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July 5, 2016
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NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
The School Reform Commission on Friday voted to begin the process of shutting down one of the oldest charter schools in the city, and gave its blessing for another charter to add high school grades. Citing years of low test scores, a declining graduation rate, and a host of other academic and administrative deficiencies, the commission voted, 4-1, to revoke its operating agreement with World Communications Charter in Center City. The next step for World Communications is an Aug. 15 hearing, then another SRC vote.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
The eateries listed below were asked to close temporarily following inspections by the Philadelphia Department of Health between June 16 and June 24. Each inspection report is generally regarded as a "snapshot in time" and is not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions at the business. Most violations were immediately corrected on site. Unless noted, the restaurants and markets were allowed to reopen the next day after health department approval. If you suspect you've contracted food poisoning at a Philadelphia eatery or have a sanitation complaint, contact the health department at 215-685-7495.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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
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.
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