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October 18, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
CBS Corp. launched a $6-a-month streaming service Thursday in Philadelphia and 13 other cities, a day after Time Warner Inc. said it would offer HBO as a stand-alone Internet service in 2015. The CBS service streams local CBS stations and makes available thousands of CBS shows on demand for the monthly subscription. Entertainment companies increasingly are offering online content that can be bought outside the traditional pay-TV bundle, threatening Comcast Corp. and other pay-TV providers.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer already charged with assaulting another officer - a woman he was dating - has been arrested on charges of violating a protection-from-abuse order. Kenneth Allen, 24, a three-year veteran of the force assigned to the 18th District, was charged with two counts of violating a protection-from-abuse order, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement Thursday. He was arraigned Wednesday night, and his bail was set at $15,000. Allen was initially arrested Oct. 3 and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and four counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment in four separate alleged assaults on his girlfriend.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Smokers who figured they could escape Philadelphia's recently enacted $2-per-pack cigarette tax by switching to e-cigarettes could be in for a letdown. City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said Thursday that she would introduce legislation that would put a $2 tax on e-cigarettes and a tax on the liquid nicotine they use - with the levy going directly to the underfunded Philadelphia school district. "When we know our school district is starving for revenue," Brown said Wednesday, "every penny counts.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's Board of Ethics approved a series of amendments to the city's campaign-finance rules Wednesday, the most significant aimed at tightening restrictions on what constitutes a third party's support of a candidate. Specifically, the board approved an amendment to address the reuse of campaign materials produced by a candidate, but then picked up and distributed by an individual or political action committee independent of the candidate. Under the new rule, such reuse would be considered an in-kind campaign contribution and thus would fall under the city's campaign rules that limit such contributions to $2,900 for individuals and $11,900 for political action committees, or PACs.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a wide-ranging lecture on the Underground Railroad, which brought thousands of slaves to freedom in the 19th century, historian Charles Blockson said Wednesday that the role of Philadelphia cannot be overlooked. "Philadelphia was a major terminal on the Underground Railroad, because of its location as a seaport and so forth," Blockson told about 70 people at Temple University's Sullivan Hall. Inside the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, an archive of historical materials he has gathered over 70 of his 80 years, Blockson spoke for more than an hour about the network of safe houses and "conductors" that helped runaway slaves from the South make their way north to freedom.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia barbershop owner who was shot four times at his store Monday night told police the man who shot him had first asked for a haircut, police said. Just before 9 p.m. Monday, police arrived at Castor's Finest Barbershop on the 7100 block of Castor Avenue, where they found the shop's owner suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest, thigh, and shoulder, and a graze wound to the head. The victim, 33, told police a man had come into the store and asked for a haircut, police said.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Philadelphia police found J.J. Pierce's stolen car Tuesday night, but her dog, Louie, is still missing. The car was found on the 3600 block of N. Darien Street, near Rising Sun Avenue in North Philadelphia, police said. Louie, who has been missing since Thursday, was nowhere to be seen, police said. Pierce wrote on her Facebook page, Help Louie Get Home, that she plans to hand out fliers in the area in the hopes of finding the 2-year-old black Labrador mix. Earlier Story: A Philadelphia high school teacher is searching for her beloved black Labrador mix after her car was stolen last week - with the dog inside.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has awarded $4 million to a Philadelphia jobs-training organization as part of its efforts to help the long-term unemployed in a sluggish economic recovery. The grant will go toward creating a program that offers health-care workers apprenticeships with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nationwide Healthcare Services, and several local nursing homes. The program will be led by the labor union-backed District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. "The earn-while-you-learn model of workforce development is a tried-and-true method of allowing people to get the skills they need to punch their ticket to the middle class," said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Home sales continued to rebound in Philadelphia in the third quarter, although price increases were lower than in the previous three months. An analysis of data from the Recorder of Deeds Office by economist Kevin Gillen showed that sales volume, well below normal since the real estate downturn began in 2007's third quarter, rose significantly in this year's third quarter from the second, especially in lower-priced neighborhoods. Just under 4,000 transactions were recorded in the July-September period - the first time since 2010 that sales have exceeded their historic quarterly average of 3,800, Gillen said.
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