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August 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation. The plans were first reported by Re/code, a Vox property. Quoting unnamed sources Friday, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both said NBCUniversal was poised to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed - about a one-sixth stake at a $1.5 billion valuation - and raise its 14 percent ownership share in Vox. Industry analyst Jeff Kagan said Comcast's interest in new media was likely fueled when federal regulators blocked its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
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July 5, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia is finally getting its new operating charter. It took more than a year, but with the departure of the acting board president Wednesday night, the troubled school has satisfied 23 conditions the School Reform Commission required to renew its operating charter. The SRC acted after The Inquirer reported allegations of financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest involving the school's founders in the spring of 2009.
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February 13, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.
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July 14, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A U.S. district judge handed prison terms Friday to the founder of a Northwest Philadelphia charter school and its former chief executive for stealing $522,000 in taxpayer money to prop up a restaurant, a health-food store, and a private school they controlled, and for defrauding a bank. Hugh C. Clark, a lawyer who helped found New Media Technology Charter School and served for many years as its board president, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Ina Walker, a career educator and the charter school's former chief executive officer, was sentenced to six months in prison.
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December 18, 2000 | Daily News Staff and Wire Report
Back in January, when AOL and Time Warner were betrothed, it seemed the perfect modern media marriage. But lots has changed since then. The dot-com stock bubble has burst. Fortunes and entire companies have been wiped off the map. Even the AOL deal, which once seemed so New Media hip, was in question. No longer. Thanks to last week's approval by the Federal Trade Commission of America Online Inc.'s $111 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the largest media deal of all time is all but sure to be consummated.
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December 15, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has permitted a city charter school to ignore deadlines for overhauling its leadership even as a federal criminal probe of the school intensifies. In August, the commission ordered New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia to replace its top administrator and board chairman by Sept. 1 and to install a new board by Oct. 15 as conditions for receiving a new, five-year operating charter. Benjamin W. Rayer, the School District's top charter administrator, said he expected the changes within the next several months.
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May 13, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Media Technology Charter School, founded in 2004 with promises to teach multimedia skills to students, failed to make payments to the state teachers' retirement system for more than a year. Its finances are so shaky that the school this year had to borrow just to make payroll. And parents say the school, with buildings in Stenton and Germantown, has failed to provide adequate books and computer technology to its middle school students. The Philadelphia School District inspector general is investigating the school's finances, according to sources with knowledge of the probe.
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May 7, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Devin Bullock was barely two months away from graduating from high school when a gunman opened fire on a North Philadelphia street on a chilly evening last month. For 12 days, he clung to life in the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. The senior at New Media Technology Charter School died Sunday night, shortly after police arrested a 20-year-old in connection with his shooting. Bullock, 19, was captain of New Media's basketball team and had led the team to two city championships.
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August 27, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
After negotiating for 12 months, New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first contract. The agreement provides the first salary scale in the school's 10-year history, and includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications and bonuses for improved school performance. The charter board approved the contract Thursday. The 27 teachers at the school in the Stenton section had approved the proposal Aug. 4. Both votes were unanimous.
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April 1, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly two years after teachers at a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia expressed interest in forming a union, they will get a chance to vote later this month. And, in what union officials said will be a first for a charter school in Pennsylvania, New Media's union election will be overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) instead of Pennsylvania's state labor board. At the request of the charter school, the national board took jurisdiction of New Media's election as a result of a recent NLRB decision that said the Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School was not a public school.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation. The plans were first reported by Re/code, a Vox property. Quoting unnamed sources Friday, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both said NBCUniversal was poised to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed - about a one-sixth stake at a $1.5 billion valuation - and raise its 14 percent ownership share in Vox. Industry analyst Jeff Kagan said Comcast's interest in new media was likely fueled when federal regulators blocked its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
No Bey for Obama girls! Malia and Sasha Obama 's brains will rot - and their souls will be claimed by Mephistopheles - if they continue listening to Beyoncé 's devil music. That's the gist of a sermon delivered by the nation's conscience Mike Huckabee , via People mag. Yes, it's election season, and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who many say is poised to run for the White House in '16, is making points with his GOP base by sizing up the White House's morals - and finding them wanting.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story.
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August 27, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
After negotiating for 12 months, New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first contract. The agreement provides the first salary scale in the school's 10-year history, and includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications and bonuses for improved school performance. The charter board approved the contract Thursday. The 27 teachers at the school in the Stenton section had approved the proposal Aug. 4. Both votes were unanimous.
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August 22, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For the last 19 years, Philadelphia has had an annual festival, under one name or another, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender films. A common denominator has been Thom Cardwell, who helped oversee the ambitious Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, called QFest since 2009. After producer TLA Entertainment Group changed hands and focus earlier this year, 2014's QFest was dropped from its usual spot on the July calendar. Cardwell, however, stepped up to fill the vacuum.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
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June 21, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The former William Penn High School, a sprawling structure on North Broad Street, was permanently closed by the School Reform Commission on Thursday night and sold to Temple University for $15 million. Part of the property will be razed and turned into athletic fields and recreation space for Temple students. The school building fronting Broad Street will remain, and will house a job-training academy run by the Laborers' District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund.
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May 7, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Devin Bullock was barely two months away from graduating from high school when a gunman opened fire on a North Philadelphia street on a chilly evening last month. For 12 days, he clung to life in the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. The senior at New Media Technology Charter School died Sunday night, shortly after police arrested a 20-year-old in connection with his shooting. Bullock, 19, was captain of New Media's basketball team and had led the team to two city championships.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
PIAA BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS THE FIRST ROUND of the PIAA basketball playoffs is upon us and 15 teams out of 75 (15 of 79 last season) from the Public and Catholic Leagues are dancing. The first round in all four classifications will be held Friday (A and AAA) and Saturday (AA and AAAA) with eight games being played between Pub/Cath sites and Philadelphia University. (District/Seeding in parenthesis) FRIDAY CLASS A Delco Christian vs. Math, Civics and Sciences (12-1)
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February 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
MICHAEL JORDAN once famously joked that he stretched as a youngster in hopes of growing a few more inches to compete with his older brothers on the basketball court. Martin Luther King High forward Jahmir Taylor cannot relate. Taylor was once a 6-foot freshman at Frankford without any athletic ambitions. Now, the 6-8 senior's height is a frequent topic of conversation at family get-togethers. He estimates his mother, Junetta Taylor, is 5-10, and his father, Willie Charles, is maybe 6-foot.
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