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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
When New Jersey launched online gambling in November, almost all of the industry participants came from other countries, where online gambling has long been legal, or from Las Vegas, the epicenter of the U.S. gambling industry. KGM Gaming, a Philadelphia company started in 2004 to distribute slot machines in Pennsylvania, is trying to change that. KGM licensed games from a Nevada software developer and struck a deal to have the games included in online casinos operated by Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc. That will give privately owned KGM a cut of casino winnings from games on the Caesars sites.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
They grew up in business families, where finding customers and getting paid was dinner-table talk - Edward E. Cohen, son of a North Philadelphia paperhanging contractor, and Betsy Zubrow, daughter of a West Philly neighborhood doctor. They were Penn Law students when they married in 1965. So it's not surprising the couple and sons Daniel and Jonathan have built a collection of companies. Or that they've listed more than a dozen firms on stock exchanges. What's unusual is the scope of the enterprises - the mix of energy (the Atlas group of companies)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The latest issues of our favorite women's magazines are filled with high-fashion ads featuring beautiful - dare I say, aspirational - African American women. Rihanna, dressed in funky, oversized pink herringbone checks by designer Olivier Rousteing, is the face of Balmain's spring 2014 campaign. Riccardo Tisci selected not one but two chocolate-toned ladies - neo-soul singer Erykah Badu and runway newcomer Riley - to model his Japanese silhouettes and African-inspired prints for Givenchy.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The original Dim Sum Garden was a definitive Chinatown dumpling dive, a no-frills storefront under the 11th Street tunnel where devotees braved bus fumes and panhandlers for xiao long bao, the broth-filled Shanghai wonders also known as "soup dumplings. "By comparison, the new Dim Sum Garden, which opened on Race Street in September, is a veritable palace, all curvy lines with layered stone walls and a bright, open kitchen. The airy room, with triple the seating of the old location and a dumpling factory in the basement, is the vision of Dajuan "Sally" Song, 29, a former fashion designer and business student who persuaded her mother and partner, chef Shizhou Da, to overcome her reluctance to make the leap.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
To make clear: Michael Griffin was welcome to teach at Bensalem's Holy Ghost Prep as long as he and his male companion simply lived in sin. Once Griffin told the school principal of his intention to marry, all bets were off. On Friday, the veteran teacher was fired. Administrators long knew about his relationship, Griffin said, but were comfortable looking the other way. Going public and being legal was too much. It's the Catholic Church's twisted version of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
SPORTS
November 1, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
DARRELL WALLACE Jr.'s victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville, Va., Saturday would have attracted attention under normal circumstances. Wallace is a young (20), talented racer, which NASCAR needs. That Wallace is product of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program focused greater attention on his victory. Wallace is the first African-American to win a NASCAR race since Wendell Scott won at Jacksonville, Fla., in 1963. Talk about long overdue . . . "This means everything," Wallace said.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
MANY a "world music" proponent thinks it a pretty rad proposition to mix one or two culturally diverse elements - say African tribal folk with acoustic blues, or Latin jazz with a touch of techno. Idan Raichel takes it a whole lot further, mashing up a super-rich stew of cultures and traditions - Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin America, European and African - in a wondrously unexpected, richly rhythmic and mellifluous way. Then he casually characterizes such derring-do as "the natural order of things, just a reflection of the street life I encounter on a daily basis.
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rob Moore's instructions fell on deaf ears. His Ben Franklin boys' soccer team was ahead by five goals, and it would win by seven, but the coach needed one of his defenders to stay disciplined. The player didn't, and Moore was exasperated. He turned and asked his assistant, Moussa Fane, why no one listens. One reason is that, like the Nigerian defender, some of his players have trouble understanding him. And most have never actually played organized soccer before. Moore coaches a team of 17 immigrants.
SPORTS
September 27, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
This is Coatesville Area High School. It's Rip Hamilton and John Allen and Ryan Primanti and Aja Anderson and Jim "Scoogie" Smith. It's Derrick Morgan and Manny Stocker and Dae-Hon Cheung. And Daquan Worley and Emmett Hunt and Tyler Burke. It's Sonya Perry and Steve McCarter and Ross Kershey and Darrel Lewis. It's a football team as diverse as any in the region led by a head coach, Matt Ortega, whose mother is Irish and German and whose father is Mexican. "Our strength is our diversity," Ortega said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | BY SHAUN BRADY, For the Daily News
STEPPING out the back door of Asian Arts Initiative's Vine Street home, Gayle Isa was quick to acknowledge the challenge presented by the bleak alleyway that greeted her. "As you can tell, there's a lot of transformation to be done," said AAI's founder and executive director, as she scanned the piles of garbage and graffiti-covered walls that line the 1200 block of Pearl Street. "In polite terms, we've been calling it an 'underutilized alleyway,' " Isa continued. "I think most people who live in this neighborhood would feel that it's not a safe place.
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