August 1, 2011 |
When a nightclub on Pier 34 collapsed into the Delaware River in May 2000, killing three young women, Dryden Diving Co. was called in to inspect the century-old structure. When a tug-driven barge ran over a duck boat and killed two young tourists in July last year, Dryden Diving was summoned to examine the barge. This small South Jersey company - with $5 million to $6 million in annual revenue and a dozen to 35 divers working at any one time - is one of about 200 commercial diving contractors in the United States.
July 25, 2011 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Brown University student from Gladwyne, Pa., says he has a solution to a problem vexing advertisers in this era of distracted audiences: Give viewers a chance to win prizes in exchange for watching commercials. Brandon Yoshimura, 22, launched Loffles, a company that has viewers watch online advertisements in exchange for gift cards to retailers and a chance to win products such as televisions and computers. The company's website went live last month.
July 18, 2011
WKDN-FM (106.9), a Camden religious radio station owned by Harold Camping's nonprofit Family Stations Inc., has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to change its license status to commercial from noncommercial. The application was dated July 7. An official from the California nonprofit did not return a phone call seeking comment. Camping made news earlier this year with his doomsday prediction for May 21, 2011. - Bob Fernandez
July 4, 2011 |
Fire broke out at a commercial building in Downingtown on Monday during the borough's Good Neighbor Day celebration. A firefighter near Kerr Park spotted smoke coming from the building at 10 Wallace Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., Downingtown fire officials said. Significant damage was reported from the two-alarm fire at the one-story brick building. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester County Fire Marshal's office. Contact Inquirer staff writer Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8, 2011 |
A bill that would create a commercial advertising district in the development dead-zone of Market East passed out of the Rules Committee Tuesday and appears headed for passage. The bill, championed by Councilman Frank DiCicco, is intended to spur development along Market Street between 7th and 13th Streets. That stretch was once the city's main shopping district, with department stores like Strawbridge & Clothier. But Market East has been in decline for decades despite hosting the Convention Center and being surrounded by vibrant areas like Chinatown and Independence Mall.
May 18, 2011 |
Peco Energy Co.'s commercial customers who have not shopped for an alternative electric supplier might want to reconsider that strategy. The Philadelphia utility announced Tuesday that its electricity prices for commercial customers would increase between 9.4 percent and 12.6 percent on July 1. Peco's commodity charge, which accounts for about two-thirds of a typical customer's bill, will increase sharply to reflect the higher price of...
April 21, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - While national lawmakers continue a four-decade-old debate on whether seat belts are a good idea on buses, Joe Spinelli's commercial bus inspection unit from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is taking steps to keep passengers and motorists safe - through surprise checks. "It's one of those jobs where you never really know how many accidents you've prevented, or how many people you've actually saved," Spinelli said. Last month, though, there was no doubt when a Virginia-registered tour bus that apparently had been driven across four states to Atlantic City was taken out of service after a random inspection.
April 8, 2011 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - An armed group trying to install Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president has surrounded a bunker the country's strongman refuses to leave, saying they will wait for him to come out. Entrenched incumbent Laurent Gbagbo remained defiant Thursday, even after air strikes hammered his military bases and his residence, where he is holed up with his wife inside a subterranean tunnel. Via a spokesman in Europe, the ruler continued to insist he had won November's election and stressed he would never leave the country he has ruled for the last 10 years.
February 16, 2011 |
Larry Alten, 76, who headed a Philadelphia advertising agency in the 1980s, died of melanoma on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Boca Raton (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Alten lived in Northeast Philadelphia and spent winters in Boca Raton. A 1984 Inquirer Magazine profile of the Philadelphia clothes designers Pearl and Albert Nipon reported that Mr. Alten's agency "helps to determine how the Nipons will look in, say, the New York Times Sunday Magazine's biannual fashion issue. " A daughter, Abby Schwartz, recalled in biographical notes that "some of his most successful print campaigns for the Nipons involved placing the designers and models in unusual settings.