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REAL_ESTATE
February 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
What goes around, comes around, and the fact that white kitchens are back in style vindicates a 16-year-old decision to add one to our last house. The cabinets were white, but the countertops were black, as was the floor. We couldn't do an island and settled for a peninsula. I did it myself, with some help from our electrician and venerable plumber, and I vowed, when it was done after two years, to never do another one. These days, or at least the trend for 2015, is all-white kitchens: white cabinets, topped with white countertops, finished off with white backsplashes and white trim.
SPORTS
February 14, 2015 | By Rich Fisher, For The Inquirer
For years when she was a child, Cozette McAvoy would ask her mom for a pony. One day years later it hit her that, hey, a high-powered corporate lawyer can buy her own horse. Since that revelation, McAvoy has become an owner, trainer and breeder of harness racing horses. She even shoes her own horses. And while many lawyers own horses, it's not as common to find ones who train and shoe them. "I don't really know any other attorneys that do this," said McAvoy, a Coatesville resident who received her undergraduate degree from West Chester, a master's from Lehigh, and law degree from the University of Georgia.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark L. Gushner, 80, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a former co-owner and operator of Boyd's Philadelphia, died Thursday, Jan. 29, of Parkinson's disease and a blood cancer at the Hospice of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Mr. Gushner lived in Gladwyne before retiring to Florida in 2004. Starting in 1968, Mr. Gushner was instrumental in the expansion and success of Boyd's, the clothing store founded by his father and two uncles in 1938. Formerly at 1217 Market St., the store is now at 1818 Chestnut St. "My father worked there from the time he was in high school," said son Jimmy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Maureen Doron, owner of the Bryn Mawr boutique Skirt, is ushering in the spring shopping season with seven new-to-her-store women's-wear lines. This may not seem to be major fashion news, but it marks the first time in four years that Doron is selling untested designers on her store's racks. Like many other recession-weary boutique owners, Doron didn't want to take chances with a clientele that had grown price-conscious, seemingly interested only in affordable basics. That is starting to change.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Seattle corner Richard Sherman said Sunday that he thinks Patriots owner Robert Kraft is too chummy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for New England to be substantially punished for wrongdoing in the Deflategate scandal. Last night, that close relationship seemed to have acquired some distance. Speaking to a packed ballroom at the Patriots' Super Bowl headquarters hotel, Kraft clearly was furious, with the media but also with leaks from the league's Ted Wells-led investigation into the mysterious drop of 2-PSI drop in air pressure in 11 of 12 tested Patriots footballs during the AFC Championship Game rout of Indianapolis.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE PHONE BUZZED, lit up with a 610 number - not exactly the area code you'd expect of the majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes. Then again, few things about the Coyotes or their ownership observes hockey tradition. Meet Andy Barroway: the 49-year-old hedge-fund manager and lifelong Philadelphian who is now a member of one of the most elite clubs on the planet. He is not a hockey purist. He didn't grow up playing the game. He has no connection to Arizona. When he visits the Valley of the Sun, he stays in a hotel, because he has not yet had a chance to scout out a secondary residence.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a defiant defense of his organization, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady amid the ball-deflation controversy on Monday, further entrenching the team's position that it committed no wrongdoing. Kraft even demanded an apology if the league's investigation vindicates the team. "I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or were in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
KEMEL DAWKINS had a problem. As one of the lead contractors on the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the 1990s, he needed to find a black superintendent to oversee the toughest part of the project - renovation of the Reading Terminal train shed. Dawkins, himself African-American, needed a black man to boss the difficult operation in order to adhere to the Convention Center's strict affirmative-action program. Inspectors roamed the enormous project daily to make sure the proper ratio of women and African-American workers was on the job. Kemel Dawkins, who died Jan. 11 at the age of 91, solved the problem after a nationwide search when he and his partners selected Angelo R. Perryman, an Evergreen, Ala., native then working construction in Detroit.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investors in Macerich, the California-based mall landlord that agreed in 2014 to invest $107 million in Center City's Gallery at Market East , and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust , the mall's longtime owner, expect to learn more in the next few months about how the companies will fund improvements, boost sales, and squeeze more profits at the aging three-story mall. At a meeting with investors last fall, Art Coppola , Macerich's chairman and chief executive, sketched the Gallery owners' plans.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Olney home that collapsed on Christmas Eve, injuring two people and putting nearly a dozen at risk, had been flagged twice since August as unsafe, according to officials. The city was preparing to take the owner of the home to court for not making repairs, Department of Licenses and Inspections officials said Friday. The 9:30 p.m. collapse affected both sides of a twin home at 125 and 127 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Both are rental properties, officials said. The damage was most severe at 125, where officials said the front wall collapsed and both a side and back wall bulged and fractured.
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