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June 8, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Wayne-based management-consulting firm Navigate is opening a 2,200-square-foot satellite office in Center City's 1650 Arch St. office building on Thursday, the company said in a statement. Navigate plans to have about 30 employees based in the Center City office by the end of the year, including transfers from its headquarters and new hires, the company said. The move is aimed at better supporting its central Philadelphia customer base and aiding recruiting of Center City-based talent, managing partner Robert Kathol said in the release.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The Democrats who run Center City's Eighth Ward have been pondering one question for four weeks: Who set in motion the federal probe that resulted in State Sen. Larry Farnese's indictment? Who dropped that dime? Many think it must have been former City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, who led the ward before Farnese took over in 2011 and clashed with him over that last year. Singer won't say. But the timeline tells an interesting story. Singer ran as a reformer for the three-member board that oversees city elections, defeating the formidable nine-term chairwoman Marge Tartaglione in the 2011 primary.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITERS
The last time a major party's presidential nominating convention came to town, riot-equipped Philadelphia police patrolled the streets, jailing hundreds of protesters ahead of time on charges courts later tossed out. This time, too, tens of thousands of protesters are expected as the Democrats meet here July 25-28. But authorities plan to greet them not with roundups and riot gear but by handing out $100 fines - if necessary - and water bottles. Instead of batons, protesters can look forward to cooling down in "misting tents.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Friday identified the woman accused of throwing coffee and punches at another woman outside a Center City Starbucks store in April. Yvonne Montgomery, 47, of Wyncote, Montgomery County, turned herself in to Central Detectives on May 24, about a month after police released video of the sidewalk attack. According to public records, Yvonne Barnes Montgomery is a partner at the Tucker Law Group, at 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City, around the corner from where the alleged attack occurred.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Medical marijuana won't be available in Pennsylvania for at least two years, yet politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs are already scrambling to brand themselves as industry leaders and experts. The state's medical-marijuana law eventually will make pharmaceutical cannabis products available to residents who suffer from serious medical conditions. Eligible ailments include autism, cancer, epilepsy, and chronic pain. The details of the law still need to be hammered out. The stakes are high.
NEWS
June 4, 2016
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. " - George Santayana By Matt Wolfe There has been a lot of discussion in Philadelphia about a proposed soda tax and, alternatively, a proposed container tax. It is argued that the taxes are regressive and will fall most heavily on those least able to bear them. Obviously true. It is argued that the goals, primarily universal pre-K and rebuilding infrastructure, are laudable. Again, obviously true.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Opening dates have been set for the two Target stores coming to Center City this year. The first, located at 1128 Chestnut St., is scheduled to open July 20, according to a Target spokeswoman. Another Target is slated to open at 1900 Chestnut St. on Oct. 5. The stores are what the company describes as "flexible format" locations, which have slimmed-down designs and emphasize order pickups from Target's website. The locations are part of Target's expansion into urban areas and will be smaller than the retail giant's typical suburban shopping centers.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | THE HOMELESS The young suffer, too After reading Mike Newall's original column about Matt, a 28-year-old homeless man in Center City, I had my doubts about him being a veteran. No vet, having served our country, should be living on the streets anywhere in our country ("Heroin Hall," May 25). Why wouldn't he take advantage of every possible resource available to veterans as opposed to his daily objective of getting his next hit of heroin? There must be a deeper reason that his family would allow him to remain homeless.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
City officials have added the white tower that formerly housed the Inquirer and Daily News to a list of possible locations for the Police Department's new headquarters, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday. The surprise search, first reported by Philadelphia Magazine online, comes even as renovations continue on a West Philadelphia site first earmarked as a modern, high-tech police hub under former Mayor Michael Nutter. Kenney said Tuesday that rehabbing the stately Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market St. - initially estimated to cost as much as $250 million - has been expensive, and that the property might be better suited for a "health-related campus" or other use. Since 1963, the police have been headquartered in the circular, three-story Police Administration Building at 750 Race St., popularly known as the Roundhouse.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
It's natural that City Council members would like more of the $5 billion municipal employees' retirement nest egg invested near home. It's too bad that at the yearly pension budget hearing, they had to hear Board of Pensions and Retirement chief Fran Bielli remind them that Philadelphia would need an additional $6 billion to keep the plan from running out of money. Taxpayers would face a much larger bill than today's $600 million annual pension pay-in. Not much room for experiments.
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