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December 11, 1995 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
To all those people out there who read their horoscopes religiously every day, scrutinizing every aspect of their lives under the microscope of those five or six lines of type, astrologer Sally Brompton has this word of advice. Darlings . . . you really must get over it. "You can take quite a lot of it seriously, actually, but you can't go mad with it or you would never get out of bed in the morning," said the London- born astrologer with a laugh. "It's not really intended to be a predictive thing, it is really a framework for the future, like a weather map. It provides a series of potentials, it is up to you to make the most of the situation as it exists.
NEWS
February 2, 2009 | By Jay Smith
Eight months ago, I retired from a 37-year newspaper career. Since then, I've watched silently at what has transpired in my old business, and my amazement has turned to horror. On a dreary morning in January, I got together with three industry colleagues who are continuing the fight for their publications. Their passion and enthusiasm contrasted with the cold, damp weather, as well as with the bleak forecasts for newspapers. Their voices have not been heard much, but they should be. If nobody reads newspapers anymore, I wonder, why did the governor of Illinois try to silence the Chicago Tribune's editorial writers?
NEWS
December 14, 2006
THE Daily News and the Inquirer are the print town criers of the past, present and the future. We the people must step up and continue to give these two informative and thought-inspiring newspapers our support. We must purchase them, and place our ads in them - and continue to place our input in them by answering various editorials with our letters. The newspaper gives us all a chance to read and think. Their words can bring us to every part of the world, they give insight to those who seek public office, and the reader gains the knowledge.
NEWS
February 14, 2006 | MARK ALAN HUGHES
DISCUSSIONS about the grim future of newspapers can sound self-serving when journalists do the talking. But I don't make my living from newspapers - I want them to survive because I'm a reader not a writer. The first problem: Content is old before the ink is dry. Radio, TV and especially the Internet have accelerated that aging process and expose newspapers - both the product and the institution - to competition from more nimble content providers. Second problem: The Internet has also increased the competition among newspapers themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2011
It's a marvelous night for a womb dance . . . Two British tabs have published evidence that they say proves that singer Van Morrison fathered a child out of wedlock with one of his U.S. tour promoters. Morrison flatly denied a relationship with the Texas mother, GiGi Lee , when his own website (which his people claim had been hacked into) published an announcement on Dec. 29, 2009, of the birth of "little Van. " Big Van, 65, instructed his Irish publicist to say that he didn't even know the purported mother, identified incorrectly as "his wife GiGi.
NEWS
October 6, 2005 | By Mark Franek
I teach at a high school where the kids are bright, well-informed and politically astute. Most of them, however, think that a newspaper is something you use to clean up after a dog or put beneath an opened can of paint. They get most of their news from the Internet or from cable shows like Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, two forums that hardly existed 10 years ago. This is not altogether a bad thing. For example, this fall I will write college recommendations for about 10 seniors.
NEWS
October 17, 2012
Newspaper delivery drivers, clerks, dispatchers, security guards, and building services personnel represented by Teamsters Local 628 voted Sunday to authorize a strike against Interstate General Media, the company that owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Approximately 300 union members are working under the terms of their contract that expired Oct. 8. Talks are expected to continue this week, said the union president, John Laigaie.   - Jane M. Von Bergen  
NEWS
May 30, 2006 | MARK ALAN HUGHES
THE "PUBLIC trust" aspect of newspapers is a bloated, facile and ultimately incoherent basis for running a newspaper. And the new ownership of the Daily News and Inky give us a chance to abandon the idea. In February, I offered some advice to imaginary investors in our papers. The gist: Let the papers compete with each other, prioritize the day's events for readers and dominate the local market. We now have new owners - and they turn out to be people who make that advice sounder than ever.
NEWS
November 21, 2010
I love dictionaries. Looking up one word leads the eye to the words before and following, the next, and the next, and before you know it, you have read the meanings of intent. Reading the newspaper has the same effect. Each page offers myriad articles to read and I find myself reading about topics in which I thought I had no interest, from a Mickey Mouse collector to what the Eagles might offer Michael Vick. Would my eye be so captured on a website? Would I continue to expand my understanding of the world if I read only the articles I choose on my iPad?
NEWS
December 13, 2001 | By Jane R. Eisner
High school newspapers should be to journalism what Little League is to pro ball - a place and time when young people can feel the purity of expression and the responsibility of teamwork before adult rules and standards take over. But not if adults insist on umpiring from the grandstand. Little Leaguers may dream of one day swinging a bat in the big leagues, but most of them never will. And while every kid working on a high school newspaper harbors a Woodward-and-Bernstein aspiration or two, most of them won't go pro, either.
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NEWS
April 17, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IT APPEARS as if the auction is already underway for control of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. Wealthy businessman Lewis Katz said in Delaware Chancery Court yesterday that he is prepared to match the $77 million that partner-turned-rival George Norcross has offered for Interstate General Media, parent company of the three media organizations. Katz and Norcross, the co-managing partners of IGM who want to force each other out, were back in court yesterday with a small army of lawyers, seeking to convince Judge Donald F. Parsons Jr. that their respective auction plans are in the company's best interests.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
NOW LOOK: We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way. That, in so many words, was the message a Delaware Chancery Court judge heard yesterday during the first of three hearings to determine how the looming sale of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com should unfold. George Norcross III, the co-managing partner of the papers' parent company, Interstate General Media, reiterated his desire for a private auction that would be limited to a small group of players: Norcross, IGM co-managing partner Lewis Katz, chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and, possibly, financial backers aligned with the Newspaper Guild.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter W. Dorsa, 71, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., a truck driver for The Inquirer from 1987 until he retired in 2011, died at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J., after a heart attack at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dorsa graduated from Roman Catholic High School and was a Marine Corps infantryman in Vietnam, a daughter, Joanne, said. He then was a member of the Army Reserve from 1974 to 1991. Mr. Dorsa began his career as a driver at Brink's, the armored car firm, she said.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE Daily News has won the top honor among the state's largest newspapers in the 2014 Keystone Press Awards. The People Paper captured seven first-place awards, eight second-place prizes and four honorable mentions, giving the newspaper the top "sweepstakes" total for all Pennsylvania papers with a circulation of at least 75,000. The Daily News staff won two first-place awards: * Breaking news, for "Razing Hell," coverage of the building collapse in June at 22nd and Market streets that killed six people.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE AIR WAS redolent of charred wood, the furniture black with soot, half-burned papers were strewn about - but in the cherished tradition of journalism, the staff got the newspaper out. Someone had deliberately set a Dumpster on fire in 1998 outside the building in North Philadelphia where the weekly Community Focus was being published, and the fire spread into the building. Drug dealers were believed responsible, angered by editorials demanding they be shut down. But this wasn't the first time the newspaper was the target of somebody's anger.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
FOR MONTHS, a union representing 550 employees at the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com has remained neutral as a civil war raged among the investors who own the media outlets. Yesterday, Local 38010 of the Newspaper Guild sought to become a player in the endgame. The guild asked a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge to allow it and unnamed financial backers to participate in an auction of the company's assets. One faction of the owners, led by Lewis Katz, asked the court on Jan. 2 to approve a public auction to sell the company.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owners battling for control of The Inquirer's parent company to come to her courtroom Monday, and explain why she should not dissolve their partnership and approve a public auction of the company. In an order issued late Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia A. McInerney scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing on a petition filed by Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest to dissolve the 2012 partnership that formed Interstate General Media. "We asked for this expedited decision and are very pleased with this outcome," their spokesman, Jay Devine, said in an e-mail.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
The battling owners of The Inquirer's parent company are vowing to outbid each other if the company is dissolved and put up for sale in a process that could take months. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Tuesday that he and Lewis Katz have tried to recruit new investors in their bid for Interstate General Media. "We'd seek other appropriate investors who want to join us," Lenfest said in an interview, declining to elaborate. George E. Norcross III, their main rival, "has made it clear" that he, too, will bid to own the company, said his spokesman, Dan Fee. He noted that Norcross has offered to buy Katz's and Lenfest's shares at a 12 percent premium from their initial investment.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN JULIE Liedman arrived at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a fresh-faced kid out of Penn State in 1967, she needed to learn how to be a reporter and writer for a big-city daily. Lucky for her, there was a friendly, lighthearted and supremely talented editor to help her learn the trade. Peggy Higgins was suburban editor for the Bulletin and she took Julie under her wing. A sharp contrast to some of the gruff and crusty men who ran the news operation for the newspaper that nearly everybody read, Peggy was kind and understanding.
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TWO INVESTORS in the company that owns the Inquirer , the Daily News and Philly.com have asked different judges to approve competing plans to auction the media properties. Lewis Katz, one of five investors in Interstate General Media Holdings, filed a petition Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to dissolve the company. George Norcross III, an investor at odds with Katz for months, filed his own petition yesterday in Chancery Court of Delaware, the state where the company was incorporated in 2012.
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