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REAL_ESTATE
February 2, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's condominium market is set to grow smartly in 2015, particularly in price. Data from Trend Multiple Listing Service show that total for-sale condo inventory in the city has risen slightly compared with 2013's levels, but that it's still well below the October 2006 peak of 1,971. In January 2014, for-sale condo inventory totaled 703 units. It climbed as high as 897 in September before settling back to 730 units by December. The last time inventory was this tight was in May 2005, according to the MLS data.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A once-prominent Philadelphia lawyer has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after failing to respond to professional and ethical complaints. The action, which takes effect Feb. 28 and strips Willie Lee Nattiel Jr. of his law license, was published Thursday by the Supreme Court. The 23-page opinion lists 10 charges against Nattiel, most involving mishandling client funds and failures to appear for meetings and court hearings of people he had agreed to represent. Nattiel, 55, could not be reached for comment Friday.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia doctor who once ran as a candidate for Bucks County coroner was arrested Thursday on allegations that he traded prescriptions for money and offers of sex. Federal prosecutors say William J. O'Brien III, 49, ran a pill mill out of his medical offices in Northeast Philadelphia and Levittown, offering patients drugs like oxycodone and Xanax for as little as $200 in cash. In one instance, O'Brien allegedly offered to write a prescription for a patient in exchange for oral sex. The woman was an undercover FBI agent.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed in a South Philadelphia rowhouse fire early Thursday and a police officer was injured trying to rescue them, fire officials said. The fire on the 400 block of Daly Street was reported at 1:23 a.m., officials said. Companies had arrived on the scene by 1:27, Fire Department spokesman Chief Clifford Gilliam said, and entered the house shortly afterward. Inside, they found the bodies of a man and a woman in their 60s. Gilliam would not identify them, but residents on the block said their first names were Mickey and Marsha.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Though the Philadelphia Orchestra has a steep climb ahead in its largest-ever fund-raising campaign effort, several key pieces helping to smooth the path are falling into place. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has secured the stability of its artistic, administrative, and board leadership - an important checkoff on the list of many foundations and philanthropists. Board chairman Richard B. Worley will stay on another three years, as will president Allison B. Vulgamore. And the orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin have committed to another five years together.
NEWS
January 30, 2015
IT'S NICE to be recognized. And it's even nicer to recognize what you've already got. If this first month of 2015 is any indication, this will shape up to be the year of the flattering mention, with national publications blaring their editorial trumpets in favor of fair Philadelphia.   The New York Times stuck us at No. 3 on its list of "52 Places to Go in 2015. " We beat out a bunch of stateside and worldwide destinations, edged only by Milan, Italy, and Cuba - not that it's a competition.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DEBORAH BRADLEY was close to her niece, Jean Morgan, who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. They talked on the phone every day, conversations that lasted hours. Deborah, a popular figure in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, lived alone and might have been a little lonely. But she looked forward to her chats with her niece. Then on Jan. 21, Jean wasn't able to get her aunt on the phone. No answer at her number. Jean kept trying into the next day, to no avail. She finally called Deborah's brother, Floyd Bradley, who sent his son, Kenneth Felton, to check on his sister.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, The Daily News
The long: Parents bring kids to see how they'll fit into a new minivan or SUV, said Kevin Mazzucola, of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. The short: Kids - about 25,000 of them - might have other reasons for attending. (What toddler shouldn't be behind the wheel of a brand-new Escalade?) Please touch: Of the 700 vehicles in the show's 700,000 square feet, most are fine to climb in. Please don't: Hands off exotics - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, etc. New this year: Mini Jeeps to drive (ages 3 and up, under 130 pounds)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
YOU CAN call them cute utes. Or wee SUVs. Or soft-road crossovers. If you're being really specific (and boring), they're subcompact crossover sport utility vehicles. And - wowee zowee - there will be plenty of them at the Philadelphia Auto Show opening Saturday through Feb. 8 at the convention center. We're talking brand newbies from Honda (HR-V), Mazda (CX-3), Fiat (500X), Jeep (Renegade) and Chevrolet (Trax). Plus 2015 updates from Nissan (Juke), Kia (Soul), the trailblazing (since 2004!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Of all the hours of music that will transpire at the Kimmel Center during the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015-2016 season, the most eagerly anticipated are likely to be the concerts led by James Levine, revered music director of the Metropolitan Opera. Having been personally invited by Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin - a regular guest conductor at the Met - Levine will make his first conducting appearance outside of New York City since he returned from a series of back-related surgeries and a two-year hiatus that ended in 2013.
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