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May 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County and the Yongchuan district in China are officially friends. County Commissioner Terence Farrell and the mayor of the Chinese district signed a friendship agreement on Friday as a promise to develop cultural and business partnerships. Farrell said the agreement could pave the way for job creation in Chester County, student exchanges, and selling Chester County livestock in China. "It was a big deal," Farrell wrote in an e-mail, "and the Chinese officials pulled out all the stops to show its importance to them.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE CHAIRMAN of Ballard Spahr, one of Philadelphia's most prominent law firms, was at a loss for words. How to describe Rick Ballard and his impact, not only on the firm but on the community, his family, his friends and the nation? Speaking yesterday while still stunned by Rick's death on Sunday, Mark Stewart could only say: "I could sit here for hours and still not have the words to adequately describe Rick's importance to the firm, his achievements as a lawyer and his impact on those of us who were lucky enough to know him. "Rick was what every lawyer should want to be: fiercely smart, caring, a gentleman.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Ken Sylvester, the road to being a tire mogul started under the hood. Sylvester, president of United Tire & Service Co., began his career as an auto mechanic. A switch to tires, and a quarter-century later, Sylvester finds himself leading a David vs. Goliath effort to keep local dealers like himself on equal footing against the Pep Boys and Mr. Tires of the world. "There are a lot of large tire chains coming into the market and buying up as many of the mom-and-pop shops as they can," said Sylvester, who started in the business, with a partner, by owning stores in Ambler and Bustleton.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Kittner, 95, of Jenkintown, a lawyer and longtime partner at Blank Rome L.L.P., died Friday, April 18, at his home. A native of North Carolina, he graduated from Weldon (N.C.) High School in 1934 and went on to earn a business degree from the University of North Carolina in 1939 and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Between the two degrees, he was an accountant and served a short time in the Army at the Presidio in San Francisco. Mr. Kittner joined Philadelphia-based Blank Rome in 1956.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
StoneMor Partners L.P., a Levittown owner of cemeteries and funeral homes, said it had signed definitive agreements to buy nine funeral homes, 12 cemeteries and two crematories from Service Corp. International for $53.8 million in cash. The sale includes three cemeteries in the Philadelphia area: George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting, Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville, and Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn. Also included in the deal locally are two Kirk & Nice funeral facilities at George Washington and Sunset.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The partnership behind the failed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia filed Monday for bankruptcy court protection, citing claims of $23.6 million from 14 creditors. In addition, Citizens Bank, the largest creditor, is owed an unspecified amount, according to the court petition. People familiar with the situation say the bank lent the project about $75 million. The partnership last week sold its largest asset, a vacant 16.5-acre lot on South Columbus Boulevard between Tasker and Reed Streets.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spark Therapeutics L.L.C., a Philadelphia company developing gene-based medicines for debilitating diseases, has signed a collaborative partnership with a gene-therapy firm in Ireland to develop a product to treat a rare form of blindness, the companies announced Tuesday. Spark, a biotechnology company spun out of research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Dublin-based Genable Technologies Ltd. will license certain patents from Spark, which will be the exclusive manufacturer and provide development expertise for a potential treatment for blindness caused by inherited retinal dystrophy.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luke Schenn says he has been comfortable with all of his defensive partners this season, but the Flyers defenseman seems to have developed a quick chemistry with his latest blue-line mate, Andrew MacDonald. Heading into Tuesday night's win over Chicago, Schenn had been paired with MacDonald for five games since his partner was acquired from the New York Islanders before the trade deadline. Schenn is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman, while MacDonald is a smooth skater and a puck carrier.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLASSBORO Rowan University announced Tuesday that it had entered an agreement with Lockheed Martin to have the company collaborate with the university's students and faculty on research and development of radar technology. The move builds on a project begun last fall and, Rowan administrators said, is a new model for universities working with industry. The school has made high-profile pledges to expand, especially its research enterprise, with the engineering school seen as a core part of that mission.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
MUCH OF WHAT Philadelphia cops see every day is senseless violence, but life doesn't get much more senseless than a 7-year-old boy battling cancer. So when Officer Michael Levin and his partner, Officer Raymond Esquilin, heard about a caravan of cops from across the country who were traveling to Rhode Island to surprise little Tyler Seddon, who is in the middle of his second bout of leukemia, there was no doubt about whether they would participate. "We were like, 'Dude, we have to go up there and help this kid,' " Levin said.
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