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October 28, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Parking Authority officials vowed Monday to continue their crackdown on UberX drivers, impounding cars and issuing $1,000 fines, if the ride-share drivers attempt to pick up passengers in the city. The battle intensified Monday, as Mayor Nutter voiced his support for the service, and Uber asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to grant it emergency authority to operate in the city and suburban counties. "I am supportive of them being here legally, operating within requirements of the law," Nutter said Monday.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
BEST-SELLING legal thriller novelist John Grisham apologized yesterday for saying in an interview with London's Daily Telegraph that many men imprisoned for child-pornography offenses in the U.S. probably just had too much to drink and "pushed the wrong buttons. " Grisham added that U.S. prisons were "filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who have never harmed anybody, would never touch a child. " Actually, they're more likely to be filled with 25-year-old black men who smoked a joint.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Targa Resources Corp. is buying two oil-and-gas pipeline companies controlled by Philadelphia's Cohen family for $5.9 billion, creating a substantial energy transportation and storage firm. Targa announced Monday that it had agreed to buy Atlas Pipeline Partners L.P. and the "midstream" assets of Atlas Energy L.P. for a combination of cash and partnership units. With the acquisition, Targa, owner of a Gulf Coast plant to export natural-gas liquids including propane and ethane, would expand its operations in the Permian Basin oil field and gain footholds in shale regions in Texas and Oklahoma, where Atlas has a strong presence.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester County skydiving company has filed for bankruptcy, but it says its daredevil fun will continue nonetheless. Freefall Adventures' petition for Chapter 11 - a designation that allows businesses to reorganize during financial hardship - was recorded in federal bankruptcy court this month. The company, which operates out of Cross Keys Airport in Monroe Township, is a mainstay in the regional skydiving community, though it has also gained attention over the years for accidents and fatalities, risks commonly associated with the sport.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
  In June, Anthony Capone said he liked his AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage plan so much he persuaded his 89-year-old mother and aunt to make the switch. Things were going along fine until recently, when the Mount Laurel businessman's renewal notice arrived in the mail. He opened the package and was taken aback. His monthly premium had spiked to $62 a month, a $23 rise. Other fees - in-hospital co-pay (up to $175), Part D deductible ($25), and ambulance ($100) - have also risen.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Biddle Building at 1217 Sansom St., investor Leonard Thylan 's former jewelry factory, was supposed to be part of a boutique hotel that never got built. Instead, it has been renovated and won new life as a home to tech and creative companies. Enterprise-mobility software-maker CloudMine , once a tenant at The Inquirer's digital incubator, is taking a floor at the Biddle. Branding agency At Media is taking half of another floor. So is ad and marketing agency Ark Ideas , and several more firms are in talks, say the brokers at the PernaFrederick real estate agency, which represents some of the new-era firms where workers seem to care more about bike lockups than car garages.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is suing a Camden nonprofit, saying it compromised nearly 26,000 research tubes when a freezer door was left open in March. The tubes of blood and other fluids were stored at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research along Haddon Avenue, and would have been used to study the causes of Parkinson's disease, according to the lawsuit. It was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Fox's foundation, according to the suit, signed two contracts - one in 2010, the other 2011 - worth a combined $4.3 million to store the tubes at Coriell.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jami Wintz McKeon officially took over as chair of Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. on Wednesday, making it the largest law firm in the United States headed by a woman. McKeon will maintain her litigation practice and continue to advise large financial-services industry clients on complex regulatory and legal issues, the law firm said. "We built this firm on long-standing, deep relationships with our clients," McKeon said. "That's something that will not change under my stewardship at Morgan Lewis.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was it all merely a coincidence? One of the most salient and disturbing facts to emerge within hours of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was that 15 of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. Without once mentioning Saudi Arabia, President Obama spoke at length last Wednesday before the United Nations about the need to crack down on extremist ideologies emanating from the Middle East. But 13 years after the attacks, evidence continues to point not only to the involvement of Saudi extremists and terrorism financiers in the 9/11 attacks, but also perhaps to elements of the Saudi government itself.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's with the accounting industry? Every company needs outside bean-counters to audit the books, trim taxes, and help make a case for tough decisions. But you need a chart to keep track of them all, the way local firms have joined, split, and been replaced. Ten years ago, Robert Ciaruffoli moved his office and his home to Society Hill from northeast Pennsylvania with the goal of building the firm now known as ParenteBeard L.L.C. into a formidable player, from New York to Washington.
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