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March 30, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When she found out early in her pregnancy that one of her identical twins would die at birth, Sarah Gray began a five-year journey that culminated last week in Philadelphia. She had to carry the sick baby to term in order to protect his healthy twin. And she also looked into organ and tissue donation. "Instead of thinking of our son as a victim," she said, "I started thinking of him as a contributor to research, to science. " On March 23, 2010, Thomas and Callum Gray were born at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.
NEWS
August 15, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
City officials released detailed road closure and security fencing plans Thursday for the September papal visit, and said they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to accommodate businesses that need to stay open that weekend. "We, the city, and our many, many partners . . . are working to ensure the World Meeting of Families be held in a safe and secure environment for the Holy Father, and for the hundreds and thousands and millions of faithful who will want to come and see and hear him," Nutter said, flanked by city officials and Secret Service agents based in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
The most massive planned event in Philadelphia history - Pope Francis' two-day visit in September - demands unprecedented and sweeping measures to control crowds, traffic, and transit, Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicles for 21/2 days, along with lengthy sections of the Schuylkill Expressway, the entire Vine Street Expressway, and part of Route 1. I-95 will remain open, contrary to weeks of speculation. Three lanes of the bridge will be open to pedestrians moving between New Jersey and Philadelphia, officials said.
NEWS
August 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey's transportation agencies announced Thursday the road closings and special transit schedules they will put in place when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia next month, warned of massive crowds and traffic delays, and urged those unable to walk long distances to keep clear. "We can only get so many people into Philadelphia," Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox told a news conference at Pennsylvania Station on Thursday morning. "If you're not prepared to walk a considerable distance," he said, "you may want to reconsider your attendance.
REAL_ESTATE
November 17, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the construction of 22 luxury townhouses, a local real estate development firm is pushing the boundaries of posh living beyond the traditional tony neighborhoods of Center City. Philadelphia-based Clarke Real Estate Development L.L.C. will unveil Sunday the first phase of its Parke Place townhouses on the 1300 block of Bainbridge Street. The first eight homes are to be completed by year's end. The 4,300-square-foot townhouses offer a distinct take on the open floor plan that buyers want lately.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
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
August 12, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The remaining SEPTA passes for Regional Rail travel during the papal visit will be offered for sale next weekend at the outlying stations where riders will board for travel to Center City. The initial online sale of passes ended at 3 p.m. Monday, the deadline for payment by winners of SEPTA's electronic lottery. An undetermined number of passes remain of the 350,000 that SEPTA put up for sale. In the online lottery last week, SEPTA received requests for 328,045 passes, leaving more than 20,000 available.
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.
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August 28, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
After weeks of deliberations, officials at Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday announced that the block-long food emporium will be open during the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Center City. The market, at 11th and Arch Streets, falls inside a tight planned security zone drawn by the U.S. Secret Service. It will stay open on a modified schedule, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. "After much planning and preparation, we are pleased to announce that Reading Terminal Market will remain open during the World Meeting of Families Congress and for Pope Francis' visit in September," said Anuj Gupta, the market's general manager, in a statement.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LaSalle Investment Management has purchased the newly constructed AQ Rittenhouse apartment building in Center City for $51.1 million, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which brokered the sale. The Chicago-based investment manager bought the 110-unit high-rise at 2021 Chestnut St. from a joint venture between Aquinas Realty Partners and MB1 Capital Partners, NGKF said in a statement on Wednesday. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
August 26, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHEN GALAEI decided to move from Center City to North Philadelphia in April, the queer Latino social-justice organization was eager to be part of the community. Ideally, their new neighbors would feel comfortable dropping by the home on 149 W. Susquehanna Ave. for a chat and a tour of the old house with tons of character. In the process, they'd get to know the staff, and learn more about the services the 26-year-old nonprofit organization offers the LGBT community. No appointment.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE BREEZE moves easily through the empty sockets where the building's windows used to be, carrying ghostly whispers of names from Philadelphia's past. Willis Hale. The Rev. Major Jealous Divine. Jim Jones. They might not mean much to some, but all three are an inextricable part of the story of the Divine Lorraine Hotel. It's a tale that's been revisited almost obsessively by countless people in the city during the last 16 years, people who couldn't stand to see the beautiful, battered shell that bears the hotel's name continually lose pieces of itself to time, vandals and the elements.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
If history is any guide, about 100 pregnant women and 10 organ transplant patients will have to get to Philadelphia hospitals the weekend Pope Francis is in town. Maybe heaven can wait, but some medical events can't. Given that massive security for the papal visit could make it tough to get to city hospitals on Sept. 26 and 27, health-care providers are striving to reassure patients - even though plans are in flux. "We want to assure you that we are working closely with the city to develop special plans to ensure that you can travel safely to the hospital for your delivery or seek care for any special circumstances that may arise," the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
FOR THE SECOND TIME this year, a motorist has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Police Officer Allen Marsh Jr., claiming that the officer assaulted him on a city street. In his suit, which was filed yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael Marcantonio, a truck driver from Tabernacle, N.J., claims that his big rig was stopped behind several police cars at 13th and Spruce streets in Center City on Oct. 14, 2014. Once the officers on scene took a man into custody for unknown reasons, they did not move their patrol cars and continued to block the roadway for about 20 minutes, according to Marcantonio's lawyer, Brian Zeiger.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PMC Property Group has bought the Center City office building that once served as headquarters for GlaxoSmithKline for $43 million from Equity Commonwealth, the Chicago-based real estate trust controlled by Sam Zell. PMC plans to convert the top two-thirds of the 24-story One Franklin Plaza building into rental apartments, with the lower stories being used for about 200,000 square feet of office space, Michael Margolis, of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, said Friday. PMC, one of the city's biggest residential landlords, closed on the 607,474-square-foot building at 200 N. 16th St. on Aug. 18, Margolis said.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
City to residents: We will help with security restrictions Center City residents living at the epicenter of the papal events in September will have help navigating security restrictions, Mayor Nutter said Thursday. Nutter and Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families 2015, outlined resources available to residents, including making the city's 311 hotline available 24 hours a day just ahead of the visit. Also, a "papal playbook" will be released, created for residents' questions about transportation, emergency contacts, and event information during the week.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
They met at Dirty Frank's, the storied taproom at 13th and Pine Streets in Center City, on June 7, 1997. Terry Lytle was a lawyer in the Office of the Public Defender in Camden. Teresa Gimenez was an accounts coordinator for an advertising agency in Narberth. "His father had passed away a week before, and his colleagues had taken him out for drinks," Gimenez said. "I was with a girlfriend, and we made a point of not talking to any guys," she said. "At the end of the night, there was a Guinness promotion, and they gave out shirts and I put one on. "And he patted me on the back and said, 'That's a nice shirt.' " They were married on Jan. 5, 2001, at a Cistercian monastery in her hometown of Barcelona, Spain.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 100 calls and emails have flowed into the city Commerce Department this week from businesses seeking help in maneuvering amid tight papal security in central Philadelphia next month. Most merchants using a new hotline and website expressed concerns about how their employees would get to work and how necessary supplies would be delivered in the 4.7-square-mile area that will be off-limits to inbound traffic, officials said. "I think people want clarity about what's going on," Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said Thursday.
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