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June 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commonwealth Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by minority investors in SugarHouse Casino seeking to block the reissue of Philadelphia's second casino license. The minority investors, led by Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague and auto magnate Robert Potamkin, argued in the lawsuit filed last August that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board had no authority to reissue the license that went to the failed Foxwoods Casino. That license was revoked in December 2010. Sprague said the group would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, perhaps as soon as this week.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry Baker, 87, former owner of Franklin Unit Exchange at Second Street and Susquehanna Avenue, died of kidney failure Wednesday, June 11, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker, a 60-year resident of Cherry Hill, was president of a philanthropic organization there, Brith Shalom Lodge, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his son, Brian, said. Most recently, Mr. Baker was a member of Congregation M'Kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker was the second generation to run the exchange, which "dealt with rebuilding of starters and generators and alternators" for cars and trucks, his son said.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Bob Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
This story was updated at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. Businessman and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest was poised Wednesday to become the sole majority owner of The Inquirer's parent company after agreeing to buy out the son of his former partner, Lewis Katz. Reached in Berlin by telephone Wednesday morning, Lenfest confirmed he expected an agreement to be completed during the day to purchase the interest of Drew Katz. He declined to provide details until it was completed. The deal comes 10 days after Lewis Katz died in a plane crash outside Boston.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eddie Gindi met the family Tuesday. No one who ever pledged to a loved one could have been more solicitous. Executive vice president and co-owner of Century 21, the latest and, arguably, most exotic retailer to commit to Philadelphia, Gindi promised success, devotion, and a boundless future. "We are honored to be part of Philadelphia," he told an enthusiastic crowd at the Union League. "We want to alter the retail landscape here. " And more. "We did not want to open a store and say, 'See you later.' That is not who we are. We want, we need, to be part of the fabric of this community.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwin C. Coia, 74, co-owner since 1974 of the Country Farm Market in Atco, died of a heart attack on Monday, June 2, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J. A lifelong resident of Hammonton, N.J., Mr. Coia graduated from St. Joseph's High School there in 1958. He was the center on the varsity basketball team. During his four-year service in the Army, Mr. Coia's job was to manage the ice hockey team of the Seventh Army in West Germany. He earned the job because "he was very charismatic and willing to travel," daughter Renee Adamucci said.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. The jet never became airborne, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Instead, it rolled off the runway and onto the grass before striking an antenna and a fence, coming to rest in a gully where it burst into flames, said Luke Schiada, a senior air-safety investigator.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ordered the multiple owners of a building that had housed a contaminated thermometer factory and then was converted into a day-care center known as Kiddie Kollege to pay a total of $6.13 million for the cleanup they failed to do and for punitive damages. More than 100 infants and children were exposed to mercury vapors in the day-care center for up to 18 months after it opened in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, in 2004. After the story grabbed national attention, changes were made in New Jersey and elsewhere and day-care facilities were subject to more thorough inspections.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
George E. Norcross III and Lewis Katz made many of their millions while being in charge. So when they began talking about buying The Inquirer's parent company in 2011, they had concerns about the kind of business marriage theirs might be. Norcross had already been turned down once in a bid to buy the company, he would later tell a Delaware judge, and he was willing to share control with Katz only if the deal allowed for an "amicable divorce....
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Myrna Snider Thomas, 78, of Philadelphia and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a charity fund-raiser and former wife of Flyers owner Edward M. Snider, died Thursday, May 22, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Born in Baltimore, she graduated in 1954 from Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington and soon after married Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the sports and entertainment company that owns the Flyers professional hockey team. Her family said that in the early years, Mrs. Snider Thomas helped her husband develop the hockey team, which was similar to an extended family.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A chance encounter in the aisles of his supermarket led ShopRite owner David Zallie to donate $25,000 to the Lawnside Education Foundation. Zallie already had been introduced to foundation president Sandra Strothers when they "bumped into each other while she was shopping during the holidays," he said. "We said, 'Let's make it a point to meet.' " They did. The result - celebrated during a ceremony Tuesday at the Lawnside Public School - fulfills the private, nonprofit foundation's inaugural fund-raising goal of $50,000.
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