January 10, 2014 |
Macy's Inc. announced a restructuring Wednesday including 2,500 layoffs and five store closings in a bid to trim costs by $100 million a year beginning in 2014. None of the department stores slated for closure are in the Philadelphia area. The Cincinnati-based retailer said that comparable-store sales, a key indicator of health, were up 3.6 percent during November and December compared to a year earlier, and that the planned cuts would boost profit while allowing for reinvestment in growth areas such as online commerce and the opening of new Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores.
January 8, 2014 |
It was, it seemed, the tale of two mobs. During closing arguments Monday at the racketeering retrial of reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his purported consigliere, George Borgesi, a federal prosecutor described a thriving Philadelphia chapter of La Cosa Nostra that rules gambling and loan-sharking rackets through fear and force. "The evidence in this case shows not only how the mob makes money," argued Assistant U.S. Attorney John Han, "but also how the money flows upward to the leadership.
January 1, 2014 |
Penn State's Bill O'Brien could be offered the job of head coach with the Houston Texans as early as Tuesday, ESPN reported Monday. The network quoted sources as saying the hiring of the Nittany Lions' coach was "imminent. " Reports indicated that Texans chairman Bob McNair wanted to wrap up negotiations with O'Brien by Tuesday, even though he said Saturday that the organization had a long way to go in its search for a successor to Gary Kubiak, who was fired on Dec. 6. The path for O'Brien was made clearer on Monday when a source told the NFL Network that the Texans would not interview San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, one of their reported targets, because of his involvement in the Chargers' playoff preparations.
December 20, 2013 |
AN UPSCALE Center City restaurant known for its hefty beer list is now barred by law from selling those brews. Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that the liquor cabinet at The Farmer's Cabinet, on Walnut Street near 11th, was closed after investigators found the restaurant had been selling alcohol without a license since October. Matt Swartz, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Colleen, was arrested Wednesday after admitting to forging a temporary license used to justify its operations to investigators from the state's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
December 20, 2013 |
THERE COULD BE some good news coming for coach Brett Brown and his 76ers, and they sure could use it. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who has missed seven games with a knee infection, practiced yesterday and might be available tomorrow night when they host the Brooklyn Nets, a team that drilled them by 36 points Monday, the Sixers' seventh consecutive loss. "It went pretty well," Carter-Williams said about yesterday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
December 18, 2013 |
CHELTENHAM Cheltenham School District officials announced a plan Monday to close Cedarbrook Middle School as early as Jan. 27, splitting its 750 students among four other campuses in the township. The school board will vote Tuesday night on a contract with Gratz College to house half of Cedarbrook's students. The school is split into six teams, each with about 125 students. Two eighth-grade teams and one seventh-grade team will go to Gratz. One seventh-grade team will go to Elkins Park Elementary, and another to Cheltenham Elementary.
December 14, 2013 |
Federal bus-safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including lines whose drivers had suspended licenses or worked routes of more than 800 miles without rest. The companies aren't just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers - some have transported school bands, Boy Scouts or senior citizens, Anne S. Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said, according to the Associated Press.
December 13, 2013
What's wrong with New Jersey's legislators? They haven't been able to put aside their differences on preserving open space, once a no-brainer in the densely populated state. Democrats in the Senate and Assembly have introduced battling bills, a strategy that's bound to doom both proposals. For the first time in decades, the state is out of money to acquire open space. There isn't a ready source of funds to buy out landowners along the coast, get them out of harm's way, and make room for Shore protection.
December 10, 2013 |
Call it White Jersey Weekend. Call it a lesson in the value of perseverance, too. There were five South Jersey championship football games at Rowan and the lower-seeded, white-jersey-wearing team won all five - Cherokee in Group 5, Glassboro in Group 1, Haddonfield in Group 2, Delsea in Group 3, and Shawnee in Group 4. The first four were lopsided with the "visitors" winning by a combined score of 134-9. The last game was a near-classic, as sixth-seeded Shawnee beat top-seeded and two-time defending champion Timber Creek by 31-22 in the nightcap of a long day of football at Richard Wackar Stadium.
December 5, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Democratic challenger Vince Mazzeo was again declared the winner over Republican incumbent John Amodeo as a tense recount of ballots in their Second District Assembly race concluded Tuesday evening. The two finished 39 votes apart, almost exactly where they were a little over two weeks ago when certified totals had Mazzeo up by 40 over Amodeo. Vote totals were 25,166 for Mazzeo and 25,127 for Amodeo after all mail-in and provisional ballots were hand-counted in a courtroom turned boardroom in the historic former courthouse that is now the home of the Atlantic County Board of Elections.