October 26, 2015 |
The only office drone in vXchnge's new space at 1500 Spring Garden is the drone of cooling fans for the high-end computer servers stacked there in black metal cabinets. The company's fresh digs in Philadelphia are the latest part of the former GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical-manufacturing plant to be turned into a data center, a digital thoroughfare for the packets of information that computerized devices transmit and receive. Data-center operators such as Florida-based vXchnge are setting up shop in disused factories and warehouses in big cities, close to the customers who use them as doorways to the Internet.
July 9, 2015 |
On a Thursday evening in June, Molly Clark bounded into the lobby of an unremarkable office building on Walnut Street, past a bored-looking receptionist, and downstairs into the basement - the unlikely setting for a trendy form of entertainment called a room-escape game. Clark, 18, of Wayne, had seen something similar on reality television a few weeks earlier: The current Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and her date, a man known to viewers only as "Ben Z.," had to solve puzzles to find the key that would release them from a locked room, under threat of snakes, poisonous gas, and other terrors.
December 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - The company seeking a contract with Gov. Corbett to run the Pennsylvania Lottery may not get paid unless its plans to expand gambling are clearly legal, state Treasurer Rob McCord said Wednesday. McCord's position could be a blow to Corbett's plans to possibly hire Britain-based Camelot Global Services, the only bidder for a 20-year contract to manage one of the nation's biggest lotteries. It could also force Corbett to seek specific approval from the legislature to allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to operate keno or online lottery games.
December 5, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at the Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly. In a letter Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) asked Gov. Corbett, a Republican, for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and the British firm Camelot Global Services, an unredacted copy of Camelot's bid, and a full explanation of the scope of expanded lottery gambling being considered.
March 9, 2015 |
The commercial shows a leggy, high-heeled blonde blowing Flavor Vapes e-cigarette vapor into a baby carriage as the words SAVE HUMANITY materialize in the mist. The punch line appears in her next exhalation: START VAPING. It's an audacious sales pitch. It's also a dig at cigarettes, for which advertising has been steadily crushed, if not snuffed, in this country to further the public-health goal of reducing tobacco-related disease and death. Over the last 60 years, cigarette companies have been forced to stop making health claims and add health warnings.
October 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - With Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature locked in a months-long budget stalemate, there is one area in which they might be able to agree: expanding gambling options to increase state revenues. After a news conference last week during which Republican leaders in the state House indicated a willingness to discuss expanded gambling access as a cash source, Wolf's spokesman said Monday that the first-term Democrat was also open to considering gambling proposals.
January 18, 1999 |
Police are looking for a 17-year-old Bustleton girl who has not been seen since she left a school assembly last Monday. Shaina Fried, a senior at George Washington High School, carpooled to school that morning with friends and had made arrangements for a ride home, her parents, Sue and Gary Fried, said yesterday. But she did not show up for the ride, and no one can remember seeing her after a special assembly ended at 8:10 a.m., they said. Her parents said Shaina Fried loves the Willow Grove and Neshaminy Malls, the science fiction/fantasy shelves at Barnes & Noble, and America Online games in which players from across the country adopt different roles in fantasy adventure scenarios.
June 29, 2012 |
Faculty and students of St. William's School, in Lawncrest, haven't had much to cheer about lately. The Archdiocese decided to close the small school and send its pupils to St. Cecilia's, in Fox Chase. But a ray of sunshine lit up flagging spirits this spring when a shy 10-year-old girl named Josephine Nguyen won first-place honors out of 1.4 million students who competed in the nationwide "First in Math" competition. When it appeared that Josephine was going to prevail, a sign went up in front of the school, at Rising Sun Avenue and Devereaux Street, to let the world know, and faculty and fellow fourth-grade students had something to cheer.
March 23, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. will be taking online users to the ball game. Under an agreement between Microsoft's MSN online division and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Microsoft will promote MLB.com products and offer exclusive free baseball content on MSN.com. It also will give users of its paid MSN services access to live online baseball games, said Lisa Gurry, director of MSN. Gurry declined to comment on the financial terms. Yankees. Reliever Mariano Rivera closed in on a two-year contract extension with New York through 2006 that would be worth about $21 million.
September 8, 2006 |
We hate to say Sony, Sony, Sony, but news is news. We started out the day with Sony announcing problems with its PlayStation 3 manufacturing process; then the company said Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and others would have to wait till March for the new console. Finally, we learned that there will be only 400,000 units for Christmas launch here in the States because of Blu-ray laser shortages. And this is just one day's worth of news. All these production problems raise an interesting question.