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NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Last week, one of my associates asked me out for drinks. I have been working with him for the same length of time that I have been married. I know he's interested because he has been texting me about unrelated work things and is always flirting. I am very much in love with my husband, but my coworker is very tempting. I'm worried about hurting my husband, but at the same time, I'm excited about what this new man can offer me. Did I mention that he's the top lawyer of the firm?
NEWS
April 4, 2016
Kevin R. Johnson is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center When it comes to addressing Philadelphia's persistently high poverty rate, what many people fail to understand is that creating jobs is simply not enough. There must be educational investment in the very neighborhoods struggling the most. In a city where an estimated two-thirds of its residents read at an eighth-grade level, or below, we must build creative pathways to employment.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
After two commercial bakeries recently moved out of Philadelphia, a member of City Council wants to entice new food manufacturers to town with a tax break. Councilman Bobby Henon on Thursday introduced a bill that would give new bakeries or other food manufacturers a 10-year abatement of the city's use and occupancy (U&O) tax on businesses. "We're just tired of people leaving," Henon said. "We want people to come to the city of Philadelphia. " About 550 bakery workers in Philadelphia recently lost their jobs.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
In the wake of the ISIS atrocity in Brussels, it's time to reflect on the meaning of John Kerry's recent statement that the group has committed a genocide against Yazidis. It is certainly true that ISIS has done its best to wipe out members of the ancient monotheistic religion, killing thousands of men, enslaving women and children, and creating roughly 400,000 refugees. But what good does a State Department declaration do for women and girls who escaped ISIS captivity after months of being raped daily, or the thousands who remain enslaved?
BUSINESS
March 16, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Independence Blue Cross said it is offering telemedicine services to certain employer groups through MDLIVE, a national company that connects patients with primary-care physicians by telephone, video or mobile app. MDLIVE physicians, who will be paid through a contract MDLIVE has with IBC, can make diagnoses and prescribe medicines. Separately, IBC members will be able to have a video chat with their local primary-care physician if their physician offers the services, the Philadelphia insurer said.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Moreh White says he became homeless after a string of temporary jobs and imprudent spending left him unable to pay rent. But last week, he stood behind a counter in a trailer, hawking fresh fruits and vegetables, and embracing his unlikely role as an advocate for healthy eating. White, 39, said he knows a regular diet of fresh food can be expensive and inconvenient, and feel like an uphill battle. But now, he said, "the mountain comes to you. " A resident of the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville, White is part of the inaugural crew of the Nourish Mobile Market, a shelter initiative to give jobs to the homeless and expand access to fresh food to those in Chester County who might not have it. Since last fall, the market - a trailer hooked to a pickup truck - has sold more than 7,800 pounds of produce, and given White and other homeless men more than 950 hours of work.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are hunting for the person they say apparently killed a pit bull puppy by sealing her inside an airless, plastic-wrapped, duct-taped metal crate and leaving it on an Upper Dublin roadside on Wednesday. "We're assuming she was suffocated inside the cage," said Det. Michael Gommer, explaining that police found feces in the cage – suggesting she was alive when her owner wrapped the crate in plastic. A necropsy done by the Montgomery County SPCA confirmed the cause of death as suffocation and found no signs of trauma, Gommer added.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Freshman City Councilman Allan Domb offered two proposals Thursday that would add twists to Philadelphia's 10-year tax abatement on new construction and building improvements. The first would require businesses that get the abatement to use the Philadelphia Gas Works for heating. The second would double to 20 years the abatement for properties valued at $250,000 or less, to spur development in neighborhoods where the incentive hasn't taken off. "We want to give them a better benefit than everyone else is getting and help their neighborhoods even more," said Domb, a real estate developer known as Philadelphia's "Condo King.
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