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October 15, 1986 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Medford Township Council has hired an attorney and an appraiser to try to resolve a dispute that has delayed the widening of the intersection of Stokes and Jackson Roads. The attorney, Frederick W. Hardt, and the appraiser, Allen G. Black, will try to negotiate a settlement for property that would be taken from one business owner to widen the road. Each will be paid $1,500, pending a final cost proposal to be submitted to the council. The township has received easements from five businesses near the intersection but needs a sixth from the owner of the Weichert Realty office before work, which was scheduled to start Sept.
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | Associated Press
A land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2016 summer games, when the sport is to be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Malvern-based designer Gil Hanse's firm will build the golf course. The city might have to find a new site, meaning the project would start from scratch and possibly not be ready for test events in 2015. The city said in response to the Associated Press that it just became aware of the situation on Thursday and was "evaluating the measures it will take.
NEWS
July 26, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A pitched battle between Protestant and Roman Catholic groups locked in a bitter land dispute left at least 51 people dead and 101 injured, a hospital official said yesterday. But a Protestant minister who had been in the town of Jean-Rabel, the site of the battle, put the death toll at 235. A police official contacted by phone in Port de Paix, the nearest city to Jean-Rabel, said the death toll was "about 50. " He had few details, but it appeared that sporadic disturbances were continuing late yesterday.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has called it a "clash of titans," a battle over Princeton land linking two giants of American history: George Washington, father of the country, and Albert Einstein, father of modern physics. On one side are scholars and preservationists who see the 21-acre tract owned by the Institute for Advanced Study as hallowed ground where Washington led American troops to victory over the British in 1777. On the other side is the institute, where Einstein was a faculty member and where scientists see the land, next to Princeton Battlefield State Park, as the site of much-needed faculty housing.
SPORTS
October 30, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the killing of former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, who was bludgeoned and left to die in a church courtyard next to his family's home in a rural Jamaican hamlet. Several residents of the remote farming community in Norwich district said the suspect was involved in a land dispute with the troubled boxer. Police would not say if others were suspected of being involved in the slaying of Berbick, who is best remembered as boxing legend Muhammad Ali's final opponent in 1981.
NEWS
July 5, 1986
A land dispute nearly 500 years in the making was to have been resolved by tomorrow, but that deadline won't be met. It will take much longer - perhaps another decade - to work out a solution to the disagreement that has pitted the Hopi and Navajo Indian tribes against each other. In contention are tribal claims to 1.8 million arid acres in Arizona. The Hopis occupied the land for centuries until, in about 1500, the nomadic Navajos moved in, grew in numbers and eventually surrounded the Hopi nation, whose holdings decreased as a result.
NEWS
December 21, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horses and hot-air balloons, the optimal modes of transport in Chester County's West Vincent Township, offer idyllic vistas of covered bridges and rolling pastures - as well as a jarring contrast to a recent, acrimonious land dispute. Like many area municipalities, West Vincent, which boasts pre-Revolutionary War lineage, is struggling to preserve its rural ambience, having more than doubled its population from 2,268 in 2000 to 4,567 in 2010. But the pressure to keep development at bay fostered a skirmish between unlikely foes: the township supervisors - two of whom have a background in conservation - and the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Association, a 68-year-old nonprofit dedicated to preserving its 33-acre site on Route 100, just north of Route 401. The supervisors voted Nov. 28 to seize the horse show grounds by eminent domain for a public park, generating an outcry that rivaled the din of a steeplechase and resulted in a reversal less than a month later.
NEWS
June 17, 2010 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia has offered to settle a dispute over land for a proposed Mormon temple near Logan Square. For a price. Developer Stephen Klein told City Council Wednesday that the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) wanted 25 percent of any proceeds from his sale of nearly two acres on Vine Street to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His answer: "Totally unacceptable. " Klein had bought the property from the RDA in 1987 for $3.7 million. In the process, he agreed to develop the tract, between 17th and 18th Streets, within five years.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big change is envisioned for a vast green triangle of land on Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia, between Master and West Jefferson Streets. Where grass, trees, and weeds now cover most of the block, a modern office building could rise over the languishing avenue. The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants to take over the land to build a new headquarters, bringing 1,200 workers to a neighborhood where one in six people is unemployed. But before anything grand happens, the city must resolve a messy and complicated land dispute that involves the only business left on the block - Murphy Brothers, Sons & Daughters Inc. The matter has entangled a staffer for Council President Darrell L. Clarke, a former NFL football star, and an 81-year-old mechanic who alleges that his property has been sold out from under him. A judge will have to resolve that matter at a hearing July 24. The dispute centers on an old gas station at the corner of Ridge and Master.
NEWS
January 11, 2001 | By Martin Z. Braun, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Cherry Hill School District is facing a budget deficit of more than $1 million for the 2000-01 school year, according to court documents filed yesterday in a land dispute. In the documents, the district's business administrator, Thomas Redmond, says the school board has a "critical need" for $275,000 it obtained in a November settlement with Orleans Homebuilders Inc., to be paid out in increments of $25,000 through March 31. "It would be disastrous if the board were denied the settlement proceeds," Redmond says.
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September 1, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions. The heirs of a Centre County landowner asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month to resolve a case that stripped them of their 19th-century mineral rights, now claimed by a hunting club that bought the land in 1959. The convoluted legal question affects the natural resources beneath huge expanses of timberland in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of the nation's natural gas production.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big change is envisioned for a vast green triangle of land on Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia, between Master and West Jefferson Streets. Where grass, trees, and weeds now cover most of the block, a modern office building could rise over the languishing avenue. The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants to take over the land to build a new headquarters, bringing 1,200 workers to a neighborhood where one in six people is unemployed. But before anything grand happens, the city must resolve a messy and complicated land dispute that involves the only business left on the block - Murphy Brothers, Sons & Daughters Inc. The matter has entangled a staffer for Council President Darrell L. Clarke, a former NFL football star, and an 81-year-old mechanic who alleges that his property has been sold out from under him. A judge will have to resolve that matter at a hearing July 24. The dispute centers on an old gas station at the corner of Ridge and Master.
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | Associated Press
A land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2016 summer games, when the sport is to be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Malvern-based designer Gil Hanse's firm will build the golf course. The city might have to find a new site, meaning the project would start from scratch and possibly not be ready for test events in 2015. The city said in response to the Associated Press that it just became aware of the situation on Thursday and was "evaluating the measures it will take.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has called it a "clash of titans," a battle over Princeton land linking two giants of American history: George Washington, father of the country, and Albert Einstein, father of modern physics. On one side are scholars and preservationists who see the 21-acre tract owned by the Institute for Advanced Study as hallowed ground where Washington led American troops to victory over the British in 1777. On the other side is the institute, where Einstein was a faculty member and where scientists see the land, next to Princeton Battlefield State Park, as the site of much-needed faculty housing.
NEWS
December 21, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horses and hot-air balloons, the optimal modes of transport in Chester County's West Vincent Township, offer idyllic vistas of covered bridges and rolling pastures - as well as a jarring contrast to a recent, acrimonious land dispute. Like many area municipalities, West Vincent, which boasts pre-Revolutionary War lineage, is struggling to preserve its rural ambience, having more than doubled its population from 2,268 in 2000 to 4,567 in 2010. But the pressure to keep development at bay fostered a skirmish between unlikely foes: the township supervisors - two of whom have a background in conservation - and the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Association, a 68-year-old nonprofit dedicated to preserving its 33-acre site on Route 100, just north of Route 401. The supervisors voted Nov. 28 to seize the horse show grounds by eminent domain for a public park, generating an outcry that rivaled the din of a steeplechase and resulted in a reversal less than a month later.
NEWS
June 17, 2010 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia has offered to settle a dispute over land for a proposed Mormon temple near Logan Square. For a price. Developer Stephen Klein told City Council Wednesday that the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) wanted 25 percent of any proceeds from his sale of nearly two acres on Vine Street to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His answer: "Totally unacceptable. " Klein had bought the property from the RDA in 1987 for $3.7 million. In the process, he agreed to develop the tract, between 17th and 18th Streets, within five years.
SPORTS
December 22, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
A nephew of Trevor Berbick has been convicted along with another man of killing the 54-year-old former heavyweight champion. A jury in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday found 21-year-old Harold Berbick guilty of murder and 19-year-old Kenton Gordon guilty of manslaughter in the death of the former boxer. The judge ordered both jailed pending their Jan. 11 sentencing. Authorities said the nephew and Gordon beat Berbick to death in October 2006 over a land dispute. Trevor Berbick fought from 1976 to 2000, finishing with a record of 50-11-1, with 33 knockouts.
SPORTS
October 30, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the killing of former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, who was bludgeoned and left to die in a church courtyard next to his family's home in a rural Jamaican hamlet. Several residents of the remote farming community in Norwich district said the suspect was involved in a land dispute with the troubled boxer. Police would not say if others were suspected of being involved in the slaying of Berbick, who is best remembered as boxing legend Muhammad Ali's final opponent in 1981.
NEWS
January 9, 2006
City's renaissance Joseph Slobodzian's article "Center City Renaissance" (Dec. 27) is yet another confirmation of what we all know: Something truly great is happening in Philadelphia. The sad truth is, though, that this renaissance is being carried out almost wholly by private investors, corporations and nonprofits. Not only is our city government not helping, but in many instances, progress is being made despite the perennially parochial mind-sets of our elected officials.
NEWS
January 28, 2004 | By Reid Kanaley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Valley Township landowner embroiled in a dispute over neighboring Coatesville officials' plan to condemn his property for a municipal golf course, is in talks to settle with the city. "It's a step, I guess, in the right direction. It's been going on five years now," said Dick Saha, whose 48-acre horse farm has been the focus of heated debate, sparking lawsuits and leading Coatesville voters in November to approve changes to the city charter to limit the City Council's reach.
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