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NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
VOORHEES Last year's passage of the Economic Opportunity Act rejiggered the formula to give South Jersey access to grants and tax incentives to lure businesses and investors - development carrots that the more heavily populated northern end of the state previously held claim to. Six months after the measure became law, many say the ripple effect is already being felt regionally. Among them are officials in Camden County and those as far south as Cumberland and Salem Counties who gathered Friday in Voorhees.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under Pennsylvania's Keystone Opportunity Zone Program, 617 businesses received city tax credits worth $384.7 million from 1999 through 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz. But 424 of those firms were partnerships or limited liability companies that had no employees paying wage taxes - the main short-term payoff for Philadelphia under the KOZ program, which virtually eliminates state and local business taxes for companies that move into underdeveloped, desolate areas.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Campus Philly was created in 2000 amid hand-wringing over the Philadelphia region's bumper crop of college graduates leaving the area, diplomas packed in their suitcases. Then, the organization's job was to sell the city to students in the hope that they would stay. With the city's popularity growing among young people, that sale has been made, said Deborah Diamond, the organization's president. Now, she said, the 392,491 students enrolled in 101 area colleges are asking, "How can I stay here?
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
JARVIS VARNADO, like a lot of players on the 76ers roster, is a man of few words. But when approached by reporters to talk about signing a new contract with the team, the reserved big man couldn't help but break out into a huge smile. Varnado said Tuesday's deal will keep him here this season and then two non-guaranteed seasons after that. "This is a great opportunity for me to stick my name in this league and coach is giving me an opportunity to play so I just have to take advantage of it," Varnado said yesterday.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT'S YOUR last chance, America. Surely that's what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman implied this week and again yesterday morning on NBC. Four years from now, should the United States Olympic hockey team square off against Canada in a medal-deciding game, you will need to be a fan of college hockey or junior hockey to recognize any of the names. Or to care. So this is it. High noon today here, 9 p.m. Sochi time. A team of America's best NHL players against a team of Canada's best NHL players meeting in a knockout game for the second Olympics in a row, the third time in four Games.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IN LATE JANUARY last year, La Salle was 12-5 and not really in the NCAA conversation. The Explorers promptly beat Butler at home and then won at VCU on the way to winning nine of 11 and pushing right into the at-large pool. Saint Joseph's is in exactly the same position in early February. The Hawks were 14-6 heading into Saturday's home game with Massachusetts. Like La Salle last year, SJU is looking at opportunity over 8 days, all at home, with games this week against the Atlantic 10's best, Saint Louis and VCU. The Hawks got the first part of the trifecta, but definitely made it harder than it should have been.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - One man's struggle is another man's opportunity in the NBA. Yesterday, the Sixers announced that forward Brandon Davies will be out 4 to 6 weeks after surgery on his fractured right pinky. That meant the possibilities for Dewayne Dedmon got brighter. Dedmon's 10-day contract with the team expires today, but the combination of Davies' injury and the 7-foot center's play seem to make it a foregone conclusion that he will be signing at least another 10-day contract. "I like what we've seen in him," coach Brett Brown said.
SPORTS
January 3, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
BRANDON BOYKIN'S interception of Kyle Orton in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Dallas was much more than a division-clinching play. For Boykin, it was a moment he and the city of Philadelphia will never forget. As Boykin stepped in front of Cowboys receiver Miles Austin to grab his second game-clinching interception of the season, the 2012 fourth-round draft pick added to what had already been a spectacular sophomore season with the Eagles. "It was good, really good.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few minutes past seven Wednesday night, the West Chester football players filed into the fieldhouse at the NovaCare Complex. They dropped their bags against a wall, tossed aside the sweatshirts and coats they'd worn on the bus ride from campus to ward off the December chill, and pulled out their cell phones. They snapped photos of the practice field that usually belongs to the Eagles, but for a night, was all theirs. Such are the perks of being one of only four teams left playing in Division II football.
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