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January 12, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Children have a playdate with the Sprout Network Saturday for the Super WHY Celebration at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Activities include storytime, and children can watch the network's favorite Super WHY episodes. There will be a meet and greet with Super WHY and Princess Presto and photo opportunities. Market merchants will have arts and crafts, kid-friendly lunch specials, an interactive gaming station, and more. Playdate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   KidsinCenterCity.com playdate with Sprout: The Super WHY Celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday on the lower level of the Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
Internet freedom activists are holding a rally Monday outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia to protest Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The rally, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, is organized by Free Press, a nonpartisan group that advocates to preserve open Internet communication and free speech. The group is demanding protections for net neutrality, and the rally will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that prevent broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time, Comcast Corp. and Liberty Property Trust acknowledged Tuesday they were partnering on a third real estate deal in Center City, which some have speculated could be the site of another Comcast office tower. The companies have jointly bought land at 19th and Arch Streets, diagonally across the street from where they are building the 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, company spokesman John Demming said. Comcast and Liberty have no specific plans for the parcels, as the companies concentrate on developing the new tower, Demming said.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
A South Korean fund is buying the former postal building near 30th Street Station that houses the IRS's local offices, as the Asian country's investors increasingly tap U.S. real estate for stable returns. The fund, managed by Seoul-based Korea Investment Management Co., is under contract to buy the 862,700-square-foot building now known as Cira Square from Brandywine Realty Trust for $354 million, Brandywine CEO Jerry Sweeney said Wednesday. It's the latest acquisition by South Korean fund managers drawn to U.S. office buildings occupied by government or investment-grade tenants with plenty of time left on their leases, said Lucy Fletcher, a managing director at real estate services firm JLL. Such assets appeal to Korean managers, who generally target a steady return of about 6 percent to satisfy the pension and insurance funds they serve back home, said Fletcher, who directs JLL's international capital group in Chicago.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Cavanagh, one of the nation's top banking executives at JPMorgan Chase and now Comcast Corp.'s new chief financial officer, says the Philadelphia company's biggest "enemy" is complacency, hoping that consumer trends won't change and that Comcast remains the big cable company. Comcast's destiny is "in our hands," Cavanagh said at the Comcast Center last week. He added, "All businesses have to modify their game to be relevant to millennials. " A protege of the legendary banker Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan, Cavanagh joined Comcast in May after Comcast lost its publicly deflating regulatory battle for Time Warner Cable Inc. He replaces the transformative CFO Michael Angelakis, who negotiated the successful deal for NBCUniversal and the abandoned takeover of Time Warner Cable.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The conference calls begin at 9 a.m. sharp each Monday on the 22d floor of the Comcast Center. There was Charlie Herrin, the head of customer experience in jeans and a blazer, at the table leading the call of about 30 executives and managers, seeking to ease customers' frustrations. This was the new base for a reimagined Comcast, one in which its millions of subscribers are happy and the company anticipates problems before they go viral. First up last Monday was a discussion of Comcast bills.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. topped $100 billion in value on the stock market this month, a dazzling measure of its national economic reach. And here's another: 1.2 million people applied for jobs in 2012 at its three subsidiaries, Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Comcast-Spectacor: 4,650 per business day. That's not as many as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, whose namesake stores processed about five million job applications, but more...
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six years after Comcast Corp. moved into the city's tallest building, the cable-TV and Internet giant expects to break ground this summer on an even taller, more dazzling, $1.2 billion tower. The 1,121-foot-tall high-rise will be built on Arch Street between 18th and 19th Streets in Center City, adjacent to the current tower, company officials said. One of the world's leading architects, Britain's Norman Foster, has designed the trophy building with a host of innovative features.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Angelakis, 50, the Comcast Corp. executive who headed the negotiations for NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable Inc., will resign his posts as chief financial officer and vice chairman to lead a new Comcast-controlled $4.1 billion investment arm. The new venture, which Comcast calls a "strategic company," would be one of the biggest funds of its kind in Pennsylvania and will be looking for high-return investments like one Comcast made into...
BUSINESS
October 10, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The strike by 65 NBC10 camera operators and broadcast technicians is heating up. NBC10 general manager Ric Harris told employees in an email on Wednesday that Philadelphia's No. 2 local news station is looking to hire replacement workers and that the positions of strikers had been posted on job sites. Harris also emailed that the company's final offer included a "no-layoff guarantee" for the contract that extends to 2018. On Thursday, union spokesman Frank Keel - accompanied by strikers who are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 - held a news conference in City Hall on the same day that Comcast officials were to meet with city officials over the company's cable-TV franchise renewal.
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January 27, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Withhold taxes It has been nearly seven months since Pennsylvania's government failed in its basic responsibility to pass a budget. This inaction has consequences: Many nonprofits, school districts, and others in the state are hurting from the lack of funding. As Pennsylvania citizens, we don't have to facilitate this. We have the means to effectively pressure our elected officials to get this task done. I urge all state residents - regardless of political affiliation - and businesses to suspend sending their state taxes to Harrisburg.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
A South Korean fund is buying the former postal building near 30th Street Station that houses the IRS's local offices, as the Asian country's investors increasingly tap U.S. real estate for stable returns. The fund, managed by Seoul-based Korea Investment Management Co., is under contract to buy the 862,700-square-foot building now known as Cira Square from Brandywine Realty Trust for $354 million, Brandywine CEO Jerry Sweeney said Wednesday. It's the latest acquisition by South Korean fund managers drawn to U.S. office buildings occupied by government or investment-grade tenants with plenty of time left on their leases, said Lucy Fletcher, a managing director at real estate services firm JLL. Such assets appeal to Korean managers, who generally target a steady return of about 6 percent to satisfy the pension and insurance funds they serve back home, said Fletcher, who directs JLL's international capital group in Chicago.
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November 7, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Philadelphia may be a blue city in a blue state, but Republican Jeb Bush was scooping up some green for his presidential candidacy here Thursday evening. He spent some private time with leading GOP donors at the Comcast Center, because fund-raising never stops, even if, like Bush, you are working hard on the trail to reset your campaign. Bush, once the front-runner for the nomination, has tumbled in the polls, having difficulty gaining traction with a querulous Republican electorate flocking to outsider candidates.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The strike by 65 NBC10 camera operators and broadcast technicians is heating up. NBC10 general manager Ric Harris told employees in an email on Wednesday that Philadelphia's No. 2 local news station is looking to hire replacement workers and that the positions of strikers had been posted on job sites. Harris also emailed that the company's final offer included a "no-layoff guarantee" for the contract that extends to 2018. On Thursday, union spokesman Frank Keel - accompanied by strikers who are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 - held a news conference in City Hall on the same day that Comcast officials were to meet with city officials over the company's cable-TV franchise renewal.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, DAVID GAMBACORTA, JULIE SHAW & WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A MASSIVE throng of pilgrims who flocked to Philadelphia from across the nation and the world packed every inch of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway yesterday to hear Pope Francis end his historic, sometimes frenetic, U.S. tour with a simple and moving message of love. "Love is shown by little things, by attention to small, daily signs which make us feel at home," the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff said in his native Spanish, delivering a modest yet eloquent homily to a crowd that stretched from the pulpit in front of Eakins Oval toward City Hall, snaking down every side street.
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September 25, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
ABOUT 65 videographers and technicians at NBC10 walked off their jobs late yesterday afternoon, using the timing of tomorrow's visit to the city by Pope Francis to try to get the station back to the table to pound out an agreement. Some members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, which represents the striking workers, were inside the Convention Center covering the World Meeting of Families conference when they walked off the job shortly after 4 p.m., union sources told the Daily News . The walkout caps more than a year of negotiations between union members and representatives from NBC10 and New York City-based NBC after the Local 98 contract expired in July 2014.
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September 13, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 80 activists marched Friday afternoon from City Hall to the Comcast Center to call on the cable and media giant to contribute funds to improve technology education in Philadelphia schools. "Comcast got the tower, but the people have the power," the marchers chanted as they proceeded west on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Comcast's corporate headquarters. The group rallied peacefully outside the city's tallest skyscraper and then delivered a sign to the company that read: "Comcast, we need affordable Internet for all, tech education in all public schools, protections for workers and consumers.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City's unionized office cleaners, maintenance workers, and other building-service staffers say they want to share in the benefits of an improving commercial real estate sector as they begin negotiations on a new labor contract. Members need to earn more to support their families and cannot afford the bigger payments for medical insurance sought by employers, Daisy Cruz, mid-Atlantic district leader for SEIU 32BJ, the local of the Service Employees International Union, told at least 100 workers at a rally on Thursday ahead of the talks.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By A.M. Weaver, For The Inquirer
Five years ago, Miguel Horn returned to Philadelphia after living and working in Mexico as the assistant to acclaimed sculptor Javier Marin. An ambitious artist with Colombian and Venezuelan roots whose vision spans multiple communities and continents, Horn finds himself today, at 31, at a crossroads and immersed in determining the direction of his career. While public-art commissions punctuate his practice as a sculptor, he balances his portfolio with individual sculptures that express his inner psyche.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Cavanagh, one of the nation's top banking executives at JPMorgan Chase and now Comcast Corp.'s new chief financial officer, says the Philadelphia company's biggest "enemy" is complacency, hoping that consumer trends won't change and that Comcast remains the big cable company. Comcast's destiny is "in our hands," Cavanagh said at the Comcast Center last week. He added, "All businesses have to modify their game to be relevant to millennials. " A protege of the legendary banker Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan, Cavanagh joined Comcast in May after Comcast lost its publicly deflating regulatory battle for Time Warner Cable Inc. He replaces the transformative CFO Michael Angelakis, who negotiated the successful deal for NBCUniversal and the abandoned takeover of Time Warner Cable.
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