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October 29, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The judge said Cheeseman may leave his home to go to work, for medical appointments or for religious reasons. Robreno also barred Cheeseman from the towing business in Philadelphia during his probation, but did not prohibit him from doing other work.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Taxi owners scrambled Friday to find replacement liability insurance after a major insurer failed, but the threat of immediate grounding of one-quarter of the city's taxi fleet was lifted. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates cabs and limousines in the city, will not ground taxis until Tuesday or Wednesday if they do not have new insurance, spokesman Martin O'Rourke said. On Thursday, the PPA had said taxis without adequate insurance would be pulled out of service at 5 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NORTHEAST Philly barbershop owner was fighting for his life last night after he was shot inside his business, police said. Just before 9 p.m., police were called to Castor's Finest Barbershop, on Castor Avenue near Friendship Street, after receiving reports that a man had been shot inside, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Inside the shop, which was closed, they found the 33-year-old owner collapsed, Small said. He had been shot four times in the head, left shoulder and left thigh.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
EVEN THOUGH two months and a heartbreaking reunion with the wrong dog had passed since Nia Kora's beloved Pomeranian, Chi-Chi, was stolen during a burglary at her Francisville apartment, the Penn State nursing student held out hope that she'd see her dog again. Over the weekend, Kora's wish came true when a salon owner who had unknowingly bought Chi-Chi - whom he knew as Candy - days after the July 30 burglary spotted a Daily News story last week about Kora accidentally being reunited with the wrong dog. "Something inside me felt like, 'Hold up, a dog was stolen in the summer, and it wasn't too far from my barbershop, at the same time I got my dog, the same kind of dog, the dog wasn't answering to her name,' " Henry Collins, who owns Mecca Unisex Salon in Progress Plaza on Broad Street, said yesterday.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their low-income customers who use food stamps. In 2004, food stamps went digital, switching from paper coupons to electronic cards. In large supermarkets, such Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are swiped at checkout terminals along with credit and debit cards. But in around 118,000 bodegas, corner stores, and mom-and-pop markets nationwide, EBT cards have been used in specific EBT machines provided to stores free in a federal-state partnership, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, known as SNAP.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A Pomeranian stolen from a North Philadelphia home in July has been reunited with her owner - and this time it's the right dog. Last week, police posted video online about a West Girard Avenue burglary on July 30 in which two men stole a flat-screen TV, an XBox, and a 4-year-old dog, Chi-Chi, that belonged to Nia Kora. Within hours, a South Philadelphia family called police to say they believed a stray they had taken in a few weeks earlier could be the missing dog. And, indeed, the dog looked enough like Chi-Chi that even Kora was convinced it was hers.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to order its biggest union to stop harassing convention clients. An official with Unite Here Local 54, which represents 1,140 workers at Trump Taj Mahal, has been contacting organizations that have meetings scheduled at the casino and urging them to consider using another venue in the city, one not trying to eliminate health insurance for workers. "Atlantic City and New Jersey have a lot of labor and labor-friendly businesses, and most groups don't want to get involved in a labor dispute over health care or anything else," Unite Here spokesman Ben Begleiter said Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The majority owner of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and American Shipping Co. is exploring "strategic initiatives" for the companies that might include a U.S. listing of stock, a merger or acquisition, or a financial restructuring. Converto Capital Fund, an investment fund owned by the Norwegian parent company Aker ASA, has a 57 percent stake in Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and a 20 percent stake in American Shipping Co. "These two companies have performed well, and Converto is always looking to create values," said Atle Kigen, Aker ASA spokesman.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
E. Weldon Jones, 89, of Malvern, a decorated World War II veteran and owner of Jones Disposal, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Paoli Memorial Hospital from complications of pneumonia. Mr. Jones and his identical twin, Edgar Kinzer Jones, were born in the Homeopathic Hospital in West Chester. Mr. Jones grew up near the Paoli Train Yard and attended Tredyffrin/Easttown schools; his twin died of an infection at age 4. During World War II, Mr. Jones was drafted as a private first class and eventually deployed with the Ninth Armored Division to central Europe.
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