until early next year amid opposition to a bill that would clear the way for the massive proposed redevelopment at 17th and Chancellor Streets. The concerns of a hospitality labor union, a Center City civic group, and restaurant loyalists have stalled a rezoning bill sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson that would allow a 12-story Hudson Hotel to be built on a block that has been home to the restaurant since the 1970s.
NEWS
December 8, 2014
ISSUE | TAXI SAFETY Ensure it's insured An article on taxi insurance was timely, at least for me ("City cabs light on accident coverage," Nov. 27). Returning from an August medical appointment for knee surgery, I was hit by an All City Taxi cab in Center City. My attorney soon learned that the cabbie's insurance carrier is in liquidation. Perhaps it is wise to ask a taxi driver to show proof of insurance before getting in. |Michael Fill, Philadelphia, poconopadre@aol.com ISSUE | PROTESTS Root causes A recent letter writer asserts that violent protests contradict the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's principles and thwart racial harmony ("Nonviolent civil rights activist would mourn," Nov. 30)
BUSINESS
December 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. "You know. Something like Manayunk. " In the last two years, there hasn't been a conversation reported in this space about a reemerging suburban borough or a hopeful city neighborhood that did not include at least one reference to the "Manayunk experience. " That's Manayunk, translated from present-day Philadelphian as trendy and hip , as opposed to Manayunk, from a Lenni Lenape word meaning river (in this case, the Schuylkill)
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
STUDENTS AT THREE city magnet high schools staged a die-in yesterday to protest recent grand-jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, involving black men killed by white police officers. Students at Masterman, Central and Science Leadership Academy all lay on the floor for 4 minutes, 30 seconds to mark the 4 hours, 30 minutes that Michael Brown's body was left on the ground after being shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Organizers said the schools began to plan the events independently, but then coordinated them - although carried them out at different times - to send a strong message.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
T O PARAPHRASE an old saying, a grand jury would have indicted a ham sandwich in the July 17 chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York's Staten Island. But a ham sandwich was not accused of grabbing Garner from behind, squeezing his neck and taking him to the ground as he used his last words to repeat, "I can't breathe. " New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo was accused of that act, and the fact that a grand jury yesterday declined to indict him came as no surprise to seasoned Philadelphia lawyers.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he came to America, alone, on a ship, as a boy of 14, Joseph Neubauer knew only the English he'd learned from watching John Wayne movies. He could say "Yep" and "Pardner" and "Yes, ma'am. " His American aunt and uncle gave him a job in their garden shop, where this son of Israel earned his keep selling lawn ornaments of the Virgin Mary. From that beginning, Neubauer rose to shape and run Aramark, the $15 billion, worldwide hospitality company based in Philadelphia. And on Tuesday evening, in a quiet announcement made after the stock market closed, he called it a career, saying he would step down after 30 years as chairman with plans to devote more time to the philanthropy that has improved cities, colleges, and lives from Philadelphia to Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Of all the educational white elephants that the Philadelphia School District unloaded at its spring fire sale, few can match the Edward Bok vocational school for scale and eccentricity. Occupying a full city block at Ninth and Mifflin, the eight-story art deco landmark lords over its humble rowhouse dominion like a craggy hilltop fortress. The auditorium alone can seat a thousand, and the corridors are as wide as some city streets. Who in their right mind would attempt to reuse a colossus like Bok?
NEWS
November 28, 2014
IN RECENT days, both 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and businessman Ori Feibush gave away Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy in Point Breeze. They did it separately. Johnson is a former state rep in his first term in Council. His district includes parts of Center City, South Philadelphia, Eastwick and Hawthorne, in addition to Point Breeze. Feibush is a high-profile and controversial developer in Point Breeze and elsewhere who will challenge Johnson in next year's election.
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