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NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nonprofit foundation that manages Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is offering $1,000 grants to encourage students to transfer to the schools. Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer of the Faith in the Future Foundation and the archdiocese's secretary for Catholic education, said the new "transfer advantage" grants were part of the effort to boost enrollment at the 17 high schools. He said the foundation wanted to attract students who were not enrolled at Catholic high schools but were interested in learning more about them.
SPORTS
July 9, 2014
ROMAN CATHOLIC point guard Tony Carr received an offer from Temple, he informed the Daily News yesterday. Carr, a rising junior for the Cahillites, also holds an offer from La Salle. Carr, currently ranked as a four-star prospect and a top-100 player in the nation by many scouting services, is a guard who can control the game's tempo, hit the perimeter shot and is developing as a scorer. With Rashann London moving on to Drexel from Roman, the 6-1, 160-pound Carr looks to make immediate impact next season in the Catholic League.
SPORTS
June 27, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The 76ers hold seven picks in Thursday night's NBA draft, or, analytically speaking, 11.67 percent of all the selections available to the 30 teams. The first two of those picks - the third and the 10th in the opening round - are the most intriguing, of course, and will have the most to say about the ongoing construction of the Sixers roster, but those five second-round picks say a lot more about general manager Sam Hinkie. Maybe the idea of Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid wearing a Sixers uniform is what has you glued to what will happen soon after the curtain goes up, but there's something about how Hinkie slalomed through the gates of last year's draft that really makes him the most interesting guy to watch.
NEWS
June 24, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Delina Adams found out she'd been named an Affinity Scholar, she started screaming. Her mother ran down the stairs of their Northeast Philadelphia home. "She thought I was dying," Delina said. A few days after the phone call from her college adviser, Delina held an official letter from Mastery Charter Schools, dated April 2, confirming she was one of its 35 Affinity Scholars. The letter suggested to the family a great cloud had been lifted. "You will receive over $150,000 in financial aid (inclusive of scholarships and grants)
BUSINESS
June 22, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drugmaker Shire P.L.C., which is based in Ireland but has operations in Wayne and Exton, said Friday that its board has rejected a $46.5 billion takeover offer from AbbVie Inc. Like some other pharmaceutical companies, AbbVie wants to buy a company that would allow it to shift its official residence to Ireland and avoid the higher corporate tax rate that exists in the United States. In most cases, relatively few employees move to Ireland. AbbVie was spun off last year from Abbott Laboratories and became a separate drugmaker, while the new Abbott focused on the medical products side of the business.
REAL_ESTATE
June 22, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I was talking with Weichert Realtors agent Jane Wellbrock a few weeks back about the increasing number of multiple bids for what are, in most of the Philadelphia region, too few houses for sale. Wellbrock, who works out of the Chadds Ford office, was lamenting the "quieter second quarter" she was having compared with the last couple of years, but she provided an example of a 25-year-old house that went on the market for about $500,000 and had five offers in the first week. "There's just no inventory," Wellbrock said, and she and other agents are resorting to "cold calls" - telephoning neighbors of recent sales to see if they are ready to list.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will start selling two new health insurance plans for small businesses in July, with lower premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs if patients go to certain doctors, the Newark company said Thursday. When participants in the plans go to doctors who participate in a program that pays them more when they improve patient satisfaction and patient care, the patients will save money. Under the traditional model of care, doctors get paid more by providing more services.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the most generous development deals in state history, New Jersey awarded the 76ers $82 million in tax credits over 10 years to build a practice facility on Camden's waterfront. The dollar-for-dollar exchange allows the Sixers to recoup every cent they spend - not to exceed $82 million - on construction of a 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and team headquarters. For Camden, it means 250 new jobs - about 200 of which are already filled by Sixers administrators, players, and staff - and the hope that the state-of-the-art behemoth lures additional developers to its tax revenue-strapped city.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
IN HIS makeshift shop, set up for one day at 24th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, William Macharia grazed his hand over four plastic baskets that held goods he offered for sale: Dozens of bracelets, made of cow's horns, purchased by Macharia from artisan women in Kenya. "Nothing goes to waste," he said, referring to the natural resources of his home country. Above the baskets dangled mobiles with zebras and elephants made of banana leaves galloping in the hot June sun. Alongside them were traditional African necklaces with a red, white and blue-beaded square - a depiction of the American flag - dangling at each end. Macharia, 37, of Laurel, Md., in Philly for the 37th Odunde Festival yesterday, said that Africans make use of what they're given.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an African ceremony both somber and celebratory, about 500 people walked to the foot of the South Street Bridge toting gifts of fruit and flowers Sunday afternoon for the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The noon ritual, in which followers - many wearing white - dropped the offerings into the Schuylkill, marked the beginning of Odunde, the annual celebration of African culture that draws hundreds of thousands to the area around 22d and South Streets. "Oshun is why we're here. It's as simple as that," said Oshunbumi Fernandez, chief executive officer of Odunde, the nonprofit that organizes the festival her mother, Lois Fernandez, founded 39 years ago. Senemeh Burke, a Yoruba priest from Atlanta, has officiated at the ceremony for the last few years.
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