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April 29, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As matchmaking goes, this is as unromantic as it gets: hooking up small contractors with commercial-property managers. But a Kansas company has been at it with great financial success since the late 1990s, and now it wants to break into the Philadelphia market. City Wide Maintenance hopes to have franchises open here and in Pittsburgh within the year to manage commercial-space upkeep in these regions. Despite its name, City Wide's target market would not be the Comcast Center or other downtown properties, but, rather, suburban complexes of 10,000 to 100,000 square feet.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers decided to rebuild through the draft, everyone knew they would slip significantly. It was just a question of how far the tanking Sixers would fall. The answer is that the Sixers, two years removed from the postseason, are on par with one of the most infamous teams in sports history when it comes to consecutive losses. They suffered a 103-77 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their 20th consecutive defeat, tying the franchise record set by the 1972-73 squad that finished 9-73.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
With winter's fury paralyzing this region again and again, the wisdom of Taria Avery's decision six years ago to chuck a 13-year career in international marketing became clear as ice. Not because she didn't have to travel anymore, but because it was difficult for pet owners to get around. What better way to sell the attributes of her new mobile pet-grooming business? "People are calling . . . saying, 'We can't get out,' " Avery said one morning last week when the Philadelphia area awoke to a few more mayhem-causing inches.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. could acquire Time Warner Cable Co.'s New York cable-TV properties, along with other franchises on the East Coast, in a deal with Charter Communications Inc., according to sources in the industry. A deal would expand Comcast's market power along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company, already offers cable and Internet in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Charter declined to comment Monday. Comcast also had no comment.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia is asking residents to complete surveys on Comcast Corp.'s cable-TV services as it prepares to renegotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Printed copies of the survey are available in library branches and city-run "Keyspots," a network of public computing centers. Officials believe most people will complete them online at www.phila.gov/cablefranchises . The city informed residents of the survey through Twitter and Facebook, said Steven Robertson, chief of staff for the Office of Innovation and Technology, which is handling the franchise negotiations.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback? It's a very simple question, but a complicated one to answer. Even Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie couldn't give an affirmative response after Foles led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record in touchdown-to-interception ratio. "I don't want to comment on any player, but how can you not be impressed with Nick, with everything he has accomplished, including tonight?" Lurie said immediately after the Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints on Saturday.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Rich Ferns and Phil Stoops say they are so excited about their new business that they are jumping up and down, they mean it. They are the proud owners of a 21,000-square-foot room full of trampolines. Ferns and Stoops opened their first Sky Zone trampoline park in Glen Mills last month. They plan to open two more outposts of the national bounce house franchise in Levittown and Chalfont in the spring and summer, then expand to Philadelphia and South Jersey. Another owner already operates a Sky Zone in Oaks.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
LeSean McCoy rushed for more yards in a game than any Eagles player in franchise history. Here are the five best franchise rushing performances:   LeSean McCoy   Dec. 8, 2013   Lions   217    Steve Van Buren   Nov. 27, 1949   Steelers   205    Duce Staley   Sept. 3, 2000   Cowboys   201    Wilbert Montgomery   Nov. 4, 1979   Browns   197    Steve Van Buren   Dec. 18, 1949   Rams   196   
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles was 13 years old on Feb. 3, 2002, the day that the standard of excellence was established for a quarterback in his situation. He said he doesn't remember much about that NFL season or that day, beyond the basic details: Drew Bledsoe had been the New England Patriots' starting quarterback, and then he got hurt, and then he wasn't starting anymore. Tom Brady was. "The rest is history," Foles said Tuesday. He was talking a few hours after Chip Kelly had told him what everyone around the Eagles expected to hear soon enough: that even though Michael Vick's hamstring had healed, Foles would remain the team's No. 1 quarterback, barring injury, for the rest of the season.
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