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February 25, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
On a vacant lot beneath Route 1 on Tuesday, a bulldozer lifted its blade high above a bubble-gum-pink clothing donation bin and then brought it down like a hammer. It jabbed, denting the bin's top. It pulled, flipping the bin on its front. And it smashed, pummeling the bin flat. "No more clothing bins," one man yelled, as a crowd of spectators around him cheered. That's a lot of hate for a hunk of metal. But city officials say donation bins like the one pulverized in Nicetown on Tuesday - and up to 70 others the city will remove by the end of the week - disturb the quality of life for those who live near them, attracting graffiti, illegal dumping, and drug activity.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Kim Campbell Thornton, Universal Uclick
I'm always amazed at how much space two small dogs can take up on a queen-size bed. And it's surprising how immoveable a 12-pound and a 6-pound dog can be. Once Gemma is latched onto my left side and Harper is snuggled into the crook of my knees, it's almost impossible for me to move for the rest of the night. And when they aren't snugged right up against me, they are sprawling in a way that also makes it impossible to move. So why let them on the bed? A survey of 150 people by the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona found that 56 percent of those surveyed who were pet owners allow their animals to snooze in the bedroom.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2016
It shouldn't come as a surprise, 23 years after government agents seized the former Philadelphia Savings Fund Society and 14 years after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled they did it unfairly, that when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. finally got around to paying old PSFS shareholders their promised $272 million, it couldn't find all of them. Thousands of claims were approved for payment, according to an FDIC report. But more than 10,000 shareholders, from old lists, didn't respond to mailings or newspaper ads. The FDIC checked their names against public records, and found 4,500 were dead.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
AN UPPER DARBY gun owner who pulled his firearm to save a police officer from an attack by a group of teens Friday said the incident had left him shaken. "It was scary to do it," the Good Samaritan gun owner said. "Would I do it again? Of course, but I don't want to have to. " In an article Tuesday , Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood detailed the terrifying incident and said that had it not been for the gun owner's actions, the officer would "have been dead meat.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
POLICE ARE crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens. "There were 40 kids. If it wasn't for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he'd have been dead meat," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "There's no doubt they would have attacked him. " About 3 p.m. every weekday, from six to eight township police officers patrol the area near Upper Darby High School as nearly 4,000 kids pour out of the building on Lansdowne Avenue near School Lane.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The purchase price in last month's sale of Home Depot Plaza in Upper Darby Township was $33 million, Metro Commercial Real Estate said Wednesday. Metro Commercial said it represented the shopping center's previous owner, Mainard Inc., in the transaction, which closed Dec. 15. New York Life Insurance Co. announced last month that an affiliate, New York Life Real Estate Investors, had bought the 299,634-square-foot shopping center at Baltimore Pike and Bishop Avenue. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
AS HOMICIDE DETECTIVES combed through Nakia Pyatt's apartment Jan. 16 looking for clues to identify the masked man who kicked down his door and shot him to death, Pyatt's dog, Rhino, lay bleeding under his owner's bed. Rhino did not whimper or whine. He just waited - for six hours - while the bullet wound in his groin oozed blood and police wandered through the Frankford apartment where he and Pyatt lived. Then, around 4 a.m. as Pyatt's sister, Ivory Poinsett, spoke with homicide investigators on the apartment building's front porch, Rhino came out from under the bed and joined them outside.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
A RESTAURANT owner on West Philadelphia's beleaguered 60th Street commercial strip was beaten and robbed when she tried to open her shop Friday morning. Kum Kim, 54, was confronted shortly after 5:30 a.m. by a man in dark clothing as she tried to lift the security gate at the Uptown Grill, on 60th near Ludlow, according to police. The situation veered from unnerving to violent in a few seconds. The robber demanded that Kim hand over her pocketbook, then punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A Gloucester County family that acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a day care center, exposing children to toxins, must contribute toward the $2 million cleanup cost and $4 million in damages, a New Jersey appeals panel ruled this week. The panel upheld a 2014 Superior Court ruling that James Sullivan III and his siblings are liable for the cost the state incurred when it shut the Kiddie Kollege building in Franklin Township, demolished it, and cleaned up the site.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
The former owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was sentenced Monday to 21/2 years in prison after collecting about $240,000 from bogus insurance claims he made on behalf of the theater and attempting the same tactic for a second theater he owned. Ralph Miller, 69, of New Hope, was convicted of money laundering and mail fraud in May by a federal jury in Philadelphia. In sentencing Miller, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe called him a "charlatan" and "snake oil salesman," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton.
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