November 26, 2014 |
Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P., the Center City-based law firm, announced Monday that it had finalized its acquisition of Bingham McCutchen of Boston, creating one of the world's largest firms and extending Morgan Lewis's dominance in the U.S. legal market. With the addition of 510 Bingham McCutchen lawyers, as well as about 250 additional staff, Morgan Lewis will have more lawyers in the United States than any other firm. Worldwide, the firm will rank among the top five, with just under 2,000 lawyers and revenue of about $2 billion a year.
November 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer fired a shot at a car that was dragging his partner in a case that led to a chase Wednesday night, police said. The man, Ronald Gaskins, 34, was a suspect in a Monday abduction in which a woman was bound with duct tape and left in a car, police said. Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, patrol officers in the 15th District spotted a dark-green Toyota parked on the 7300 block of Ditman Street that matched the description of the car in the abduction. When the officers approached the car, Gaskins, who was sitting inside, reversed the car, and the sweater of one of the officers got snagged on the side of the car, police said.
October 28, 2014 |
If alt-rock's nerd division ever needed a conquering hero, singing-songwriting Rivers Cuomo and Weezer answered its call. Starting in 1994 with Weezer (The Blue Album) , the band forged urgent, sugared anthems of awkward-boy empowerment touched by the volume of pop-metal and highlighted by the smart-ass, post-everything irony that dudes growing up in MTV's death throes adored. Remember gazing amazed at how Weezer on the Spike Jonze-directed video for "Buddy Holly" was transported into the Happy Days '50s?
October 14, 2014 |
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein said Sunday he and casino architect Paul Steelman had agreed to buy the four-story, 300,000-square-foot, half-empty Caesars Pier shopping center in Atlantic City for a small fraction of its construction cost. A person familiar with the deal said Blatstein and Steelman agreed to pay $2.8 million. That's less than 2 percent of the $200 million-plus that developer Taubman Centers of the Detroit suburbs and other investors plowed into the project in the mid-00s.
August 27, 2014
INTERSTATE General Media, the owner of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, has teamed up with Global Citizen, Uber and 900 AM-WURD to launch a two-week school-supply donation drive, which started yesterday. Citizens can drop off donations at the locations listed below through Sept. 7: * Whole Foods Market, Callowhill 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily * Whole Foods Market, South Street 929 South St. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily * HipCityVeg, University City 214 S. 40th St. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily * The Shops at the Bellevue 200 S. Broad St. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily * 900AM-WURD 1341 N. Delaware Ave., Suite 300 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday * Interstate General Media Schuylkill Printing Plant 800 River Road, Route 23 Conshohocken 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday On Sept.
August 5, 2014 |
* PARTNERS. 9 and 9:30 tonight, FX. TWO DECADES ago, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were playing very different broadcast personalities on very different hit shows. Tonight, the stars of "Frasier" and "Martin" join forces in a new FX sitcom, "Partners," as very different Chicago lawyers. "We sat down in a room about two years ago and just fell in love," Grammer said of the otherwise unromantic-sounding process that led them back to TV. "Partners," which shares a name with at least two previous sitcoms, is the latest cable comedy to be sold on the "10/90" model, in which a network orders 10 episodes, whose ratings performance may trigger an order for 90 more, as it did with Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management.
August 1, 2014 |
Ever since discount designer-apparel department store Century 21 signed on in April as an anchor tenant in the Gallery at Market East, retail analysts have speculated what else might move in. Among the names dropped: "fast fashion" brands such as Uniqlo and Forever 21. Maybe a high-end movie theater. Now that Gallery owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) has struck a partnership with retail developer Macerich Co. - a joint venture to redevelop the struggling Center City shopping mall - industry observers have a better clue.
August 1, 2014 |
When Gigi was 5, her mother, Sarah Eisenstein, was getting worried. A big child - born at 10 pounds, 13 ounces - Gigi was gaining weight, as the family dined on hot dogs and ate chips as a snack. Now, Eisenstein cooks eggplant and zucchini fries for Gigi and sister Isabella. Their mother learned these skills at Cooking with Friends, a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia program. Gigi, 8, tall for her age, is at a healthy weight. The program that helped Eisenstein will expand into a community-based study, thanks to a new partnership between Children's and the food service company Aramark, announced Wednesday at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia.
July 9, 2014 |
A nine-story affordable housing project will break ground at 810 Arch St. in September, thanks to an innovative partnership among nonprofit developers and the city to improve the blighted block. Sister Mary Scullion's Project HOME and the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. (PCDC) will build the $23.5 million apartment complex on an empty lot on the south side of Arch Street. Expected to be completed by late 2015, the complex will provide 94 efficiency apartments for lower-income rental tenants ranging in age from seniors to children aging out of foster care.
May 31, 2014 |
Three years after the Foxwoods Casino group lost its license to open a Philadelphia gaming hall, the former partners in the project are trying to retrieve their $50 million licensing fee in federal bankruptcy court. The Foxwoods group - also known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners (PEDP) - filed a complaint Thursday against the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The investor group alleges that Pennsylvania's refusal to refund its money was "an unconstitutional taking" and "unjust enrichment.