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June 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA police officer was captured on video shoving an alleged fare evader by the throat into a subway train's wall - while the man holds his toddler daughter. The video, recorded on a transit authority camera in a westbound Market-Frankford El train Thursday, was played for reporters at an afternoon news conference held by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. Nestel said that his department "doesn't teach people to do that" and that an internal investigation had been launched.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jurassic World is helping Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Pictures devour box-office records like a T. rex. The futuristic franchise reboot barreled to $1 billion in a record-setting 13 days this month and could surpass $1.5 billion before it fades to extinction on the big screen, movie-industry observers say. Though it's only June, the Hollywood studio says it already has set an all-time record for annual gross receipts - $3.8 billion through...
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth Muscal, 79, of Penn Valley, an accomplished Israeli citizen who spent much of her adult life here, died Thursday, June 11, in Tel Aviv. She had long been ill with dementia. Mrs. Muscal was the wife of Zvi Muscal, and the couple arrived to Philadelphia in 1979 when he was in charge of establishing a branch of Bank HaPoalim here. The Muscals fell in love with the city, and he founded First Executive Bank, then on Walnut Street. Several years ago, the Muscals returned to Tel Aviv.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to change two of the most scrutinized aspects of its civil forfeiture program - a $6-million-a-year juggernaut aimed at taking cash and property out of the hands of drug dealers. In federal court filings this week, city lawyers agreed to limit their practice of barring homeowners from properties tied up in forfeiture proceedings until the case has made its way before a judge. Prosecutors also said they would no longer enforce several controversial requirements routinely included in deals struck with property owners to settle forfeiture cases.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers accused of knocking a man off his motor scooter and then beating him after he ran a stop sign in North Philadelphia were ordered to stand trial on brutality charges. The ruling by Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni in the case against Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson followed heated arguments by their lawyers, who insisted that the officer did nothing wrong in the May 29, 2013, apprehension of Najee Rivera, 23. "This case screams innocence on the part of these two young men, whom we have asked to put their lives on the line for us," said Fortunato N. Perri Jr., attorney for Robinson, 29, who was on the force six years at the time of the incident.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tutor Perini Corp.'s Philadelphia office has been awarded a $239 million contract to build a Center City hotel that will be split between two Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide brands. In a release Monday, the Los Angeles-based construction company said the 51-story hotel tower, which will house W- and Element-branded hotels, should be largely completed by the end of March 2018. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT MAY NOT be archeologically accurate to say this, but dinosaurs still rule the Earth. With $102 million, "Jurassic World" kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while "Inside Out" nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut, well above expectations. "Jurassic World" became only the second release to break $100 million in its second week. "The Avengers" took in $103.1 million in its second week. "Inside Out" became the first Pixar release not to open in first place, following 14 straight No. 1s, but it's the largest opening for a wholly original movie (one not based on source material or a sequel)
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Nolan Jr., 89, of Haddonfield, a former office worker for a Philadelphia tube manufacturer, died of complications from respiratory failure Sunday, June 14, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Nolan grew up in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle College High School, a nephew, James P. Nolan III, said. An Army infantryman in northern Europe in the last months of World War II, Mr. Nolan then served in the Army of Occupation in West Germany.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits to hear whether she will face criminal charges, she is presiding over an office awash in backbiting, anxiety, and fear. Current and former staffers say it's a workplace where supervisors go through office phone records to see who is calling whom - and talking for how long. It is a place where Kane's chief of staff officially complained that someone pawed through his briefcase while he had stepped away. And last week, detectives from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office searched the place, looking for evidence of wrongdoing by Kane.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine years ago, New York-based investment-fund promoter CanAm Enterprises used money from overseas investors seeking U.S. visas to lend money to a hospice business in a sprawling Northeast Philadelphia office and warehouse complex. Six years later, CanAm took over the property while Home Care Hospice's operator fought Medicare-fraud charges that eventually got him a 14-year prison term. Now, CanAm, which has joined with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. on at least two dozen loans for job-creating businesses - may be closing the book on the troubled transaction.
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