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December 31, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Josephine Lorraine Fladger had a lot of fans, as a nurse tending to patients and as a candy maker and cake decorator catering to sweet tooths. To them, the world is a little less sweeter today. Mrs. Fladger, a Philadelphia native and mother of three, died Friday, Dec. 27, in State College, Pa., where she had lived the last three years with her daughter, Theresa Lunsford. Mrs. Fladger was 83 and had been suffering from breast cancer and heart disease, her family said. "She had lots of friends and family - loved by everybody," said granddaughter Sakiyna Fladger of Las Vegas, who shared memories of indulging her sugar cravings with her grandmother's creations.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | JONATHAN TAKIFF, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, TAKIFFJ@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5960
MORE and more, venerable loudspeaker makers, like British stalwart KEF, are marching into "personal audio" product territory. And a healthy trend that is. Convincing a consumer to invest in hefty, floor-standing speakers is difficult today, no matter how good they sound. "It used to be, you'd invite a swarm of people over to hear a new album on your big, living-room rig," noted 25-year KEF vet and brand development shepherd Johan Coorg. Nowadays, people mostly listen solo, on headphones and at their computer workstations.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crown Holdings, the Philadelphia maker of cans and other metal packaging, said Thursday that it agreed to acquire Mivisa Envases SAU, a Spanish food-can manufacturer, for 1.2 billion euros, or $1.64 billion. The deal builds on Crown's existing European market, chief executive officer John W. Conway said in a company statement. Crown is the world's top producer of food and aerosol cans and has come to specialize in shaped cans, such as the keg-shaped Heineken beer cans sold in some markets.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IN AN effort to combat cellphone theft, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Pennsylvania counterpart, Kathleen Kane, came to City Hall yesterday to call on smartphone makers to install "kill switches" in their products. Schneiderman last spring helped to launch the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, which he called "an effort to force a group of corporate citizens to do the right thing. " The feature he is seeking would work like canceling a stolen credit card: Customers would be able to call a number and disable the phone, preventing thieves from "jail-breaking" the devices and reselling them.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Alexandra Jaffe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing exactly five feet tall, Mira Nakashima is dwarfed by the towering planks in the woodshed once used by her father, celebrated furniture maker George Nakashima. Similarly, his legacy - and the renown that has only grown since his death in 1990 - often has overshadowed her work as a craftswoman. Yet over a 43-year career, Nakashima, 71, has come into her own style without forgetting her roots. What unites her work with her father's is the essence of the wood. "Same woodpile, same techniques," says Nakashima, as she sits in her New Hope studio.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
HERE'S how geeky America's passion for hops has gotten: Brewers are now using experimental varieties that are so new and untested, they haven't even been named. Instead, the hops are known by a series of digits and letters - No. 01210, or HBC344, or whatever. That's not the nerdy part, though. Hops-obsessed beer drinkers have become such wonks, they know the codes and can rattle them off like Professor Frink-wannabes in "The Simpsons. " Blogs, online news groups and beer publications echo with chatter about the fruity character of this newfangled variety or the peppery kick from that one. Homebrewers brag about getting their mitts on them, then offer treatises on their arcane qualities.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. - Ralph S. Alberts Co., a custom-plastics manufacturer that got its start 50 years ago making plane parts for a now-defunct local aircraft factory, has survived the decades by embracing new markets. Early on, it built devices to shepherd products along RCA Victor's assembly lines, a business that disappeared with RCA. In the 1970s, Hersheypark asked the firm to rebuild the padded seats and harnesses for its amusement-park thrill rides, a specialty business that has expanded handsomely.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Triumph Group Inc., of Wayne, says it has agreed to buy General Donlee Canada Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined parts, such as shafts for aircraft engines and helicopters for GE Aviation, Bell Helicopter and others, for $110 million, including an unspecified amount of debt. General Donlee, which is based in Toronto and employs 200, is expected to add $60 million in annual revenue and immediately add to earnings. Triumph Group had $3.76 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than 60 years, bells ringing at college campuses, churches, cemeteries, and world's fairs have been crafted in a Bucks County borough of 4,200 people. The artisans of Schulmerich Carillons create handbells, steeple-top bells, and electronic systems to ring out the sounds of music and convey the time of day. But Sellersville may soon lose its well-known manufacturer. The company, which employs 40 people, has an agreement to sell its seven-acre property and is looking for a new place to produce the bells that have made Schulmerich a big name in a small industry.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2013 | By Rob Gillies, Associated Press
TORONTO - Shares of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion plunged 28 percent Friday after the company posted a loss and warned of future losses despite releasing its make-or-break new smartphones this year. RIM also announced that it will stop developing new versions of its slow-selling tablet computer called the Playbook. Analysts were looking for insight into how phones running RIM's new BlackBerry 10 operating system are selling. It wasn't good. RIM said it sold 6.8 million phones overall versus 7.8 million last year.
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