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NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Fitness experts are always telling us that incorporating movement into our day is a good way to burn calories. But is it effective? A study finds that walking in place during commercials while watching TV actually provides a pretty good workout. Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studied a group of 23 men and women ages 18 to 65 under a number of conditions to see how many calories they burned. The study participants also represented a wide range of weights, from normal to obese.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The first commercial cargo run to the International Space Station is off until spring. SpaceX had planned to launch its unmanned supply ship from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 7. But the company said more testing was needed with the spacecraft, named Dragon. And on Friday, officials confirmed the launch would not occur until late March. Space station commander Daniel Burbank said that as much as he would like to take part in the historic event, it's important that SpaceX fly when it's ready.
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of Philadelphia's biggest commercial property owners have appealed their current property taxes, creating painful financial uncertainty for a city and school district already battered by budget cuts. The owners, including the landlords of nine of the city's 10 most valuable properties, are trying to benefit from a ruling last summer by an obscure state board that could trim property-tax collections this year, possibly by as much as $80 million, based on pending appeals on nonresidential tax bills.
NEWS
January 1, 2012 | By Scott Mayerowitz and Joshua Freed, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Boarding an airplane has never been safer. The last 10 years have been the best in the country's aviation history, with 153 fatalities. That's two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights, according to an Associated Press analysis of government accident data. The improvement is remarkable. Just a decade earlier, passengers were 10 times more likely to die aboard a U.S. plane. The risk of death was even greater during the start of the jet age; 1,696 people died - 133 out of every 100 million passengers - between 1962 and 1971.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
New rules to ensure that commercial airline pilots work shorter schedules and get more rest were finalized Wednesday, a direct outcome of the Colgan Air commuter-jet crash in 2009 near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people. In the first overhaul of flight-crew rest regulations in 26 years, the Federal Aviation Administration said pilots must get a minimum of 10 hours of rest between shifts, up from eight hours now. Pilots' flight-duty periods would range from nine to 14 hours, down from a maximum 16 hours now. For the first time, hours spent commuting to the job will count as flight-duty time.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Got your Stompeez yet? If not, it's too late. The rainbow-colored children's slippers, shaped like puppies, unicorns, or alligators, with mouths or eyes that open and close, are sold out. That's a fact that Sherri Hope Culver, a Temple University scholar who studies the impact of advertising, regards with a certain professional admiration. The endless holiday rotation of Stompeez TV commercials apparently did its job, enticing kids to crave an odd, previously unknown sort of footwear and parents to plunk down $19.95, plus postage and handling.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2011 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cathryn Coate most certainly is not a cheerleader for the commercial real estate business, describing it as "very competitive, very cutthroat, real nasty. " Her initial impressions of the industry's brokers? "Sort of an oily salesman," was one way she put it in an interview last week. Another was: "Manipulative. " So it was a stunner to many who knew her when Coate became a commercial real estate broker 14 years ago. "I don't think anyone could have imagined this is what she would do," said Diane Dalto, a consultant to the arts community, which Coate was influential in getting Ed Rendell to embrace when he was mayor.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move as sobering as it is stunning, a national company is pulling its advertising sponsorships from college football games involving scandal-ridden Pennsylvania State University, and some other advertisers are weighing the option. Cars.com told ESPN to pull its ads from last week's Nebraska vs. Penn State clash at Beaver Stadium, the first game after the scandal involving former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky broke Nov. 5, and Saturday's national telecast of Penn State at Ohio State.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011 | BY JIM BECKERMAN, The Record (Hackensack N.J.)
HACKENSACK, N.J. - You'll have to work hard to beat identical twins Iris Arnold and Frances Labinger, stars of a droll new Walgreens pharmacy commercial. They've been playing this game for 77 years. "I'm older, by 19 minutes," said Arnold, a longtime Fort Lee, N.J., resident. She not only beat her identical twin sister out of the womb in 1934, she also intends to go on beating her. "I do have the smarter kids," Arnold said. "All six of my kids went to Bronx Science. " Countered Labinger: "I got married first, had my kids first, had my grandchildren first.
NEWS
October 30, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Si Picker, 94, a retired business owner and actor who portrayed Ben Franklin until a few years ago, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 14, at Martins Run, a retirement community in Media. Mr. Picker operated Temple Appliance & Furniture Store in North Philadelphia from 1952 until 1998. In his 50s, he took on a partner to help run the business so he could pursue a longtime passion - acting. "He was always a performer," his daughter, Anita, said. "When my brother and I were at summer camp, he would come up on weekends and took the stage in the rec hall and sang songs.
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