July 1, 2006 |
One of the last vestiges of airline-industry regulation ended yesterday with the expiration of the carriers' 32-year leases on gates at Philadelphia International Airport. Starting today, the long-term agreement between major airlines and the city Commerce Department's Division of Aviation is being replaced with five-year leases that give the airport more control over its 120 gates, airport officials said. Air travelers will notice no immediate change, but in the coming months, the pact is expected to give two carriers more gates.
March 31, 2006 |
NASCAR officials have signed a new lease that will keep stock-car racing at Daytona International Speedway through 2054. The lease will also raise the rent paid for the famed speedway, which is now about equivalent to the cost of a one-bedroom apartment. Daytona International Speedway's annual rent payments for 447 acres of public land will jump from the $10,000 established in 1957 to help get the racetrack built to $500,000 with regular future increases. Tennis Andy Roddick hit another bump in his bid to shake an early-season slump yesterday, losing to David Ferrer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. In a night match, defending champion Roger Federer rallied from a break down in the opening set and beat No. 9-seeded James Blake, 7-6 (2)
October 8, 2005 |
When Fly Lite makes her second career start in tonight's second race at the Meadowlands, few will take notice, and all but a handful of bettors will quickly dismiss the chances of the 5-year-old chestnut mare. But to those who know her best, the fact that the mare is still alive to compete in her new profession is enough. Fly Lite was to begin her racing career earlier this year at Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg, but her trainer was dissatisfied with the way she was training and sold her to a farm where she would be used as a casual riding horse.
March 10, 2005 |
Just when it seemed that Skippack's historic Hunsicker Farmhouse might end up a memory, a local district court judge has stepped in to save it. Albert Augustine, a lover of old houses, has agreed to pay $25,000 for the 171-year-old farmhouse. He estimates that he will spend $300,000 to refurbish it for residential use. The purchase means that the structure, which stood vacant for the last three years next to land being developed for townhouses, wins permanent reprieve from the wrecker's ball.
August 1, 2004
Philadelphia has done an impressive job of retaining 82 of 83 corporate leases that were due to expire over a three-year period, thanks to a major assist from the big guy in Harrisburg. The latest major firm to sign on to a lease extension with the city until the year 2016 is the Towers Perrin management consulting firm. While handling that chore, city commerce director Stephanie Naidoff has also considered the next challenge: What must the city do to lure new corporate investment to this high-tax, high-labor cost metropolis.
June 27, 2003 |
A new partnership, a new name, and a $7 million rehab is helping to make an older Maple Shade rental community brighter and more affordable. "What they did was marvelous," said Lawrence Salvatoriello, 76, a 10-year veteran of The Arbors, formerly known as Kings Highway Towers. Salvatoriello moved from North Jersey with his mother, who lived with him until she died a few years ago. "We chose this building because the location is excellent. You can go anywhere from here, and there's a park across the way where we used to go to watch the ducks and birds," said Salvatoriello, a security guard at an Atlantic City casino.
May 30, 2003 |
IT'S NOT exactly business as usual. But thanks in part to our readers, Dignity Housing is still in business. The non-profit agency, which provides subsidized housing and social services mainly to formerly homeless families, was on the verge of homelessness itself when we first reported its plight here six weeks ago. They were suffering from the same fiscal strains that most non-profits have in this shaky economy. And they had the added burden of having to maintain an aging housing inventory on reduced funding as the city and other donors, facing their own fiscal strains, slashed their funding.
November 7, 2002 |
President Bush got what he wanted on Election Day - a Republican Senate, a Republican House, and a humiliated Democratic Party - and now he plans to flex his newfound muscle on Capitol Hill, to rescue his agenda from congressional limbo. He put his prestige on the line in this election. His gamble paid off, and now he wants to reap the rewards: Permanent tax cuts, a conservative federal judiciary, a patients' bill of rights with a cap on lawsuits, a prescription-drug plan run privately, an energy plan that allows drilling in the Alaskan wildlife preserve, and a Department of Homeland Security staffed in part by nonunion workers.
January 8, 2002 |
A dispute between a Methodist church and an affiliated nursery school that forced the extension of the school's winter vacation was resolved, at least temporarily, with the school reopening yesterday under a new name and with a new lease. After 20 years at the Hopewell United Methodist Church in Guthriesville, the Hopewell School became the Brandywine School yesterday. Its new lease will run through May, the end of the school year, school officials said. After that, the church and school will split, a decision that follows a dispute over the school's staffing and the church's desire for the school to increase its religious curriculum.
July 22, 2001 |
What's so funny? It surely isn't TV sitcoms, which have become a broadcast stepchild in recent years, overshadowed by drama and then by "reality. " But this fall, there are some changes in the air. Seven of the 15 new comedies on the broadcast networks, a higher percentage than ever, have discarded aged TV conventions, especially the traditional "three-camera" format, unchanged since it was popularized by Lucille Ball in the early '50s. Using flashback and fantasy, computer-generated screen elements and changing perspectives, these shows have a fresh look that could lure viewers back to a decaying form.