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November 27, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The traumatized girl in the Special Victims Unit in March described a sex-trafficking underworld that stretched from Germantown to Georgia. The teenager said her captors had threatened to kill her if she ran from their home on a modest Northwest Philadelphia block. She said they had forced her, age 14, to have sex with as many as seven men a day. She didn't know most of the men's names - but she could name one for certain, a Center City lawyer she knew as "Meehan. " The girl remembered where he worked: "a big building near City Hall.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Tricia L. Nadolny, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Protesters shouted in anger while others pleaded for calm Monday night at Philadelphia City Hall after learning of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. In anticipation of the announcement, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he had officers "standing by" to assist with what he expected to be "peaceful rallies. " Demonstrators began after 8 p.m. to gather at City Hall, where police had already assembled en masse and where ice skaters were enjoying the new rink at Dilworth Park.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
HE BRAGGED to friends about the girls he "banged," showing them pornographic pictures on his cellphone. He let loose his lust at work, locking the conference room doors for illicit, paid trysts in front of windows overlooking Center City. He even offered baked treats made by his wife to his favorite escort and discussed his daughters with her. But worst of all, Brian Meehan's conquests were teenage girls forced into prostitution, and he was a prominent Center City attorney introduced to them by clients, according to a Philadelphia investigating grand jury.
REAL_ESTATE
November 23, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Millennials are holding off on buying homes. The result: an extended rental trend among 25- to 34-year-olds that is bringing real estate opportunities of its own. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of millennials nearly doubled in central city neighborhoods of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden metro area, to 50,273, according to an October report from think tank City Observatory. But younger adults aren't interested in owning homes, according to recent Pew Charitable Trust research.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Held hostage for a year by hope that they might snag a casino license, two pieces of prime central Philadelphia real estate lost that gamble this week - but may yet cash in, as all eyes await Plan B for both locations in a hot downtown market. Developers who had proposed casinos at Eighth and Market Streets and the former Inquirer Building at Broad and Callowhill Streets said they had no alternate plans after learning Tuesday that the city's second gaming license would instead go to a site near the sports arenas in South Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2014 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cory Gallant thinks Thanksgiving Eve has become a more important date for nightlife than Halloween, or even New Year's Eve. People coming home for the holiday, reuniting with friends and family, make the evening particularly lively, said Gallant, general manager of Lucky Strike Lounge & Lanes in Center City. "It's about personal relationships, not just drinking," Gallant explained. And if the club and bar scene isn't for you, there are plenty of other places to meet up with the old gang before the bird is carved.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Listening to the president's words Thursday night, Belinda Holguin of South Philadelphia began to cry, knowing firsthand the life-changing impact his historic action could have on millions of families. Her parents were undocumented workers from Mexico when they were granted legal status under the amnesty act of 1986 - a change, she said, that allowed them to find better jobs, send their three children to better schools, and buy a home. "It really pushed us into the middle class," said Holguin, one of about three dozen people who crammed into Taquitos de Puebla in South Philadelphia for a viewing party during the speech.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
PHILADELPHIA is in the heart of the Northeast rail corridor, where more than 2,000 passenger trains move 75,000 riders daily between Washington,D.C. and Boston on speed-restricted tracks across aging bridges and through ancient tunnels, powered by 1930s-era equipment. The whole system needs an extreme makeover as desperately as the Phillies do. Yesterday, at SEPTA headquarters in Center City, the Federal Railroad Administration's NEC (Northeast Corridor) FUTURE program unveiled a public glimpse of what that makeover might be by 2040.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
The contours of the 2015 Philadelphia mayor's race finally emerged in sharp relief Wednesday with the entrance of two formidable Democratic candidates - former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. What had been a rather sleepy affair received a jump-start as the pair joined Terry Gillen, a former head of the Redevelopment Authority, and Ken Trujillo, a former city solicitor, in the race for the Democratic nomination. Abraham, in particular, made a loud entrance, promoting herself as a tough, outspoken leader who would be willing to "break some china" as mayor to get things done.
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