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July 13, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Westmont, a nearly 86-year-old former movie palace in Haddon Township, may be getting a new lease on life. Township officials and Lazgor L.L.C., a Cherry Hill real estate development firm, are exploring Lazgor's buying and rehabilitating the old theater, which has been vacant for at least a decade. Depending on how those negotiations go, by late August the township and Lazgor could enter a nine-month agreement to forge a redevelopment plan. And while few - if any - are expecting a revival of the Westmont's cinematic glory days, preservationists and other theater fans are hoping for some performing-arts or community-use space, and would most like to see a performing arts center.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kristen Hertzog and her backers have already shown that a tiny nonprofit based in Pennsylvania's Amish country can change the job prospects of impoverished Haitians. Haitian Connection Network, founded by Hertzog in 2010 and headquartered at her home in Ephrata, provides tuition-free online courses in computer science and business administration in Haiti. On Wednesday, Hertzog announced a big step forward for the cyberschool. It will join forces with Life Connection Mission, a nonprofit based in Germantown, Md., that provides 500 Haitian students with primary and secondary schooling, a medical clinic, and social services.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the biggest professional firms based in Philadelphia - the accounting firm ParenteBeard L.L.C. , an upstate success story that chose the city as its headquarters during its rapid growth of the mid-2000s - is losing a major practice group to a national rival, following departures by other partners. Twelve partners at the firm's Center City-based bank-auditing practice have resigned to join Chicago-based BDO USA L.L.P's offices in Philadelphia, New York, Wilmington, and Woodbridge, N.J., and new BDO offices in Harrisburg and Reading.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post
BERLIN - European leaders reacted with fury on Sunday to allegations in a German magazine that the United States had conducted a wide-ranging effort to monitor European Union diplomatic offices and computer networks, with some saying that they expected such surveillance from enemies, not their closest economic partner. It was the latest fallout from National Security Agency information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor whose detailing of classified information on the agency's programs has shined a rare light on U.S. surveillance efforts that range far wider than previously understood.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Maria Cheng, Associated Press
LONDON - In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released Thursday found that about a third of women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner. The head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, called it "a global health problem of epidemic proportions," and other experts said screening for domestic violence should be added to all levels of health care. Among the findings: 40 percent of women killed worldwide were slain by an intimate partner, and being assaulted by a partner was the most common kind of violence experienced by women.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marie Devlin Schwarz, 93, a principal in the Schwarz Gallery in Center City, died Thursday, June 13, at her home on Rittenhouse Square. Born in Atlantic City, Mrs. Schwarz graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1936 and at 19 eloped with Frank S. Schwarz, who had founded a gallery under his name in 1930 on the Boardwalk. The Schwarzes moved the gallery to Philadelphia during World War II, renaming it Frank S. Schwarz Antiques, her grandson, Robert D. Schwarz Jr., said. After her husband died in 1985, she named her son, Robert D. Sr., as president of what was now Schwarz Gallery, where she was executive vice president and where the firm focused on 19th and 20th century American and European paintings.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Glenn Gross and Ed Willis had been searching for an avenue to dive into the barbecue business when a "brownish-orange-colored, barn-looking building" along South Delsea Drive in Vineland, N.J., kept catching their eye. "We just kept driving by this place, looking at it and saying, 'Man, that looks like a barbecue restaurant,' " said Willis, 55, of Gloucester Township. That's where the two longtime friends opened the first Fat Jack's BBQ & Blues. The original site is now closed and their business partnership has changed, but their barbecue acclaim has spurred them to national exposure.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Internet gambling isn't expected to start here until about Thanksgiving, but the 12 casinos must move fast to line up partners for their online operations. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has told the casinos they have until June 30 to arrange Internet deals. The deadline is intended to give regulators time to examine the qualifications and backgrounds of companies that want to partner with the casinos, particularly since several foreign companies are considered likely to do so. For example, Bwin.party, based in Gibraltar, has inked a deal to partner with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Joe Lupo, Borgata's senior vice president, said the casino moved early to work with the firm.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Lenny Dykstra business manager, Dan Herman , has filed a complaint against former Fox 29 weatherman John Bolaris , after a text-message battle between the two resulted in Herman going to the Pennsylvania State Police. The dispute began when Herman, the owner of Chinga Chang Records, pitched a documentary called "Race in the Ring," about the 1982 fight between boxers Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney . On June 28, 2012, Herman says he entered into a contract with Bolaris to narrate the documentary, in exchange for a one-fifth ownership of the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: My husband and I are newlyweds. He had a long-term relationship with a woman who turned out to be married. When they started dating, she lied about it. He eventually found out but, by that point, had developed strong feelings for her and did not end their relationship. They have remained in constant contact over an 11-year period, with occasional weekends together (she lives in another state). She always stayed with the husband, claiming she was "staying for the children" - who, by the way, are adults!
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