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September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
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September 14, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
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September 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fritz Blank, owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Center City, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Thailand. Records and reports indicated he was in his early to mid-70s. Mr. Blank, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died in Bang Saray, said Lynne Farrington, rare-book curator at the University of Pennsylvania, to which Mr. Blank donated thousands of cookbooks and other culinary-related material. Born and raised in South Jersey, Mr. Blank had a science career that started in agriculture and led to his becoming chief microbiologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
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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.
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
September 11, 2014
C ARL WHITE, 46, of Bristol Borough, is CEO of Think Brownstone, an experience design firm he co-founded in 2007 with Brian McIntire, 38, of Downingtown. The Conshohocken firm opened an office in July on 15th Street near Sansom, in Center City. Fifteen of the firm's 50 employees relocated there. Q: Why'd you decide to put an office in Center City? A: We needed new space to attract talent as well as retain the talent we had. We also had more clients in Philadelphia that we didn't have before.
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September 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dina Wind, 76, of Gladwyne, a sculptor and longtime patron of the arts in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Wind juggled roles as artist and art patron, board member and consumer of cultural offerings, advocate of education and lifelong student, matriarch, and business person, and citizen of Israel and the United States. She led a busy, productive life. As a sculptor, she worked primarily in scrap metal, welding items like car bumpers and old farm tools into what she saw as three-dimensional drawings in the air. Though Mrs. Wind was best known for her sculpture, she also did painting, paper creations, and installations that were shown in 14 shows at two venues - the Viridian Gallery in New York, and the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia.
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February 14, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Mormon Church plans to build a 32-story apartment tower and a public meetinghouse on a vacant lot next to the Vine Street Expressway, filling in a key piece of the no-man's-land that has long separated Center City and North Philadelphia's rebounding neighborhoods. The private development by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calls for 258 apartments, 13 townhouses, and retail shops at 16th and Vine Streets. The meetinghouse will have a chapel, courtyard, multipurpose space, and a center to research genealogy, said Michael Marcheschi, senior real estate manager for the church's national special projects department.
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September 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
SERIOUS NEEDS are being met at a modest new health clinic in town - the folks inside just aren't ready to scream it from the rooftops yet. They started with a soft opening in mid-August, but word is quickly spreading, and the patients are rolling in. Philadelphia FIGHT has had a long-standing reputation for advocating for individuals with HIV and AIDS, and the John Bell Health Center, one of its offshoots at 13th and Locust streets, is taking...
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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.
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September 18, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former top official of a Philadelphia nonprofit whose mission was to help the homeless has been accused of using a corporate credit card to embezzle $198,628 from the organization from 2005 to 2010. According to a federal indictment issued Tuesday, Erica N. Brown, 38, of Glenolden, Delaware County, was the chief operating officer of SELF Inc., which provides services to the homeless and behaviorally challenged people. Brown allegedly used a corporate American Express card to pay expenses for herself, including trips to the Caribbean, Cape May, and elsewhere; meals at the Four Seasons; purchases at Wawa; a gym membership; a personal trainer; and clothing, including five pair of Ugg boots.
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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.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.
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September 18, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
With the 2015 primary still eight months away, Ken Trujillo launched his bid for mayor at a sprinter's pace Wednesday with positions big and small on education, policing, and business development. A former city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, Trujillo in short order declared he would: Press to end state control of city schools. Establish universal prekindergarten education. Cut the illiteracy rate in half. End racial profiling and stop-and-frisk tactics by police.
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September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dina Wind, 76, of Gladwyne, a sculptor and longtime patron of the arts in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Wind juggled roles as artist and art patron, board member and consumer of cultural offerings, advocate of education and lifelong student, matriarch, and business person, and citizen of Israel and the United States. She led a busy, productive life. As a sculptor, she worked primarily in scrap metal, welding items like car bumpers and old farm tools into what she saw as three-dimensional drawings in the air. Though Mrs. Wind was best known for her sculpture, she also did painting, paper creations, and installations that were shown in 14 shows at two venues - the Viridian Gallery in New York, and the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia.
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September 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edith Kohn, 93, of Center City, a philanthropic leader in Philadelphia's arts and cultural life for more than a quarter of a century, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at home. Mrs. Kohn was married to Harold E. Kohn, a Philadelphia antitrust lawyer, for more than 50 years until his death in 1999. With him, and later alone, she underwrote causes such as the performing arts, historic preservation, education, health care, and women's rights. Disarmingly soft-spoken and gentle, Mrs. Kohn could nonetheless be determined in pursuing her goals.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fritz Blank, owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Center City, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Thailand. Records and reports indicated he was in his early to mid-70s. Mr. Blank, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died in Bang Saray, said Lynne Farrington, rare-book curator at the University of Pennsylvania, to which Mr. Blank donated thousands of cookbooks and other culinary-related material. Born and raised in South Jersey, Mr. Blank had a science career that started in agriculture and led to his becoming chief microbiologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
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September 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
ELEVEN OF THE 164 Philadelphia police officers accused of domestic abuse since 2011 - or fewer than 7 percent - were fired and criminally charged, according to the Police Department. Of those, just three have been convicted, and half are back on the job. Here's the list: *  James Graber Jr., an 11-year veteran assigned to the bomb-disposal unit, was arrested after he allegedly punched his ex-wife in the face in a Mayfair pub in February 2011. At his ex-wife's request, Graber entered and completed a diversion program.
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