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NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A House panel on Tuesday advanced a $29.1 billion budget, setting the stage for final negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Corbett on the 2014-15 spending plan. The Appropriations Committee voted, 21-14, along party lines to move the proposal to the House floor, but it is likely to undergo significant changes before reaching Corbett's desk. The bill proposes to close a $1.5 billion budget gap by transferring funds from other sources, including the sale of state liquor stores - a plan that hasn't materialized.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS A PROUD MOM, Cynthia Pierce boasts about her son, Dammun, being a "big-time" OB-GYN doctor in South Carolina. She talks about his two bachelor's degrees from Colgate University and his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. But she traces his success all the way back to a tiny private school in Powelton Village. "At 5 years old he decided he wanted to be a doctor," Pierce said. "And the school gave him the incentive to want to learn and just rounded his interest in science, and he just took it on. " The school she referred to - Montessori Genesis II - closed earlier this month after 38 years, due to declining enrollment and a lack of funds.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years of losing millions of dollars on its outpatient mental health program in Willow Grove, Abington Health is making big changes. It is sending notices this week to 2,200 patients who use its Creekwood Center that the program will close Dec. 1. About one-third will be routed to primary care offices in the system, where they will be treated by new, integrated teams of doctors and social workers. The rest, including 680 patients who received care through a contract with Montgomery County, must find new providers.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
WHAT WAS supposed to be the crown jewel in Atlantic City's glittering gaming empire is in danger of becoming its biggest failure. A mere 26 months after its opening, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel stands on the brink of shutting down after its employees were notified that the sprawling adult playpen could close before the end of the summer if a buyer is not found. In a letter, Revel honchos told workers that if the property "is unable to complete such a sale promptly, Revel expects to close its entire facility" as early as Aug. 18. The warning came as lawyers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in as many years, and the company received an emergency $125 million loan from an unnamed co-owner to keep the doors open the next two months.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Catholic churches slated to close at the end of the month, together totaling more than 13,000 parishioners, have filed appeals with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Though their chances of winning are minimal, and the process is costly and lengthy, some parishes already are preparing for a second step: sending their cases to Rome. Any appeals will not delay parish mergers, set to take effect July 1. So, as they prepare to shut their doors, a few parishes are also hiring lawyers familiar with church law, holding meetings, and raising money.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford nursing home scrutinized by health officials for persistent issues has lost its federal agreement providing for Medicare and Medicaid payments, making its closing likely. All residents at the 139-bed Gloucester Manor Health Care Center receiving payments under the programs must leave the facility by Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to families late last week by the center's administrator. The Salina Road home has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Special Focus Facility" list for three years.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - It takes a unique mind-set to break off a highly publicized engagement at the beginning of a week and win a golf tournament at the end of the same week. Then again, Rory McIlroy is a unique player. McIlroy announced May 21 that he had broken off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, to whom he had become engaged Dec. 31. Four days later, he hoisted the winner's trophy in the BMW PGA Championship in England, his first victory of 2014. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman hopes to employ the same steely focus in the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Businessman and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest took control of The Inquirer and its parent company Wednesday with the formal closing of a May 27 auction sale of the property for $88 million. With the closing completed, Lenfest, 84, has still to finish a purchase of the interest of the son of his late partner, Lewis Katz. Katz was killed in a plane crash May 31, leaving his son, Drew, as co-purchaser of Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C. In the short time since his father's death, Drew Katz concluded that he no longer wished to be part of the deal.
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