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February 22, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR YEARS, Jamal Connor wanted a Mercedes. So he developed a plan to make his dream car a reality, stuck with it, and bought himself a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-class. That was his nature, friends said: Methodical and meticulous. The Tioga entrepreneur's violent death early Friday inside that prized ride floored everyone who knew him. "It shouldn't have gone down like this," Pope Waters said tonight of his brother's slaying. "He was a peaceful guy; he didn't deserve this. " Police found Connor, 39, slumped in the driver's seat of his Mercedes just before 1 a.m. on Silver Street near 26th in North Philly, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of merchants put out of work by the renovation of the Gallery implored City Council on Thursday to help them stay open - if only until the rest of the mall's businesses are also shut down. "Let us stay there until everybody is bought out and everybody is out," Irma Lopez, who has owned the Perfect Foto kiosk for 23 years, said as a group of business owners stood behind her. "We want to feed our family. " The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the Gallery and is planning a massive renovation of the outdated mall, forced many businesses there to close Tuesday.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
For George Thomas, owner of the Creative Silver jewelry kiosk in the Gallery, the battle is over. "I'm done," he said Tuesday, as he individually wrapped silver necklaces and chains in tissue paper to transport them to his new store on South Street. Wednesday is the day that the kiosk merchants in the Gallery must pack up their merchandise in advance of renovations at the Center City mall. Even so, the merchants, many of whom have run their kiosks for decades, are hoping for a last-minute reprieve that will allow them to stay open during the renovations, moving around the Gallery as different sections are updated.
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 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.
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 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.
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