December 12, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The 76ers denied a Forbes Magazine article that stated co-managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer want "to flip" the franchise. The magazine published an article Thursday morning about Harris and Blitzer becoming major investors in the Crystal Palace soccer team in London. Quoting a business partner of Blitzer, Forbes reported that they purchased the team as a way "to get to know the market" in London because their goal is to put an expansion NFL team there, according to the article.
December 11, 2015 |
BROOKLYN - If the on-court happenings of the 76ers aren't very interesting, the off-the-court activities certainly are. According to Forbes , Sixers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are looking to become the first owners of an NFL team in London and would flip the Sixers in order to do it, a source told the magazine. Before Thursday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets, Sixers public relations director Mike Preston said, in part, that the reports "are not true. " Harris and Blitzer, also owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils, recently invested in the Crystal Palace Football Club in London in order to "get to know the market," according to the source for the magazine.
December 7, 2015
On a visit earlier this year to Rwanda in central Africa, I gained a profound appreciation for the fair-trade effort. Donatha Uwajeneza, several months pregnant and lugging a huge sack loaded with her handwoven grass and agave baskets, had traveled three hours by bus from her village, Muramba, to Kigali, the capital, hoping to sell her work to the vendors whose stalls cram the Kimironko market. Uwajeneza is a mother of eight in a land teeming with need. Her grateful hug and proud smile when I bought a set of trivets, accented with strands dyed turquoise and sienna, brought me to tears.
November 26, 2015 |
Joseph J. McGrane Jr.'s life interest was set early, when he visited his father on his farm in Concordville, Delaware County. His father, Joseph J. Sr., lived and worked in the city, but kept the farm until about a decade ago, "just for farming animals," said Joyce, wife of Joseph Jr. "Joseph would go out on the weekends and care for the animals," she said. Some the father sold, "but most were in the category of pets. " On Sunday, Nov. 22, Mr. McGrane, 70, of Palmyra, owner for the last 19 years of Paws to Heaven Pet Crematory in Pennsauken, died of esophageal cancer at home.
November 20, 2015 |
Dallas-based TIER REIT plans to sell Center City's Three Parkway building as part of a strategy to exit Philadelphia and focus on other core markets. The 20-story building at 1601 Cherry St. is listed among the properties in TIER REIT's "disposition pipeline" in a presentation on the company's website. The Texas-based real estate investment trust said it does not know when it will begin to actively market the property, spokeswoman Kelly Sargent said Wednesday. TIER REIT's only other remaining Philadelphia holding is a stake in the Wanamaker building for which it is currently seeking a buyer.
November 19, 2015 |
First in an occasional series documenting André Baldini's transformation over the next two years. The moment André Baldini swiveled around in the chair, faced the mirror, and witnessed the mousy brown hair land coquettishly over one eye, it seemed the time was right to - finally - face the world as a woman. It's not that Baldini, who has since decided to use the pronoun she , is completely satisfied with the look that's been cultivated since deciding to transition three months ago. Her face is still mannish.
November 14, 2015 |
On Thanksgiving Day each year, more than 20 million people flip on the TV to catch the National Dog Show. That shouldn't be a surprise, given how many adorable dogs this entails - about 1,500. What better way to offset a hefty turkey dinner than with some light puppy love? It may come as a surprise, however, that the show is taped just outside Philadelphia, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, two weekends before NBC televises it - which means you can get up close and personal with the canines long before the rest of the country.
November 10, 2015
Y AZMIN AULI, 45, of Northeast Philadelphia, and Cesar Guzman, 48, of Crescentville, co-own El Coqui Panaderia Y Reposteria, a Puerto Rican bakery/restaurant. In 2012, it relocated from Kensington to larger digs on I Street near Venango in Harrowgate. I spoke with Auli. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I came to Philadelphia in 2001 and made cakes and pastries in my house. In 2007, I opened my first bakery in Kensington but I wanted to grow and needed more space and parking.
November 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia Media Network on Thursday rejected an offer from the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to find an investment group to buy the Philadelphia Daily News. The purchase could be a "win-win" for the company and Daily News employees who face layoffs, the union said in a letter sent Thursday to publisher and CEO Terrance C.Z. Egger. PMN disclosed Wednesday that it would lay off 27 percent of the tabloid's news staff, or 17 reporters and copy editors. PMN also is laying off 12 editorial employees at The Inquirer and 17 at Philly.com as part of a plan to consolidate the staffs of the three media outlets into one newsroom and save $5 million to $6 million.