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October 28, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust plans to spend $900 million putting up Comcast 's second tower over the next three years. That works out to about $600 a square foot to build. Last week, the owners of 2.0 University Place, a year-old green-roofed building west of the Drexel campus, put it up for sale at $46 million, or $469 a square foot. That's not quite as much as the Comcast tower - but roughly three times what the city's dominant landlord, Brandywine Realty Trust , was paying for central Philadelphia office towers just a few years back.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Gov. Christie fended off criticism for quarantining a nurse just back from aiding Ebola patients in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released more specific guidelines on how states can monitor returning individuals. The CDC offered specific risks and response suggestions for travelers without symptoms but did not go as far as to recommend quarantines, such as those imposed Friday by Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which have been called overly cautious.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Saying it "sometimes takes more than medicine" for a hospital to build a healthy community, AtlantiCare on Thursday launched an initiative to help defray health-care costs for thousands of Atlantic City workers who have lost jobs because of recent casino closures. AtlantiCare president and CEO David Tilton said the AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) is being funded by the hospital's foundation, and is intended to provide laid-off casino workers from Atlantic, Cape May, and Southern Ocean Counties with education, counseling, and assistance with health insurance coverage and options.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State has rescinded its scholarship offer to a highly recruited Sayreville (N.J.) High School football player who allegedly was involved with teammates in the hazing and sexual assault of four younger players, two recruiting websites reported Monday. Both Blue White Illustrated, affiliated with Rivals.com, and Lions 247, connected with 247Sports.com, said that senior running back/defensive back Myles Hartsfield no longer was being pursued by the Nittany Lions. Hartsfield had given Penn State an oral commitment in June and was expected to sign his national letter of intent in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Daily News
THE ONLY WAY to visit every site on Mike Kunda's "Yo, Philly Rocky Tour" is to take the excursion multiple times. "There are 70 locations in the city, but we don't hit them all," said Kunda, the Sylvester Stallone look-alike who created and conducts the three- to four-hour trips in his black Ford Transit van with the front license plate that reads "SOTHPAW," a tribute to Stallone's make-believe left-handed boxer. He personalizes the tours based on participants' interests. "If someone is more of a'Rocky II' fan, we hit more of those locations.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - One man asked whether officials would test for "hot spots," as was done in 2001 after samples of anthrax were sent through the mail. Another resident volunteered to donate cleaning supplies. Still another said he represented a company that could disinfect school rooms with ultraviolet light. At a public meeting Sunday night, more than 100 people sought answers after the death of a 4-year-old boy was blamed on a microbe called enterovirus D68. "It is scary," Mayor Kelly Yaede told the audience at Steinert High School, no doubt echoing the feelings of many.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Why would an otherwise balanced person - a noted philanthropist and SPCA board member, no less - write a biography of one of history's most notorious, prolific serial killers? For Valerie Ogden, it was a family matter. The Chestnut Hill actor found out in 2009 that she was related by marriage to the 15th-century aristocrat Baron Gilles de Rais, who raped and killed hundreds of children. "My nephew was marrying this lovely French girl," said Ogden, whose authorial debut, Bluebeard: Brave Warrior, Brutal Psychopath (History Publishing; 295 pages; $18.95)
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a decade of periodic searches, including inquiries by a Philadelphia detective, no one has located Little Ty. He was a soldier sent from Philadelphia to Vietnam in 1967, with the war in full fight and casualties mounting. All that remains - all that can be found - is the message he scrawled on the bunk of the troop ship that carried him to war. And the voices of men who shared the dread and boredom of similar voyages. "You're semi-relaxed because you're not in the war yet," said Army veteran George Stankovich, 67, of Matawan, N.J., "but you're nervous because you know you're going to be there.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke says he will lay out a proposal Thursday to radically restructure how the city manages planning, development and construction in Philadelphia. His proposal calls for a City Charter amendment to create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development that would oversee and coordinate functions now handled by seven unrelated agencies, boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission, the Historical Commission, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and the Housing Authority.
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