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August 5, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an effort to expand its reach, Macy's Inc. announced Monday that it will begin same-day, online delivery later this month to nine new markets, including Philadelphia. Many Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores in the region, including the Macy's at 1300 Market St. in Center City, will offer the service. There are seven other Macy's here, all within malls, and two Bloomingdale's - one at King of Prussia and the other at Willow Grove Mall. South Jersey is not being included in the service.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses. In a letter to Gov. Wolf dated Thursday, White said his resignation was effective Friday. "I thank you for the opportunity to have served the constitution, people, and government of Pennsylvania, in a faithful, effective, and honorable manner," White wrote. "I shall again, be available to serve the State of Pennsylvania when called upon.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury deliberated for about an hour Friday before finding a former city narcotics officer caught in a police "integrity test" guilty of stealing $140 from a purported drug dealer's Lexus, equipped with hidden cameras. Gerold Gibson, 45, showed no emotion when the Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women convicted him of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failing to make required disposition of funds, obstruction of the administration of law, and tampering with evidence.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Should you need a place to stay for the pope's visit, there is definitely room at the inn. Hotel rooms are still available for Pope Week - just be prepared for higher prices. A Center City hotel room ranges from $345 to $1,035 a night (including taxes) for a three-night weekend stay Sept. 25 through Sept. 27. That includes the Saturday and Sunday of Pope Francis' epic visit here. That compares with $175 a night for a three-night stay in August, according to a search Thursday of the World Meeting of Families website, through which visitors can book rooms.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marla Davis Bellamy sees violence the way a doctor sees the flu: an infection that can be prevented. She leads Philadelphia CeaseFire, part of a growing international movement tackling violence as a public health crisis. So it makes sense that CeaseFire is teaming up with the city's trauma centers. The aim: along with offering medical care for victims of violence at hospitals, try to prevent them from striking back and escalating the cycle of violence. "A gunshot victim one day is a perpetrator the next," said Davis Bellamy, who holds joint appointments at Temple University's School of Medicine and its Beasley School of Law, and who is a former chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting on his bed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant talked about his big plans. Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, wants to climb the monkey bars. Throw a football. Play the guitar. Maybe even become a doctor. "But I'll be the kind that doesn't give shots," he said with an impish grin Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, a team from Children's and the University of Pennsylvania announced its early-July surgical tour de force, then introduced Zion; his mom, Pattie Ray; stepdad Kevon Gant; and little sister Zoe. "The planning took approximately 18 months," said transplant team leader L. Scott Levin, who established Penn's hand-transplant program and expanded it to Children's.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Silzle, a veteran of many Philadelphia arts and nonprofit organizations, has been named executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, officials announced Monday. She succeeds June O'Neill, who headed the fund for a dozen years before she left in March for personal reasons. Silzle, 60, who will take the post Monday, said she was thrilled with the possibilities inherent in the job. "I feel it's the perfect place for me," she said. "It involves the arts, community, and grant-making - a great combination given my different experiences in Philadelphia, the arts, and government.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A robbery suspect driving a van led police on a winding chase through South Jersey and Philadelphia for about two hours Monday night before being taken into custody near Philadelphia International Airport. The chase ended at 9:36 p.m. on the Enterprise Avenue exit of southbound I-95, heading toward Island Avenue, when a pursuing Pennsylvania State Police cruiser clipped the white 2000 Dodge, and the van rolled over before coming to a stop. The driver, identified by police as Robert Ritter of New Jersey, then surrendered.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. said Friday that it would acquire Cigna Corp., a major national health insurer with Philadelphia origins and 1,100 local employees, in a deal that would create the largest health-insurance company in the United States. The $54.2 billion transaction is one in a series of health-insurer mergers announced recently as firms scramble to get on top of rapid changes in the marketplace. The combined company will have more than $115 billion in annual revenue and an enrollment of 53 million members.
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three men were killed within three hours across the city overnight Wednesday into Thursday, Philadelphia police said. The first took place on the 3000 block of North Howard Street in Fairhill around 10:44 p.m. Police responded to a report of a person with a gun and found Jovanni Ouola, 19, of Oxford Circle, shot through the head and torso. Medics took Ouola to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Police said an argument led to the shooting.
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