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December 23, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
At 15, Amol R. Kohli began working as a server at his neighborhood Friendly's restaurant in Voorhees. While in high school, he scooped ice cream, washed dishes, and was a host, a cook, and eventually a shift supervisor before heading to college. Twelve years later, Kohli now owns 10 Friendly's restaurant franchises in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. He opened his ninth Friendly's on Monday at the Voorhees Town Center, and will open a 10th next month at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MORE LOW-INCOME Philadelphians will have access to affordable Internet service, while more high school students will receive high-tech job-training through Comcast's new 15-year franchise agreement, which won approval from a City Council committee yesterday. It took the Committee on Public Property and Public Works two postponed hearings yesterday before the deal between the city and the Philadelphia-based mass media giant was hammered into shape. The full Council will vote on the bill and accompanying side letters on Dec. 10 - its last meeting of the year.
SPORTS
December 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No matter how Sam Bradford performs over the final five games of the season, the Eagles will have to make a franchise-altering decision at the quarterback position next offseason. It is a decision that will have far greater repercussions than anything having to do with the head coach. In today's NFL you need a quarterback of certain proficiency if you are to have any chance of winning a championship. It doesn't matter if Bill Belichick or Chip Kelly is your coach, if you have neither a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback and an above-average defense nor a quarterback a notch or two below and a once-in-an-era defense, your chances of snaring a title are virtually nil. This isn't rocket science.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight months of negotiations over Comcast's next franchise with the city will stretch a few days longer after a committee of Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday again declined to vote on an agreement, saying it still needs work. Chief among Council's concerns are whether Comcast Corp. will pay all of its workers at least $15 per hour, provide more career and technical training for young Philadelphians, and eliminate the requirement that only those without Internet service for 90 days are eligible for its low-income discount program.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A CITY COUNCIL committee had breaking news for Comcast yesterday: The company has to agree to pay employees higher wages and expand customer service in exchange for Council to renew its 15-year franchise agreement. Specifically, the committee asked Comcast to agree to expand access to its Internet Essentials service for low-income families, to increase technical education opportunities for school district students, and to pay employees - including those who work for contractors and subcontractors - at least $15 an hour.
SPORTS
November 28, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by the website TMZ.com. In the video, Okafor - who stands 6-foot-11, weighs 271 pounds, and turns 20 on Dec. 15 - is seen shouting at several individuals, then shoving a man to the ground. After at least one person tries to restrain him, Okafor punches a man who appears to be the same individual he had pushed, knocking him to the pavement again.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
COMCAST, the homegrown entertainment giant in the midst of negotiating a new 15-year franchise agreement with Philadelphia, was praised and slapped during a marathon public hearing before City Council yesterday. Although there is little doubt Council will vote to renew the agreement and Mayor Nutter will sign it before the end of the year, dozens still showed up hoping to influence the final document. They included Hillary Linardopoulos, a staff representative of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, who lamented that while Comcast builds a second "gleaming, tax-exempt" Center City skyscraper, many city schools are crumbling and lack adequate teaching technology.
SPORTS
October 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES lost 99 games for the first time since 1969. They were owners of baseball's worst record when the season ended on Sunday. They finished with the second lowest attendance in the National League, behind Miami, a city that should barely count as a functional major league franchise. The Phillies drew 1,831,080, falling below 2 million fans for the first time in 13 years. They traded away a World Series MVP and another franchise icon, too; they had a manager walk out on the organization less than three months in; a beleaguered general manager was fired with three weeks left; a squirrel nearly attacked aforementioned franchise icon; and a dead bird plopped onto the Citizens Bank Park turf during the final game of the year.
SPORTS
October 3, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - It might as well have been Oct. 3, 2014, or April 15, 2015 - the last two times that 76ers managing owner Josh Harris gave his state-of-the-team addresses. Once again, the billionaire businessman said he has no desire to sell the franchise and supported third-year coach Brett Brown. Harris also reiterated that he supports the multiyear rebuilding process that requires sacrificing wins. "I think we are making progress," Harris said Thursday at Stockton University, where the Sixers were participating in training camp.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY DANIEL TUNNELL
IN RECENT WEEKS, Comcast's four franchise renewals in Philadelphia have attracted a healthy share of public attention as well as a string of headlines. Understandably, an undertaking of such substance deserves careful and deliberate management to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome but, like many events of such high profile, publicity can blur the details. A cable television franchise renewal offers a local franchising authority - the city of Philadelphia in this case - the opportunity to identify the cable-related needs of the community in exchange for the cable provider's use of public rights of way in order to deliver services to its customers.
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