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August 7, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a month now, spies have been slipping into a nondescript shop near Jewelers Row. Their mission, according to witnesses, was urgent. "Espionage," said Pam Bonfiglio, who has watched each glide down the long hall past her and her husband's jewelry shop, aiming for a tucked-away room with white walls. The spooks' target: an insurgent hoagie maker in baseball cap, shorts, and sneakers. A Vietnam War veteran, barely 5-foot-7. A Marine, 67, named Fink. According to eyewitness Joseph Bonfiglio, Pam Bonfiglio's husband, one pizza delivery guy infiltrated Fink's sandwich shop on 132 S. Eighth St. on orders from his boss.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
After successful treks across Europe and its native Canada, a child-size hitchhiking robot had made its way via rides with friendly humans all the way from Boston to New York City to the streets of Philadelphia. Whereupon, its makers say, it was mugged and dismembered on Saturday. The Canada-based creators of "hitchBOT" said they received the dispiriting news when they received a photo Saturday night of the smashed-up robot. They believe someone took it apart early Saturday morning.
REAL_ESTATE
August 3, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Realtor Joanne Davidow makes her way up the gypsum-caked stairs of one of the three townhouses being sculpted from historic carriage houses in the 2100 block of Sansom Street. The day is a warm and humid one, but the veteran agent's enthusiasm for the interior reworking of the 19th-century building is not affected by the weather. "Look at the detail in those windows," said Davidow, vice president, sales manager, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, as she looked at something one is more likely to find in a church than in a carriage house that had been converted to office use. A work in progress, these rehabs are just three pieces of an 11-unit townhouse project on Van Pelt Street between Sansom and Walnut that is bringing prices from $950,000 to $2.3 million, she said.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Should you need a place to stay for the pope's visit, there is definitely room at the inn. Hotel rooms are still available for Pope Week - just be prepared for higher prices. A Center City hotel room ranges from $345 to $1,035 a night (including taxes) for a three-night weekend stay Sept. 25 through Sept. 27. That includes the Saturday and Sunday of Pope Francis' epic visit here. That compares with $175 a night for a three-night stay in August, according to a search Thursday of the World Meeting of Families website, through which visitors can book rooms.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again. The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility. There simply aren't enough lawyers to go around, and that has stretched existing practice groups and forced firms to move lawyers internally from other specialties. " Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on," said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr's real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers.
NEWS
July 31, 2015
ISSUE | MORATORIUM Death penalty hardly tough on crime Two positives arise from the death-penalty confrontation among Gov. Wolf, District Attorney Seth Williams, and Attorney General Kathleen Kane ("Wolf calls on court to uphold his moratorium on death penalty," July 22). It keeps capital punishment under the spotlight, and it also makes it clear that many Democrats differ little from Republicans in important areas. Williams, Kane, and other tough-on-crime officials of either party seem to have given no consideration to the words of George Bernard Shaw: "It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2015 | By Joel Wee and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
Yo, programmers: Amazon.com Inc. and Comcast Corp. are going toe-to-toe Wednesday, wooing folks like you in different rooms of the same Philadelphia hotel. Amazon, the Seattle online retailer and on-demand streamer, is holding an "invite-only" recruiting event for software engineers at the Loews Hotel, beginning Wednesday and extending through Friday. The online giant has e-mailed potential recruits here with kind words and a link to a video showing off the wonders of employment at its West Coast headquarters.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PMC Property Group has apparently bought a four-block strip of land along John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 20th Street and the Schuylkill River, near an area of Center City that has seen flurry of real estate activity in recent months. Four separate corporations sharing an address with PMC paid $28.5 million for the land on July 9, according to documents filed with city. PMC executive vice president Jonathan Stavin said the company intended to construct residential buildings on the property.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confusion and frustration are mounting in Philadelphia over the coming visit of Pope Francis, largely because of few details from planners and city officials about mobility and accessibility within the expected secure zones. Questions swirl over where and when vehicular traffic will be allowed, how far and where exactly a security fence will stretch, whether the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed, and how SEPTA will handle the mass transit of possibly hundreds of thousands of visitors into and out of the city the weekend of Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2015 | By Bruce Klauber, For The Inquirer
Some call it a house party, others a "sing-in. " Whatever it's called, the musical event that goes on every Tuesday at D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano in Center City is hard to fit into two words. Certainly there are other open-mic sessions out there, but none just like this, the only one of its kind in Center City. Every Tuesday night for five years, an accomplished pianist/accompanist named Tom Adams, who has worked closely with the likes of Bette Midler and Cybill Shepherd, accompanies a group of singers, mainly amateur and semipros, who sing songs from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway musicals past and present.
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