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November 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's leaf collectors are heading back into action after a five-year hiatus. Starting Monday, the Streets Department will resume curbside pickup of leaf piles. The program was halted after the 2008 fall season due to budget cuts. But now, bags of leaves will no longer be picked up, only piles. The mechanical leaf collection - which includes blowers, sweepers, and loaders - will scoop up the fallen foliage along streets in heavily treed parts of the city. The city will use the collected leaves for composting, and to produce fertilizer for gardens and trees.
REAL_ESTATE
November 2, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
After living in London, Rome, Brussels, and New York, where he was a photography editor for the Associated Press for the last two years of his career, Michael Feldman, a native Philadelphian and Temple University graduate, came home. Feldman, now 71, retired in 2008 after more than four decades as a photojournalist for such organizations as Reuters and United Press International, covering major events in Europe and the Middle East. Why, after selling their New York apartment, did he and wife Mary Ann move here?
REAL_ESTATE
November 2, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Among the topics that keep appearing on my radar screen are Philadelphia's efforts to attract younger, educated people, age 20 to 44. Eleven years ago, as city officials continued to digest 2000 U.S. Census data that showed the fifth population drop since 1950, the Pennsylvania Economy League (now the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia) hosted a discussion of ways to reverse the trend. The keynote speaker, as I recall, was the mayor of Austin, Texas, which had plenty of bright, upwardly mobile young things and could have sent Philadelphia its overflow.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia refinery executive who is leading an effort to promote the region as an energy hub called on city officials Friday to "reclaim" a collapsed $1.86 billion sale of the municipal gas utility. Philip Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, urged Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell L. Clarke to restart the sale process after Clarke's surprise announcement Monday that Council would not endorse Nutter's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  On the steep slopes of Nui Chom, North Vietnamese soldiers were waiting in a stronghold of jungle-obscured bunkers, all of them bristling with machine guns. They trained their barrels on an approaching squad of Americans in 1968, then unleashed a storm of automatic gunfire that quickly killed two soldiers and pinned down the rest. That's when Michael J. Crescenz, 19, of Philadelphia, picked up an M60 machine gun and single-handedly rushed the bunkers, taking out three of them and killing six enemy soldiers.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NORTHEAST PHILLY man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend in September. Charles Jordan, 41, was arraigned early Monday in the case and released on bail, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Jordan allegedly shot Marc Carrion, 32, once in the head Sept. 15 after finding the man in his daughter's bedroom in the Holme Circle Apartments, on Axe Factory Road near Stamford Street, police said.
NEWS
October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Beth Heinly was in high school, she and her friends would pass notes back and forth, draw comics and doodle - standard teenage stuff. A little less standard: They collected those notes and drawings into a 250-page zine they called The 3 O'Clock Book , and printed 500 copies. Today, Heinly has one copy left. As of October, it's part of the Special Collections at Temple University Libraries. It's part of the new Little Berlin zine archive at Temple, a project driven by Heinly, 32, who previously founded the zine library at Little Berlin, an art collective in Kensington.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspect arrested after an armed robbery and police chase earlier this month has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault - and is also facing murder charges in a shooting that took place two days earlier. Philadelphia police said the kidnapping victim went to Eastwick, in West Philadelphia, on the night of Oct. 19 with plans to buy a Dodge Charger from Dion Jordan. When the victim got into the car with Jordan for a test-drive, police said, Jordan - who was behind the wheel - began speeding as another man popped up in the backseat and held a gun to the victim's head.
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