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NEWS
December 23, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has declared deficient curricula at four Philadelphia schools where parents complained after budget cuts forced sharp program reductions. It is a "significant victory" for parents, education activists said, a signal that the state Department of Education is taking seriously its responsibility to monitor city schools' curricula and take action when necessary. Parents from 75 Philadelphia School District schools filed 825 complaints detailing problems caused by budget cuts two years ago, issues ranging from a lack of arts and physical education to the absence of gifted programs.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Destination Maternity Corp., an apparel company that recently moved its headquarters from Philadelphia to Moorestown, has rejected a French suitor, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday. Shares of Destination Maternity, which makes maternity wear, shot up 17 percent at the start of trading Monday on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, but soon settled down to about the same level as their Friday close of $9. Orchestra Premaman S.A., which makes clothing for children and babies, said in the filing that it paid $16.6 million for a 13.3 percent stake in Destination, and reiterated its desire to engage in merger talks with Destination.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits. Against that backdrop at City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Nutter condemned the "ignorant act" of the person who left a severed pig's head outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque and school in North Philadelphia. The head was found Monday morning. Dropping part of a pig at a mosque has a special significance because pigs are anathema to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws.
SPORTS
December 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NASHVILLE - Pete Mackanin laughed on Tuesday afternoon when a reporter asked if Ken Giles had a firm grasp on the team's closing duties or if the Phillies would enter spring training with an open competition. Giles, the manager said, is certainly still the team's closer. Mackanin liked what Giles had done last season. The fiery righthander excelled in the second half when the ninth-inning responsibilities were assigned to him. But, there's still a chance that the Phillies could enter spring training without Giles as their closer.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn is trying to stop the planned sale of Philadelphia's iconic Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack auto-repair chain with a richer offer of his own. Japan-based Bridgestone Corp., which runs 2,200 Firestone tire and repair garages from offices in Nashville, agreed in October to pay $15 a share, or $835 million, for the 800 Pep Boys retail auto-parts stores and garages, and the company's corporate-vehicle and tire services....
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra has offered new information regarding the compensation of its music director. After a Nov. 22 Inquirer article about the orchestra's finances, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association reported that in addition to paying $519,319 in 2013 to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, it paid the IRS $227,950 on his behalf for taxes, plus $12,564 for primarily travel-related expenses. "When an orchestra pays a foreign national as an individual independent contractor, as is the case with Yannick, it must pay taxes directly to the government, and those taxes are excluded from the total that appears on the 990," said orchestra chairman Richard B. Worley in a Nov. 24 email.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Over the last 10 years, Camille Scott has made presents for 1,344 men and women she's never met. The Voorhees retiree and mother of three began sewing and crocheting hats and scarves for needy people in 2005. She hasn't needed a thank you, much less publicity. But a friend of hers tipped me off about the gifts. And about Scott's gift, too. "I was praying, and I heard, 'You need to make things for the homeless,' " Scott, 64, recalls. "I heard this number in my head: 1,000. I thought, seriously?
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The winter holidays - starting with Thanksgiving this week - can be much more than a time for families to gather and celebrate. Mike Newell, a certified critical care nurse and case manager, says the visit to Grandma can also be an excellent time to assess how she is faring and consider whether you need to take extra steps to care for her. Newell is founder of Lifespan Care Management in Haddonfield. The company ( www.lifespancm.com ) offers health coordination and advocacy services for individuals and families.
REAL_ESTATE
November 22, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Chalfont has much going for it, but in real estate terms, location, and affordability, top the list. And let's not forget the Central Bucks School District. "It is a perfect location for those who need to commute to work," says Frank Dolski, of Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors, who has sold houses in this Bucks County borough for more than two decades. Two train stations on SEPTA's Doylestown-Lansdale line - one in Chalfont, the other in New Britain Borough - serve the area, so commuting to jobs in Center City is easy.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHEN SHARIF El-Mekki was looking for ways to get involved with at-risk black youths about 20 years ago, he looked at obvious career choices such as social work and counseling. Not once did teaching cross his mind until a friend's mother suggested it. He initially balked at the idea. "Both my parents were Black Panthers, my mom was a retired teacher. Being in that proximity it never dawned on me to use the classroom as a vehicle to freedom-fighting," said the principal at Mastery Charter's Shoemaker campus in West Philadelphia.
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