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NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ten years ago last week, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia served notice it was going to be a very funny show about very terrible people. The audience was not yet large when the show established that premise, in the first episode, "The Gang Gets Racist," which premiered on Aug. 4, 2005, on FX. Last year, however, with a two-season renewal, It's Always Sunny became the longest-running live-action comedy on cable. It's tied for second of all time with My Three Sons . ( Sunny 's 11th season will premiere next year on FX's sister channel, FXX.)
BUSINESS
August 10, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia has long wanted a direct flight to the Asia Pacific region. A survey of business travelers here in 2012 found the top desired international business destinations were Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai, India. Philadelphia already has a lot of international service to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. But attracting a nonstop flight to China, Japan, Hong Kong, or Korea has proven difficult. "We are the largest metropolitan area in the United States without direct nonstop service tothe Asia Pacific," Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale saidin a recent interview.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, it was Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the commonwealth's top law enforcement official, facing criminal allegations. Eight days earlier, federal prosecutors hit 11-term Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah with 29 counts of racketeering and other charges. On May 1, a former aide to Gov. Christie and a close ally were indicted in the "Bridgegate" scandal. Exactly a month before that, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey was charged criminally with aiding a friend and donor in exchange for lavish gifts.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's official: Amoroso's Baking Co. will close its longtime Southwest Philadelphia bakery this fall and make bread and rolls at a new plant in Bellmawr, the company told employees starting with the production shift Wednesday night. About 200 employees will be laid off. The layoffs will start Oct. 6, with the closure expected no later than Dec. 4, the company said. "It's a sad thing," said Hank McKay, president of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents many Amoroso's employees.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The security restrictions being placed on Philadelphia for the papal visit invite comparison to the fenced-in "closed cities" of World War II. Or Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Or American cities patrolled by National Guard troops during riots in the 1960s. Rarely has a peacetime event drawn such Draconian security measures across such a broad section of a U.S. city. Overkill is the word being used by some law enforcement and transportation officials for the sweeping shutdown of highways and bridges, and the creation of a Beirut-style "green zone" where most vehicle traffic will be forbidden.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
If Hitchy the robot could speak, it might say Philadelphia is one tough town. An experiment launched by Canadian scholars, the child-size bot had traveled through the free-spirited Netherlands, no-nonsense Germany, notoriously nice Canada, and a small part of the United States, asking strangers for lifts and testing basic human kindness (albeit toward a lumpen R2-D2). It won't surprise many to learn which American city failed this test. As far as researchers can tell, a local man picked up Hitchy, formally hitchBOT, and dropped it off at historic Elfreth's Alley, a normally genteel place, in the inopportune wee hours of Saturday, not long after Old City's bars and clubs let out. Hitchy's only moving part, its hitchhiking thumb, wasn't enough to fend off the unidentified thug who beheaded it and pulled off its foam limbs.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The next person to lead the FBI's regional office is a Philadelphia native with a Villanova University degree, and a background in public corruption and terrorism investigations. William F. Sweeney Jr. was named special agent in charge of the bureau's Philadelphia division last this month. He began his new job Monday, replacing Edward J. Hanko, who retired after two years in the post and 29 with the bureau. A 17-year veteran of the bureau, Sweeney started his career in 1998 in Newark, N.J., where he directed an investigation that led to the bribery conviction in 2002 of Robert C. Janiszewski, an influential state Democrat and Hudson County executive who wore a wire to bring down several former associates.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
AOL co-founder Steve Case wants to take in entrepreneurs' new ideas, to pick their brains, before picking one to receive an investment of $100,000. "The idea has to be more than a scribble on a paper napkin," he said Monday. "There has to be something to show, a product with some momentum that needs a boost of cash but hasn't gotten big enough to get the interest of venture capitalists. " Case has been on this mission for a year or so, clocking 3,000 miles on a bus, visiting towns (14 so far)
SPORTS
August 5, 2015 | BY JORI EPSTEIN, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN JORDAN HICKS was drafted by the Eagles this spring, he knew he'd be greeted by a familiar face. As the top outside linebacker and No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2010 was deciding where to play in college, then-Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho received a message from his coaches about Hicks: Make sure we get this guy. The two never imagined they'd end up on the same NFL roster. "I'm texting this high school kid, being like, 'Hey, come to Texas, it'll be good,' " remembers Acho, now an Eagles linebacker who's played in 20 games for the Birds the past two seasons.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SOCIAL MEDIA was in an uproar yesterday about the "death" of hitchBOT, a traveling robot created by Ryerson University of Toronto, Canada, on the mean streets of Philly. HitchBOT was destroyed by vandals this weekend as he made his way through the City of Brotherly Love. He was last seen alive near Elfreth's Alley. Here's what Twitter had to say: * @ NHLFl@yera : "Smh the classless city of Philadelphia threw snowballs at santa and also murdered @hitchBOT. " * @philebrity: "Thank you, Philly, for killing @hitchBOT.
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