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June 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Bucks County mortgage settlement agent was charged this week with defrauding three title-insurance companies of nearly $3 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia charged Alfred Drechsel, 47, formerly of Voorhees, N.J., with one count of wire fraud Thursday. His attorney, Jeff Lindy, said Drechsel plans to plead guilty and pay back the full amount in restitution. Drechsel was one of three principals who worked at Lenders Edge Settlement Services, LLC, and Integrity Assurance Inc., at 1200 Bustleton Pike, in Feasterville.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Managers at two South Philly restaurants are gnashing their teeth after receiving health department inspections they consider unfair. Caffe Valentino , the BYOB in Pennsport, was shut down twice this week after failing inspections that turned up numerous insects. The first inspection, on Monday, noted live roaches on the walls and floors and numerous fruit flies in the kitchen. At the second inspection, on Wednesday, the roaches were reportedly dead, but still stuck to a wall, and fruit flies circled under a kitchen sink.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, FOR DoTHIS
There's nothing like watching a flamenco performance close up. And the three Tablao Philly performances presented thus far, in an intimate space at the Asian Arts Initiative, let patrons clearly see the subtlest facial expressions, hand movements, and footwork of a changing roster of first-rate dancers, singers, and musicians. The fourth and final Tablao Philly began Thursday night and runs through Saturday. This time, the program features guest artist Raquel Heredia (a.k.a. "La Repompilla")
NEWS
June 6, 2016
With only 25 days left before the constitutionally mandated deadline for a new state budget passes, talk in Harrisburg suggests there won't be a repeat of the partisan impasse that blocked a spending plan for the current fiscal year for nine months. But to quote an old saying: Talk is cheap. Especially when the talking thus far hasn't come from Gov. Wolf and Republican legislative leaders; it's come from surrogates whose reportedly cordial conversations have raised hopes that a budget deal won't be as hard to reach this time.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump with New Jersey voters, but not by much, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Asked which of the two candidates they would support if the presidential election were held today, 38 percent of registered New Jersey voters said Clinton, and 34 percent said Trump, according to the poll released Tuesday. A further 11 percent said they would vote for an independent candidate, and 15 percent were undecided. While Clinton's lead may seem small for a state that has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election since 1992, "neither major-party candidate has fully locked in the support of their partisan bases," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a news release accompanying the results.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The Midtown II, a landmark diner and bar that has thrived on the edge of the city's Gayborhood for 43 years, will close its doors for good next week, the result of a series of financial setbacks that landed its owner in bankruptcy court. According to documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the diner's owner, Gus Hionas, has agreed to relinquish ownership of the Midtown II and its liquor license to its creditors to settle at least $4.2 million in debts. Hionas, who founded the Midtown II in 1974, declined to comment on the bankruptcy.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
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NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
The health department usually inspects a Philadelphia eatery once a year. At Copabanana on South Street, however, sanitarians have dropped in six times since January and asked it to shut down twice. The margarita and burger joint has a chronic problem with keeping food at safe temperatures. When perishable items are stored between 42 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, toxic bacteria - the types that can cause food poisoning - can multiply quickly. On May 18  a sanitarian found calamari and coleslaw stored at 46 degrees, 5 degrees warmer than is considered safe.
SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - The statistics may not suggest it, but leftfielder Cody Asche said he is close to re-joining the Phillies after being sidelined since suffering an abdomen injury early in spring training. Asche completed his fourth rehab game with double-A Reading, going 0 for 4 with a walk in Thursday's 7-4 win over Erie at FirstEnergy Stadium. In four games with Reading, Asche is batting .125. Before that, he began his rehab stint at high single-A Clearwater, where he batted .167 in five games.
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