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August 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TO ELEANOR THOMPSON, it sounded like firecrackers going off. Pop. Pop. Pop. Then the screaming started, cutting through the muggy air of a late-summer night in North Philly. Thompson turned, and her heart leaped into her throat: Robert Reid, 17, was lying on an empty basketball court, his blood pooling around him. She ran up to him, a boy she had watched grow up, an older guy whom her grandkids idolized. But it was too late. "We need to catch who did this," Thompson said last night on that same roundball court.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing amid scaffolding and building materials at the AQ Rittenhouse apartment and retail project in Center City on Wednesday, Stephen Pouppirt, president of Clemens Construction Co. Inc., almost couldn't keep count of all the major projects his company is handling this summer. "A lot of projects," he said, "Maybe 20, four major ones, and we have many in the queue. " Pouppirt's contracts, including several in Center City, are part of what is ranking the Philadelphia metropolitan division third nationally in the number of construction jobs added in a year, according to a trade group's analysis of Labor Department numbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Philadelphia has always been a dance music haven. South Philly's Chubby Checker invented the Twist. American Bandstand started here, as did TV dance shows like Jerry Blavat's Discophonic Scene and Dancin' on Air . Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Sound of Philadelphia aided in the invention of disco. Techno and house music locals Josh Wink and King Britt ran their Ovum label from home. With all that came nightclubs with impossible-to-avoid dance floors - Chez-Vous; the Bank; Second Story and its basement gay club Catacombs; Circa; off-South's hallowed dance hall Fluid; after-hour clubs Revival and Black Banana; Delaware Avenue hot spots Egypt and Asylum.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines and its merger partner, US Airways, are renovating a warehouse at Philadelphia International Airport to include refrigeration for pharmaceuticals and other health-care products. When it opens this fall, the temperature-controlled plant will be able to handle four to five times the current amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight, including vaccines and blood products, that arrive and leave in the belly of planes on US Airways and American passenger flights.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
After all the hand-wringing and anguish over out-of- state firms flocking to file lawsuits in Philadelphia - the law firms you see advertising on late-night television - is Philadelphia still the notorious plaintiffs' paradise of common lore? It all depends on your idea of civil litigation bliss. A look at medical malpractice awards is revealing. There is no question: Philadelphia remains the most favorable jurisdiction in Pennsylvania for lawyers seeking big payoffs, a maddening fact to the many physicians and hospitals here.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Cannon, 74, a longtime fixture on Philadelphia morning radio, died Friday, Aug. 22, at Lankenau Medical Center after a brief illness. Around the world, fans of the original Rocky movie may remember Mr. Cannon's voice as he played himself talking on WIBG-AM (990) while Sylvester Stallone gulped raw eggs before training. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called Mr. Cannon "an incredible citizen" who volunteered to emcee events benefiting the city when Rendell was mayor.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ink was all but dry on an agreement that would have brought to an end an ongoing civil rights suit brought by the U.S. Justice Department against the Philadelphia schools. But an eleventh-hour snag in a settlement aimed at protecting the religious right of Muslim employees to wear long beards now threatens to derail the deal. "The School District refused to sign the agreement if it were made public," the Justice Department wrote in a recent court motion. "There was no suggestion . . . that any settlement agreement, reached between two public entities, would be anything other than a public document.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The word podcast is 10 years old. A podcast is a (semi-)regular audio show, in episodes lasting, usually, between 15 minutes and an hour. It's often very DIY: Hosts record episodes digitally and post them online; you can download them to your device or listen on a central website. This week through Sunday, the second annual Philadelphia PodFest has been holding forth at Tattooed Mom, a bar at 530 South St. Nineteen podcasters are on hand to mingle and do live episodes. Stars include Nicole Yates of the food podcast Didja Eat?
NEWS
August 23, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Detectives are investigating robberies of elderly victims targeted after withdrawing large amounts of money from banks in neighborhoods stretching from Fishtown to Northeast Philadelphia. Eight of 11 cases that police believe are related involved victims who were robbed after they left a bank and were on their way home or had arrived at home and were accosted, authorities said Thursday. The first robbery occurred April 24 and the most recent Aug. 13, police said. The victims were mainly elderly, including a 96-year-old.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manufacturing continued to grow in the Philadelphia area in August, according to the monthly survey by the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia. The survey's broadest measure of manufacturing activity has now advanced for three consecutive months and reached its highest level since March 2011. A separate employment index stayed positive for the 14th month. The bank's "Business Outlook Survey," released Thursday, is closely watched nationally as a read on economic and manufacturing trends.
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