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May 22, 2015 | BY SAM WOOD, Philly.com samwood@phillynews.com, 215-854-2796
THE CITY has filed a lawsuit threatening to shut down Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown mainstay where nearly 100 lawyers and law students were sickened in February in one of Philadelphia's largest reported outbreaks of food-borne illness. The victims, many of them personal-injury lawyers, were laid low for several days with severe vomiting and diarrhea after a Lunar New Year banquet. The eight-course dinner was a fundraiser for a group of Temple University law students, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian was killed this afternoon in Chinatown when she was run over by a Ride the Ducks trolley. The accident happened about 5:15 at 10th and Arch Streets. The woman, whose name wasn't available, was declared at the scene. It was not clear immediately how the accident happened, but the scene was filled with rescue personnel and investigators. dsapatkin@phillynews.com 215-854-2617 @DonSapatkin
BUSINESS
April 5, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developers of a long-planned $75 million residential and office tower in Chinatown are using Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham, to help market the project to foreign investors. The proposed 23-story Eastern Tower Community Center, planned for 10th and Vine Streets, is to have 143 residential units, as well as ground-floor retail shops, a second-floor community center, and three floors of office space, developers say. A firm created in 2013 to find wealthy Chinese investors for the project, Global City Regional Center, says Rodham is responsible for international marketing and promotion, and "all governmental relations matters" for the firm.
FOOD
February 20, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Pho has become a thing, all right. Add a new Lower Northeast Philadelphia branch of South Philadelphia's Pho Ha Saigon to the mix. The new location (575 Adams Ave., 267-538-5600) is a contemporary Vietnamese BYOB with a ballroom-size dining room and an easy-on-the-budget menu of large-portioned dishes as well as the signature soup. A takeout counter is on the way, too. The same family also is behind the two-week-old Pho 20 in Chinatown (234 N. 10th St., 215-413-2020), a more spartan BYOB that replaced the long-running Charles Plaza.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
After school, Alexis Lin gets ready for basketball practice in the Chinatown apartment where she lives with her mother. Her mother is not home. Her mother works 16 hours a day at a Center City deli. Monday was a big practice - it was the last one the Philadelphia Suns, the Chinatown youth and sports association, would hold before the Chinese New Year celebrations that begin Wednesday at midnight. After basketball drills, the kids would do a final rehearsal of the traditional Chinese lion dances they will perform Sunday in Chinatown's New Year's Parade.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RECOGNIZING the needs of Chinese and other Asian-American communities in Philadelphia, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley yesterday announced a significant state grant to help build the Eastern Tower Community Center, a long-awaited project just north of Chinatown. Standing at a podium at the 10th Street Plaza, a renovated concrete park hugged by rumbling traffic at 10th and Vine streets, Cawley told Chinatown community leaders, local and state politicians and others sitting in folding chairs that the state will provide a $3.7 million Economic Growth Initiative grant toward the project.
FOOD
October 24, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Lo Spiedo opening Monday As you drive through the iron gates of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, look to your left at the gatehouse. On Monday, the Vetri crew - Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Brad Spence, and Jeff Michaud - plans to open Lo Spiedo (4501 S. Broad St., 215-282-3184). "Lo spee-YAY-doh" translates to "the spit," as in rotisserie, and just about the entire menu - executed by Osteria alum Scott Calhoun - is prepared over wood-burning flame: pork ribs, pork shoulder, half-chicken, brisket, octopus.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 675 people have registered their security cameras with the Philadelphia Police Department's SafeCam program since it began in 2011, and law enforcement officials are encouraging more to sign up. The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with the department so officers know where to look for security footage that might aid in a criminal investigation. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey at a Tuesday news conference highlighted a city Commerce Department initiative that reimburses business owners 50 percent of installation costs up to $3,000 for putting in the cameras.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
SPEAKING IN their native Mandarin, two government witnesses testified through an interpreter that by paying a visit to a Chinatown translation-aid business, their pesky traffic tickets were downgraded in nearly seamless fashion. In the 18th day of the federal corruption trial of six former Traffic Court judges and a businessman, federal prosecutors yesterday tried to show "the fix behind the scenes," as described by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Wolf. All seven defendants face conspiracy and fraud charges.
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