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NEWS
March 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Freeman's, the venerable Center City auction house, is coming under new ownership, as the family that founded the Philadelphia institution 211 years ago sells a controlling stake in the business to the industry veterans who make up its management team. The new owners plan to expand the business globally with more locations and greater reliance on international sales, said Alasdair Nichol, Freeman's vice chairman. "We're all quite ambitious for the future," said Nichol, who appears regularly on public television's Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser of paintings and drawings.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, STAFF WRITER
A judge on Monday sentenced Milton Mateo Garcia to 22 to 44 years in state prison for the rape of a young woman in Center City in 2014. Garcia, 28, pleaded guilty last year to charges including rape, kidnapping, and burglary in what became known as the "Rittenhouse rapist" case. "Milton Garcia does not belong on Philadelphia's streets and, as a result of today's sentencing, he won't be anymore," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. The 26-year-old woman was walking back to her apartment on the 1900 block of Spruce Street around 1 a.m. on June 21, 2014, when Garcia grabbed her from behind.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2016
Where: Center City. Average annual revenue: $100 million. Employees: 23 in Center City office; 75-150 on site. History: Founded in 1979 by Jim Clemens. Projects: Apartments, retail, hotels, university, historic work in 13 states. In Philadelphia: Cheesecake Factory, 1128 Chestnut St., Warwick Hotel renovation, Southstar Lofts.
NEWS
March 5, 2016
By John Fry and Jerry Sweeney For far too long, Philadelphia was a punchline, never getting the respect it deserved, even from city residents. Not anymore. Philadelphia today is synonymous with urban comeback and growth. Over the past 25 years we've gone from being a symbol of urban distress to being a leader of America's urban renaissance. Our world-class institutions of higher learning and medical science have been joined by expanded cultural and sports facilities and a vibrant restaurant scene.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating after two men were stabbed overnight in Center City. Philadelphia police said the incident happened on the 900 block of Market Street about 1 a.m. Wednesday. One victim, a 21-year-old man, was stabbed in his neck. The other, a 45-year-old man, was stabbed in his back and rib cage. Both were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in stable condition. A man and woman were taken away in handcuffs but there is no word yet on any possible charges.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL TRAIL Add works of art and they will come The art scene in Philadelphia has been crippled by gallery closings in Center City and the eviction of artists from studios in and around the Spring Garden district. Why don't we use the opportunity that the Schuylkill River Development Corp. has provided ("Another Big Step," Friday) to energize the riverbanks of the Grays Ferry and Kingsessing neighborhoods with the next dedicated arts district, taking advantage of the proximity to Center City, lower rents, amenities, and vacant warehouses?
NEWS
February 28, 2016
A 21-year-old North Philadelphia man was charged Friday with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related offenses in last week's shooting of a man in Center City, according to police. Tyrone Wilson, of the 1400 block of North 15th Street, is accused of firing at a 38-year-old man about 1 a.m. Feb. 16 near 15th and Locust Streets. The victim ran to Broad and Spruce Streets, where he collapsed in front of the Kimmel Center with a gunshot wound to his right arm, police said. Capt.
NEWS
February 28, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
Vaughn Stubbs, 69, a prominent African American artist in Philadelphia who worked in a variety of media, died of cancer Thursday at the Veterans Community Living Center, a Veterans Affairs hospice facility in University City. Mr. Stubbs, an artist and art teacher, is probably best known for his portrait of actor-singer-activist Paul Robeson that hangs in the Paul Robeson House in West Philadelphia. One of 10 children who grew up in Reading, Mr. Stubbs expressed an interest in the arts as a child, according to a younger sister, Cynthia Hill-Stubbs.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney joined business groups, construction and janitors' union leaders, and state legislators from both parties Friday to endorse a tax-reform plan backed by Center City's biggest office landlord. A bill sponsored by State Reps. John Taylor (R., Phila.) and Bill Keller (D., Phila.), among others, would change Pennsylvania law to allow the city to boost business real estate taxes by 15 percent above residential real estate taxes, then use the extra to cut city wage and business-privilege taxes.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
While working for a military supply agency in South Philadelphia, Phyllis Ariano decided in 1949 to take Italian language classes in Center City. Her parents, while Italian American, did not speak the language and she felt the need to learn, said son Joseph C. Bocco Jr. In those classes, she met Joseph C. Bocco Sr., who needed the language to speak more easily to the Italian immigrants who would be looking to him as a funeral director. For three years, while he studied mortuary science and apprenticed at a South Jersey funeral home, they courted.
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