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NEWS
August 28, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A year ago, the historic McNeal Mansion in Burlington City faced demolition after a redeveloper said the cost of restoring the fire-damaged building could approach $10 million. At the time, the city's historic preservation commissioners said they were saddened that the three-story Colonial Revival mansion of Andrew McNeal, who founded what became U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., might be razed, but seemed resigned to it. But last month, Brahin Properties, the Philadelphia-based redeveloper, bowed out after the city balked at its plans to build a 200-unit townhouse and condominium complex on the 24-acre site.
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
On his Team USA Boxing online profile, welterweight Paul Kroll listed his "mind and strength" as his greatest assets in the ring. But on Saturday, police said, Kroll, 21, of the 2700 block of North Newkirk Street in North Philadelphia, used a gun and his aggression in a confrontation over an ex-girlfriend in West Philadelphia that led to a wild shootout among seven men, three of whom were injured. The onetime Olympic boxing hopeful - his 2016 dreams were dashed during the final trials last month in Venezuela - now faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, and related offenses, according to police.
SPORTS
August 25, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jim Schwartz exaggerated only a little bit after being asked how much stock he puts into what he sees during the preseason. "For a long time I was with Tennessee, and our biggest division rival was the Colts," the Eagles defensive coordinator said. "Every year the Colts would go 0-4 in the preseason. And if you said, 'Oh, they're going to be down this year,' you were on the wrong boat. " Schwartz never jumped off the SS Peyton Manning because he was sure the quarterback would captain the Colts to another successful voyage once the games had meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Tayyib Smith didn't grow up in a house where Forbes magazine landed on the doorstep every month or where marketing plans and contract negotiations were topics of discussion at the dinner table. Instead, Smith - chief operating officer and founder of the Little Giant creative agency, founder and publisher of two.one.five magazine, and partner in the Center City coworking space Pipeline Philly - found inspiration for his business acumen in more unconventional figures: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jay Z, Dr. Dre. "I'm a serial entrepreneur from an undercapitalized community in a city with one-third poverty who has a GED," Smith said.
NEWS
August 23, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania this week is at last going to launch what is frequently described as one of the most effective public policy tools to rein in out-of-control opioid overdose rates. Starting Thursday, the statewide prescription database will allow medical providers to check for evidence that their patients may be abusing or selling drugs - getting the same oxycodone scripts from multiple doctors and filling them at different pharmacies, for example. The benefit of knowing is so obvious that 48 other states already have databases accessible to health practitioners.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2016 | Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
When Bosun Odeniyi bought a taxi certificate in 1990, it meant freedom. Freedom from waiting for hours at the garage to pick up a car, from the ever-present leasing fees, and from not knowing whether a cab would even be available to drive. In 2016, the taxi certificate - now called a medallion - is certified dead weight. The medallion was long considered an ironclad investment, hitting its peak price at $545,000 in July 2014. But UberX came to Philadelphia in October of that year, sending a chill through the industry even before it arrived.
SPORTS
August 19, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
THE GOOD NEWS for racing fans is, the Verizon IndyCar series will be running 200 mph laps at Pocono Raceway next year and in 2018. I was surprised when the two-year extension was announced last week. The vibe I was getting was Sunday's ABC Supply 500 might be the last IndyCar event at Pocono. In the three years since IndyCar returned to Pocono, the crowds have diminished from the first year's crowd of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000. Conceding that attendance for IndyCar at Pocono is not what track officials hoped for, Brandon Igdalsky, the track's president and CEO, said Monday: "We've lowered our expectations.
SPORTS
August 9, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
PURE BLUE blanketed the Philadelphia sky on a Wednesday morning in late July. Eagles defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao walked toward the practice field at the NovaCare Complex. As he neared a line of faint white paint, the back of an end zone, he slowed and dropped to his left knee, his fist balled and resting on his forehead. He stayed in the crouch for 15 seconds. His teammates kept walking to his left and his right. Then Vaeao pushed off the ground and strapped on his helmet. This has been his routine since he started playing football in high school.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
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