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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
October 27, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Morran, deputy editor of the piercing blog Consumerist.com, awakes each morning and doesn't have to look far for inspiration. He can see the Comcast Center from the roof of his South Philadelphia rowhouse. Morran has written almost 9,000 stories for the online publication, the so-called "TMZ of consumer news" that also brands itself as the place where "shoppers bite back. " Two hundred to three hundred of those articles - at least, Morran says - have been on Comcast Corp.
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.
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
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...
BUSINESS
December 2, 2008 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A $200 million race-discrimination lawsuit was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against a worldwide food-service provider that has a contract at the Comcast Center. The suit was filed against London-based Compass Group P.L.C., along with two of its affiliates - Compass Group North America and Flik International Corp. - and two Compass managers, one of them the head chef at Comcast's cafeteria. The plaintiffs are 11 current and former African American employees who contend they were, among other things, subjected to racial slurs, denied opportunities to advance, and required to stay out of sight during catering events at the Comcast Center, including a Democratic Governors Association event in July.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | Bob Moran
Seven Occupy Philadelphia protesters arrested in November during a sit-in at the Comcast Center in Center City were found not guilty Monday by a Municipal Court judge. Fourteen people entered the lobby Nov. 2 to demonstrate against Comcast Corp. Nine sat down and refused to leave. They were arrested and charged with defiant trespass. Two people agreed to participate in the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program in exchange for not going to trial. Seven went to trial before Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden, who found them not guilty, said their attorney, Paul Hetznecker.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sanity, at least as it regards the TV remote control, might be on the way. Comcast Corp. says that, as part of the X1 upgrade to its interface and channel guide, the company redesigned its TV remote and removed 24 buttons - almost half. There are now 29 buttons instead of 53. (FiOS has 47.) X1, being rolled out in individual Comcast markets, among them Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta, is the most sweeping change to the Comcast look and functionality since the late 1990s and a seismic shift in how the nation's largest pay-TV operator delivers entertainment.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
MADE FAMOUS by will.i.am , of the Black Eyed Peas , 19-year-old Cody Wise returned to his hometown of Philadelphia yesterday for a song-and-dance performance at the Vine Street branch of his alma mater, the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (1600 Vine St.). Wise - a 2010 graduate of the school's main campus on South Broad, where he said his talents were fostered - is probably best known for his international chart-topping single, "It's My Birthday," with will.i.am.
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.
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...
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. cofounder Ralph Roberts and his TV talk-show host wife of 72 years, Suzanne Roberts, will share the 2014 Philadelphia Award with the legendary music mahoff Kenny Gamble. Ralph Roberts, 94, is chairman emeritus of Comcast. Suzanne Roberts, 93, is a behavioral therapist and philanthropist in addition to her work on her show , Seeking Solutions With Suzanne . Gamble, the songwriter and music producer, has more recently turned his energies to economic development. All are being honored, according to Wednesday's announcement by the awards committee, for their "unwavering allegiance to Philadelphia.
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February 11, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A SOUTH PHILLY resident since 1996, the record-setting, iconic ocean liner SS United States constantly needs funding to stay afloat. Well, an anonymous donor just buoyed it with $250,000. "We're singing from the rooftops - or whatever a maritime version of that would be," Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy, said yesterday. The massive ship (it's as long as the Comcast Center is tall) remains docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River. The owners constantly stave off the threat of the ship being scrapped.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The purple buses are in for a bright Black Friday. After nearly collapsing for lack of funds two years ago, the tourist-friendly Philly Phlash bus will mark its 20th anniversary with extended hours to serve Center City's growing lineup of holiday attractions. The subsidized shuttle, founded in 1994 by then-Mayor Ed Rendell, is back in high gear after a change in operators and intensive lobbying in Harrisburg yielded guaranteed funding for the service, which connects museums and other attractions in a continuous loop.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blind Comcast Corp. TV executive Tom Wlodkowski says the company's talking TV guide for the visually impaired will go live on the nation's largest cable TV system by Dec. 1. The talking guide, still in its beta phase, can be accessed by Xfinity subscribers on the company's X1 set-top boxes. There are five million X1 set-top boxes in American homes, and Comcast is switching out older boxes for X1s throughout its cable TV franchise areas. Of about 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers, 600,000 to 700,000 could be classified as blind or visually impaired, based on national statistics.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Morran, deputy editor of the piercing blog Consumerist.com, awakes each morning and doesn't have to look far for inspiration. He can see the Comcast Center from the roof of his South Philadelphia rowhouse. Morran has written almost 9,000 stories for the online publication, the so-called "TMZ of consumer news" that also brands itself as the place where "shoppers bite back. " Two hundred to three hundred of those articles - at least, Morran says - have been on Comcast Corp.
FOOD
October 3, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Chops - the steak house that started in Bala Cynwyd and expanded to Washington Square before shuttering last year - is back in business. Alex Plotkin's brand occupies the former Table 31 at the Comcast Center at 17th and JFK Boulevard. Chops' outdoor operation on the plaza in front of the Comcast Center opened in the spring. Eimer Design redid Chops' two-story bar area, opening it up to the outside windows on the 17th Street side and adding a gas fireplace. The dining room is more colorful.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The situation on South Broad Street was potentially volatile. Protesters wanted to deliver thousands of petitions to Comcast Corp. executives and directors after a public meeting at the Kimmel Center in May. They were upset over Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. The executives and directors didn't want a confrontation. Standing between the sides was Joseph Clancy, 59, a bald man with ramrod posture in a blue suit, yellow tie, and white shirt, who had guarded President Obama and his family as a member of the Secret Service.
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