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February 17, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place - a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High. In between lesson plans and parent conferences, teacher Michele McKeone has attracted some major buzz, along with sizable grants from the University of Pennsylvania and the Milken Family Foundation, attention from national media, and a start-up-of-the-year prize at the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Autism Expressed, her fledgling business, teaches digital skills to students with autism.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
L ELE TRAN, 44, of Cherry Hill, is a fashion designer and part-time professor at Moore College of Art & Design. Tran operates her business out of US*U.S., a co-op boutique in Old City. Tran, who is Vietnamese, came to the U.S. in 1980. She studied fashion design and graduated from Drexel University. Q: How did you come up with the idea for US*U.S.? A: I had my own boutique I started in 1997 in Old City but closed it in 2007 to spend more time with my son. I got a part-time teaching job at Moore in 2010 to help seniors finish collections for their spring fashion show.
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December 26, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIXVILLE Joseph Anthony "JoJo" Cusumano had been crossing off the days until Christmas on his calendar. "There's no more days left," the 4-year-old announced as he rearranged the couple of gifts already under the tree in the living room Tuesday morning. His mother, Diane Rhoads, looked over at the nearly 7-foot-tall Christmas tree, every inch of which was decorated with tinsel, candy canes, and ornaments, some of them handmade. "This is the first actual Christmas tree we've been able to have in a long time," she said.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Paul Farhi, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - NPR's gleaming new headquarters building in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington has soaring ceilings, a 24-hour "wellness" center, an employee gym, and a gourmet cafe staffed by a resident chef. This, as it turns out, could be a political problem. Open since April, NPR showed off the 400,000-square-foot complex to members of the media last week. It immediately began drawing some grumbles from those who see the edifice as far too luxe for a nonprofit radio and digital-news organization that depends, in part, on taxpayer support.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
BAD NEWS for Pennsylvania: The payday-lending industry, which we warned early this spring was making a return to the halls of Harrisburg, trying to gain entry into the state and thus the bank accounts of residents, is making progress. Predatory loans - characterized by high fees and interest rates, as well as a tendency for lenders to ensure repayment by gaining access to a borrower's bank account, rather than considering his ability to repay - are not currently allowed in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Without fanfare, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has opened its new two-floor art-handling facility - 62,000 square feet hewn from schist and granite deep beneath the museum's Fairmount knoll. Begun in November 2010 at the base of the facade facing the Schuylkill, the $81 million facility was substantially completed by October 2012, about $5 million below budget. Though not everything is quite finished, it has been increasingly busy in recent months. This bit of practical engineering - the workaday heart that pumps life through the museum's public spaces - represents the complicated, all but invisible answer to a difficult question: How to add to the existing 600,000 square feet of self-contained neoclassical stone set atop a hill?
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September 3, 2012 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dylan Feldscher will be one of the new kids when he starts high school this week, but he's OK with that. Like a lot of prospective freshmen, the Philadelphia teenager shadowed at his new school last spring. "Most of the kids seemed friendly," he said. His commute to school, however, is going to be a little different. Instead of walking, taking a school bus, or boarding SEPTA, Dylan will be hopping on the PATCO High-Speed Line near his Center City home and taking it to suburban New Jersey and a public high school.
NEWS
April 18, 2012
Child opens door to trio of intruders * Jamison Avenue near Scotchbrook Drive, Bustleton A 6-year-old answered the door to three thugs who forced their way into a home at gunpoint in Northeast Philadelphia shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The intruders then struggled with a 27-year-old man, who was pistol-whipped but managed to get the gun from one of the men, police said. The man then fired at the intruders, police said, but cops were unsure if anyone was hit. The victim was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital and was listed in stable condition.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
On Saturday mornings for the last few months, Wharton professor Keith Weigelt has taught West Philadelphia residents - they call him Mr. Keith - about money, earning, saving, investing. For many students, this was the first time they learned about mutual funds. "White households have 20 times the amount of median wealth as black households," says Weigelt, 61. "We're trying to reduce the wealth gap by teaching financial literacy. I had this woman in tears telling me that, for the first time, she feels she can get out of poverty.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than a year after more than 300 residents of Northgate II, a large subsidized-housing high-rise in North Camden, were given an on-site health-care clinic, their neighbors have been promised access to the same medical staff. Local health-care officials and community leaders met with residents of Northgate I on Thursday and vowed to provide them preventive services and coordinate their hospital aftercare. The first step, authorities said, would be to give residents access to the Reliance Medical Group clinic across the street at Northgate II. Since its summer opening, the facility - which is open Monday through Friday and has a physician who treats patients two days a week - has only seen about 100 residents.
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