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February 23, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Little more than a year after a botched demolition triggered a Center City building collapse that killed six, a demolition company took down nearly half a block of buildings in Philadelphia's Fairmount section without obtaining the required permits, an Inquirer investigation has found. While dismantling five buildings last spring, Ashaw Demolition of Oxford Circle also brought down a house that had been in a family for four generations without informing the owner, the owner contends in court documents.
NEWS
February 19, 2015
F ELICITE MOORMAN, 41, of East Falls, is CEO of BuLogics, which calls itself an "Internet of Things" engineering firm. Founded in 2003, the East Falls company certifies, designs and builds wireless systems connecting everyday objects for Fortune 500 clients and individuals. Q: What's BuLogics do? A: If you have a light switch or door lock or safe or smoke alarm, and you want to make it connect to the Internet in a way it never has before, we make the stuff that does that. You want a door lock to talk to your smartphone?
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui mentioned it, seemingly as an aside, on the last day of a deposition he gave to lawyers suing the Saudi government for its alleged role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the point was jarring. In the late 1990s, Moussaoui said, he met with an employee of the Saudi Embassy in Washington and the two discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger surface-to-air missile. Moreover, the embassy employee would use diplomatic immunity to smuggle the missile into the United States, Moussaoui said.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In an unprecedented move, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke has hired a lobbying firm to help drive Council's agenda in Harrisburg. Triad Strategies, a statewide firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg, received a $15,000 contract this month. The contract expires June 30. Clarke's choice to retain a lobbyist, when the city already employs two other firms that were hired through the mayor's office, underscores the divide between Council and the administration.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ALTHOUGH THE TALKS concerning Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels and first baseman Ryan Howard have quieted as the hot-stove league winds down, Jonathan Papelbon's name continues to populate the trade-rumor mill. Are trade talks dead or alive? Will he stay or will he go? Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said throughout the last month that he expects both Hamels and Howard to be with the team when the season opens at Citizens Bank Park on April 6. But does he expect Papelbon to be in Clearwater, Fla., when pitchers and catchers hold their first workout of the spring on Feb. 19?
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE'S LITTLE doubt that Tim Tanksley could have found a good job if he had wanted one. He always passed the pre-employment tests with flying colors. He just didn't want a job. "Tim was probably the most driven to be his own boss, and he never abandoned that goal," his family said. As a result, Tim, often with his late brother, Richard, started many businesses, the most successful of which was a financial consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Camden.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
AmerisourceBergen Corp., of Chesterbrook, already among the biggest U.S. distributors of pharmaceuticals for humans, is moving into the faster-growing and more profitable animal-drugs market with the $2.5 billion acquisition of MWI Veterinary Supply Inc., of Boise, Idaho, the companies announced Monday. "We believe that it's the next logical extension of our business," Tim G. Guttman, AmerisourceBergen's chief financial officer, told analysts on a conference call to discuss the deal, which is expected to close during the quarter ending March 31 and to add to AmerisourceBergen's earnings immediately.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALLY, Pa. - The path to Mars goes through this small Berks County town that has long been a hub for textile manufacturing in the region stretching from Allentown to Reading. So said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during a visit Friday to Bally Ribbon Mills, a family-owned business founded in 1923 to weave hat bands out of silk. Bally Ribbon, with the fourth generation in the business, still has shuttle-loom frames from that era. Those looms now make ribbons for military medals.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Kim Bensing hears it again and again from clients when she first meets them: They have no story. After gentle questioning, followed by careful listening, she gets them to realize they do. And then they hire her to make sure others get to know it, too. The Bucks County entrepreneur is a biographer of sorts. Her job - in no more than a few pages, usually measuring 6 by 6 inches - is to better acquaint wedding guests with the couple, coworkers with the retiree, consumers with a product.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. closed on its acquisition of the Boston law firm of Bingham McCutchen L.L.P. in November, it brought on more than 500 new lawyers and hundreds of millions in additional revenue. The firm also took on a new caseload of pro bono work, growing its legal practice for the needy and other legally underresourced groups by 50 percent. Like the newly expanded firm itself, the pro bono practice promises to be deeper and more complex as a consequence. "This is important for our recruiting and retention," said Amanda Smith, the Morgan Lewis partner who manages the firm's sprawling pro bono program from offices in New York.
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