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NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marvin I. Block, 79, a Philadelphia commercial lawyer who specialized in real estate and condominium law, died Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Block, who lived in the Northeast Philadelphia for 48 years, died from complications of lung disease, said his son, Gary Block. Mr. Block was a member of the Zarwin Baum law firm for nine years. He represented numerous condominium associations and also developed condominiums in South Jersey. He served as an assistant attorney general and special assistant attorney general for Pennsylvania's professional licensing boards.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sol Lazinger, 87, a retired commercial real estate investor and broker and decorated World War II veteran, died Sunday, June 10, of renal failure at Pennsylvania Hospital. The son of Polish immigrants, Mr. Lazinger grew up in the Bronx, helping out in his father's bakery and working as a delivery boy for Walgreens drugstore. After graduating from high school at 17, he enlisted in the Army and was attached to the 117th Battalion, 30th Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach in mid-June 1944 and saw action in France, Belgium - where he was hit by shrapnel - and the Netherlands.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By David Espo, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama's campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall. In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president's ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Romney more so than for Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Wal­ter F. Naedele and IN­QUIR­ER STAFF WRIT­ER
While Charles L. Madden was still in el­e­men­ta­ry school, his moth­er of­ten took him from their Ken­sing­ton home to Sat­ur­day-morn­ing classes at the former Phila­del­phia College of Art at Broad and Pine Streets. By the time he was in eighth grade, he was drawing oc­ca­sion­al guest cartoons for the Phila­del­phia Eve­ning Bul­le­tin, mentored by Bil Keane, the art­ist known for the na­tion­al­ly syndicated Family Circus. The art ed­u­ca­tion that formed him resulted in Madden works ranging from stained-glass windows at Gwyn­edd Mercy College to a stat­ue of St. Pe­ter in Gal­i­lee.
NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
More entertainment, less art? The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, grappling with a series of discrete financial pressures, is shifting away from being a distinct presenting entity, relying more on partnerships with commercial outfits such as AEG and Live Nation, while giving breaks in rent to its own resident companies. Gone next season: the critically acclaimed Great Orchestra series, as well as Keyboard Conversations. The Kimmel's lively Summer Solstice celebration has been canceled this year for lack of money (though plans call for it to return every other year, starting in 2014)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2012 | Dan Gross
If you've seen Charles Barkley's most recent Weight Watchers commercial and thought his normally unmistakable voice sounded very un-Barkley-esque, you're not alone. Sir Charles tells us the spot was taped when he had the flu. To make matters worse, he had lost his voice the day before the shoot while doing a press day amid the NCAA March Madness. Barkley says Weight Watchers was unable to reschedule the shoot so he had to tape while sick. The Sixers legend says he wishes he could have recorded a voice-over, though we imagine that would have looked like a poorly dubbed kung fu movie.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The commercial sector continues to lead the American Institute of Architects' billings index, which has remained in positive territory for the fifth consecutive month, the group reported Thursday. The index reflects a nine-to-12-month lag between architecture billings and construction spending. "We are starting to hear more about improving conditions in the marketplace, with a greater sense of optimism that there will be greater demand for design services," said the group's chief economist Kermit Baker.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | Al Heavens
I don't usually write about commercial real estate, except when residential is a major component of it. What few people understand is that the only thing residential and commercial real estate truly have in common are the words real estate. If residential is Latin, commercial is Greek — the terminology describing aspects of each can be very different. Whenever I need a succinct explanation, I turn to economist Kevin Gillen, vice president at Econsult Corp. "Commercial properties are an investment product, like a stock or bond, whereas your home is primarily a consumption product, like a consumer good," he said.
NEWS
March 15, 2012
A PNC Bank in Swarthmore, a Pep Boys in North Wales, a Wawa in Allentown, a Wal-Mart near Pittsburgh - nearly 500 stand-alone properties in 43 states are part of Jenkintown-based American Realty Capital Trust Inc., worth $1.8 billion since it started trading on Nasdaq earlier this month. American Realty boss Nicholas S. Schorsch calls the sale a sign that commercial real estate is again attractive to investors - at least for national landlords with solvent corporate tenants. The company leases to FedEx and the U.S. General Services Administration, Walgreens and CVS drugstores, and the Dollar General, Payless and PetSmart retail chains, among others.
SPORTS
February 16, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES Kings center Mike Richards will be the subject of the latest hock-umentary by NBC Sports Network. NBCSN (nee Versus network) will follow the former Flyer for 36 hours and televise the results on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. If the network is lucky, Richards will be a little more interesting than he was in those local BMW commercials he did with Al Morganti. Those things were painful. The spotlight warms the skin for most athletes. For Richards, it burns it like bacon.
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