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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.
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elaine Newman Moranz, 65, of Newtown Square, a lawyer who specialized in commercial real estate law, died of ovarian cancer on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Trained as a city planner and lawyer, Mrs. Moranz had been a partner in the law firm Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel since 1987. "Elaine will be remembered for both her intelligence and integrity. She will be missed by clients and colleagues alike," said Mark L. Silow, managing partner at Fox Rothschild.
NEWS
October 4, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
You may not have heard much about SoHa. But your chances of hearing more about it just got bigger. A major exhibition space and new studios for 10 artists opened last month at 1001 White Horse Pike in the "South of Haddon Arts and Business District," the promotional name for a section of Haddon Township most folks call Oaklyn. A potters' collective, a sculptor, and a mixed-media artist already occupy the rear of the landmark building, where a sleek street-level hair salon offers its own brand of artistry.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By David Klepper, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
July 4, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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 ssnyder@phillynews.com  
NEWS
June 8, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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