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June 26, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
"Mad as Hell? Voter Anger in the 2016 Election" will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Visitor Center. Register by Monday at www.philly.com/electionpanel , or contact Jennifer Wolf at 215-854-5791 or jwolf@philly.com .
NEWS
May 18, 2011
Pulse Electronics Corp., which is resisting a $246 million takeover bid by an industry rival, said shareholders at its annual meeting elected all six of the nominees to the board of directors recommended by the company, according to a preliminary vote count. The Pulse nominees included chairman and chief executive Ralph E. Faison. Pulse, a Trevose maker of electronic parts, in March rejected the buyout offer from Bel Fuse Inc. of Jersey City, N.J. Bel, which has pursued Pulse since late 2008, sought to elect two directors to Pulse's board.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2002 | By DAVID GORGOS & DAVID BLEILER For the Daily News
With the way Hollywood is currently structured, you're never sure what you're going to get. Will the new Leo DiCaprio film be "Titanic" or a "Beach" bust? Will Guy Ritchie make a spiffy "Snatch" or will his talents be "Swept Away"? There remains one actor/director/producer who's a most welcome throwback to the reliable studio system of old Hollywood. Clint Eastwood has been firmly entrenched at Warner Bros. for decades, making consistently intriguing dramas, westerns and thrillers.
NEWS
March 10, 2011
Pulse Electronics Corp., of Trevose, said its board of directors had unanimously rejected a $246 million, or $6 per share, takeover offer from North Jersey rival Bel Fuse Inc. The $6-per-share offer, made public Feb. 28, represented an 11 percent premium to Pulse's previous day's close. Pulse's chief executive Ralph Faison, in a letter to Bel Fuse CEO Daniel Bernstein, described the offer as opportunistic. The price "does not reflect the actions Pulse has taken to improve its performance," Faison wrote.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
In a strip mall in Kissimmee, a small city just south of Orlando that is home to a large Hispanic community, flowers and religious candles fill the sidewalk in front of Juan and Luis' beauty salon. "Juan and Luis, two humans of love. You will be in our hearts," reads one of the Magic Marker remembrances taped to the window. Shy Juan Rivera Velasquez, 37, who cut hair and met customers with a kiss and a hug. Outgoing Luis Daniel Conde, 39, who turned the techno up loud and moved to the music as he managed the shop.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Trudy Rubin's Worldview column and Michael Smerconish's The Pulse do not appear today.
NEWS
August 23, 1992 | By Shaun Stanert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Erica Nemeth crouched over the still figure of a tiny baby. With her mouth covering the infant's nose and mouth, Nemeth gently blew a life-saving breath into the seemingly lifeless body. Then she paused and counted: one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand, and blew again. Nemeth, 13, of Fairless Hills, was practicing infant rescue breathing - one breath every three seconds - on a dummy. The dummy was one of many adult, infant and child dummies scattered across the floor of a classroom recently to teach basic aid training (BAT)
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Scott P. Charles is the trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital She should have been safe. When I first heard that Akyra Murray, a recent graduate of West Catholic Prep High School in Philadelphia, had become the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, my immediate thought was, "My God, she should have been safe. " Honor student. Basketball superstar. Odds beater. A rising college freshman from a city that had 280 homicides last year, visiting Orlando, a city that had 37. In fact, the victims who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub that night equaled the total number of homicide victims Orlando lost in 2014 and 2015 combined.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deals are back, but things aren't exactly as they were in 2007, before the crash. Three years ago, electronics-parts-maker Pulse Electronics Corp. , of Trevose, tried to buy smaller rival Bel Fuse Inc. , of Jersey City. In a reversal Monday, Bel said it's trying to buy Pulse for $250 million, or $6 a share in cash and stock. Bel wants to keep the offer friendly, but it's committed to doing the deal, even if Pulse resists, Bel director Avi D. Eden told Pulse lead director John Burrows in a letter.
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / LAURENCE KESTERSON
At the Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville, Larry Nann, a fencing enthusiast for two decades, is helping devotees of the blade learn a survival skill vital of centuries ago when arguments were often settled with swords, bloodily if not fatally. Today, fencing does not require such ultimate sacrifices. But it does quicken the pulse of participants.
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July 18, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Charles Ramsey has law enforcement credentials that few can match. Only now, for the first time in more than 40 years, the former top cop for the District of Columbia and Philadelphia, and cochair of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, finds himself advising from the sidelines. "I've been pretty busy," he told me, "but when things like this occur, of course I wish I was in the middle of it. But then there's another part of me that's probably glad I'm not in the middle of it. " Retirement hasn't diminished his willingness to address hot-button issues.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
This summer, I've been reading past columns I've written for both the Sunday Inquirer and the Daily News. I began as a columnist at the latter in 2001 and for the next 10 years, my work ran every Thursday. In 2007 I began writing separately for the Sunday Inquirer and for four years, I had the unique honor of writing for both newspapers. In 2011, I scaled back to just the Inquirer. By my count, I wrote a total of 489 columns for the Daily News and this is my 555th column for the Inquirer.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Anger is clearly the buzzword of the 2016 presidential campaign, especially on the GOP side of the aisle. Google the word with Republican and, like me, you might get more than 24 million hits (vs. 606,000 when matched with Democrat ). Exploring why people are "Mad as Hell" will be the focus of an event sponsored by the Inquirer on Wednesday night at the Independence Visitor Center. I'll have the privilege of speaking prior to a panel discussion that will be moderated by my colleagues John Baer and Dan Biddle and feature Daily News columnist Solomon Jones, Roll Call editor Melinda Henneberger, former Gov. Ed Rendell, and Farah Jimenez, president of the Philadelphia Education Fund.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Scott P. Charles is the trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital She should have been safe. When I first heard that Akyra Murray, a recent graduate of West Catholic Prep High School in Philadelphia, had become the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, my immediate thought was, "My God, she should have been safe. " Honor student. Basketball superstar. Odds beater. A rising college freshman from a city that had 280 homicides last year, visiting Orlando, a city that had 37. In fact, the victims who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub that night equaled the total number of homicide victims Orlando lost in 2014 and 2015 combined.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
"Mad as Hell? Voter Anger in the 2016 Election" will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Visitor Center. Register by Monday at www.philly.com/electionpanel , or contact Jennifer Wolf at 215-854-5791 or jwolf@philly.com .
NEWS
June 20, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
'My sister was so much more than her final 30 minutes," Bill Genovese laments in a new documentary film, The Witness , about the woman who is arguably the best-known murder victim in New York City history. Kitty Genovese was 28 years old when she was attacked and murdered near her apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens, on March 13, 1964. Ever since, her story has been the stuff of first-year psychology courses and constant study. With her in mind, in 1968, psychologists John Darley and Bibb Latané coined the term bystander effect to refer to situations in which onlookers tend not to help a victim if other witnesses are present.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
For many LGBT people of my generation, the dance floor was the place we realized we were far from alone and in fact belonged to a tribe. That sort of awakening is unlike any other, and I bet the young men and women dancing at Pulse in Orlando last weekend knew that feeling too. What they felt as their place of sanctuary and celebration became a killing field I prefer not to imagine. I'd rather look at their faces in the photos. The youthfulness is heartbreaking, but the exuberant, unabashed gay fabulousness makes me smile.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
In a strip mall in Kissimmee, a small city just south of Orlando that is home to a large Hispanic community, flowers and religious candles fill the sidewalk in front of Juan and Luis' beauty salon. "Juan and Luis, two humans of love. You will be in our hearts," reads one of the Magic Marker remembrances taped to the window. Shy Juan Rivera Velasquez, 37, who cut hair and met customers with a kiss and a hug. Outgoing Luis Daniel Conde, 39, who turned the techno up loud and moved to the music as he managed the shop.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
ORLANDO - From the moment massacres like the one Sunday morning at Pulse occur, we try to decipher what lay in the heart of the murderers who commit them. We search for motive because motive helps fit these tragedies into categories. We think we can understand them if we can check the right box. Which particular warped worldview did our latest mass killer subscribe to? Sometimes it's clear. Most of the time it's not. Sometimes you get a case like this one, which lies at the very intersection of many of our country's darkest ills.
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