May 16, 2015 |
The owner of a high-rise apartment complex is seeking more than $5 million in damages from Abington Township, alleging that its fire marshal is maliciously stonewalling efforts to renovate the building and attract new tenants. Lawsuits filed April 20 in state and federal court mark an escalation in the years-long battle over the Colonade, a 535-unit complex on Old York Road where residents have complained about infestations, broken heaters, water leaks, and faulty fire alarms. In 2012, the township cited the owner for nearly 200 code violations.
May 16, 2015 |
Donald Trump's vision of a 45-story condo-and-hotel tower - or at least one like it - may yet rise on the Philadelphia waterfront. The new owners of the Delaware River pier where the ill-fated Trump Tower Philadelphia was to have been built see the project as a possible template for developing the site, according to George Polgar, a spokesman for the recent buyers. The new owners, represented by Northern Liberties-based Shovel Ready Projects, have some alternative uses for Pier 351/2 in mind, too, including a plan for as many as 60 townhouses on the 2.13-acre tract, Polgar said.
May 15, 2015
THREE YEARS after Ahmed Zayat sold his Egyptian beverage company for $280 million in 2002, he did what any naturalized American citizen from Cairo would do with that kind of cash - he went to horse sales around the country to see how fast he could spend it. The man who got a master's in public health from Boston University and lives in Teaneck, N.J., charged headfirst into horse racing with blinkers on and a strategy that bordered on manic....
May 13, 2015 |
They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby. The Jacksons can remember where they were, who they talked to, their jockey walking over and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" . . . even the policemen who helped Barbaro get out of Pimlico Race Course, on the road to the New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse had surgery for his catastrophic leg fractures the next day, just down the road from their own home in West Grove.
May 12, 2015 |
Linda Spinelli had a wedding to attend. So on a Monday in November, she took her son's 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Spa Car Wash in Berwyn, where Spinelli was a regular customer. She sat in the lobby while a young worker climbed into the driver's seat. And as the Jeep exited the wash bay, Spinelli and other customers watched in horror. The Jeep suddenly lunged forward, she said, as the driver swerved to avoid pedestrians and slammed into large planters and four cars, including a Maserati.
May 5, 2015 |
A year and a half after Palmyra approved an ordinance setting fees and fines to stem the spread of vacant houses in the borough, some residents dissatisfied with the results are pressing for bigger penalties. Mayor Karen Scheffler said she heard such pleas at a Borough Council meeting last month from residents of neighborhoods particularly affected by vacancies. Levying fees, she said, is the sole means the town has to incentivize sales of the houses. The houses typically are caught up in foreclosure proceedings initiated by banks, and Scheffler said she was considering residents' suggestions to be more aggressive with the banks and increase the fees.
May 2, 2015 |
The parent company of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa boosted its 2015 earnings target for the Atlantic City property to $165 million from $160 million after a strong first quarter. Boyd Gaming Corp., of Las Vegas, on Thursday reported first-quarter net revenue for Borgata of $182.6 million, up 9 percent from $167.3 million in the same period a year ago. The market-leading casino's operating profit nearly doubled to $37.8 million from $20.5 million, thanks in part to a property tax benefit.
April 30, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaleem Shah's father cautioned him against getting involved in horse racing. Majeed, a legendary trainer in India who won that country's Triple Crown and the same Indian stakes race 11 straight years, understood the 24/7 grind that is the game on the ground. So the father, who was orphaned at 10, told the son to get an education and a profession and then, later in life, when he was a bit more comfortable, maybe buy a few horses, turn them over to a really good trainer and see what might happen.
April 28, 2015
Editor's note: Chillin' Wit' is a regular Monday feature of the Daily News that spotlights a name in the news away from the job. EVEN ON A SUNDAY, Kim and George Mickel are on a mission. The longtime owners of Reading Terminal Market's By George eatery recently opened Hunger Burger in the market, with part of the proceeds from each "patty with a purpose" going to feed a child in need. When they take a break, it's at their Cherry Hill church, reflecting on what inspired them to sell burgers for a bigger cause.
April 27, 2015 |
The sister of John S. Middleton, the billionaire co-owner of the Phillies, has asked a judge to undo a 2003 deal she struck with her brother, saying he fraudulently deprived her of a share of the team and proceeds from the $2.9 billion sale of the family's cigar business. Anna K. Nupson leveled that accusation this week in a filing in Montgomery County Orphans' Court, citing unspecified "new information" that her brother had concealed negotiations to sell the family business while scheming to first buy her and others out for a comparatively trifling $200 million.