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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.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANGHORNE What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE LEGAL struggle continued yesterday between the owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com as one side appealed a judge's order from Friday that reinstated Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. A faction of four owners, led by George Norcross III, asked the state Superior Court to consider an expedited appeal of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia McInerney's ruling. In a court filing, that group said McInerney "inexplicably" ruled that Norcross and another owner, Lewis Katz, had to jointly agree on major business decisions, such as firing an editor.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
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