November 23, 2013 |
The Stanley. The Fox. The Earle. The Erlanger. The Mastbaum. The roll of Philadelphia's vanished movie palaces goes on and on, like the credits of a blockbuster film. Soon, two more historic names could join the list of the fallen: the Boyd and the Royal. Preservationists have struggled for more than a decade to save these two great movie houses, among the last survivors of Hollywood's golden age in Philadelphia. They've come close several times to finding uses for the historically landmarked buildings, but time is running out. In separate cases, the owners are pressing the city for permission to demolish the auditoriums, the very heart and soul of the theaters.
November 22, 2013 |
A four-day Common Pleas Court hearing over the firing of Inquirer editor William K. Marimow ended Wednesday without a decision and after the newspaper's feuding co-owners failed to reach a settlement despite talks brokered by the judge. Following closing arguments in her City Hall courtroom and more than three hours of negotiations in her chambers, Judge Patricia A. McInerney finished the proceedings without indicating when she would rule on a request to reinstate the editor. Earlier, the judge said talks to end the legal standoff between factions led by Lewis Katz and George E. Norcross III had been fruitless.
November 20, 2013 |
TO PROSECUTORS, Robert Mattei was a man who built and grew his Nifty Fifty's restaurant "empire" through greed by never paying taxes and by misreporting income. To his friends and family, he was a blue-collar guy who had the warmest of hearts, a guy who would help anybody. Yesterday, Mattei, 75, co-owner of the 1950s-style milkshake-and-burgers chain with an eatery in Northeast Philly, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin to 15 months in a federal lockup, followed by three years' supervised release, including a year of home confinement with electronic monitoring.
November 17, 2013 |
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
November 15, 2013 |
LEWIS KATZ said yesterday that he had never partnered with George Norcross III in a business and that he insisted on "blocking rights" for any decisions to be made when they formed a company last year to purchase the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. "I wanted to make sure, since I was putting up the same amount of money as Mr. Norcross, that we have equal power in the agreement," Katz testified in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, where he is seeking injunctions to reinstate fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow and remove publisher Robert J. Hall from his post.
November 15, 2013 |
IF THE EAGLES performed at home as Drew Brees does in the Superdome, they'd be 9-1. At some point, the Saints probably should replace Mercedes-Benz as the stadium's title sponsor and rename it the Brees Bowl. He practically owns the joint. In five games in the iconic dome this year, Brees has 18 touchdown passes, two interceptions and five victories. He has thrown between 332 and 413 yards in each. The only guys who do better at home are Bob Vila and Ron Jeremy. But Brees and the Saints face their stiffest test when San Francisco comes calling this week.
November 15, 2013 |
ONE TINICUM Township pizzeria owner who wanted a piece of his customer's pie conspired with a teenage employee to steal a $2,500 winning lotto ticket the loyal customer had accidentally left behind at the shop, according to Tinicum Township police. When police searched Anthony's Pizza after the ticket was reported stolen, they allegedly discovered that pizza was not the only way the shop owners were making dough. Prescription drugs and drug-packaging material allegedly were found in the shop.
November 15, 2013
D OUG BALDASARE, 29, of Rittenhouse Square, is CEO of ChargeItSpot, a startup he founded on Arch Street near 17th that enables shoppers to charge cellphones for free. The company, launched in August 2012, has phone-charging kiosks in Pennsylvania and five other states. Q: How did you come up with the idea for ChargeItSpot? A: I was with friends in Miami in 2011 and all of us had forgotten to charge our phones overnight and we were splitting up and wanted to stay in touch.
November 12, 2013
The union local representing more than 325 truck drivers and other employees for The Inquirer on Sunday declared its support for the two newspaper co-owners seeking to reinstate fired editor William K. Marimow. During its monthly meeting in Bridesburg, Teamsters Local 628 president John P. Laigaie said the owners, Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, would preserve the editorial integrity of the paper. Lenfest received a standing ovation when he entered the union hall. He told members that co-owner George E. Norcross III supported Marimow's ouster to get editorial control of The Inquirer.
November 8, 2013 |
Inquirer co-owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest backed away from a proposal to settle their dispute with co-owner George E. Norcross III over control of the newspaper's parent company, a top union official asserted Wednesday. Katz and Lenfest said Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild, had his facts wrong. The war of words erupted as the very public battle among the owners of Interstate General Media was poised to enter its second month. For the first time, it wasn't the partners slinging arrows but a leader of the union both sides had been trying to win over.