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BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
As his own father, Ralph Roberts, aged into his 80s and 90s, Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts said, he found that he and Flyers owner Ed Snider regularly grabbed lunch around town - the Capital Grille on Chestnut, Table 31 in the Comcast Center, and, more recently, the Union League on Broad. They'd talk sports, media, and life. Roberts, who heads the city's largest publicly traded company, said he trusted Snider as a mentor. "I came to realize his genius," Roberts said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
YouTube sensation Ed Bassmaster took a pay cut to star on his own TV show. Born Edwin Rodriguez in Northeast Philadelphia, Bassmaster has made a name (and a living) for himself by pulling pranks on unsuspecting victims - like dressing up as a zombie and going through a fast-food drive-through (30 million views) - and creating characters like Teste, Mumbles, and a CIA agent who conducts undercover operations at Kmart. Last year, Bassmaster made national news when he took credit for destroying HitchBOT , a hitchhiking Canadian robot that met its demise in Philadelphia (he didn't actually destroy it)
SPORTS
April 13, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
PHILADELPHIA lost its most influential sports figure in history with Monday's passing of Flyers co-founder and Comcast Spectacor creator Ed Snider at 83 after a long battle with bladder cancer. The icon was a sports "futurist" who played some kind of role in virtually every major sporting occurrence in Philadelphia over the past five decades. From his bringing the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967 with the expansion Flyers to the birth of the sports television and entertainment entity known as Spectacor in 1974 that grew into Comcast Spectacor to the opening of the state-of-the-art CoreStates Center (now Wells Fargo Center)
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider, 83, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded the Flyers and displayed more passion than many fans sitting in the nosebleed seats, died Monday morning after a long battle with bladder cancer. The news was confirmed by the team, which issued a statement written by Mr. Snider's children. "Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family," they wrote. "Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man. He never missed a birthday, important family event or the opportunity to offer encouragement.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ED SNIDER hopped a cyber ride this weekend, Lauren Hart holding up her cellphone toward the singing fat lady he and his team made an eternal hockey symbol, an unintended symbol of his world view as well, even before he personally gave those Rooskies hell. "If Ed Snider can't be in the arena," Hart told anyone who asked, "I'll bring the arena to him. " Up on the scoreboard, Kate Smith was still a robust 67 years old, belting out her piece of God Bless America. Grainy a bit but no worse for the wear, she and her voice suspended forever in 1974, forever in time, or at least for as long as the Flyers play hockey.
SPORTS
April 2, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman and the man most responsible for bringing the franchise to Philadelphia 50 years ago, is battling health issues and was resting in his California home Thursday while the team photo was taken at the Wells Fargo Center. But his presence was felt 3,000 miles away. Fact is, his presence has been felt all season even though he has only attended a few games. Right winger Wayne Simmonds said the Flyers have focused on making the playoffs for the 83-year-old Snider.
SPORTS
April 1, 2016 | By Vegas Vic, Ed Barkowitz @ Bob Vetrone Jr
VEGAS VIC It's still a day away, but my keyboard is tingling, so we're gonna jump right into the Final Four. Start with the late game and grab Syracuse plus 9.5 points over North Carolina. Of course, we would suggest that you buy the hook, and push this line up to plus-10 if you have that option with your guy. We do, and we will. Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension for impermissible benefits, academic misconduct, drug-policy missteps and a failure by the school to control its athletics department seems to have lit a fire under the Orange.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday scrutinized Gov. Christie's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, as a key committee appeared in Collingswood to take input from interested groups and residents on issues ranging from school funding to poverty. The Assembly Budget Committee and its Senate counterpart are holding hearings across the state to review the $34.8 billion budget that Christie, a Republican, presented to the Democratic-controlled Legislature last month. One top issue the Assembly committee considered Wednesday at the Scottish Rite Auditorium was education.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Helen W. Mallon Just days after the Oscar for Best Picture went to Spotlight , the movie detailing how the Boston Globe pursued the child sexual-abuse scandal and cover-up by the local archdiocese, a similar story was reported out of Western Pennsylvania. A grand jury investigation into the Archdiocese of Altoona-Johnstown revealed that hundreds of children were sexually abused by priests over a span of 40 years. And, once again, church officials were accused of participating in a massive cover-up.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Kelvin A. Jeremiah The surge of growth and prosperity in many Center City neighborhoods is having little impact on Philadelphia's 400,000 families living below the poverty line. Struggling daily to meet basic needs, a Philadelphia family must earn $45,400 annually to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a 2014 report issued by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. However, the 2015 average annual income of Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) current and wait-listed families remained at $15,300.
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