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July 7, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who knew the city had its own stash of movies? Both delightful and dreadful, the historic films depict Philadelphia life between the 1950s and 1980s in the earnest, unironic, relentlessly square cinematic style of scratchy old high school hygiene movies, along the lines of "Foot Care and You. " The creation of the 150 or so films was supervised by the Office of City Representative, the agency charged for decades with promoting Philadelphia....
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Though a history book might say otherwise, the fight for civil rights began as early as the 1700s - at least in Philadelphia. In 1701, William Penn signed the Charter of Privileges, giving Pennsylvanians freedom of religion. And so it began. For years, Americans - and, specifically, Philadelphians - have been fighting for (and over) equality in all fields, from the right to practice any faith, to women's having the right to vote, to ending segregation in schools. A new photo exhibit celebrating parts of that ongoing battle opened Wednesday at Philadelphia International Airport.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commentator called it "another World Cup match absolutely dripping in drama. " And at Commerce Square in Philadelphia, the drama was flowing as fans came together to cheer on Team USA. The stone courtyard at 20th and Market Streets transformed into a stadium Tuesday, filled with fans whose chants echoed off the two buildings nearby. People in suits having outdoor meetings conveniently during the match, college students, and families packed themselves in for the United States-Belgium showdown, which ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for Team USA. Keith Barry, 26, of Philadelphia, was shaking from nerves.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each year, Philadelphia University receives about 2,500 applications for its graduate program in physician assistant studies - and 20 percent of those applications typically come from New Jersey. Most have to be turned away. The private university based in East Falls has only 50 spots a year and keeps half of them for students who have come through its undergraduate program. That's despite predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that physician assistants - who diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician - will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, as more people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the university is to unveil a partnership that crosses state boundaries, spans the public/private sector, and is aimed at filling that demand, particularly in underserved urban areas such as Atlantic City, Camden, and Trenton.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robbers held up two Philadelphia convenience stores early Sunday morning, getting away with about $450 in cash, police said. Two men wearing dark, hooded jackets and gloves entered a 7-Eleven at 7607 Ridge Ave. in Upper Roxborough at 3:05 a.m. and displayed a small handgun, police said. After stealing approximately $300 and lottery tickets, the pair fled south on Ridge Avenue on foot. No injuries were reported. Approximately 90 minutes later, a lone robber walked into a Wawa in the 3800 block of Spruce Street in the University City neighborhood and demanded cash.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The down-to-the-wire battle over the 2014-15 state budget was overshadowed Sunday by a firefight that erupted over funding for the Philadelphia school district. Without enough GOP votes for a pension-overhaul plan, Gov. Corbett and House Republican leaders gave Philadelphia Democrats a Hobson's choice: Vote for the GOP pension plan in return for Republican support for an increase to the cigarette tax in the city. Philadelphia wants legislative approval of the tax to help plug a hole in the school budget.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not like it used to be. Dozens of traders, brokers, and market-makers descend to the basement trading floor of the old Philadelphia Stock Exchange at 1900 Market St. every working day, down from the many hundreds that shouted orders in the 1980s and '90s. At least they have cooler gear these days. PHLX , founded in 1790, was sold to the global Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. by members and investors for $652 million in 2007, as high-speed trading was turning even the frantic New York Stock Exchange floor into a quiet retreat for aging professionals.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun shone with the innocent radiance of late June. Shorts-wearing tourists strolled the sidewalks of Old City, intent on such wholesome pursuits as a frozen yogurt or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. But inside the darkened confines of a hotel ballroom, a crowd of 60 plotted murder and malfeasance. The fictional kind, fortunately, but a visitor could be forgiven for getting a chill from a one-day "university" held by the Mystery Writers of America. Six established crime authors held forth on the tricks of their trade at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, covering such topics as dramatic structure, character development, and the art of description.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 20 years, Richard Schwarz rented cars at affordable rates on weekends at Philadelphia International Airport. By combining airline promotions, frequent-flier miles, and deals offered by the rental companies, the Center City resident said he could snag a weekend bargain starting at $15 or $16 a day. No longer. It just got $8 a day more expensive to rent a car at Philadelphia airport. The Pennsylvania legislature approved, and Gov. Corbett signed into law in November, a transportation funding bill that included an $8-a-day "customer facility charge" to pay for the design, construction, and eventual operation of a consolidated car-rental facility.
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