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July 29, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
The residents who live in the shadow of the Wells Fargo Center are hot, and it has nothing to do with the heat wave . Call it Convention Fatigue. The traffic , the noise, the vandalism and the protesters are taking a toll. "I understand if you want to protest [and exercise] First Amendment rights, but don't be disgusting about it," said Sandra Costanzo. "They were in Marconi Park [Broad and Oregon] running around naked. There's children around here. They see that and wonder what kind of America is this.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
After an emotionally wrenching hearing Tuesday, the Uber driver convicted of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old passenger who hired him to drive her from Center City to Montgomery County was sentenced to 71/2 to 15 years in prison. Abdellah Elkaddi, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Morocco, was ordered by Montgomery County Court Judge Thomas P. Rogers to serve five years' probation in addition to his jail term. At his April trial, a jury had deliberated 61/2 hours before finding him guilty of a variety of assault charges, but acquitting him of rape.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Olivia Exstrum, Staff Writer
As some mental health experts see it, being on the front lines of protest can exact an emotional toll on activists who might face verbal abuse for their beliefs or for whom pain or personal loss was the force for them to fight for change. With Philadelphia now at the epicenter of protest in the nation during the Democratic National Convention, Center City therapist Damon Constantinides is rallying nearly 30 mental health professionals to create a network where activists in need of support can receive discounted or free counseling sessions.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Mount Laurel, N.J.-based retail brokerage Metro Commercial Real Estate Inc. has moved its Center City Philadelphia operation to a 4,000-square-foot suite at 1760 Market Street, company president Tom Londres said. The move from its previous 1,000-square-foot space in the Wells Fargo Building at 123 S. Broad St. enabled the company to increase its Center City headcount to 12 from four, Londres said Monday. The company is boosting its Center City presence to keep up with the increasing number of transactions it handles in the district, Londres said.
NEWS
July 27, 2016
About 11 p.m. Monday, around 25 taxi drivers, Uber Black drivers and accessibility advocates put up a picket line around the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City where Uber was throwing a party for Pennsylvania delegates. In the end the delegates did not honor the picket line, and the party went on as planned. The protesters, who make up the Fair Ride Philly Coalition, were expressing their discontent with the city's handling and regulation of the ride service. While hors d'oeuvres and beverages were passed around inside, on the street the protesters were shouting "$70 billion app, drivers get table scraps," "1-2-3-4 Uber keeps its drivers poor!
BUSINESS
July 27, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust is under agreement to sell much of its holdings in the Great Valley Corporate Center, the pioneering Chester County business park that transformed Malvern and made the developer into a major regional office landlord. The company is selling 26 Great Valley properties, accounting for more than a million square feet of office and light-industrial space, to Horsham-based Workspace Property Trust, Liberty announced Monday. The properties are part of a $969 million deal covering 7.6 million square feet across 108 suburban properties in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota, Liberty said.
NEWS
July 26, 2016
They say news travels fast. But a cynic might have wondered Sunday whether word that Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign and endorsed Hillary Clinton ever reached the far corners of Washington state, about 3,000 miles from the Wells Fargo Center. How else to explain this craziness - a wired and tired 42-year-old Shanda Masta, cigarette dangling from her fire-engine-red nails, telling the story of how she and 21 complete strangers all met up Thursday morning at Seattle's Safeco Field and then drove 70 hours nonstop in four vans and a tricked-out RV called "The Berniemobile.
NEWS
July 26, 2016
WE WELCOME delegates, dignitaries, and others attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. To those of you who are here for the first time, the city will be a pleasant surprise. We have a thriving downtown (we call it Center City here), bustling street life, scores of great restaurants, and a rich history, inextricably tied to the founding of the United States of America. When not at the convention area in South Philadelphia, most of you will end up spending your time in Center City and environs.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Steve Bohnel, and Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITERS
Thousands of environmental activists and Bernie Sanders loyalists jammed the sweltering streets of Center City in separate marches Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Both demonstrations were peaceful amid a huge police and fire department presence, with throngs refreshing at cooling stations and sprinklers spraying mists of water from fire hydrants. At one point, protesters thanked and waved to police and fire personnel. Sanders crowds, already angry over WikiLeaks' posting of 19,000 DNC emails that suggest Democratic officials favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders during the nominating contests, erupted in joy upon hearing that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would step down after the convention . Sanders had called for her resignation hours earlier.
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