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SPORTS
April 14, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Garcia was seeking to recapture the momentum he gained in September 2013. That's when Garcia, the WBC and WBA junior-welterweight champion, gave power-puncher Lucas Matthysse a boxing lesson on his way to a unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Another dominant victory Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn over Lamont Peterson, the IBF junior-welterweight champion, would have reignited the excitement that has died down somewhat regarding the undefeated Garcia over the last year.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over three months, Claire Risoldi's jewelry collection - and its insurance policy - ballooned from a couple of pieces worth $100,000 to 52 items worth about $11 million. Weeks later, the Risoldi family's Bucks County mansion caught fire for the third time in three years. The collection disappeared, and Risoldi allegedly claimed that firefighters were to blame. Testifying for the second day in a Bucks County courtroom on Tuesday, insurance adjuster James O'Keefe noted the insurance policy's rapid increase and said insurer AIG would eventually deny the $11 million claim under the belief it was fraudulent.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub was looking for the casino floor. Just hours after completing his $82 million purchase of Atlantic City's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel, the Florida investor roamed the sprawling property Tuesday, punching elevator buttons, remarking on oddball details (a high-tech uniform delivery service accessed by fingerprint), joking, like any new beachfront property owner, about being able to house his friends in one of the extra bedrooms. He now has 1,800 rooms at his disposal.
SPORTS
April 8, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers had their chances. But an inability to finish out games cost them road wins against the Charlotte Hornets and the New York Knicks over the weekend. They clung to an 85-83 lead Sunday night over the Knicks with 5 minutes, 34 seconds remaining at Madison Square Garden. Then the Sixers (18-60) went on miss eight of their final 11 shots the rest of the way. Taking advantage, the Knicks closed out the game with a decisive 18-6 run. "We could've finished a lot more plays," swingman Jerami Grant said.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Six months ago, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced it was investigating the deaths of longtime New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, in a "fatal fire. " Until last week, authorities continued to conceal that the Sheridans had been stabbed to death and that they were trying to determine by whose hand. The office's seven-page statement Friday contains facts and arguments to support its disputed conclusion that John Sheridan killed his wife and then himself.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing regulatory delays, Comcast Corp. says it now doesn't expect to close on its deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. until mid-2015. Company officials previously said they thought they could close the deal in early 2015. Even after months of exhaustive review, none of the main state and federal regulatory agencies have made a decision on the $45 billion deal that would combined the nation's largest and second-largest cable companies. David Cohen, Comcast executive vice president, disclosed the new timetable in a blog posting on Wednesday.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Staff Writer
AN OUTBREAK OF infection in the past two weeks has closed the Pennsylvania SPCA adoption center on Erie Avenue near B Street in North Philadelphia. The upper-respiratory infection is not yet identified, according to PSPCA communications director Liz Romaine. It appears to affect dogs, but not cats or humans. Quarantine measures have been put into place. The illness was noticed March 12, leading to a shutdown of the entire building for disinfection, said Romaine. The wellness-and-grooming area was reopened the next day, and the surgery room was reopened March 14. Those areas are sealed off from the adoption and kennel areas, she said.
REAL_ESTATE
March 22, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Harry and Susan Armstrong flip houses. To date, the Pitman couple have flipped 15 - eight in recent years, after their children were grown. All but one of those flips has been in Pitman. "You do what you know," said Harry, publisher of the Golden Times, which he describes as a regional newspaper for seniors. But this is not about house-flipping, which Harry said he and Susan do as padding for retirement. "We're not professionals," he emphasizes. That isn't to say I'm not going to squeeze in a few of his observations about flipping at some point, since I'm again getting inquiries from wannabes.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia home health care company indicted for Medicaid fraud in early February has ceased operations, costing 1,324 people their jobs - the largest of several recent layoffs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Infinite Care Inc. filed a required notice with the commonwealth's Department of Labor and Industry that it would close its facility on Rising Sun Avenue. A letter dated March 4 mentioned "unforeseen business circumstances" related to the state health department's ordering the company to cease operations.
SPORTS
March 19, 2015 | BY RICK O'BRIEN, For the Daily News
READING, Pa. - Gemil Holbrook and Roman Catholic had to sweat out the closing minutes of another PIAA Class AAAA state basketball playoff contest. This time, it was against a small but resilient squad from Lancaster. "It's been real tight down the stretch the last two games," Holbrook said. "It's kind of tough on the heart. We can't allow the other team to hang around like that. It's going to come back and bite us. " Roman emerged with a 69-66 victory over J.P. McCaskey in a hard-fought semifinal last night at the Geigle Complex only after Kobe Gantz's right-wing, three-point try at the buzzer barely missed finding the mark.
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